Build a fun time with books at the library this summer

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 31, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — For thousands of children across the city, the chant of “no more teachers, no more books” may ring out — at least in their heads — as they end another school year.

But at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, they’re hoping that as many of those children as possible exchange textbooks and assigned reading for the adventures that can be found within the covers of a library book.

Summer Reading Club officially kicks off 6-8 p.m. June 6 at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road. 

“It’s the first time that kids can register to get their reading logs,” said Youth Librarian Liz Drewek. “We’re going to have a couple game stations, temporary tattoo stations. They can make something to help us decorate the library. We’ll have a frozen treat that they can take (as they head) out the door.”

This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is “Build a Better World,” said Library Director Rosemary Orlando, and in addition to programs for members 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays, the library has added Maker Thursdays for children ages 8-11 from 2 to 3 p.m. 

“We’re going to have you design and have architect and engineering building challenges. We’re going to make catapults,” recycled art projects, food structures for birds and build with Legos, she said. 

The children will also get to hear from Happy Tails pet rescue, and during the last program, she said that the children will make robots.

Tuesdays will continue to be “terrific” for participants of the Summer Reading Club as well, with discussions of gardening, a Zumba class, a visit from Arts and Scraps and Happy Tails, and a program focusing on robots, with a visit from the South Lake High School robotics team.

About 800 children joined the club in 2016, Drewek said, making summer a busy time at the library.

“We have our most kids in (during the summer). Parents are looking for something for them to do. Kids are looking for something to do. It’s a place where they can come and be themselves,” she said. “We don’t have too many rules.”

The Friends of the St. Clair Shores Library support the Summer Reading Club with $3,200 for performances and supplies. 

“We’re excited about our final party because it’s called Touch a Truck, and we will have vehicles from (the Department of Public Works), Police Department, Fire Department, and kids will be able to explore those vehicles,” Orlando said.

That final party is set for 5-8 p.m. Aug. 1, the day after reading logs are due, and will also include the dogs from the library’s Paws for Reading program as well as some games. 

Adults can enjoy the fun of a Summer Reading Club as well during the same June 6-July 31 time period as the children. Participants can put in an entry form for every adult book they read or listen to on audiobook, or every five books they read to a child, for a chance to win a prize from a local business.

To learn more about the Summer Reading Club, visit the library 6-8 p.m. June 6, go to scslibrary.org or call (586) 771-9020. Registration is required one week in advance for the 2-3 p.m. Maker Thursdays, as well as for some Terrific Tuesday programs.

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