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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.

Week 2, Day 1!

Published on July 17, 2017

What a fabulous first day of Book Club Camp!

We started off with some get-to-know you games, so we could learn a little more about our fellow campers, and have some fun.  After a rollicking round of The Great Wind Blows, we played Icebreaker Bingo.  Each camper had a bingo sheet to fill in (The bingo squares were “find someone born in April,” “find someone who loved Greenglass House,” etc.), and as we ran about the room, we got to learn fun facts about each other and find out what we had in common.

Of course at Book Club Camp, our favorite thing to do is talk about books!  So we spent the rest of the morning in our “Mini Book Clubs.”  Each counselor led a book discussion in a different corner of the room, and then campers could rotate from group to group, so that they could get a chance to chat about all their favorite books!

After a rousing game of Capture the Flag (and some reading of course) during lunch, we headed back to Symphony Space to meet Kate Milford, author of The Greenglass House.  Kate gave us a super cool presentation about maps, and all the different kinds of maps people create: maps of cities, maps of the brain, maps of shadows, maps of topography!

We talked about how maps can tell stories– maps are a dialog between the creator and the viewer.  With this in mind, we spent the afternoon creating our own maps!  Kate shared her map collection with us as inspiration.  She had all kinds of interesting books and maps of all kinds of things: history maps, family trees, maps of New York City, maps of imaginary places.  We ended up creating maps of our family trees,  made-up towns, a map of a house from 1934 depicting how the house changed over the years, a map that depicted a war between real books and Kindles, and even a map to help us find our lost copy of Greenglass house!

Can’t wait for tomorrow, when Daniel Nayeri and Colleen A.F. Venable come to talk to us about Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring!

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