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Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading is again online using Wandoo Reader! The program is open to infants through 17-year-olds and will run June 1st through July 20th.  Join us at the library 9:00am-12:00pm on June 1st to register online, receive a free book, and paint some rocks, or sign up from home at your convenience.

 Log your reading on Wandoo. Ebooks and audiobooks count, too! Beginning June 10th, tickets will be awarded for every 60 minutes read and for completing challenges. Tickets are redeemable for prizes. You can redeem them each week or save them up for a bigger prize. The last day to log progress will be July 20th. Top readers will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on July 25th. Last day to use your tickets is July 31st.

If you don’t wish to log your reading online, you can still participate. Sign up at the library and check in each week to log your reading progress.

Summer Reading Age Categories

Read to Me!                                   0-4 years old       

Love Learning to Read             5-7 years old

Young Reader’s Club                 8-12 years old

Reader’s  Club                              13-17 years old

 Awards for 1st & 2nd Top Reader will be presented in each category.  An additional RANDOM pick from Wandoo Reader from all participants will be chosen in each category for 3rd prize this year. Top reader prizes are sponsored by Honor Credit Union.

Summer Programming

Stop, Lunch, & Listen Summer Reading Events
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a show on the common! Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm June 13th through July 25th.

June 13th: David Van Dyke
Kick off this season with music & games!
June 20th: Chris Fascione “Rocket into Reading”
 Chris acts out library books that engage his audience, fuel the imagination, and propel children to become readers who are truly out of this world!
June 27th: Mime Rob Reider
His mime, juggling, balloon animals and hilarious improvisation will leave everyone a bit happier!
*WEDNESDAY* July 3rd: Kalamazoo Air Zoo “Fly Me to the Moon”
This exciting program will send you flying!
July 11th: Joel Tacy “AstroReader Magic Show"
Blast off into reading with Spaceman Joel and his dazzling magic, silly stunts, goofy gadgets, and lots of audience participation!
RESCHEDULED for July 19th : Spray Day
Presented by the Buchanan Fire Department. Wear your swim suit and bring a towel. It’s a wet and wild day!
July 25th: SRP Awards Ceremony, Ice Cream Social, and Dynamic School Assemblies
The Youth Summer Reading Ice Cream Social starts at 11:30am. Awards will be announced at noon. Then Dynamic School Assemblies will present “Our Universe Rocks,” an interactive, energizing concert full of music & dancing!

Messy Science
For children 7-12 years, come have scientific fun with the Wegeners! Must be able to work independently. Sign up required. Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm July 2nd through 23rd.

Paper Bag Journaling
Get writing using a unique medium. For ages 8 and up. Sign up required. Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm June 19th through 26th and July 10th through 17th.

Lego Club
For children 6-12 years, receive your challenge and create with Legos. Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm June 20th through July 18th.

Writing Workshop
Use your imagination and write a story by yourself and as a group. Learn writing techniques and do some illustrating! For ages 8 and up. Sign up required. Fridays 11:00am-12:00pm July 12th and 19th.

Llama Llama!
Get up close and personal with your favorite llamas! Brought to you by Fuzzy Friends 4-H Club. Wednesday, June 19th 2:00-3:00pm.

Big City Truck Day
This is your chance to see the city's lawn mowers, diggers, and dump trucks up close! Line up on Days Avenue as they parade into the parking lot. Friday, June 21st 1:00-2:00pm.

Curious Kids StarLab
Get a close-up view of the stars and planets in the Curious Kids Museum's portable planetarium! For ages 5-12. Sign up required; space is limited. Wednesday, June 26th 2:00-3:00pm.

Family Games with a Twist
You'll have to come in order to see what's in store for you as you play these games! Friday, June 28th 1:00-2:00pm.

Movie Friday
Relax after the holiday with popcorn and a movie: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Friday, July 5th 1:00-3:00pm.

Tech Take Apart
Come take apart different kinds of machines. For children 10-15 years. Sign up required. Tuesday, July 30th 10:30am-12:00pm.

Tech Make-a-Bot
Come create something new with the pieces from Tech Take Apart. For children 10-15 years. Sign up required. Wednesday, July 31st 10:30am-12:00pm.

Regular Programming

Pokemon Club
Bring your Pokemon cards and have fun battling, trading, or just talking Pokemon! For children 7 to 12. Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm June 18th through July 23rd.

Story Time
Come sing, dance, listen to stories, and then make a craft. For children up to six years old. Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am June 12th through July 24th.

Geeky Bits Tech Club - featuring littleBits
Two five-week classes for our Certified Geeky Techs will be offered this summer. Certification and registration required; space is limited. Tuesdays 1:30-2:30pm June 18th through July 16th or Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm June 13th through July 18th.

littleBits Beginners Class
New to littleBits?  This is the class for you. Children 8-14 can join our Beginning Bits Class to learn what littleBits is all about and become a Certified Geeky Tech!  Once you are certified then you can sign-up for Geeky Bits Tech Club programs.  You will receive a certificate and button.  Registration required; space is limited. Sign up at the Front Desk to be contacted for the next class date.

What are littleBits?  Click here to see how it works.

To see what is taking place at our Geeky Bits programs take a look at the videos below or check out our YouTube Channel:   

Hammer Slammer Party Game 

Makey Makey Drum Kit  

Remote Controlled Robots

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club meets 6:30-8:00pm the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Teens and adults are welcome. Join us the following dates:

June 12th- Space Opera by Catherynn M. Valente
July 10th- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
August 14th- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
September 11th- Cluster by Piers Anthony
October 9th- Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
November 13th- Circe by Madeline Miller
December 11th- All Seated on the Ground by Connie Willis

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This program promotes early literacy skills for children from birth to age five and encourages parent and child bonding through reading.  Sign your child up with Miss Sarah and track your progress.  See Miss Sarah for your welcome packet, which includes a new book, a reading list, and information on early child development and reading.  After each 100 book milestone, your child receives a sticker.  When your child reads 1000 books, his or her photo and name will be proudly displayed in the Desenberg Children's Corner and they will receive a book.  One book a day is 365 books read in 1 year!  Get started today! 

Hour of Code
Learn how to code with games, free and accessible from any computer with the internet! Check it out at HourOfCode.com!