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Summertime Dance Your Fanny Off


Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation - June

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.
On Saturday, June 28 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the Heart of Well Being. This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Giant Games: Life Sized Scrabble

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Join us July 8, 3:00-5:00 PM to play on our insane 10ft x 10ft Scrabble board.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation - July

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.
On Saturday, July 26 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the A.R.T. of Healing (Awareness Realization and Transformation). This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Build Your Own Minecraft Server

At this program, brought to our library by Kidpreneur, kids aged 9-13 will learn how to build, maintain and update their own Minecraft server. They will focus on building a server by installing a GUI and configuring port forwarding on modem; learn administrator/OP commands like white list, banning users, giving items and more; updating the server and adding important plugins. No coding skill is required. All attendees must bring their own PC/Mac laptop and have an active Minecraft account. This program takes place on Saturday, July 12 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Registration for this program begins on May 29.   

Kidpreneur offers an environment for learning skills in coding, robotics, web design and more that is taught by top practitioners with real-world experience. By providing a space that encourages entrepreneurship, mentoring young thinkers, and collaboration, Kidpreneur cultivates a community of like-minded kids united by common goals, similar interests, and the occassional gaming challenges.

Climb Your Family Tree

Kids age 9-12, have you ever been curious about your family's past? Register online to join us at the library Thursday, August 7 from 2:00-2:45 PM for a kid-friendly introduction to the world of genealogy. We'll talk about how to start your family tree and share some tips for beginning your genealogy research.

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.

Giant Games: Life Sized Pac-Man

Friday June 27, 3:00-5:00 PM. Play life sized Pac-Man inside our huge maze (we'll supply the sheets for the ghosts).

Binky by Joe Shlabotnik (CC by 2.0)

Summertime Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children, come join us for a special dance party celebrating music from around the world. As always, it is freestyle dancing aimed at getting everyone movin' and groovin'.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.
  • Monday, June 23, 10:00-10:30 AM

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under 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]

Teen Animanga Club (August)

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, August 20, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Cirque Amongus

A Cirque Amongus Show is a surprising combination of comedy, circus skills and audience participation as 2 or more daring and skillful performers put on a display of teamwork and perseverance guaranteed to amaze and delight all who watch.  Join us in welcoming the Cirque performers on August 4 from 2:00-2:45 PM

Movie Madness: The Lego Movie

Start your summer break off right with a viewing of The Lego Movie! On Tuesday June 17 starting at 2:00PM watch as Emmett Brickowski and his rag tag group of Lego friends find their creativity and battle the evil Lord Business.
You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like. And remember...Everything is AWESOME!

Astute Artistry: Transform Yourself

On Thursday, July 17 from 1:00-4:00 PM, come join the professionals from Astute Artistry as they share their extensive knowledge of transformation. Learn about the broad field of theatrical makeup including zombie looks, face painting, Mexican sugar skulls, to special effects makeup including cuts and bruises, prosthetics and much more. When the tables turn particpants will work with the professionals to try their hand at many of these cool techniques.  This program requires registration and is recommended for children aged 8 years old and up.
   

Parenting Seminar: Excellent Education during Early Childhood

On July 26 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM we are welcoming Sr. Leonor J Esnard, Principal of Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute (http://www.admtei.org/) for an informative session covering a variety of important topics including:

  • Ages and stages of a child's brain development and early cognitive development
  • Building concentration, confidence, coordination, independence and order
  • Tenets of the Montessori philosophy
  • Using the Montessori philosophy at home to encourage positive brain development

And much, much more.

There will also be a Q & A session with our esteemed presenter. This program is developed for parents, teachers and student teachers o ALL teaching philosophies. Register today!

This program is presented in cooperation with Banyan Montessori of Canton

[Material Montessori by Colegio Andolina in licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

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.  

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]

Starfish Family Services: Schedules and Routines

On Tuesday, June 24 from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present What's Next: Schedules and Routines. Participants will learn the benefits of keeping a daily routine and the importance of providing a predictable social frame for their children and/or the children they care for. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

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

Ms Carissa ROCKS!

Back by popular demand, it's Ms Carissa Knoles!!! Carissa has been strumming to the beat of her own guitar since the young age of 14. When a guitar playing crush said, “girls don’t really play guitar,” she went out and bought one the very next day and has been rocking happily ever after! Since graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Children and Families from the University of Michigan in May 2010, Carissa has combined her knack for music and her passion for Early Childhood into the Music with Ms. Carissa program. Carissa has written her own original songs for the imaginative minds of the young and the young at heart. Join us in welcoming Ms. Carissa on July 22 from 10:00-11:00 AM. Although Ms Carissa generally plays to the 5 and under crowd, all ages are welcome to rock out!