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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.

All posts from July, 2014

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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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 2 Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on July 25, 2014

Farewell, Week 2! Today marked the last day of our second session. We started  the day with “Night at the Museum,” our favorite indoor game, and then moved into our “end-of-week Share.” At the close of each week-long camp session, we hold a group discussion where everyone can share anything they like — topics include [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 2 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on July 24, 2014

Today we were lucky enough to be visited by not one but two fabulous literary folks. This morning, we visited with Kate Milford, author of Greenglass House (today’s book). Kate gave a lively presentation all about her writing process and the intriguing methods she used to build the world of Greenglass House. She told us that [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 2 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on July 23, 2014

We’re already halfway done with week 2 of camp! Today started off with a couple of games in the Thalia theater. We played Storyball, which involves tossing a ball around, and with every catch, someone contributes one word to make a story. We created a very silly story about a pie who destroyed the world. [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 2 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 22, 2014

After a few short activities this morning, Day 2 officially began with a visit from Megan Frazer Blakemore, author of The Water Castle. The Water Castle is a book about a boy named Ephraim who moves with his family to a small town in Maine and begins to notice that everyone who lives there is a little bit [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 2 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on July 21, 2014

Week 2 begins! Today we welcomed some new campers and some returners from last week. We also are thrilled to welcome our Week 2 Teaching Artists, Mr. Matthew Cody, Symphony Space friend and author of Powerless, The Dead Gentlemen, and Will in Scarlet. This morning, we started off with a few games, including our get-to-know-you [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 1 Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on July 18, 2014

How did it get to be Friday already?? We’ve had such an exciting week.  We started the last day of Week 1 exploring the raven theme that connected today’s book, A Tale Dark and Grimm, with Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle.  First we created a “word orchestra,” with luscious words from Edgar Allan Poe’s [...]

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