Belen Public Library
Things are going to get a bit dirty for participants of the Belen Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Dig into Reading,” Tuesday, June 4, through Tuesday, July 30.
“We’ll be talking all summer about things having to do with dirt,” said volunteer Kathy Jaramillo, reading program coordinator.
Weekly sessions run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for children between the ages of 3 and 12.
Guests include a master gardener, an archeologist who will discuss fossils, a scientist from New Mexico Tech who will talk about rocks and minerals, and Ted Hodoba from the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, who will discuss burrowing animals.
The children will see a big backhoe up close, dig for dinosaurs and buried treasure, pan for gold and end the summer program with a fun-in-the-water day, Jaramillo said.
Bosque Farms Public Library
A twice-a-week program of music, crafts, books and special entertainers will run from Monday, June 17, through Monday, July 15, at the Bosque Farms Public Library for children ages 6 to 12.
Parents need to register their children by 5 p.m., Monday, June 3, for the program that runs 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Space is limited and parents are asked to specify if their children will attend one or both reading and crafts programs.
Following the theme “Dig into Reading,” the first two weeks are called “Just Dig It” and will feature caterpillars and butterflies, planting seeds and decorating flower pots, along with books about these subjects. Garden trolls will be the subject of books and crafts in July.
Visits from the Bosque Farms police and fire departments in July will remind children to stay safe this summer.
A parade to the Bosque Farms village office and police station is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3. Patriotic hats and rhythm ribbons will be made for the parade.
From Monday, July 22, to Thursday, July 25, there will be a special week for “Tweens and Teens” that will focus on the hobbit, elf, fairy or troll books they read this summer. They also will build special homes during those four days to take to their gardens for their magical friends to enjoy.
“Exotics of the Rainforest,” a special program for families and children of all ages is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, at the library. The free program will consist of videos, visual displays and live animals native to the tropical rainforests and deserts of the world.
“Don’t be surprised to see a hissing cockroach, a colorful macaw, or even a huge snake you could hold,” said Amanda Vigil, library director. “Scorpions and tarantulas will also be alive and kicking here. Just do not touch!”
Los Lunas Public Library
“Dig into Reading” is the theme for Los Lunas Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Tuesday, June 4, through Wednesday, July 31.
Reading logs can be picked up at the library now through Monday, June 17, for those who want to keep track of the books they read this summer and compete for prizes. Logs will be due back at the library Monday, Aug. 5.
Summer activities start at 11 a.m. every Tuesday with a Story and Sing-along for the youngest participants, children ages 1 to 5.
From 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Fridays, Tween/Teen Crafts will be offered for youngsters ages 10 and older.
June craft activities include knitting, duck-tape wallets and T-shirt totes. In July, crafts will include beaded bracelets and origami.
A Stitching Club will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. each Saturday of the reading program.
Live performances at the library throughout June and July will be open to the public. All performances start at 1 p.m.
Andy Mason, award-winning New Mexico children’s musician from Portales, kicks off the weekly entertainment on Thursday, June 6. “Exotics of the Rainforest” will feature live parrots and reptiles from tropical rainforests and deserts of the world on Wednesday, June 12, and, on Thursday, June 27, Ken Karter brings his Funny Dummy Show to the library.
July’s performances begin Wednesday, July 10, when Tall Paul provides comedy, magic, puppetry and juggling. On Thursday, July 18, sing-along with School House Rocks Live! Jamie O’Hara “The Magic Guy” will mix humor and sleight of hand on Wednesday, July 24, and “Recycle Man” Kevin Kinane wraps up the schedule Wednesday, July 31, playing his junk-turned-into-musical instruments.
Isleta Public Library
“Reading is Sooo Delicious” is the theme of Pueblo of Isleta Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Monday, June 10 to Friday, July 26.
Basic baking and cake decorating skills, as well as proper food handling techniques, will be taught. “Jelly Beans” — youngsters 3 to 6 years old — will meet at the library 9 a.m. to noon; sessions for “Bakers Dozen” — for ages 7 to 18 — will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Classes will be limited in size to 20 for Jelly Beans and 30 for Bakers Dozen. Lunch will be provided.
Besides baking at the library, reading program participants will take field trips to area businesses that specialize in desserts and other sweet treats. For example, students will learn the art of chocolate molding at Terri’s Sweet Garden in Los Lunas and the bakers at Albuquerque’s Specialty Shop will teach classes on decorating and making cake pops.
Along with that, students will film each other demonstrating how to decorate a cake, which will be a practice run for the final event of this summer’s program, a Cake Decoration Showdown.