Kids News

May 2013

Library Adventures

Summer Reading Adventures @ the Library for School Groups and Organizations can book a Library Adventure for summer reading. "DIG INTO READING" activities are a preview of the summer reading program. Grades 3-6 can book a library scavenger hunt. Online registration is required for the Summer Reading Library Adventures in May. Look for available dates on the Library Events Calendar!

Register students at your school for summer reading and be eligible to win an author and/or storyteller at your school. Authors Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith will be "given" to two schools on September 16 & 17, 2013. Storytellers you can win are from the Four Corners Storytellers Festival.

Teachers, educators, daycare providers, home school organizations provide us with input about Library Adventures for the following year. Review policy, online registration, Live Homework Help and online databases at the Teacher Orientation on Thursday, August 1 from 11am to 1pm (lunch snack provided). Online Registration required. Prizes and handouts.

"Top-Notch Tips for Homeschoolers" with Renée Ellison
Thursday, May 16; 10am to noon

(light lunch snack following program and kids' activity in youth services)

  • Various kids' activities during the session in youth services.
  • Light snack at noon (1)
  • Library Adventures Tour (optional) at 1pm

"Your home schooling tips are like brain candy to me!" Renee Ellison's practical tips have been a boost to thousands of moms. With over 30 years of experience in Christian, private, secular, and home education, she brings rare understanding to all of her workshops. She has taught nearly all grade levels and was an elementary principal, head of a high school English department and Teacher of the Year. She developed and ran gifted and talented programs and has conducted numerous teacher training workshops and seminars at home school conferences nationwide. You'll leave with newfound confidence and capacity. Her unique knack and wit for making complex things simple makes attending her workshops a pure delight. Her new book, Teachers' Secrets and Motherhood Savvy for Homeschoolers, is now available at

(1) During the lunch snack, adult services will provide a presentation on databases and online resources at the library

Kentucky Derby with "Hats & Horses"

Thursday, May 2
4pm to 5:30pm

  • Recycle a hat – and decorate it with help from the staff
  • Decorate your own racehorse (check the racing chart to see the horses that won) There may be a photo finish!
  • Check out books nonfiction and fictional "Horse Tales" & books on taking care of animals and pets
  • Enjoy a movie and of course, register for summer reading

"Around the World in 30 Instruments"

Tuesday, May 7 @ 6pm
FREE Family Event

Aodh Óg Ó Tuama and Christy Martin perform traditional Irish tunes and airs, Indian ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs, medieval and Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers as well as contemporary folk and original compositions.

Four Corners Storytelling Festival


Download and complete the Youth Storytelling Form

  1. If you have told stories at the festival as a youth storyteller and would like to tell at the festival, please fill out the form and bring it to Youth Services at the Farmington Public Library.
  2. If you have never told a story at the festival, download and complete the form and call 505-599-1273 to make an appointment to visit with Flo Trujillo, Youth Services Coordinator. Or contact Flo at with dates and times you can come to the library for details.
  3. Youth Storytellers will tell their story at the Four Corners Storytelling Festival on Friday, October 11, 2013.
  4. The outdoor festival is at Berg Park in Farmington, NM, corner of San Juan Blvd. and Scott Avenue area.
  5. Parents and/or caregivers will be responsible for bringing the student to the festival unless the student comes with a school group.

Listen online to past recordings of Cuentos Hahne and Tales on KSJE Radio 90.9 FM Radio, where you can hear stories by the library staff and past youth storytellers, directed by Connie Gotsch.

Dig Into Reading

No regular Story Time and/or Programs are scheduled in May. Youth Services staff is preparing for 2013 "DIG INTO READING" and visiting schools to promote summer reading to register everyone to read this summer! Have you registered?

Brochures are available online in May and delivered to all schools in San Juan County.


Located on Hwy. 491 North across from the Northern Navajo Medical Center, the door is on the east side of the Shiprock Boys & Girls Club building all programs offered by the Shiprock Branch Library are FREE.

Get a library card! Use the computers at the library. Check the Shiprock Library Events Calendar.

Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.

Library Adventures at the Shiprock Branch

School or Class Visits and Field Trip Policy

Shiprock Library Events Calendar
All groups must register online for the day up to two weeks in advance.

Dig Into Reading

No regular Story Time and/or Programs are scheduled during the month of May. Youth Services staff is preparing for the summer months, visiting schools to promote summer reading and registering everyone for summer reading! Have you registered?

Brochures are available online in May and delivered to all schools in San Juan County.