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Huckle Cat Visits Clear Creek County

March 29, 2019

Since returning to Busytown, I have had some time to reflect on my recent trip to Clear Creek County, where I visited the libraries, elementary schools and even Loveland Ski Area.

Over the course of a few days, I visited roughly 17 classrooms, between Carlson, Georgetown Community School, and King-Murphy elementary schools. Luckily, I had the best host –  Miss Holly, the program coordinator for the Clear Creek County Library District. Miss Holly showed me around and introduced me to hundreds of kids (and some adults too). The way she read stories about me and my adventures (and my mistakes) was especially magical. By the looks on the children’s’ faces and their obvious excitement, I could tell that these visits were not only special but also memorable.

I also attended both storytimes that the Library District hosts each week (Tuesdays at the Idaho Springs Public Library and Wednesdays at the John Tomay Memorial Library in Georgetown, both at 11:15 am). Not only did we read aloud, but we also did a craft and had a snack! If Busytown wasn’t so far away, I’d try to come more often.

The last visit on my trip was to Loveland Ski Area. The Clear Creek County Library District has partnered with the Ski Area to provide three Little Free Libraries for skiers and non-skiers to enjoy. I had to see the world’s first Little Free Library at a ski resort for myself! Sure enough, the Little Free Libraries were wonderful and I was so surprised and pleased to see so much excitement around literacy at a ski area – I am definitely bringing my ski boots next time I come to Clear Creek County!

Thank you to the librarians for hosting me, and a special thank you to everyone who shared their positive energy with me. The hugs and high fives really made my Huckle-heart feel good.

Until next time!

-Huckle Cat

P.S. If you want to read about some of my adventures, you can check out books about my friends and I at your local library!