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2021 Virtual Summer Reading Program: “Tails and Tales”

Summer reading program


June 12, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Placitas Community Library
453 HWY 165
Placitas, NM 87043 United States
(505) 867-3355


The Placitas Library is inviting all communities to participate in our summer reading program, “Tails and Tales.”

The virtual programs start at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings.  There are three live programs that allow you to interact with the performers and ask questions.  Also, there are two recorded programs you may watch as well.  Programs are generally 40-45 minutes.

Didgeridoo Downunder

June 12 – Didgeridoo Down Under (live) with storyteller, Rob Thomas, “Tails and Tales from Australia”

The DDU Show is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, comedy, storytelling and audience movement/participation.  The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its otherworldly sound.

But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, and motivational and super fun. You will learn about Aussie culture, animals and more, all while moving and grooving to the pulsing rhythm of the didge!  Remember to bring the didge that you are going to make from the craft bag you receive when you register at the library.  Rob will teach you how to play it!  There is a recording for later viewing that will be similar to the live program.

Link to Join Zoom Meeting

Passcode: 738843

More to Watch!

There are two recordings available later viewing that will be similar to the live program.

View the Video Here

View Aussie Funk Jam

Tricky Dogs Children's Program

June 19: Tricky Dogs with Rick Martin

We will begin with a 15-minute live segment where you can ask Rick questions and introduce your pet. Your pet does not have to be a dog.  Cats, birds, lizards, and all others are welcome. Be sure to be on time at 10:00 AM so you can introduce your special friend to Rick. The recorded program is next Rick demonstrates how he trains his dogs and has them perform some very funny tricks.

Link to Join Zoom

Recorded Program 


Summer Reading Program magic show at PCL

June 26: Live magic show with Evan Paquette

For the first thirty minutes, Evan will help you read the mind of a cuddly stuffed teddy bear, learn amazing animal facts, be delighted by a disappearing bookworm and much more! For the next 15 minutes, you will be invited to a V.I.P. Magic Class. Everyone goes behind the scenes to take the Magician’s Oath, become honorary magicians, and learn some amazing tricks using common household items.  Evan will also recommend some books you can read to learn even more.

Link to Join the Zoom Meeting

  • Meeting ID: 839 1548 5710
  • Passcode: Read

Participate in our Summer Reading Challenge

To register for our Reading Challenge and receive prizes follow these steps:

  • Email Nora Timmons at childrens@placitaslibrary.com
  • In your email, include the name, age, and upcoming grade level of each child you are registering along with their reading
    practices: “Family Reader” or “Independent Reader” or both

Our Children’s Program Coordinator, Nora Timmons, will contact you via email to provide the necessary materials.  After the library reopens in June we will announce a date to give away books and reading prizes.  In the meantime don’t forget to watch our first virtual program on June 12 at 10 AM and keep reading!

Each family will receive a registration packet of materials including coupons from Whataburger and other materials. The first 11 kids will receive a sports bag or T-shirt.  Sizes are limited to youth sizes. We have a variety of prizes donated by Whataburger such as a T-shirt, a book bag, and two $10 gift cards.  There is also a wooden block turtle puzzle, a stuffed animal, and a plush Puss in Boots puppet.
There will also be 15 craft bags available to go along with our first program on June 12 presented by Didgeridoo Down Under.  Every child who registers will select a new book. All prizes and craft bags are first come, first serve but there are plenty of new books that we will be giving away all summer long during June and July.

Next, check out the books from the library, record the titles on your reading log which is in your registration folder.  Then, bring the reading log to the library on one of the following dates to receive stickers for your sticker sheet which is also in your folder.

  • Saturday, June 26  from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hope you can join us!