GSSC Summer Activities 2022

About Our Summer Activities List

ENMU plans to the following free and low-cost activities to the community. Click the arrow below each course to view dates and activity information. Remember that some events may occur across multiple dates and times. This list contains activities for children, adults, and families.

How to Register

Contact the Office of Distance Learning at our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 575.562.2165 to reserve or register for any of the listed summer activities.

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Evening Storytime (no registration required)

Multiple Days in June and July

A half-hour story time focused on sharing picture books and a chapter from a book. Spend time sharing the joys of reading, improving our listening skills, and socializing with others.

Preserving Your Treasures: Tips for Caring for Family Heirlooms

June 7

Do you collect family heirlooms like Bibles, clothing, photographs, and important documents but want to know what you can you do to preserve them? Join us for some tips for taking care of different materials, including digital objects. Please leave your heirlooms at home, but bring your questions! Handouts will be provided as well as information on how to find a professional conservator to hire if needed.

Participants will be able to identify potential preservation concerns in their home for personal items and identify at least three steps they can take to improve preservation of those items.

Microsoft Basics

June 9, 16, 23 and 30

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office. Each week, we will look at a different Microsoft product: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

The U.S. Government for Kids

June 13 or 21

This program will allow kids to learn about the U.S. government through games, stories, and learning activities.

Portales New Deal Tour

June 17 or July 15 (each is its own session)

Are you interested in historical sites and artwork located in Portales? The New Deal programs only existed from the late 1930s-1940s but resulted in striking cultural artifacts. Listen to a short lecture about some of the agencies and the programs' effect on American economy and culture. Immediately afterwards, join us for a walk around the ENMU campus and a drive downtown to see local art and architecture by the Work Progress Administration (WPA), Federal Arts Project (FAP), and more. Individuals are expected to provide their own transportation downtown for the second part of the tour.

Code Breakers by Black Rocket (8-10 year olds)

June 20-24 (M-F)

Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be a silicon valley CEO or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in her bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Summer Book Discussion Series (no registration required)

June 30, July 20 and Aug. 15

Join us this summer as we explore a variety of topics through the shared experience of thought-provoking reading. We will focus on one book per month and the discussion will be an opportunity to reflect, learn and share, led by an ENMU librarian. Multiple copies of each book selection are available for checkout at the Golden Library Circulation Desk and members of the community can obtain a free library community borrower card at no cost. No registration is required for book discussion meetings. Refreshments will be provided.

June book discussion: Unmasked: Covid, Community and the Case of Okoboji. Unmasked is the story of what happened in Okoboji, a small Iowan tourist town, when a collective turn from the coronavirus to the economy occurred in the COVID summer of 2020. State political failures, local negotiations among political and public health leaders, and community (dis)belief about the virus resulted in Okoboji being declared a hotspot just before the Independence Day weekend, when an influx of half a million people visit the town.Unmasked is a fascinating and heartbreaking account of where people put their trust, and how isolationist popular beliefs can be in America's small communities.

July book discussion: Legacy: Trauma, Story and Indigenous Healing. Five hundred years of colonization have taken an incalculable toll on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas: substance use disorders and shockingly high rates of depression, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions brought on by genocide and colonial control. With passionate logic and chillingly clear prose, author and educator Suzanne Methot uses history, human development, and her own and others' stories to trace the roots of Indigenous cultural dislocation and community breakdown in an original and provocative examination of the long-term effects of colonization. But all is not lost. Methot also shows how we can come back from this with Indigenous ways of knowing lighting the way.

August book discussion: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit. One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.

Make Your First Video Game! (8-10 year olds)

June 27-July 1 (M-F)

If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we'll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Charlie Needs a Cloak: Storytime and Weave-along

June 29

Listen to a story about a shepherd who shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, and weaves the cloth for a new cloak. Afterwards, try your hand at carding, spinning, and weaving.

Summer Cribbage Tournament

July 9

The Summer Cribbage tournament is a way to bring ENMU staff, faculty, and students together with community members.

  • If fewer than 10 people attend, the tournament will be played round robin style. Each attending player will play all other players.
  • If there are more than 10 players, the tournament will be a single elimination ladder tournament.

Participants will play for a series of prizes.

  • 1st place: Custom cribbage board
  • 2nd place: Possible gift card from local business, or ENMU swag
  • 3rd place: Lower gift card or ENMU swag

Financial Savvy

Monday, July 11

Discover ways to balance what you make vs. what you need to spend and how you can save for the future. This course covers information on financial issues, discussions, activities

Code Breakers by Black Rocket (11-14 year olds).

July 11-15 (M-F)

Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be a silicon valley CEO or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in her bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Make Your First Video Game! (11-14 year olds)

July 18-22 (M-F)

If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we'll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Career Planning

July 19 or July 29

This program will examine free resources that will help adults search for and plan for a job. It will also examine the cost of living for an area if the individual plans to move.

ENMU Art Camp – "Summer by Design"

July 18-21

The Department of Art at ENMU is hosting an art camp, "Summer by Design," for grades 7 through 12 students from Monday, July 18 to Thursday, July 21, 2022. The hours of the day camp are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participating students receive instruction from university professors. The cost of "Summer by Design" is $150 and includes all instruction, art supplies, activities, lunch, and t-shirt. To sign-up or for more information, log on to www.enmu.edu/ArtCamp or call Mr. David Silva at 575.562.2778 (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.).

City Wide Water Balloon Bash (no registration required)

August 6th

Close out the summer with some fun! Come one, come all to a great water balloon bash, community members of all ages welcome. Grab family, friends, and neighbors and join us for a water balloon bash, family friendly tunes , and chase the summer heat away.