Children’s summer programs at the library
—Nancy Guist, Children’s Services Coordinator, Placitas Community Library
Placitas Community Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing. We have had wonderful attendance and have enjoyed seeing many familiar faces, as well as welcoming new children to the library. The programs will continue through July, every Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. The remaining programs supporting the Make a Splash – READ! theme are as follows:
- July 1—Random Rainbows;
- July 8—Children’s Xeric Garden;
- July 15—Wonders of Water;
- July 22—Beavers, Otters, and Other Wetland Creatures.
On July 29, we will hold our Summer Reading Celebration, during which we recognize all children who have participated in the Summer Reading Challenge with bags of prizes and free books. (For registration information and Summer Reading Challenge packets, please stop by the library.)
We will also have a special performer for the celebration. Chris Enright, who entertained at the library’s grand opening, will be presenting the History of Juggling, along with a juggling performance. We look forward to a festive event!
On June 5, we held our first Family Game Afternoon. The families who attended thoroughly enjoyed playing new and creative strategy board games. We plan to have our next game afternoon on Saturday, July 24 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Games will be available for teens and adults, as well as children and families. So escape the heat, and join Jay Tummelson of Rio Grande Games for some game playing!
Story Time Yoga for children 4-8 years of age will continue in July with two sessions on Wednesday, July 14 and 28 at 2:00 p.m. Also, Spencer, our local therapy dog, will again be eager to hear books read to him by all dog and book loving children on Saturday, July 10 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
With regards to our ever developing collection, the Placitas Community Library is pleased to announce that we have once again been selected as a recipient for the We the People Bookshelf sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The We the People Bookshelf is a set of classic books for young readers from kindergarten through high school.
Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation’s heritage and selects books that embody that theme. This collection of theme-related books is the Bookshelf. In addition to introducing young readers to good literature, the Bookshelf promotes understanding of abstract or general ideas through the power of particular stories. The theme for 2010 is A More Perfect Union. There are twenty-one books in the collection, from picture book, Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni to The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois. The complete collection is displayed in the children’s area of the library. The next time you are in the library, take time to check out this outstanding collection of books.