Ten ways to engage in summertime brain exercise

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By Carol A. Clark

School dismissed for the summer Friday and graduation for Los Alamos High School seniors was Saturday, but students still have options: They can stagnate in front of computers and television sets or get busy working out their minds and bodies.

Mesa Public Library offers a broad spectrum of youth services available this summer.

“We have a fantastic summer reading program,” said Assitant Manager Bernadine Goldman. “The national theme for this summer is, ‘Catch the reading bug’ and the teen portion is called ‘Metamophisis.’”

For detailed information on all the library’s youth programs, Goldman encourages people to call the youth services department at 662-8250.

Singer and songwriter Patricia Shih, who performs at schools, libraries and other venues, is filled with creative ideas.

“Woo hoo – school’s out,” Shih said in a news release. “No more books, teachers, thinking, learning – NOT!”

Just like muscles, brains also needs to be exercised regularly to keep strong and healthy, she said, adding, “You may be tempted to veg out in front of the TV, computer or video games, but summer time is a golden opportunity to grow a super brain.”

Shih lists 10 tips to keep the brain fit:

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