UPDATE Learn about one of the world's most precious resources tonight

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By Special to the Monitor

Water is most powerful where it is most precious. Craig Childs has been walking across deserts around the globe in search of this liquid element. A renowned author and story-teller, he returns with riveting tales of flash floods and remote water holes, stories that will forever change the way you see water. Join Mesa Public Library for Child’s talk as well as the Summer Reading Program for adults.

As part of the Summer Reading Program that encourages reading for pleasure for all ages, the theme across the country this year is water. And, the New Mexico State Library is partnering with the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) this summer on a project that will bring an adult reading program with a water theme to 15 public libraries across the state.

This project will merge NMHC’s Watershed Consciousness in the Greater Southwest radio project with the 2010 Summer Reading Program (SRP) theme of water. The slogan for adults in the 2010 SRP is “Water Your Mind—Read,” which fits perfectly with this joint project and a great fit for New Mexico.


The project will be based on “The Big Read” and “One Community, One Book” type programs, in which public libraries encourage everyone in the community to read the same book and offer events based on that book for further exploration, learning and community building. The selected book for this project is Child’s “The Secret Knowledge of Water” (Sasquatch Books, 2000). This nonfiction work explores the essence of water in the southwest desert, including specifically New Mexico. The author, a naturalist and contributor to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, creates a narrative in which the reader journeys with him into unknown canyons and across remote expanses, searching for water and its fundamental nature.

Los Alamos County Public Library System has been selected as one of the 15 participating libraries in the state that will receive $1.000 each to purchase copies of the book and implement programs based on the book. The library will offer one book discussion program and one program in which participants listen to at least one of the NMHC’s Watershed audio programs and discuss them in conjunction with the book. Program dates to be announced.

For its part, the New Mexico State Library will provide participating libraries with a book discussion guide to facilitate the book discussion sessions and suggestions for related speakers on the topic.

For more information about the library system's reading program see, www.lcni5.com/cgi-bin/c2.cgi