There’s an activity for every age this week at the Roswell Public Library. The Teen Craft this month is a Glow Paint Party and we’ll provide the paints to make a unique glow-in-the-dark t-shirt that you design yourself.
Teens ages 13-19 will just need to bring their own t-shirts to decorate, otherwise it’s free to attend. Refreshments will also be provided.
The two monthly programs open to all ages are combined this month into a fun mash-up. Old school meets new school in this building kit mix-up. For Brick-by-Brick, the library provides lots of Lego bricks for some creative architectural endeavors. To flex those engineering muscles, littleBits are small modules that can be put together to make different machines and devices. Enjoy one or both.
For any questions or more information, you can contact the Library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. and like us on Facebook and find us on Instagram @RPLnm.
Book Talk by Robert Briggs
Summer camp provides an opportunity for many children to experience the joy of the wilderness in a supervised setting that they may not be able to experience otherwise. In “The Summer Camp Survival Guide,” by Chris Pallato and Ron DeFazio, parents and children are given tips on choosing a camp and making the most of their summer while at camp. Kids will learn how to hike safely, make friends, deal with flora and fauna, and even learn some neat campfire stories. Its humorous illustrations make it accessible to all kids who are old enough to go to camp.
This book is a creative way to prepare a child for his or her first trip, and it’s also a good way for summer camp veterans to invent new ways to enjoy their summer.
There are also many books in the children’s fiction section that are about various adventures during summer camp. “Secrets at Camp Nokomis” is an American Girl Mystery by Jacqueline Greene. Set during the polio epidemic in New York, Rebecca is enjoying her time out in the country until she has to deal with a bullying bunk-mate and a missing camper. Rick Riordan’s massively popular series following begins with “The Lightning Thief” where Percy Jackson is set to a summer camp specifically for demigods kickstarting a wild run of adventures. This book is also now a graphic novel, too.
There are even books about summer camp in the J-Easy section for the younger ones to enjoy. “Camp Wonderful Wild” by Laurel Snyder follows all the fun activities taking place at a Jewish summer camp and “Away” by Emil Sher is a sweet exchange of post-it notes taking place between a mother and daughter before her first time away from home. The former showcases the fun of arts and crafts and scavenger hunts, while the latter shows how important family at home is, as well.
All of these books can be found in the various sections of the children’s area, as well as many others that can help allay fears about going away or ignite excitement for adventures ahead!
Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.