Roseville library prepares for summer programming

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 23, 2016


ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library has announced its summer programs for kids, teens and adults alike, with the aim of keeping residents tuned in to the library.

Teen Librarian Sarah Marsack said there are a variety of events — some requiring registration — that will run from June 17 through Aug. 12. At the center of all this is the library’s summer reading program, which has different prizes and requirements for each age bracket.

For kids, they either need to read or listen to someone else read a book for about 20 minutes a day, Marsack said. After 30 days, they can turn in those reading logs and be eligible for one of two grand prizes.

Teenagers can read five books and log the titles to be eligible for one of two grand prizes themselves, while adults are asked to complete a bookmark entry for every book they read. Those bookmarks can then be put into a box near the adult information desk for a drawing to win a gift card to Mr. Paul’s Chop House.

The reading contests are just one aspect of what the library has going on this summer. Marsack said teenagers and adults alike can check out a Zumba demonstration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 29, where they can learn about the dance-based exercise routine. Registration is required either at the library or on its website; athletic shoes and loose clothing are recommended.

The regular Club Bead program for teens and adults is scheduled at 2 p.m. June 30, and participants will get to make chain mail jewelry.

Registration is required, along with a $5 materials fee.

Specifically for teenagers, Marsack said there is a “gigantic gaming” party set for 6 p.m. July 6.

“There’s going to be giant Jenga, live-action Pac-Man and a few other games,” Marsack said.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 3, the library will host the Teen Olympic Games Party to help celebrate the impending Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games. Marsack said teens will get the chance to design their own Olympic flags, run the “Olympic relay race” and compete to see who has the best aim. Registration is required for that program, she said.

Teenager anime nights are coming back this summer, with three sessions: June 22, July 20 and Aug. 10. All will begin at 6 p.m., and Marsack said visitors will be able to choose which program to watch from a list.

For adults, the library is hosting a social craft night July 13, where visitors can bring whatever craft project they’re working on and hang out with other crafters. Marsack said no registration is required, but she stressed that visitors will need to bring their own projects.

“Bring whatever you’d like to work on,” Marsack said. “You can share your projects and tips and ideas, and you just enjoy the company of other crafters.”

The library will host a workshop called “Painting with Pete Pizzazz” July 21, where participants will learn how to paint on canvas, Marsack said. There will be a $5 materials fee and registration will be required.

An adult trivia night is being planned for 6 p.m. June 16, with participants forming into teams of four to eight people; registration is required.

“Lisa the Cultured Cook” is scheduled to hold a healthy summertime snacks and desserts program at 6 p.m. July 28 to help people learn how to make healthy treats in the summer months. Registration will open June 28; it will require a $5 nonrefundable fee.

For children, “Juggle Boy Nick” is scheduled to do a show at 6 p.m. June 28.

“He does a variety of tricks,” Marsack said. “He’s an entertainer for the whole family, and does a hilarious act that includes juggling, magic, balloon animals, an accordion and much more.”

At 1 p.m. July 6, the library will host a Pixie and Pirate Party with crafts and activities — Marsack said registration is required for it.

There will be a karate demonstration and a tennis demonstration July 12 and July 20, respectively. The karate demonstration will be at 6 p.m., while the tennis demonstration will be at 1 p.m.

On July 27, the library is planning a Harry Potter-themed party for children from 1 to 2 p.m. to celebrate his birthday.

“Harry Potter’s birthday is July 31, so we are celebrating our favorite wizard’s birthday with a party that includes crafts, games, photo opportunities and treats,” Assistant Library Director Annamarie Lindstrom said.

Marsack said kids will need to register for that event, and specific crafts and activities had not yet been finalized as of last week.

Later that same day, at 3 p.m., Lindstrom said the Michigan Quidditch Team from the University of Michigan will arrive to teach participants of all ages how to play the muggle version of that Harry Potter sport. She said they will be providing brooms, but comfortable shoes and athletic clothing are encouraged.

Marsack said there are also Friday Family Movies and game days scheduled throughout the summer — June 17, July 8, July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 — with movies at 2 p.m. and board games and video games afterward, around 3:45 p.m.

The library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave. For more information, call (586) 445-5407 or visit