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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Cock-a-Doodle Dance Party

Cock-A-Doodle Doooooo! Come join author Christine Tricarico on July 17 from 10:00-11:00 AM for a rockin'read-aloud, doodle dance lesson and book signing at her Cock-a-doodle Dance Party! Children from birth through 5 years old will love the antics of these raucous farm animals.

Adult Writers' Group

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:
  • Saturday, July 13-CANCELED
  • Saturday, July 27-CANCELED

Sorry for any inconvenience. Join us in August when the group meets again!

Baby Drive-In Movie

Baby playing in a boxChildren ages 2 and under and their caregivers are invited to join us for a special drive in movie... but first you'll have to make something you can drive. We'll spend the first part of our program turning the perfect child's play thing — a cardboard box — into a kiddie friendly vehicle. Then we'll all watch a short movie. And then you'll get to take your newly created cardboard car home! Registration begins Wednesday, May 29th at 9:00 AM.

Program Date: Monday, July 22nd at 10:00 AM in the Community Room

Photo courtesy of flickr user brungrrl by a cc by-nc-sa 2.0

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, August 6 from 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on May 29.

Real Heroes Read Book Talk and Author Visit

On July 2, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Michigan authors David Anthony and Charles David Clasman will introduce us to their super fun and exciting chapter book series, Heroes A2Z. Set in Traverse City, Michigan, this series follows twins Abigail and Andrew and their baby sister, Zoe as they face exciting adventures, mind boggling mysteries and don't forget the aliens! Books will be available for purchase and authors will be available to sign them, but there will also be free book giveaways, too. So come on in to hear about Superhero kids fighting crime before bedtime.

How to Make a Storybox

On July 30 from 2:00-3:30 PM, kids aged 4-8 will hear a story and see a fabulous storybox created by local author and artist, Christina Smith. Ms Smith will then show kids how they can create a story box of their own. Space is limited. Registration begins on May 29.

Movie Mondays: Be Creative

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, August 5, we will celebrate our final Movie Monday by with films about BEing CREATIVE. We will begin our day exploring the 2nd Dimension and end it with a look at London's most elusive and intriguing street artist. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Puppets and Craft

Families with kids ages 5 and under are invited to join us for a funny puppet show and a special craft. No registration required.
Program date: Friday, July 19 at 10:00 AM in the Community Room.

National Book Lovers Day Program

Did you know August 9th is National Book Lovers Day? Join us Friday, August 9 from 2:00-2:45 PM for our Family Book Lovers Day Program. We'll have a great time hearing a story, eating a snack, talking about books, and working on a craft.

We Love Clifford!

Come and meet Clifford, the BIG RED DOG! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Clifford Book. We will celebrate Clifford at our Big Red Program on June 27 from 7:00-7:45 PM. This program is for children ages 2-6. Supplies provided in the Clifford Celebration Program are limited to those children registered.

Teen Creative Writing Series

This course is completed. Check out the published stories.

Patrons aged 12-17 years old are encouraged to hone their creative writing skills during this free, fun and challenging writing series presented by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at University of Detroit Mercy. Participants are to register once for the entire series and attend all sessions. It will run every other Saturday during the summer and will take place from 10:00-11:15 AM on the following days: June 29, July 13, July 27 and August 10. Registration begins on May 29.

Read and Ride with the Wimpy Kid!

Wimpy Kid fans going into grades 3 through 6, come join us for an evening hour of fun. Make a craft, play a game, enjoy a wimpy wonder, and get some car window clings to "Wimpify" your vehicles with your favorite Kinney characters.

When: July 23, 7:00-8:00 PM
Registration begins: May 29

Movie Mondays: Geek Out with The Princess Bride

After you've spent your day celebrating the launch of Connect Your Summer 2013, have fun storming the castle with this family-friendly fractured fairy tale! We'll show the movie. We'll provide the popcorn. All we need is your love for dread pirates, fireswamp adventures, battles (of strength, agility and wit), rodents of unusual size and "twue wuv"!

And don't forget to stop by the Geek Out table during the CYS kickoff and complete a Nerd Knowledge quiz! Completed quizzes can be put into a drawing for summer movie passes from Goodrich Theaters. We'll select and announce the winner just before the movie starts! Join us in the Community Room on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 PM for the first in our Movie Mondays summer film series!

Organize and Recycle in Your Garage

The experts from Perfectly Placed and the Wayne County Extension Service are back. They will guide us through cleaning out that garage - what to keep, what to get rid of and how to get rid of it safely. Join us on June 20 at 7:00 in the Community Room and you will be able to hold summer cookouts with the garage as a rain backup space without embarrassment.

3D Storytelling

On August 7 from 2:00-4:00 PM, local artist and writer, Christina Smith, will teach kids aged 9-12 years old her technique for writing a story, building vocabulary and then using around-the-house items to create a 3D Storybox to show their story visually. Space is limited. Registration begins on May 29.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion July 15

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 15 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnGone Girl by Gillian Flynn tells a masterful mystery of a deceptively perfect marriage that has gone terribly awry. On a warm summer morning and their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick discovers his wife, Amy is missing. What should have been a romantic occasion celebrating a happy life together, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. But did Amy set him up and why?

U-M Museum of Natural History - Fossils

Come join our friends from the U-M Museum of Natural History as we explore the secrets of Earth's history buried underground. On July 12 from 2:00-3:00 PM, we will learn about what fossils are, how they form and what they can teach us. We will even get to dig for our very own specimen!

Movie Mondays: Chow Down & Curtains Up

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, July 29, we will CHOW DOWN with the CURTAINS UP. We'll start our day with a Parisian mouse who dreams of great food and end the evening with a song. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 17

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo — Winner of the Pulitzer-Prize and National Book Award, The New Yorker writer Katherine Boo, tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities of Mumbai, India.

Age of Champions

Age of ChampionsAge of Champions is an award-winning documentary following a diverse group of competitors from all corners of the country who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. It’s an inspiring story about the triumph of the human spirit over the limitations of age These athletes challenge convention and share a belief that the best in life still lies ahead of them. Screening will be on Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 PM in the Community Room.