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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4, Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on August 3, 2015

First day of the last week of camp was a winner! We got our creative juices running with a surrealist activity! Campers were paired up and were asked to draw — WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE PAPER– their partner. Incredible echoes of ourselves flourished on the page. We then exchanged papers and added ONE thing to [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on July 31, 2015

Today was a day where we really used our imaginations – again!  Upstairs on the Sharp stage we discussed pen names, also known as pseudonyms, or noms de plume (if you want to be fancy.) Several of this week’s authors use pen names.  So we made up pen names for ourselves.  We imagined that it [...]

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Thalia Kids Book Club Camp, Week 3, Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on July 30, 2015

  Today was a really busy day! We spent the first part of the morning playing a story building game. We all stood in a circle and one by one, added sentences that began with either “Fortunately…” or “Unfortunately…” Our result was pretty funny! When we got back to the camp room, Jude Watson was [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Day 3, Week 3

By Camp Staff
Published on July 29, 2015

  To kick off the third day of camp, Regina from the Education Department had us dance out words. Our bodies became the pens and we were to react physically to the words or situation being yelled out in the Sharp. It was a great demonstration because we got to see how even small words [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 3, Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 28, 2015

Another day of camp under our belts! We started the morning on the Sharp stage, playing “Where the Great Wind Blows.” Then, our teaching artist Nicole, had us do a really fun writing activity. We listened to 5 songs, and used them to inspire a story. For each song, we came up with a character, [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 3, Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on July 27, 2015

Week 3 of camp has finally arrived and we could  not be more excited!  We began our day in the Sharp, playing games and getting to know each other. Each of us said our names and told the other campers our favorite words, which included ‘hypocrite’, ‘awesome’, ‘onomatopoeia’, and ‘persnickety’. Then we played Would You [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2, Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on July 24, 2015

  Somehow, another week of camp has flown by! We can hardly believe it. We started the morning in the Thalia acting out scenes from today’s book Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway. The book is just as kooky as it sounds! It’s about an earth-born human named Cosmoe, who drives a flying food truck across the [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on July 23, 2015

  It’s already Thursday and what a full Thursday it was!  We started the day in the Thalia.  Madeline came up with a fun game when we drew slips and paired an adjective with a body part.  Then we acted out the phrase and the others tried to guess.  The town of Woundabout is filled [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on July 22, 2015

We kicked off the magical realist day with games in the Thalia. Madeleine had us preform skits where we assigned magic to banal objects such as mirrors, compasses, and the list goes on. . . magically. Our visiting author, Kate Messner who wrote All the Answers, got to see some of our performances. Kate’s presentation explored [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 21, 2015

  Today was pretty jam-packed! With an author visit and a field trip, we had a lot in store. We began the day by playing theater games in the Thalia. First we filled up posters with words associated to today’s book, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Then we started with theater games by thinking about conflict, [...]

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