Children's Summer Reading Program

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Join our Summer Reading Program!
June 11–August 11 2018
Infants through 5th Grade

Earn coupons and a book this summer by reading or listening to a book or by doing an alternate activity!
Pick up a reading log in the Youth Services Department starting 
June 11. 
Prizes will be available from June 18 to August 11.

Library Auditorium
Fridays at 6:30 pm

Introduce your kids to these retro classics. All Back to the Big Screen features are free and rated PG. Adult supervision is required for kids under 12.

  • June 8 -  The Karate Kid (1984)
  • July 13 -  The NeverEnding Story
  • August 10 -  E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Youth Services Area
Thursdays at 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
June 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9

All ages are welcome to join us for drop-in crafts.
Put your creative skills to the test and make a take-home craft each week.

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Read in the Woods
at Chippewa Nature Center

Saturday, June 23 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 am
Saturday, August 18 at 2:00 pm

Stop by the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library to check out books, then seek out a shady tree, a grassy meadow, or a comfy bench to read together at the Chippewa Nature Center. Bring a blanket and enjoy a story in "The Woods," CNC's new Nature Play Area before venturing out to find your own reading nook in nature.If weather is poor, stories and activities will take place in the Visitor Center. This program is offered in partnership with the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.

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Block Party @ the Library
Youth Services Area
Ages 4+
Saturdays from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
June 2, July 7, August 4

Challenge your imagination and build just about anything with our huge assortment of building blocks.


Family Edition - All Ages
West End Portico
Monday, June 18 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tween Edition - Grades 4-5
Youth Services Area
Monday, July 9 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for rock painting. You can put them in flowerbeds or use them as paperweights. Regardless of how you use them, we’ll have the supplies, you bring the creativity!
No registration is required.


All Ages
Tuesday, June 26 at 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Discover the magic of Jeff Wawrzaszek as he performs a masterful, magical medley of hits from his Top 10, Solid Gold, and Family-Favorite Magic routines. This high energy, laugh-a-minute, interactive show is not to be missed!

StarLab Planetarium

Thursday, July 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration is required. Register in Youth Services or call 837-3466.
Explore the wonders of the night skies from an inflatable planetarium.

Grades K-2
11:30 am

Ages 4-7
12:30 pm

Men, Myths & Monsters
Grades 4-8
1:30 pm

Skylook 101
Ages 4-7
2:15 pm, 3:00 pm

Moon's in Great Shape
Grades 3-6
3:45 pm

Touch a Truck
Library Parking Lot
Thursday, July 26, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
(Rain Date: Friday, July 27, 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

Your little truck lovers will get the chance to climb aboard the City's heavy-duty work vehicles, the big red fire truck, and several sleek police vehicles. How exciting to get up close!

Sloan Museum & Longway Planetarium
Youth Services Area
Thursday August 2

Registration is required. Register in Youth Services or call 837-3466.

Ages 4-8
9:45 am, 11:00 am

Different materials make different sounds! Choose materials to build your own musical instruments to take home while learning how vibrations cause sound.

Science of Sound
Ages 8-12
1:00 pm, 2:15 pm

What makes sound? Find out as you investigate vibrations, pitch, and volume while making obnoxious noise-making instruments to take home.
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