Series of book discussions set

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— People who have a love for literature and the outdoors will have the opportunity to participate in Steamboat Reads, a series of community-based discussions about the book "The Ancient One," by T.A. Barron.

The discussion is in advance of the author's visit to Steamboat April 25 and 26 to present his book.

The program is designed to unite people of all ages who have a love of reading.

"The book presents a lot of discussable themes like environmental protection and the interconnectedness of nature and humanity," said Currie Meyer, children's librarian at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The program is sponsored by all local libraries and is open to the community.

"This project fosters the feelings of connectivity of living in a small community, which we all treasure and hope to preserve," said Mary Brassell, media center specialist at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Patricia Maynard, an organizer for Steamboat Reads, said the book connects to all ages and would be an enjoyable read for almost anyone.

An initial online book discussion will begin Monday through the library's Web site, www.steamboatlibrary.org.

Colorado Mountain College will sponsor a forum on the book at 7 p.m. April 3. A culmination of the book discussions will take place when the author visits to present a slide show and discussion for the community April 25. Also, Barron will give several presentations at local schools while visiting Steamboat.

Maynard said the author is known for working with young children to help them enjoy reading and have a greater appreciation for the environment. She said Steamboat residents' preoccupation with the outdoors makes the book well suited for locals.

Bud Werner Memorial Library is sponsoring an additional reading program for girls ages 10 through 13 and their mothers to read the book together. The mother/daughter discussion group is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 19 at the library.

Maynard said there has been interest for a boys reading group, which may also be added to the program. She said the mother/daughter group is a great way to improve the quality of time a parent and child spend together.

Maynard said getting all Steamboat libraries on the same computer network was the first step in creating the Steamboat Reads program. She said organizers hope the program can become an annual event with a different author visiting each year.

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