The libraries in both Eastpointe, seen here, and Roseville are serving up some summer fun for kids.

The libraries in both Eastpointe, seen here, and Roseville are serving up some summer fun for kids.

Photo provided by Sue Todd


Local libraries offer fun programs for summer break

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 9, 2019

 The library is a great place to work on some fun puzzles and challenges, as  visitors found out during 2018’s Book Camp at the Roseville Public Library.

The library is a great place to work on some fun puzzles and challenges, as visitors found out during 2018’s Book Camp at the Roseville Public Library.

Photo provided by Pat Eick

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Summer means summer vacation, and that means kids may be looking for something to do. Both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library are offering ways to give young people a fun season.

Eastpointe

The Eastpointe Memorial Library is putting on several programs designed to entertain and educate, particularly with young people.

“To quote Malcolm X, ‘Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,’” Assistant Library Director Sue Todd wrote in an email. “Exposing patrons to new ideas, places and people is something we strive for at the Eastpointe library. This summer, the theme is ‘Space.’ Having access to materials and programs that support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) enables people to prepare for a future that may differ from the present. If you have not been to a library lately, this is the perfect time to find out all the things available just by using your library card.”

At 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, there will be a showing of the 1999 film “Galaxy Quest,” and at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19, the library will air episodes of “Doctor Who.” Snacks and games will be provided at both.

The 4th Wall Theatre Company will come to the Eastpointe Library at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Kids can enjoy music, acting and dance in this one-hour program. The next week, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, TechKNOW Kids will present some STEM-themed fun by teaching young people the basics of coding.

People ages 11 and older can enjoy some space-themed fun at the program Space Flight: From Imagination to Reality, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25.

“As long as people have lived on the earth, they have imagined what it would be like to go out to space,” Todd said in an email. “Learn how authors and illustrators inspired generations of astronauts and rocket scientists through books written before and after the technology was developed.”

The Summer Trivia Contest is back and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29. Those interested can sign up as a team or individually. Registration is required.

Additionally, the Eastpointe Memorial Library is partnering with several local theaters and sports venues to offer discounts to library patrons. The Fisher Theatre, the Michigan Opera Theatre and the United Shore Professional Baseball League are just a few of the venues that offer discounts on specific shows and games. 

For more information or to register for events, the Eastpointe Memorial Library can be reached by calling (586) 445-5096.     

Roseville

The Roseville Public Library is focusing on maintaining literacy skills and keeping people active during the summer.

Kids in grades one through three can join the Roseville Public Library’s Book Camp. Kids can drop by the library and check out books and read about a variety of topics throughout the summer.  Book Camp is limited to 20 campers each week. 

“Summer camps for children are very popular,” Director Jacalynn Harvey said in an email. “To energize the Roseville Public Library’s traditional summer reading program, the librarians created Book Camp. This free, unique library program is for kids who have completed kindergarten through third grades and want summer fun around a theme of reading.”

Older kids can join the Summer Reading Club through July 26 to improve their reading skills and earn prizes. They can earn points by reading, attending library programs, writing book reviews or using the library’s Novelist Plus database. For every 100 points earned, they get to spin the prize wheel and take home a reward. After earning 500 points, they will be entered into the grand prize raffle for a gift basket.

“Children who don’t read in the summer lose up to two months of reading skills by the time they return to school in the fall,” wrote Harvey. “We offer many special, free programs and incentives during the summer, so visit the library often, as summer reading makes a difference.”

Adults also have their own Summer Reading Club and can complete books and attend library programs to win prizes, including a $100 gift certificate to Mr. Paul’s Chophouse in Roseville. Entries will be accepted through July 26.

Movies will be shown at 2 p.m. on Fridays through the end of July. July 12 will include 2018’s “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” July 19 will see a screening of 2008’s animated film “Wall-E” and July 26 will feature 2018’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Booked for the Evening will host a reader’s choice night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Patrons can come in and discuss any book they have been reading recently. No registration is necessary. 

Children can explore planets and stars with fun, hands-on STEM challenges at the Space is Out of This World program at 6 p.m. Monday, July 15. Children ages 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and registration is required.

 Patrons can stop by the Youth Information Desk for Comic Book Day on Tuesday, July 16, and take home a free comic book of their choosing. All ages are welcome.

People can make their own cosmic art with the Galaxy Painting program at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Registration is required for this art program for teens and adults who want to express themselves or hone their art skills.

Breaking things is not only allowed but encouraged at the Breaker Space program. It is an opportunity to learn by disassembling common household items. Simple tools and protective eyewear will be provided. This craft is for all ages, but children younger than 5 will need an adult helper. It will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Registration is required.

Bill Konkolesky, state director of the Michigan Mutual UFO Network, will host the UFOs and Alien Abductions program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.

“Even more mysterious than the reported sightings of unidentified flying objects are the individuals who claim they have been taken aboard UFOs, often against their will, by strange beings,” wrote Harvey. “What kind of unusual experiences are these people claiming happened to them, and is there any validity to the incredible claims they make? Hear some of the accounts and the evidence supporting and refuting the alien abduction phenomenon.” 

Kids in grades six through 12 can complete silly and wacky challenges for prizes — so long as they don’t make a sound. The library will host its own version of the game show “Silent Library” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Registration is required.

A tissue paper bowl craft will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Children younger than 5 will require adult supervision. It is open to all ages, but registration is required.

Adult Trivia Night will be hosted at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Individuals or teams of four can test their knowledge in five rounds of questions. Registration is required.

For more information or to register for programs, the Roseville Public Library can be reached at (586) 445-5407.

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

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