August 29, 2014  

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Camp Quidd-Lit Combines Children’s and Youth Literature and Games

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Looking for a summer of magic? The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of English and the official Southern Miss Quidditch Team invite will host Camp Quidd-Lit, a one-week summer program on the Hattiesburg Campus.

Participants will read and discuss a selection of children's and young adult stories, learn about the history of games in children's and young adult literature, visit the world famous de Grummond Children's literature collection and archive, and learn how to play Quiddich from members of the Southern Miss Quidditch Team. Daily snacks will be provided, and the week will culminate in a real quidditch tournament.

The department invites the community to learn about young adult and children’s literature through this magical camp. Camp Quidd-Lit is designed for both younger and older students.

Kid Quidd-Lit is for ages 8-12 and takes place June 23-27 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Spots are limited to the first 20 registrants. Teen Quidd-Lit is for ages 12-17 and takes place June 23-27 from 1-5 p.m. Teen Quidd-Lit is also limited to the first 20 registrants.

The cost of registration for both camps is $175. A non-refundable $75 is due May 15. The remaining balance is due June 1.

“The Department of English has a specialization in English literature and we have that specialty because of the amazing de Grummond Children’s literature collection, which is one of the largest archives of children’s literature in North America. We think that many people in Hattiesburg may not be familiar with this collection that is truly our ‘hidden treasure,” Gray said.

Paige Gray, a graduate student in the English Department specializing in children’s literature, said that there is much interest and buzz in children’s literature, and especially young adult literature series, such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight and the newest series, Divergence.”

“The idea of games and play works so well with children’s and young adult literature. Harry Potter is interesting because in the first two or three books, the characters are younger children, and as you move on through the series, it gets more mature, so we thought that would be a good foundational point. Quidditch in the first Harry Potter book is much different than the fourth book, which is a lot darker and shifts in tone,” said Gray.

For more information, contact www.usm.edu/english/camp-quiddlit.