Share Summer Fun at Library with Fizz-Boom-READ



Where can children and teens go to see the circus, sing-along to Frozen, Skype with authors to discuss books, visit Camp Half-Blood, experience hands-on science and art activities, and have fun all summer long? At Los Alamos County Library System’s summer reading program Fizz-Boom-READ!

Fizz-Boom-READ, two months of programs for all ages at Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Branch Library, launches at 6 p.m. Monday, June 2 with a return visit of the Clan Tynker circus troop. Clan Tynker’s show is full of thrills and wonders and will be held outside in front of Mesa Public Library in the Los Alamos County Skate Park. You’ll definitely want to experience Clan Tynker in this unique theater in the round setting – arrive early and bring pillows and blankets.

The Summer Reading program is a great chance to keep your children and teens learning over the summer, which helps avoid summer slide. Children and teens are encouraged to read for pleasure and can earn weekly incentives as well as have a chance to win in our weekly book drawings. 

Studies show that summer recreational reading helps stem learning loss and encourages readers, especially struggling readers. All ages benefit from summer reading and we’ve even created a special early literacy program for ages 0-5. Children and teens are invited to pick up their logs at either library and can begin recording their reading time on Monday, June 2.

Clan Tynker is only the beginning of all the fun! Summer programs this year include the return of familiar favorite programs like Ready, Set, Read, the library’s early literacy program for ages 4-6, 1-1:45 p.m. Thursdays at Mesa Public Library, and the American Girl program for ages 7-12 (June 20-27).

There are programs too. Rick Riordan fans ages 7-12 will want to join the library staff for Camp Half-Blood (July 14-18) and younger fans of Pete the Cat won’t want to miss a chance to sing, dance, and make crafts at the Pete the Cat event at White Rock Branch Library on July 16.

The library is also offering great weekly programs, too. The Book Bunch Lunch, a story time for older kids aged 7-11, is 1-1:45 p.m. every Wednesday and Lego Club meets every 1-2 p.m. Mondays for ages 2-6 and 2-3 p.m. Mondays for ages 7 and up). The library even has a special monthly book club for middle grade students (grades 6-8) and that culminates with a live Skype visit with author Claire Legrand.

The White Rock Branch Library is getting in on the fun with their special Fizz-Boom-Science-on-Film series. For the first time ever, the White Rock Family Friendly Film Series has a theme: Scientists on Film! At 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, a free family-friendly film screens at the White Rock Town Hall. This year, all the selections will be fun and silly films about science and nature.

As an added extra-bonus the library is adding on a STEM story time and activity before the show!. Families are encouraged to arrive at the White Rock Branch Library at 5:45 p.m. to start the fun and exploration and then stick around for the movie.

An extra special part of the summer is “Spark a Reaction, a program just for teens. Teen have the chance to watch anime, discuss books, and celebrate their favorite pop culture creations like zombies and the Veronica Roth book series. This year, the teen reading program includes weekly drawings for prizes for teens. The library staff is especially excited about the new monthly teen book club, where teens are invited to eat pizza and then live Skype with authors to discuss their books.

Two months of Fizz-Boom fun starts next week at the library. You never know what you’ll discover this summer, but Los Alamos County Library is the perfect place to start your exploration.

Stop by to pick up a calendar or download one at: Visit the Library Facebook page (Los Alamos County Library System) for all the latest. Contact Youth Services at 505.662.8258 or, for more information.

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