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Be Creative: On the Scene

i did something creative at the library

Decorate my book bag.

Decorated my book bag.

Decorated a bookmark

Decorating library bag

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 

For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

Teen Creative Writing Series

Geared toward teens going into grades 7-12, participants will develop techniques to create their own stories and hone their general creative writing skills. This four week course (you must attend all weeks) will be taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at The University of Detroit Mercy.  Registration is required. Meeting dates are as follows:


[Writing by Jeffrey James Paces in licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Kids' Art Studio


Let your creativity flow! On July 24th, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM, come in to listen to a story and try out different art techniques at our creation stations. 

This program is intended for children ages 4-8 with a caregiver. Registration begins on May 29.

Family Tie Dye Fun!

Do you love swirling pops of color? Have you always wanted to make your own t-shirt, socks, or canvas bag? Well, come to our all ages Family Fun Tie Dye Program on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and have a blast tie dying your own clothes! You must bring your own shirts, socks, canvas bags, pillow cases, etc. that you want to dye. Be sure to wear old clothes because the dye will stain! See you there!

Rain date for this program will be Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Lego Club: Boat Challenge

Tuesday July 29, 1:00-2:00 PM. We'll supply the Legos. Your task is simple: make the best Lego boat ever! Then we'll see if it floats. No registration required.

Food Fighters Club: Summer Snowball Fight

August 13, 7:00 - 8:00PM. First we'll eat snow cones! Then, using flour and shaving cream, we'll make "snowballs" to throw at targets.  Bring clothes you don't mind getting a little splattered. Teens grades 7th-12th. Registration Required.

Photo Strawberry Lime Snow Cone 061409 by VMIRAMONTES (CC by 2.0)

Adult Writers' Group July 2014

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:
  • Saturday, July 12
  • Saturday, July 26

Worlds of Wonder

Exoplanets are being discovered at an astounding rate. Truly amazing worlds with incredible compositions roam our cosmos. Join us on August 12 from 2:00-3:00 PM as we learn some astonishing facts about exoplanets, design your own exo-world, savor a snack, and have some astronomical fun. This program is for tweens going into grades 5 through 7. Registration begins on May 26.    
[Exoplanet HD 189733b Eclipses Parent Star (NASA Cahndra 07/29/13) by NASA's Marshal Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

3D Storyboxes

On August 5 from 2:00-4:00 PM, local artist and writer, Christina Smith, will teach kids aged 7-11 years old her technique for writing a story, building vocabulary and then using around-the-house items to create a 3D Storybox to visually show their story. Space is limited. Registration begins on May 27.

Food Fighters Club: Cupcake Wars

June 25, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. We'll supply the cupcakes and tons of toppings. Decorate them in creative ways to appease our judges. Teens grades 7th-12th. Registration required.

Cupcake by Federic Bisson (CC by 2.0)

Hummingbird Music Together Presents: The Zoo

On Wednesday, August 6 from 10:00-10:45 AM, you and your child, 0-5 years old, will love taking a musical trip to the Zoo together starting with a train ride with This Train,  seeing different animals including Two Little Blackbirds, and cuddling together under the big night sky with Great Big Stars. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton.
[Detroit Zoo Train by WyanPhoto is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Adult Writers' Group August 2014 - Cancelled

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:
  • Saturday, August 9
  • Saturday, August 23

Food Fighters Club: Marshmallow Challenge

Teens (grades 7th-12th) join us July 16, 7:00-8:00 PM to make artistic, yummy creations out of marshmallows and all the fixings. Registration required.

Marshmallow icosahedron, part I by Todd Stadler (CC by 2.0)

Lego Club: Stop Motion Animation

Friday July 11, 2:00-5:00 PM. Learn how to make awesome stop-motion movies with Legos, a camera, and free software (all materials supplied). 11 & up. Registration required.

Stories Spun Around the World

Run, run as fast as you can, can you catch a gingerbread man? What about a rolling rice cake? What about a speeding gordita? How about a matzo ball boy? Join us on July 29 from 7:00-8:00 PM and enjoy a classic tale as it spins around the world, create some crafts, and share some snacks.

This program is for kids ages 4-8 with their caregivers. Registration begins on May 26.