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Summer activities for children at the Placitas Community Library

—Nancy Guist, Children’s Services Coordinator
The Placitas Community Library will offer several programs for children this summer. The first of these is our traditional weekly Summer Reading Program offered each Thursday at 10:00 a.m., beginning June 3 and continuing through July 29. Jardineros de Placitas has once again provided generous support for our summer reading program for which we are most grateful. This year’s theme will revolve around water, a most precious resource. Our summer’s slogan is Make a Splash—READ! We will again have stories and activities for two age groups—3-6 year olds and 7-10+ years. Registration is not required.  

During the month of June, our weekly programs will include: June 3—The World of Whales; June 10—Seafaring Adventures; June 17—From Clouds to Icebergs; and June 24—Tales from the Sea by professional storyteller, Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, which is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Summer Reading Challenge is another program sponsored by the library. It encourages and supports summer reading. Children can register for this program at the library. Each registered child will receive a folder filled with directions, a reading log, bookmarks, and more. Children will keep track of their own summer reading in their reading logs. Their reading will also contribute to our traditional library reading goal. During the week of July 1, a book will be given to each child who at that time has read 20 easy books or four chapter books. A child just needs to bring his or her log in that week and show it to a volunteer. All children who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a book at the end of the summer, as well as a bag of prizes at the Summer Reading Celebration on July 29.  

The library will again be offering Story Time Yoga. This program, taught by Deborah Gullo of YogaCrossroads, is available for children four to eight years of age. Sessions will be about 45 minutes, and parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend with their child. The programs are free and take place on Wednesday afternoons, beginning at 2 p.m. on the following dates: June 2, 16 and 30 and July 14 and 28. Please call the library at (505) 867-3355, or stop by to register in advance, as spaces are limited.

For the first time, we are also offering Read to the Dog for children. Would your child like a patient, attentive friend to read to? Read to the Dog provides an opportunity for your child to read to a registered therapy dog in a relaxed atmosphere. The dogs sit calmly and quietly for a story. Children can practice reading out loud without fear of judgment. It’s a great way for children to gain confidence in their reading! Local resident, Patrice Schooley, will be at the Placitas library with her therapy dog, Spencer, on the following Saturday afternoons from 1:00– 2:00 p.m.: June 19, July 10, and August 14.

Finally, we will be having a most special event for children, teens, and families on June 5. We will hold our first Saturday Games Afternoon from 1:00–4:00 p.m. Placitas resident, Jay Tummelson of Rio Grande Games, will be sharing a collection of family strategy games—all board games. There will be games for younger children, older children, teens, and adults. Jay, along with a few library volunteers, will be there to teach the games to small groups. It should be a fun afternoon! The most popular games will eventually become part of the library’s collection.

Summer reading program for adults

The theme for this year’s nationwide summer reading program is water, and the theme for the adult program is “Water Your Mind.” Check out all the great books, videos, audio books, and more at the Loma Colorado Main Library at 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE or the Esther Bone Memorial Library at 950 Pinetree Road in Rio Rancho. This year’s program will include two talks by award-winning gardening expert Rudy Benavidez, a concert by Holy Water and Whiskey, and a gourd craft program. To participate, just read or listen to books and earn a chance to win the Booklover’s Bag, chock full of fun stuff any reader would love. Submit your entry forms from June 1 until 5:00 p.m. on August 14 at any Rio Rancho public library. You must be 18 years or older to participate. The drawing for the Booklover’s Bag will be on August 19 at Loma Colorado Main Library. You need not be present to win. Submit as many entry forms as you wish, but you can win only one Booklover’s Bag. For information, call (505) 891-5013, extension 3033.

T & T Supermart awards annual scholarships

Congratulations to the following Bernalillo High School graduating seniors for winning scholarships from T & T Supermart:

  • Brittany Darnell
  • Shane Donahue
  • Desiree Lovato
  • Shanae Satriana

T& T Supermart has been giving scholarships to local students for 20 years. Hats off to the four hardworking recipients.





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