Time to put on the creative reading hat

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By Special to the Monitor

Be Creative at Your Library is Los Alamos County Public Library System’s summer reading theme. Young patrons are invited to explore the worlds of music, dance, art, books and more. The 2009 Summer Reading Program is open to all young people, infant through young adult, and features programs, prize drawings, special event story hours, a reading club and more.

Registration for the summer reading program begins Monday and summer programming begins on June 15. Come by the Youth Services desk at Mesa Public Library or the main desk at White Rock Branch.                                                                                                                                             New programs at the library include Pajama Storytime, Double Digits Book Group, Family Night at White Rock and Press Play for Teens.  Some returning favorites are Chili Camp, the American Girl program, the American Girl Junior program, the Time Warp Trio and Monday Family Night at Mesa.

The Endlessly Creative Summer Extravaganza kicks off on July 15 with two performances by the Wise Fool Puppets. This all-ages show featuring giant puppets and live theater happens at 4 p.m. in White Rock and 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.

Beginning Monday, children of all ages and teens are invited to register                                                                              

for the summer reading program.

This program runs all summer and encourages participants to keep track of their time spent reading to receive weekly incentives and be eligible to participate in the end of summer party.  

There will be  prizes, goodies, books and more.

New programs

The newest program for very young patrons, Pajama Storytime, begins June 16 and continues from 7-7:25 p.m. every Tuesday at Mesa Public Library. Parents and children ages 3-6 are invited to this special new story time where they can share bedtime stories and lullabies.  Participants can come in their  jammies.

Double Digits Books Club (d2) is the new thematic book club for children ages 10-12. Double Digits meets once a month and offers kids a chance to discuss some of their favorite books, see new library books first and get reading recommendations.  

On June 30, Double Digits meets at 2 p.m. at Mesa Public Library to discuss fantasy books and the July 16 club meeting will feature historical fiction.

Wednesday Family Night at White Rock is a supplement to the popular Monday Family Night at Mesa Public Library.  Family nights are programs for all ages.  White Rock’s first program is “Raptors!” with Laura Swartz of the Santa Fe Raptor Center at 7 p.m. June 24.

Now there’s something for teens to do, for free, at night in Los Alamos with Press Play, the  new series of summer events for teens. Twice a month, teens age 13 and older are invited to the Mesa Public Library or the White Rock Branch Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to watch a movie or play video games.

 From 5:30-6:30 p.m., interested teens are also invited to participate in Teen Advisory Group or Do It Yourself Project program.

June 18 and July 2, the movies “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” and “Iron Man” will be shown at Mesa Public Library and July 25 and July 23 video games will be offered. Dance, Dance Revolution and MarioKart, will be played in White Rock.  



Chili Camp begins on June 17.  It is a weekly craft and reading program for children ages 7-12.  (Children must have completed first grade to participate.) Wednesdays there will be stories and projects!  Chili Camp is at noon in White Rock and at 2 p.m. at Mesa Public.

The American Girl program is a week-long activity program for children ages 8-12. Samantha Parkington is the featured American Girl this summer.  Join the library at 2 p.m., June 22-26, and at White Rock, July 6-10.  

The American Girl Junior program is a one day activity program for children ages 6-7, children must have completed first grade to participate. It will be held at  June 29 at Mesa and July 13 at White Rock and also features Samantha Parkington. Registration is required and opened Monday.

The Time Warp Trio program is a week-long activity program for children ages 8-12. In the program, Joe, Sam and Fred have adventures through history and time.  

The Time Warp Trio is at 2 p.m. July 20-24 at Mesa Public Library and July 27-31 at White Rock branch.  Registration is required and opened Monday.

Monday Family Night is the popular all-ages, family friendly series of informative, fun and engaging programs.  Monday Family Nights begin June 15 with the fabulous Wise Fool Puppets and are held at 7 p.m.  in the downstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library.  

Weekly programs for the littlest patrons resume the week of June 16. Music and Movement, suited for ages 0-5, will be held from 9:30-10 a.m. Tuesday  and Thursday at Mesa Public Library and from Wednesdays at White Rock from 9:30-10 a.m. Lapsit Storytime, for ages 18-36 months, is 10:10-10:30  a.m. Thursdays at Mesa and Wednesdays at White Rock.  Summer “big kid” Toddler Storytime, for ages 3-6, is 10:40-11:10 on Thursdays at Mesa and Wednesdays at White Rock.

Just for grownups, the Adult Summer Reading program, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Los Alamos County and its libraries, gets underway on Monday. Stop by the Reference Desk at Mesa or call 662-8253 for details.

Special events

Enjoy a night of classic New Mexican folklore and stories with legendary storyteller Joe Hayes at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge on July 20. If the weather is good, bring a picnic.

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 activities from the N.M. State Museums, will visit Mesa Public Library parking lot on June 17 and White Rock Branch Library parking lot on July 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m..

For those who prefer to contemplate creativity, look out for the wonderful new set of prints awarded to the library from the NEH/ALA Picturing America award. Forty images of American masterpieces will be displayed later this summer and will then be added to the Circulating Art Collection. To celebrate the Los Alamos County 60th Anniversary, the library is hosting an  art exhibition in July.  

Artists who have lived or worked in Los Alamos in the last 60 years will  present a celebration of the county’s works of art. Selections from the Los Alamos County Public Art Collection will also be included. Also the Next Big Idea with an array of  ideas from the  libraries will be held on July 18. For more information or to register, visit the library, call  662-8258 or e-mail at ysweb@lacnm.us.