Children's Programs

Programs for All Ages: 

1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

1000 Books is a national program developed to encourage early literacy development by reading to young children. The program is simple. Pick up a reading log for the first 100 books at the Youth Services Desk or print online by clicking this link. Read 100 books together, then bring the completed log to the library to pick up your child’s recognition and the next reading log. The program lasts until you have read 1000 books with your child or they start kindergarten.1000 books may sound like a lot, but by reading just one book a night, you could read over 1000 books together in just three years.

FREE KINDLE eREADER LENDING!

The library has four Kindles available for check out for use by patrons ages 6 to 17.
Load a Kindle with up to four OverDrive titles and check them out for a period of three weeks. eReaders must be checked out on the parent's or legal guardian's library card. For more information about borrowing a Kindle, the policies, and FAQ, see the library website or contact the Youth Services staff at 989-837-3466.  

Click here for the KINDLE eREADER CHECKOUT USER AGREEMENT.
Click here for the Kindle eReader CHECKOUT INFORMATION, POLICIES, AND faqS.   

Storytimes
BABY TIME (Babies not yet walking) 
This fun program promotes beginning language and reading skills by introducing young infants to books, songs, bounces, and rhymes, with a social time afterword for babies to play and adults to visit.
Tuesdays at 1:00 PM
June 20, 27 (Baby Beats)
July 11, 18, 25 (closed July 4)

TODDLER TIME  (Walking babies to 24 months)
Our more active baby program includes books, rhymes, and songs, followed by a social time for toddlers to play and adults to visit. 
Tuesdays at 9:45 or 10:45 AM
June 20, 27 (Toddler Tempos)
July 11, 18, 25 (closed July 4)

MOVE & GROOVE (Ages 2 - 6)   

Come shake your sillies out! Join the fun with action songs, movement activities, and dancing.

 

Thursdays at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM
June 22, 29 
July 6, 13, 20


FAMILY FUN NIGHTS (Families with young children ages 2 - 6)
  
 

Bring the family for a fun evening together! Enjoy a variety of stories, songs, and activities by talented guest presenters.


Mondays at 7:00 PM
June 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24


Family Events
CRAFTY THURSDAYS (Youth Services Area)   

Put your creative skills to work and build a take-home craft each week.

  

Thursdays at 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
June 22 - August 10 

LEGO @ THE LIBRARY (Story Room)
Love LEGO bricks? Join other brick builders for a morning of fun and creativity! Use your imagination to build anything you'd like. The sky is the limit! Lego creations will be displayed at the Youth Services Desk.for the rest of the month. Program is for ages 4+ but there will be a Lego Duplo table for little ones to enjoy. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
June 3, July 1, August 5

BUILD A BETTER WORLD MAGIC SHOW (Auditorium)   

Baffling Bill is back again with a new, amazing magic show and his adorable sidekick, Gus the Bunny. Bill will be looking for volunteers. Get ready to be astonished!

  

Thursday, June 22, 6:15 PM and 7:30 PM

CATCH THE RHYTHM OF READING (Auditorium)   
The Spoonman will turn the art of spoon playing into a stirring musical performance in this fun-filled show featuring comedy, sing-a-long competitions, and plenty of audience participation.  
Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 PM

TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY (Library Parking Lot)   
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!  
Thursday, July 27, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rain Date: Friday, July 28, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

DISCOVERY DEPOT (Story Room)   
It's harvest time at our Farmer's Market play station. Plus, enjoy many other fun activities.  
August 12 - August 26
Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Explore It, Dream It, Build It    June 29
Join us on this fun-filled inventive day, featuring the following activities.
KEVA PLANK CHALLENGE (Community Room)
  
 
Create original works of art or design clever contraptions by simply stacking these identical wooden planks. Everyone can build at their own skill level with this great innovative toy.  
10:30 AM Grades 4-6
6:00 PM   Grades 7-12
Register in Youth Services or call 837-3466. Registration is required and begins June 1.

STAR LAB PLANETARIUM (Auditorium)   
Explore the wonders of the night skies in an inflatable planetarium! 
Planets  Grades 2-3
12:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Men, Myths & Monsters  Grades 4-12
1:15 PM, 4:15 PM, 5:00 PM
Skylook 101 Age 4 - Grade 1
2:00 PM, 2:45 PM   
Register in Youth Services or call 837-3466. Registration is required and begins June 1.

LEGO & DUPLO BUILD SESSION (Story Room) 
Challenge your imagination and build just about anything with our huge assortment of LEGO and DUPLO bricks.  
Ages 3 and up
1:00 PM & 3:30 PM Registration is NOT required for this build session.

Special Programs

BROWN BAG MOVIE NIGHT (Community Room)  
Grades 4-6
Wednesday, July 12, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Read The BFG by Roald Dahl, pack a dinner, and then join us to watch the vovie and discuss how the book and movie differ. Copies of the book will be available at the Youth Services Desk.
Registration is required and begins June 12. 

WeDo LEGO ROBOTICS (Story Room)  
Ages 5 - 8
Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM   &   2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 3, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join the fun challenge of building and programming a LEGO model, featuring working motors and sensors.  
Registration is required and begins July 1. Space is limited. 

SLOAN MUSEUM: UNDER CONSTRUCTION (Community Room)  
Ages 4 - 8
Thursday, August 10, 9:45 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM
Build the tallest tower with sticks, cups, clothespins, and cubes, or follow a blueprint to build structures with blocks, and more. Also, make a "Building Box" to take home.   
Registration is required and begins July 1. Space is limited. 

SLOAN MUSEUM: ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS (Community Room)  
Ages 8 - 12
Thursday, August 10, 4:00 PM
Become an electrical engineer using batteries, wires, and switches to light up bulbs & turn on noisy buzzers! See how many light-emitting diodes you can light at the same time. Then, wire in a wall switch to turn them on and and off. Be brilliant!
Registration is required and begins July 1. Space is limited. 

Free Summer Movies (Auditorium)
Preschool and Early Elementary
Rated G unless otherwise noted
Wednesdays at 10:00 AM

June 21   Monsters University  104 min.
June 28    Cars 2 106 min.
July 5      Rio 2 101 min.
July 12      Super Buddies 81 min.
July 19    Curious George: Back to the Jungle 3 81 min.
July 26     Peppa Pig: Sun, Sea, and Snow (NR) 61 min.
August 2 Land Before Time XIV 82 min.
August 9  Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist 74 min.

Upper Elementary
Rated PG 
Fridays at 2:00 PM

June 16    Zootopia 108 min.
June 23    Finding Dory 97 min.
June 30    Pete's Dragon (2016) 103 min.
July 7 Sing 108 min.
July 14  Moana 107 min.
July 21     The Jungle Book (2016) 105 min.
July 28     Kubo and the Two Strings 102 min.
August 4   The Lego Batman Movie 114 min.
August 11 The Secret Life of Pets 87 min.