Both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library, pictured above, are offering a variety of summer programs for members of the community who want to enjoy a good book during the warmer months or escape the heat.

Both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library, pictured above, are offering a variety of summer programs for members of the community who want to enjoy a good book during the warmer months or escape the heat.

Photo provided by Pat Eick


Eastpointe, Roseville libraries heating up for summer

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 4, 2019

 Summer means summer reading groups at the local library. Some libraries, such as Roseville, offer a theme to encourage young people to pick up a good book or two while they’re off from school.

Summer means summer reading groups at the local library. Some libraries, such as Roseville, offer a theme to encourage young people to pick up a good book or two while they’re off from school.

Photo provided by Pat Eick

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Both the Eastpointe and Roseville libraries are ready for summer, so patrons of all ages can enjoy a good book and escape the heat.

Eastpointe Memorial Library

Families at the Eastpointe Memorial Library can check out live animals as part of the Science Alive program, which will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the library.

The Tech Know Kids program will be setting up various science experiments for young people to observe or take part in at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. It will return at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, with more science experiments as well.

Children can enjoy water games and water stations to cool off during the Water Fun Day program at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3.

Summer also means summer reading programs for library visitors of all ages. The youth summer reading drive will begin Monday, June 17, with a special space theme.

“Every summer, we plan special programs for patrons of all ages centered around a specific theme,” Sue Todd, the assistant director of the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said in an email. “This year’s theme is ‘A Universe of Stories,’ which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. … In June we have the ‘Space Foods: A History’ program. Patrons will learn how and what astronauts ate in the early days of space travel to how and what they eat presently. (They will) sample food astronauts might eat on the International Space Station.”

Additionally, young people can earn prizes for taking part in reading programs during the summer.

“In addition to programs, we have reading clubs for all ages,” said Todd. “Children and teens earn prizes after reading a specific amount of books. Reading during the summer is a great way to keep up reading skills developed during the school year. At the end of July, there will be a summer reading finale for children and teens.”

Additionally, the Eastpointe Library is inviting adults to review books to help others decide what they might like to take home for their summer reading.

“Adults can read any book they like and submit a review of the book,” Todd said. “These reviews are made available in a booklet at the end of summer reading. We will have a weekly random drawing from the book review submissions for three lucky winners who will receive gift cards from Eastpointe businesses.”

None of the programs require registration, but more information can be found by calling the Eastpointe Memorial Library at (586) 445-5096.

Roseville Public Library

The Roseville Public Library also is inviting the public to come in and enjoy some summer library fun. The “Booked for the Evening” reading group will discuss “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper,” by Phaedra Patrick, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6. 

A discussion and crash course on podcasts, including what they are and how to listen to them, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10. A librarian will be on hand to answer any related questions, and registration is required.

Crafters with a love for outer space can drop by the Roseville Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, for its Moon Button Craft. Teens and adults are invited to make their own art featuring buttons as stars. Registration is required.

Family movies will be offered each Friday at 2 p.m. throughout June. The film on June 14 will be 2018’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” On June 21, the library will feature “Treasure Planet” from 2002, and the June 28 feature will be “A Wrinkle in Time” from 2018. Refreshments will be available for purchase and admission will be free.

The Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society will present the Sweet Mountain Strings performance at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. Songs, waltzes and three-part harmonies will be performed on the dulcimer.

Fans of modern Asian popular music in grades six through 12 may want to stop by the library at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, for its K-Pop vs. J-Pop program. Teens can compete in trivia, see who is the best at dancing along to the music videos of popular groups, and taste Korean and Japanese foods.

 Children will complete science, technology, engineering and math challenges related to astronauts and rockets at the Awesome Astronauts program at 6 p.m. Monday, June 24. Children 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and registration is required.

The Martian Madness Escape Room is coming to the Roseville Public Library at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Kids can try to escape a UFO in time before they are shipped off to Mars. The program is open to students in grades six through 12, and registration is required.

The Roseville Public Library’s Summer Reading Club program will take place from June 14 to July 26. Those taking part can earn points by reading, attending library programs, writing book reviews or using the Novelist Plus database. For every 100 points earned, kids can stop by the youth information desk to spin the prize wheel. Those who earn 500 points will be entered into the grand prize raffle for a gift basket. A kickoff event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 14.

In the adult Summer Reading Program, lasting from June 14 to July 26, for each book read by a participant, they can fill out a bookmark entry at the Adult Information Desk for a chance to win prizes. The grand prize is a $100 gift certificate to Mr. Paul’s Chophouse. They also can win smaller weekly prizes as well. 

“Now is the time for us to get the word out to parents — summer reading pays off year-round!” library Assistant Director Annamarie Lindstrom said in an email. “Summer is the perfect time for children to continue improving their reading skills. Children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of reading skills by the time they return to school in the fall, also known as the dreaded summer slide. Reading is a skill that must be practiced, like an instrument, sport or job skill. 

“Bring your child to the library to check out books and stay for one of many scheduled special summer events. We encourage listeners, readers and teens to participate. Set a good example and participate in the Adult Summer Reading Program. Summer reading programs provide support and incentives to children to keep them reading all summer long.”

To register for events or inquire about additional information, the Roseville Public Library can be reached at (586) 445-5407.

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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