Catch the reading bug this summer

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By Special to the Monitor

Think reading is just for kids? Now that is just silly. Back by popular demand, the Los Alamos County Libraries will have a summer reading program not only for kids and teens, but for adults, too.

Every year, the New Mexico State Library has a different theme for the Summer Reading program and children are invited to keep track of how long they read or listen to books to enjoy and win prizes.

This year, the theme is “Catch the Reading Bug!” for younger kids and “Metamorphosis” for teens.

Now, adults can have fun reading, win prizes and make their opinions known about what they read, too. The adult summer reading program starts Monday; just come by the reference desk at Mesa Public Library to pick up a bag full of goodies to get started. The children’s summer reading sign up started Sunday, check with Youth Services at 662-8258 for all the details.

The official kick-off event for summer reading will be at 7 p.m. June 16 at Mesa Public Library with the magician Jamie O’Hara.

Adult Summer


The libraries are encouraging adults to sign up for the program by offering prizes for each three books read and each three book reviews turned in.

Not only can readers choose a prize as they finish each batch of books, but they can also enter the drawing for final prizes to be given out at the end of the summer reading event Aug. 12.

It is all in fun, the aim is for folks to try something new: new genre, new format, something out of the ordinary. And, the libraries have a lot to offer – e-books, audiobooks (on tape and CD), large-print books, fiction, non-fiction, local interest books, magazines, newspapers, foreign language books, poetry and much more.

Check the library catalog online (library.losalamosnm.us) from home for ideas of what to read. Check the catalog’s “Popular Lists” heading or visit the “Readers Advisory” area at Mesa in the fiction area or at White Rock. Librarians are always available to help patrons find materials and the library even offers home delivery for those community members who can’t easily visit the libraries. Readers can share their good reads (or bad ones) with others at two informal book discussion events, one July 15 and one Aug. 12, both from 7-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa.

Please call 662-8253 for more information or visit the library information webpages at www.lac-nm.us/libraryhome.

Kids and Teens


Kids and teens are invited to Catch the Reading Bug by timing their summer reading all summer long, June 1-Aug. 31, and receive prizes. To sign up for this program, visit the library for details and an information packet.

The library’s regular summer programming for kids and teens kicks off June 16 with a return performance by local favorite, the magican, Jamie O’Hara. O’Hara will host a magic workshop and a magic show in both White Rock and Los Alamos as part of the summer reading kick-off.

O’Hara’s appearance is just the beginning of what the library will offer this summer. There is a full slate for the popular Monday Night Family programming featuring storytellers, crafts, dancers and informative presentations for whole families. Monday Family Night is held at 7 p.m. every Monday, except July 7, at Mesa.

Regular programming for the very young continues on schedule, including an extended storytime (on Wednesdays in White Rock and Thursdays at Mesa) for children ages 3-6.

Also, part of the summer fun is the weekly Chili Camp, a combination of simple arts and crafts and stories, which is held Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. at White Rock and from 2-3 p.m. in Los Alamos, and is open to children who have completed first grade age 7-12.

Special programs too!

The annual favorites, American Girl and American Girl Jr., begin in July and the new Time Warp Trio program begins the second week in June.

These activity intense programs, which spotlight historical fiction, are open to children aged 8-12 and last a week each. Call 662-8258 for specific dates, and to register in advance for one of these programs.

Also, this summer, enjoy some theatrical fun for this year’s summer reading theme, “Catch the Reading Bug!” Los Alamos County Library System is partnering with Santa Clara Pueblo Library to bring the Traveling Lantern Theater Company production of “The Caterpillar Hunter: A Vegetable Safari” to the area from 1-4 p.m. July 24 at the Santa Clara Pueblo Neighborhood Facility Gym.

The Caterpillar Hunter shrinks himself and sets off to explore the terrain – pursuing elusive bugs and strange herbage in the wild recesses of a common North American vegetable garden.

Join in his exciting backyard adventure. Whether cheering the villain, creating sound effects or playing one of the main characters in the show, children from the audience will have a hands-on opportunity to share in the experience of live theatre.

The event will be for kids in kindergarten-through eighth grade. Call 662-8258 for details and directions.

Finally, the fun extends this summer for teenagers at the library, with a variety of programs targeted at engaging 12-18 year olds.

Weekly video-gaming sessions at 5 p.m. Tuesdays for teens only, begin the week of June 16 and Teen Advisory Group (books, food, fun) will continue to meet bi-weekly throughout the summer.

Other events, such as crafts, movies and a silly spelling bee, will be scheduled throughout the summer.

To sign up for notification about teen events, contact 662-8258 or send a request for information to ysweb@lacnm.us.