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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.

Last Day of Thalia Book Club: Week 2

Published on August 13, 2010

Another amazing week at the Thalia Book Club Camp came to it’s inevitable close today.

Sad as this is for campers, counselors, and administrators alike, we were sure to go out with quite the literary bang. We started off the day with games and drama activities to prepare for a visit from Dan Poblocki, author of The Stone Child. We wrote some whacky pass-along scary stories influenced by the book before heading down to meet the author.

Mr. Poblocki talked to us all about some paranormal activities he witnessed as a young child growing up in New Jersey. These experiences clearly influenced his current writing, and the kids loved hearing about his encounters with beings from…the beyond! The room was eerily quiet as Dan spoke about The Stone Child and his other work. Despite the decidedly creepy tone of his book, Dan himself was bubbly, warm, and energetic. He asked us about any scary or paranormal experiences we have experienced, and then we wrote about them briefly and bid Mr. Poblocki farewell.

Next we had our final lunch in the park and our final (epic) game of Capture the Flag– counselors vs. campers. Even though vastly outnumbered and severely battered from a week of rough play, the counselors emerged triumphant, winning in a landslide victory against all 23 Thalia Book Club campers…kidding. The campers whooped the counselors, as per usual.

We returned anxious for the afternoon’s activities. We began our final afternoon with games on the stage– improv games, “subtext” theater games, The Big Wind Blows, and Spit, a card game absolutely dominated by our very own ninja card-handler Olivia A.

After that it was time for a well-deserved PARTAY. We ate cupcakes, fruit, and bubbly juice spritzer drinks while talking about the week and reflecting on what was truly an amazing experience. Speaking from a counselor’s point of view I can truly say with confidence that this week’s kids were an outstanding, creative, lively, wonderful bunch, and I feel lucky to have met every one of them. We proceeded to the theater for our final reading with this sentiment in our hearts, and we watched with pride as two amazing TV and movie actors, Michael Cerveris and Rita Wolf,  read the absolutely amazing writing the kids put out this week. I won’t go into too much detail, as most readers of this blog saw the reading for themselves and experienced firsthand how amazing it was. Many kids mentioned afterwards how exhilarating it is to hear their work interpreted and performed by a professional in the spirit of Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts, and we are so lucky to have had this opportunity.

Finally, the farewells had to be said. There were hugs, high fives (which quickly degenerated into a series of high-jellyfishes and octopi– if you have ever picked up your child at camp you know what this means), and email exchanges, as well as pledges to return to camp next summer. We were sad to see everyone go, but also ultimately thrilled with what an amazing week it has been. We could not have had a better bunch of kids, and we are so happy to have experienced the presence of each and every one.

Look out for our posts next week on the TEEN Book Club Camp!! It should be a really exciting week.


-Sarah, Gwen, Sam, Madeline, Jenny, and Kathy

Note:  Check back here on Monday to see some great photos from today.

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