Music at the Placitas Community Library
—Nancy Guist, Children’s Services Coordinator
The Placitas Community Library will be swinging with music on Thursday, July 2 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. as part of the Summer Reading Program. Two folk instrumental groups, Jubalation (a teen group) and Jubal’s Kids (a children’s group), will be performing. They will be playing Celtic, bluegrass, and folk music for thirty to forty-five minutes. The performers will then share the history of their instruments and music in the U.S., followed by an opportunity for the audience to have a hands-on look at the instruments. It will be a wonderful opportunity for all.
The Summer Reading Program continues throughout the month of July with the following activities: July 9—Creative Tile Decorations (make a beautiful tile creation); July 16—Colorful Science (have fun performing science experiments with color); July 23—Tortillas and Families (make your own tortillas); and July 30—Amazing Animals (see some live animals from the zoo). All programs will be accompanied by book sharing. Two age groups (three to six and seven to ten-plus) are available. August 6 is the Summer Reading Celebration. Look for details in the August Signpost.
The Placitas Community Library (PCL) is proud to announce that it has been selected to receive the 2009 We the People Bookshelf, a collection of seventeen books on the “Picturing America” theme. This program, presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association, encourages young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history. Look for this outstanding collection of books currently displayed in the children’s room. This is the third year in a row that PCL has been selected! For a list of the books included in this collection, please visit the library’s website at placitaslibrary.com.
Also on display in the children’s room is a collection of The Land of Enchantment Books. These books have been selected by a committee of New Mexico librarians and teachers. During the remainder of the year and through March 2010, New Mexico’s young people will be reading these books and voting for their favorite in the category appropriate to their age. The Placitas Library has purchased the books on both the children’s and young adult’s lists. We hope many will begin reading them this summer. If they do, they can receive credit for the books during the Summer Reading Challenge. In addition, once a young person has read (or had read to him/her) three or more books from the appropriate list, he or she can vote. Of course, we encourage reading as many books from the list as possible. The more books read, the more meaningful the award will be. The traditional time to vote is National Library Week in April, but all of April is voting time. Ballots will be made available at the library in April 2010. In order to obtain a ballot, the reader must come with a list of The Land of Enchantment Books that he or she has read. We hope this program will provide opportunities for great reading experiences!
Bernalillo High School names new principal
Bernalillo Public Schools has selected Matthew Montano as the Principal for Bernalillo High School. Mr. Montano has served as the Bernalillo Middle School Assistant Principal for the past two years; prior to that he was the Dean of Students at Bernalillo Middle School. Mr. Montano has an extensive background in curriculum development and in working with students at the secondary level. His experiences in Advanced Placement, as well as, Special Education give him a broad background to assist all students at the high school.
Esther Bone summer youth programs
July 6 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. as part of the library’s summer reading program “Be Creative @ Your Library,” kids and grownups will be singing and dancing, doo-wopping and shoo-bopping. This event will take place on the north lawn of the library.
On July 11, the library will celebrate all the great reading completed by children in their “Be Creative @ Your Library” program. Martial Artistry, an Albuquerque-based martial arts school, will demonstrate wushu, kung fu, and Chinese dragon dancing from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. on the north lawn of the library. This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho.
Lego artist Lorence Winchell will present “Lego Basics,” an instructional two-day program for children in grades four and up on July 27 and 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants must be able to attend both sessions to register. Lorence will offer a one-day program for children in grades one through three on July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children attending this younger session must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must bring their own Legos to the program. Registration begins July 13 at 10:00 a.m. and space is limited.
The Esther Bone Memorial Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho.