Summer reading clubs starting for children and adults

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 27, 2015


ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the Summer Reading Club kicks off in June, the St. Clair Shores Public Library will be spreading the news that heroes are all around us, as well as in storybooks.

“The theme this year is heroes ... ‘every hero has a story,’ so we’re focusing on our community heroes as well as superheroes, because kids love superheroes,” said Youth Librarian Liz Drewek.

The 2015 Summer Reading Club will kick off with an open house from 6-8 p.m. June 2, when children ages 18 and younger can register for the club, get a temporary tattoo, make their own superhero and create heroic decorations for the library, as well. Children can sign up for the club anytime through July 24, even if they can’t make it to the open house, and pick up their summer reading log, which lets them earn prizes for reading library books.

Participating children are also invited to take part in the club’s Terrific Tuesday programs, which begin June 9 and run each Tuesday at 2 p.m. through July 28. Children will get a chance to learn about heroes in their community through stories, songs and crafts, and will even get to meet heroes like St. Clair Shores police officer Gerald Chomos and his K9, Wylie, a St. Clair Shores firefighter and Operations Officer James Dixon, of the U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Clair Shores.

There will also be Superhero Training Camp over two weeks for participants to make their own superhero disguises and develop their superhero skills. Part I of training camp will be held at 2 p.m. June 23, and Part II is at 2 p.m. July 7. The training camps will be rerun at 7 p.m. June 25 and July 9 for those who cannot make the afternoon programs.

Teens will also get in on the action at 7 p.m. July 23 with crafts, challenges and a surprise at Heroes and Villains Night for those 11 years and older. Registration for that event begins July 6.

“This year, I think it’s a theme that’s really going to reach out and grab those kids who are on the fence (about reading),” Drewek said.

The Summer Reading Club wraps up Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. with parties featuring magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Free tickets are available to participants beginning July 13.

There were 1,161 participants in the club last year, and Drewek said they’re hoping to meet or exceed that number again this year.

“We incorporate a lot of fun aspects into the reading,” she said. “They just like that someone’s saying, ‘You’re doing a good job; way to go.’ We’re really enthusiastic about it.”

This year, for the first time since 2011, adults can get in on the summer reading fun, too, with Escape the Ordinary, the library’s Adult Summer Reading Club. Sign-up begins June 2, as well, and the program runs through July 31.

For every adult book that participants read or listen to, they earn a ticket for a drawing each Monday, where they can have a chance to win gift certificates to local businesses. Participants also get a ticket when they read five books to a child, said Kathleen Harville, the online and technology resource librarian.

Readers can also grab a bookmark with picks from librarians; if they read a book from that list, they get two tickets into the drawing.

At the end of the summer, Harville said, they will create a bibliography with everything that participants have read, along with their ratings of the books.

“We’re keeping it simple this year since it’s our first year back,” she said.

Those 18 or older with a valid library card from St. Clair Shores or any library in the Suburban Library Cooperative are welcome to participate. Drawing tickets and registration forms are located near the library information desk.

“It gives them something fun to do, and this is a good way for them to see what other people are reading ... (and) find something they wouldn’t have ordinarily picked up,” she said.

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