Dip into some cool literary fun

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By Special to the Monitor

Cool off from the summer heat by diving into the literary world at the Los Alamos County Library System. This summer’s reading program is titled, “Make A Splash @ Your Library.”


The 2010 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, birth through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, special events, story hours, a reading club and more. Even families are invited to participate in some programs. Also, there are special programs just for teens.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program began Monday and all the summer programming fun begins June 14.   During the program,  participants keep track of their time spent reading to receive weekly incentitives and be eligible to to part in the end of summer party, which will on Aug. 9. The party will feature a performance by Sunny Birklund and the Puppet Playhouse.

Call Youth Services at 662-8258 for all the details or check it out online: at www.losalamosnm.us/library.


Summer programming kicks off on June 14 with a visit from Wise Fool Puppets.  New this year, Wise Fool is hosting a puppet workshop for kids ages 7 and older. Children will make their own puppets using basic supplies like manila folders and learn from the expert puppeteers how to make them come alive. There are two workshops: one at 11 a.m. at the White Rock Library and the other at 4 p.m. at Mesa Library. Registration is required and opened June 1.  

There will also be a the Wise Fool’s show, “Too Much Noise!” This show, which does not require registration, will feature audience participation and puppetry. The White Rock show begins at 1 p.m. and the Mesa Library show starts at 7 p.m.

Explore a museum on wheels and learn about the history of transportation in New Mexico with the Van of Enchantment.  The van, featuring exhibits and information about “Riding the Rails” in New Mexico, will visit from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 28 at the White Rock branch library.  


During the school year, the library hosts a book club for homeschoolers aged 8-12 but this summer, everyone aged 8-12 is invited to join the Summer Book Club.  All members need  to do is read the summer selection: “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by Beverly Cleary and then participate in the book discussion at  1 p.m. July 13 at Mesa Library.  

This summer the library’s youngest patrons are invited to join in on the  special Saturday sessions of Music and Movement at Mesa Library. Music and Movement is a half-hour program full of dancing, singing, instruments and more for children ages 0-5.  Now with Saturday sessions, beginning June 19,  older children and the whole family can dance to the beat.


Chili Camp begins on June 16.  The weekly craft and reading program for children ages 7-12.  Children must have completed first grade to participate. Drop in at noon Wednesdays at White Rock or 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library for stories and projects.

The American Girl program is a week-long activity program for children ages 8-12.  The American Girl, Jr. program is a one-day activity program for children ages 6-7, children must have completed first grade to participate. Kit Kittredge (1934) is the featured American Girl this summer. American Girl is at 2 p.m. at Mesa Public Library on June 28-July2 and at White Rock on July 19-23.  American Girl, Jr. is July 15 at Los Alamos and July 16 at White Rock. Registration is required and opened June 1.

The Time Warp Trio program is a week-long activity program for children ages 8-12.  Join the library as Joe, Sam and Fred have adventures through history and time, from the time of the samurais to the era of cavemen. The Time Warp Trio is at 2 p.m. June 21-25 at Mesa Public Library and at 2 p.m. July 26-30 at the White Rock branch.  Registration is required and opened on June 1.

Monday Family Night is the popular all-ages, family-friendly series of informative, fun and engaging programs. Monday Family Nights are at 7 p.m. in the downstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library and they kick off this year on June 14 with Wise Fool Puppets.

Wednesday Family Night at White Rock is a supplement to the Monday Family Night at Mesa Public Library. White Rock’s first program is “Raptors!” with Laura Swartz  on at 7 p.m. June 16.

Weekly programs for the youngest library patrons resume the week of June 14.  Join for Music & Movement, suited for ages 0-5, 9:30-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mesa Public Library and  9:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays in White Rock.  Lapsit Storytime, for ages 18-36 months, is 10:10-10:30 a.m. Thursdays at Mesa Public Library and 10:10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at White Rock. Summer “big kid” Toddler Storytime, for ages 3-6, is 10:40-11:10 a.m. Thursdays at Mesa Public Library and 10:40-11:10 a.m. Wednesdays at White Rock.


Now there’s something for teens to do for free at night in Los Alamos with Press Play, a series of summer events for teens. Twice a month, teens aged 13 and older are invited to the Mesa Public Library or the White Rock Branch Library to watch a movie or play video games. From 5-6 p.m., teens are also invited to participate in the Teen Advisory Group to get a peak at all the newest books or the Do It Yourself program to create something fantastic. June 17 and July 15 are movie nights, “Avatar” and “Star Trek” will be screened at Mesa Public Library, and June 22 and July 13, video games such as Dance, Dance Revolution, will be played in White Rock.  


 Who says kids get all the fun? Los Alamos County Libraries’ Adult Summer Reading Program started Monday and will run through Aug. 31. Register for  “Water Your Mind” by joining the summer reading program. To become a part of the adult reading program, drop by a service desk at Mesa Public Library or the White Rock Branch and pick up a summer reading packet. In the packet there will be a reading list; a ‘Bingo Card’ to fill out and other goodies to get started on summer reading.

There are special reading programs for adults, too. At 7 p.m. June 22, author Craig Childs will visit Mesa Public Library. A book discussion on “The Secret Knowledge of Water” will begin at 7 p.m. July 27 at the library. Jack Loeffler will lead the discussion. These events are made possible with funding from the New Mexico State Library with cooperation from the New Mexico Humanities Council. Call 662-8253 for all the details or visit www.losalamosnm.us/library.