“Imagine Your Story” A Virtual Summer Reading Program for June and July, 2020

Your summer reading program, “Imagine Your Story,” will be online this summer during June and July. Specific information on how to access the performances and programs will be on our website along with dates, times, and other pertinent information.  Some viewings will be recorded and others will be live.  There will be special events and on-going storytimes plus our summer reading challenge.

Special events include:

Didgeridoo Down Under – Australian stories, music, culture, puppetry, comedy, and character building with lots of audience participation and lots of fun.  This program will be available June 21–27. Rob Thomas will be the virtual performer.

“Me the Tree,” a virtual program presented on Thursday, June 25 at 1 PM.  The storyteller will be Rich Mullaney, author and wood carver. This live program is on Zoom and the link will be on our website. Rich is conducting an art contest for children ages 12 and under. Rich is the sole creator of the contest creating the rules and offering prizes.  To read all about it, please go to his website.  Participation is entirely up to parents and children. 

Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theater – A 45-minute storytelling video of classic fairy tales from the Enchanted Kingdom with singing, colorful props and mime.  This program will be available on July 5–11.

Shana Banana’s virtual concert for kids and families called “Fairy Tales Gone Bananas,” particularly appropriate for ages 3–7.  This program will be available July 12–18.

Indiana Bones telling stories from New Mexico about dragons, unicorns, and why New Mexico is known as the “Land of Enchantment.”  Indiana uses puppets and lots of interesting props.  He is a favorite at our library. More info will be available soon.  To find out how to get it please see the special note at the end of this flyer.

There will also be a program by musician and children’s entertainer, Andy Mason, who will be offering a fun, interactive program with prizes.  This program is courtesy of the New Mexico Library Foundation.  Andy’s program will be on 5 different New Mexico Library websites on their facebook pages.  We will pass on which libraries, when we receive it.

One more program maybe added: an online Shadow Puppetry program which will be a series of three workshops on the following topics: The Science of Shadow Puppets, Poetry-writing, and Shadow Puppet Creation.  Check our website or your email for  more info.

On-going Story Times:

On our website you can listen to stories read by Michelle Obama on Mondays at noon.  This program is sponsored by PBS Kids and Penguin Random House. You can also go directly to their website.

Other sites you can visit are:

  • www.storylineonline.net – Stories are read by actors/actresses and was created to help families during the Covid – 19 Crisis.
  • http://jbary.com/  – This site gives lots of bilingual resources, stories, and activities including story times in different languages.

Another Storytime we are excited about comes from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).  CSLP is the national provider of our annual summer reading materials. Their 2020 Summer Reading Champion is Carmen Agra Deedy.  Beginning on June 5 , Carmen will be reading and sharing stories every Friday at 10am CDT in June and July.  She will be sharing from her facebook page.

Special Note:

Our annual Summer Reading Challenge is on!  Instead of showing us your reading log each week, you will find a virtual log provided by the New Mexico State Library at a google site.  I have not received the site yet but hope to have it soon.  Our Reading Challenge runs from June 1–July 31.  Instead of recording titles of books, you will keep track of the total minutes you read each week and record it on the online reading log.  It is very easy to do, as you will see.  Very important!  Each book you read or is read to you will count so keep track of the time you spend watching our programs and participating in story times.  Keep track of your time spent reading everything!!!  Record the time you read on a piece of paper and transfer it to the online log.

Finally, I have one last piece of information.  If you would like to be placed on an email reminder list, please send your name and email to childrens@placitaslibrary.com and your info will be forwarded to me so I can send you the info not available at this time.  If I already have your email, you do not need to do anything.

We will miss seeing you this summer at the library, but we hope you will enjoy the program we have put together for you.  Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, try not to touch your face, show your love for your parents and grandparents and KEEP READING!  Hasta pronto!

Special Thanks to the Jardineros of Placitas and the Placitas Artist Series for their generous donations every summer and to all of our patrons who support our programs.