The Cody Library’s summer reading program will end with a talent show to help raise money for a local couple and their baby’s medical expenses.

While the show isn’t until Aug. 22 at Wynona Thompson Auditorium, organizer Brook Grant is asking people interested to submit video tryouts by July 8. 

“It’ll be a really top-notch talent show,” she said. “Come and watch and support the Rivers family.”

Kayla and Josh Rivers recently returned from Children’s Hospital of Denver with son Noah, who was hospitalized when he was diagnosed with a birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia. 

It is a condition where there is a hernia in the diaphragm. He was born with stomach and intestinal parts in his chest cavity. After he was born, he had corrective surgery and recovered  enough to go home.

The family is also one of two causes youths can donate to throughout summer reading.

Talent show videos may be sent to For more information call (307) 250-0998 or email

It’s free to compete in the competition, while attendees will be able to donate at the door. The event will also include silent auction items in the lobby, with prizes for contest winners being donated. 

“We’re going to pull in judges that know what they’re doing,” Grant said. “We’re hoping to have a great, friendly competition that showcases the talent in the region.”

The competition is open to all ages and the judge panel will make the first cuts based on the videos, with finalists competing at the event. 

“This is a chance for you to use your talents to help raise funds for the Rivers family,” Grant said. “This will only work with your help.”

There will be prizes awarded for first, second and third place in each age group, along with people’s choice and overall winner awards.

Submitting a video is an agreement to be in the show if selected and participants need to be available all day Aug. 22.

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