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Placitas Community Library kids corner

There are many exciting and interesting opportunities in May for your children at the Placitas Community Library.

On Saturday, May 14, we will be celebrating our birthday bash and kicking off summer reading events. The activities for children will be held between 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m., beginning with Frank the Amazing Magician at 10 a.m. and continuing with a children’s story hour at 10:30 a.m., with stories about wolves read by Linda Spaulding. The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary will present a program for children at 11:00 a.m., and Placitas’ own juggling master Chris Enright will be on hand most of the day, juggling and unicycling about.

Frank and Chris are donating their performances to the library, and we wish to thank them very much.

Throughout the day, you will be able to register your children for the Summer Reading Challenge. At the end of the summer program, all children who participate in the challenge will receive a bag of prizes and a book.

You will also find out more about three wonderful opportunities for your children: Story Time Yoga, the Summer Reading Program, and the Summer Arts Program. Here is a preview:

  • Story Time Yoga is presented free of charge by Deborah Gullo of Yoga Crossroads every Tuesday afternoon in June and July from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sign up at the birthday bash.
  • The Summer Reading Program is presented by the volunteers on the Children’s Services Committee and is supported by three community groups: the Jardineros de Placitas, the Placitas Artist Series Community Outreach Program, and the New Mexico Humanities Council. The program will be held every Thursday morning in June and July from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The theme is “One World, Many Stories” and will take children on a reading tour to many exciting places, including the Serengeti Plain and Nigeria in Africa, the Tower of London, China, the rain forests, and Australia. Children will see and hear stories presented in many imaginative and creative ways, using music, flags, exotic animals, puppets, and much more! Pick up a detailed flyer at the birthday bash.
  • The Summer Arts Program is presented by the Creative Spirits of Placitas, a talented group of local artists, on three Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. On June 18, Anna Goodridge, fine arts painter, will present a program on Mexican paper cutting. On July 23, author Lisa Goldman will read her new book, The Proud Little Burro, accompanied by illustrator Patrice Schooley, local artist Sonya Coppo, and Lisa’s own donkey, “Little Burrito.” Have your photo taken with “Burrito.” Finally, on August 27, local jewelry design artist Geri Verble will talk about the history of African beads and help children create an African bead and leather necklace. Pick up a flyer for these special events at the birthday bash as well. Flyers are also available on our Web site.

All of these programs are presented free of charge.

For more information, call (505) 867-3355, or visit

Upcoming Children’s Programs

  • May 6: Boy Scout Meeting, 4:30 p.m.
  • May 10: Bilingual Story Hour, 3 p.m.
  • May 12: Pre-K Story Hour, 10 a.m.
  • May 14: PCL Birthday Bash and Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Frank the Amazing Magician, 10 a.m.; Wolf Stories with Linda Spaulding, 10:30 a.m.; Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Presentation for Children with a Wolf Ambassador, 11 a.m.
  • May 17: Kids’ Book Club, 3 p.m. (Book selection: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)
  • May 20: Boy Scout Meeting, 4:30 p.m.
  • May 26: Pre-K Story Hour, 10 a.m.







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