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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 4, 2017

Today was a bittersweet day at Thalia Kids Book Club Camp! Our last day of the week- and we had to say goodbye (for now!) to some campers that have been coming to this camp for years. We started the morning with a cheery writing exercise imagining different natural or man-made disasters that could happen [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4 Day 4!

By Camp Staff
Published on August 3, 2017

Wow!  What a fabulous, eventful day at camp!  Since our visitor today was Molly Booth, author of Saving Hamlet, it was a very Shakespeare themed day.  We started off this morning with some theater exercises with Khris Lewin, a professional actor, fight director, and a teaching artist on staff here at Symphony Space.  Khris led us through [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on August 2, 2017

Wednesday already? We had a great hour in the Thalia Theater playing some new games: a version of the game Telephone, only in this one you have to pantomime the word. How would you act out “lighthouse?” Then we played something that we’ll call “Sound and Movement” (and memory!) The first person makes a sound and [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4, Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on August 1, 2017

Our visiting author today was Sonia Manzano. Her memoir, Becoming Maria, recounts (amongst many other things) her time in an early production of the musical Godspell. In honor of this, we started out the day doing movement exercises with choreographer Regina Larkin. After warming up, campers practiced moving across the Sharp stage in different ways. [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3, Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on July 28, 2017

Friday came too soon! The book we were discussing today was a retelling of Snow White, so we started out the day by creating our own retellings of classic fairy tales. Each group chose a fairy tale and was given a new setting for it. They worked together to figure out how to alter the [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on July 27, 2017

Today we started off with a fun book-related game called “Bring Your Own Book.” Someone picks a card from a deck with a prompt, like “lyrics to a punk rock song,” or “name of a new sitcom.” Everyone then flips through the book they have with them to find a word, a phrase or sentence [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 25, 2017

What a day at camp! We began the day with an activity centered around one of the plot-pieces in our book of the day, Brightwood by Tania Unsworth, called Day Boxes. Without spoiling too much, one of the characters in the book experiences a trauma that makes her never, ever want to lose anything- so she [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on July 24, 2017

What a great first day of camp! We started off by playing some get-to-know-you games in the Sharp Theater. After “Icebreaker Bingo,” we went around in a circle and named some of our favorite books (a list of these will be at the end of this post). Then we did mini book clubs, where campers [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week Two Day Five

By Camp Staff
Published on July 21, 2017

Friday arrived so quickly! And, boy, our last day was a good one. In the morning, we had a visit from Adam Shaughnessy, author of The Unbelievable FIB: The Trickster’s Tale. He told two stories about how he wrote the book, and asked us all to decide which one was true. The (condensed) stories were [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 2 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on July 20, 2017

Today at camp the kids got a chance to meet the authors of the book The Two Naomis,  Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick, who taught the kids how to let their imagination run free, like they did with their book. The two authors wrote this book, after meeting at a writers’ conference, without really having anything [...]

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