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Programs for All


The annual Clay Festival featured Clay Play events at the public libraries in Silver City, Bayard, and Gila. This year’s Clay Play was inspired by the book The Moon Was at a Fiesta, by Matthew Gollub, which was given to each child participant.

The Gila Valley Library’s Clay Play was held at the Community Center July 24th, with 16 children in attendance, ages 4 to 11.  

Artist Kathryn Allen provided instruction for students on the attributes of clay and molding clay into masks. Kathryn Allen took the children’s creations (shown in photo), fired them in a kiln, and returned them to the director of the library. They will be given back to the children for painting.

STEAM Camps for Children
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

STEAM camps at GVL are designed for children aged 5 through 11, to engage them in activities that inspire curiosity, build intellectual skills, and promote confidence in exploring the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Overseen by the library’s director ­– whose 40 years of teaching fuels her STEAM passion – paid teen interns develop exciting curricula that include hands-on lab experiments, physics lessons, and robotics design and construction.

GVL sponsors collaborations with Cliff School, as well as other schools and libraries in the region, to bring to the area presentations and workshops conducted by such fine organizations as Archaeology Southwest in Tucson, and the Explora Science Center  in Albuquerque. From the ancient art of flint knapping and atlatl dart throwing to cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printing, STEAM Camp sessions provide unforgettable experiences that help students become, and stay, sharp!

Learning to make pigment with Archaeology Southwest.

Hands-on biology with Explora Science Center.

The 2016 teen STEAM Team gets paid!

GVL Board Chair teaches STEAM kids magnetism.

Young engineers building with tiny LEGOs.

Transformative power of STEAM Camp at GVL.

Children’s Theater

Home on the Range Children’s Theater, the very popular project of library director “Miss Madge,” premiered in 2013. Children's theater brings dramatic arts to Cliff School and the community with its original adaptations for the stage from children’s literature. Four productions to date include two from John R. Erickson’s beloved Hank the Cowdog series, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, and C. S. Lewis’s book two in the classic Narnia Chronicles, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Hank the Cowdog series

STEAM Camp inspires dramatic creativity year 'round

James and the Giant Peach

Adult and Family Programs

Speaking of History and Armchair Traveling bring to the community a treasure trove of stories about and by locals. This year's lineup began with a talk in January by Esperanza Quintero, longtime resident of the Burros, about her five-week 540-mile pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostella in Europe. In February, local ornithologists Carol Fugagli and Dr. Dale Zimmerman shared tales and fascinating pictures from their six-week trip to Kenya to photograph the many species of birds there. (You can listen to their interview on Earth Matters at gmcr.org/earth-matters-dale-zimmerman). In March, Shawna Arnold, valley resident and church historian for the Church of Latter-Day Saints, spoke about the amazing history of the Mormon Church in the Gila Valley region.

The Camino de Santiago de Compostella

Ornithologist Dale Zimmerman in Kenya

Shawna Arnold, church historian for the Church of Latter-Day Saints

"A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions." — Oliver Wendell Holmes