Libraries Offer Relief From Spring Break Boredom

Librarian Angie Manfredi


Looking for boredom-busters during Spring Break? Los Alamos County Libraries are having programs for Spring Break families during the week of March 28-April 2. 

Both Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch will have drop-in scavenger hunts for kids, beginning Monday, March 28 and running all during Spring Break week. 

“We’ve had a lot of fun with the Great Character Hunt over the past two years,” Librarian Angie Manfredi said. “Some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature have escaped their pages and kids must track them all down! It’s a fun game for kids. For our older and more intrepid searchers, we have the Epic Quest, which has them use the library catalog and to find answers. It’s a great, fun way to spend some time at the library – and who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt?”

For extra fun, Mesa Public Library is also hosting two days of drop in board gaming and coloring for families. Manfredi says: “We thought this would be the perfect time to put out some of our favorite games and encourage families to stop by and play some games together. We’ll have coloring pages out too.”

The drop-in days and times are 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31. Youth Services at Mesa Public Libraryl also will have out simple crafts and drawing and writing prompts all week, with the hope that kids and families who come to the library will find something to make and create while there. 

As a way to wrap up the week, there will be a 1 p.m. screening of Frozen Friday, April 1. All ages are welcome, and, of course, we’ll be encouraging singing along. The movie will be shown in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Middle- and high-schoolers aren’t left out either – starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 31, Mesa Public Library will screen Divergent. There will be snacks and read-alikes on hand.

Regularly scheduled toddler programs – including Music & Movement, Baby Time, Toddler Time, and Family Storytime will continue on their normal weekly schedules:

  • Music & Movement (ages 0-5) – 9:30-10 a.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at MPL and Wednesdays at WR;
  • Baby Time (ages 0-2) – 10:10-10:30 a.m., Tuesdays at MPL;
  • Family Storytime (ages 0-5) – 10:05-10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at WR; and
  • Toddler Time (ages 3-5) – 10:30-11 a.m., Thursdays at MPL.

“We hope families will think of us as part of their spring vacation plans and we can’t wait to see everyone,” Manfredi said.

For more information about Spring Break programs, or any of the library’s youth service programming, call the Youth Services desk at 505.662.8258.

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