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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 5

By Camp Staff
Published on August 8, 2014

Well, we can hardly believe it, but here we are at the very last day of Book Club Camp 2014. This morning began with a special craft activity to get excited about our visit later on. Inspired by the world of Andrea Cremer’s The Inventor’s Secret, the campers designed steampunk accessories and posed for photographs. [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 4 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on August 7, 2014

Our second-to-last day at camp began with a great book-making activity led by our teaching artist Nicole Haroutunian. She taught us how to fold sheets of paper into a miniature, hand-sewn books and bind them with thread. Now we each have our own book, made by our very own hands, to take home and fill [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 4 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on August 6, 2014

Today we were lucky enough to be visited by not one by two great, creative authors. This morning, after a few short games and activities, we met with Todd Strasser, author of Fallout, a fascinating novel that takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, and a boy named Scott. Scott’s family is the only [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 4 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on August 5, 2014

In preparation for our discussion of today’s book, we went upstairs and played Snowball Fight in August, a game that combines silly fun with character and plot development.  After writing an (anonymous) description of ourselves on a piece of paper, we scrunched up the paper (into a “snowball”) and threw them at each other.  Everyone [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 4 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on August 4, 2014

Happy Week 4, everyone! Today marks the first day of our one week session of 12 and 13 year olds. We welcomed many campers who’ve attended in years past, as well as some new faces. We began the morning with some ice breaker games, played on the stage in Symphony Space’s Sharp theater, led by [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 3 Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on August 1, 2014

How can it be Friday already?  Week 3 has zipped by. In preparation for Brian Selznick’s visit, campers did “erasure poetry,” choosing words from a page of text from Wonderstruck, and “erasing” others. The results were very striking.  They also learned some American sign language and were able to sign things like “we love your book,” and “we love book [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 3 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on July 31, 2014

Thursday we headed off first thing this morning downtown to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on Orchard Street. We were joined by today’s author Neela Vaswani, author of Same Sun Here. Neela’s book is a story-in-letters between a Indian immigrant living in Chinatown, just a few short blocks from the museum, and a boy [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 3 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on July 30, 2014

We began this morning with several engaging activities in the Thalia theater at Symphony Space, before greeting today’s author Henry Clark, author of What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World. After a brief discussion about Henry’s book, he pulled out a mysterious pillow case which was meant to represent “the [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 3 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 29, 2014

Our guest author today was Laura Marx Fitzgerald, author of the art mystery, Under the Egg. Laura gave us some great insights into the book with her presentation.  She showed us a Raphael painting of a plainly dressed woman with a child that had been painted over at a later time to look like a [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 3 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on July 28, 2014

Welcome, week 3 campers! This week is our final session of 9-11 year olds, and the group this week is a mix of first-time campers and several who have been with us last week. We started off with several games in Symphony Space’s theater, led by Week 3 teaching artists Nicole Haroutunian. Nicole works as [...]

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