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Summer Reading Programs - Build a Better World!

Thursdays in Summer, from June 22nd to August 17th!

Signups begin Thursday, June 1st.

Kids can be signed up for our summer reading program, and begin reading to earn prizes, as early as June 1st! Registrations can be turned in throughout the summer, up through August 17th when the program ends for the year, so no need to rush.

To sign up, kids just need their name, address, and phone number printed clearly on a registration card. Ask for those at the desk. Kids 12 and older can sign themselves up, younger kids should have a parent present. The program is open to anyone age 3-18.

All registrants will recieve a bag with information about the reading program, and the special Summer events we'll be having this year! More on those below. They will also recieve a reading log (There are different logs for teens and for younger readers) which will help them track their time spent reading, as well as a few bookmarks and freebie prizes.

There's no limit on how many kids can take part, so don't miss your chance to get some cool stuff! The more you read, the more you earn, including more chances to win really cool raffle prizes, like LEGO sets, drawing kits, and more!

Summer Reading Events

Each Thursday, from June 22nd - August 17th, we will have a special presentation, demo, or other event for kids and families! We have some returning favorites, and some newcomers we are sure will please. Don't miss 'em! See the right panel for details!

Summer Reading Event Schedule

June Events

June 22nd - FIRST Robotics team: Build the Future!

A FIRST Robotics team member holding a completed LEGO robot.

Learn about robotics, and build LEGO robots that really work! This popular program returns with a focus on how robots will help us build a better world.

Join us at 2PM in the meeting rooms. This is sure to be an especially busy event, so show up early to get a good seat!

June 29th - Barbara Prusak: Yoga n' Books

Barbara will read some excellent stories, and lead kids through some easy poses, to help you build a better . . . YOU!

Join us at 11AM in the meeting rooms. Come early to avoid missing any of the fun!

Barbara's Yoga n' Books logo, showing a young girl in a simple yoga pose next to a stack of books

July Events

July 6th - Crosswinds Marsh: Wetland Ecology Demo

An overhead view of a wetland

Jennifer Panek will talk about wetland ecology here in Michigan, including some live demos! Come learn how to build a better environment!

Join us at 2PM in the meeting rooms. Arrive early to get a sneak peak!

July 13th - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Instrument Petting Zoo

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra members will come to talk about how music and instruments are made. Then you will get a chance to try out playing some instruments! Don’t miss this family favorite event!

Join us at 2PM in the meeting rooms. This was a very popular event last year, be sure to come early!

Violins of various sizes, mostly for young children

July 20th - Dynamic West: Shake, Rattle, and Roll

A logo that says Rock n Roll in a styalized border and font evoking the 1950s

Dynamic West presenters will help build your appreciation for music by showing you the many benefits of a good tune! You might be surprised to learn how much you can get from listening to music. Take a tour through the history of Rock n' Roll!

Join us at 11AM in the meeting rooms. Don't miss these tunes!

July 27th - Mark Rosenthal: Animal Magic

Mark Rosenthal, biologist and magician, will use illusions, humor, and exotic animals to entertain and educate you about how animals help build their, and our, world!

Join us at 11AM in the meeting rooms. Arrive early for a sneak peak at the animals!

One of the Animal Magic sloths

August Events

August 3rd - Joel Tacey: Book Builder

Joel Tacey's Book Builder Logo

Joel Tacey, magician and comedian, will use gadgets, magic, and wacky stunts to build stories and bring them to life! Be ready to participate in this energetic and entertaining show!

Join us at 11AM in the meeting rooms. Don't miss out on your chance to help build a new story!

August 10th - Andrea DiMuzio: Grow a Better World

Andrea DiMuzio will talk to kids about gardening, and help them plant some seeds they can take home and grow!

Join us at 11AM in the meeting rooms. Come early to be sure you get a chance to plant some seeds!

Cartoon teens planting a tree

August 17th - Wrap-Up Party!

A freakin sweet bounce house castle

Celebrate another great summer with a bounce house, a bean bag toss, ladderball, and more! Win some last-minute raffle tickets before the prize drawing at 2PM. Outdoors, weath-er permitting (prize drawing will be indoors).

Join us at 2PM outdoors by the city hall gazebo, weather permitting. Don't miss out on all the fun of the wrap-up party, and be sure to attend the raffle prize drawing if you can! Winners not present WILL be contacted and still recieve their prizes.

Contact Info - Phone: 734-258-3002 - Address: 14680 Dix-Toledo Rd. Southgate, MI 48195

Hours - Mon-Thurs: 10am-9PM - Sat: 10am-5pm