STEAM Summer Camp at the Library


STEAM Camp photos courtesy of Judith Bowen

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math - the bases for summer camp activities. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon from May 31 through June 30 young people in grades 1-4 will enjoyed a variety of activities to stimulate learning and the discovery of new interests. Leadership was provided by the library director and 3 teen mentors hired with funds received from United Way of Southwest New Mexico and Freeport MacMoRan. The teen mentors – Marley Williams, Samantha Nagel and Sarah Keen - participated in creating and leading programs as well as encouraging the campers to develop confidence, self-esteem and important learning skills.  Reading, treasure hunts, arts and science projects, and LEGO building and design sessions provided opportunities for creative expression and collaborative fun during the summer months.  By participating as mentors, the teens also built their own skills in developing and implementing programs, presentation skills, and how to facilitate cooperation and inclusion. Contact for further information. 


“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”   Marcus Tillius Cicer


We have both a garden and a library in Gila for the joy and inspiration of all who stop by and stay awhile.  Thanks to a grant from New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department for a Gila Valley Community Forestry Demonstration Program, a garden is unfolding around the library and will spill over to surround the HMS medical building.  The emerging green space will feature a mix of native and ornamental plants and trees.  Some of the fruit and nut trees will be available for local harvesting.  Upon completion, all specimens will be labeled for identification along a gentle walking path. The garden will provide a natural space for walking, contemplating, enjoying, and appreciating the beauty of our natural world. The work is scheduled to be completed by October 2016 and there is still much to be done. A very special thank you to Eric and Amy Leahy for grant assistance and coordinating all aspects of the garden project!  Watch for detailed updates in the months to come.

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