Summer reading program is ‘rock’ solid

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 12, 2018

 During the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s “Libraries Rock!” summer reading program, patrons can learn more about Paleo Joe, a paleontologist whose findings will be on display until July 7 at the Woods Branch in Grosse Pointe Woods.

During the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s “Libraries Rock!” summer reading program, patrons can learn more about Paleo Joe, a paleontologist whose findings will be on display until July 7 at the Woods Branch in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Photo provided by the Grosse Pointe Public Library

GROSSE POINTE WOODS/GROSSE POINTE PARK/GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Readers, get ready to rock.

The Grosse Pointe Public Library will again hold its summer reading program, and this year’s theme of “Libraries Rock!” promises to hit all the right notes.

The summer reading program — scheduled for June 15 through Aug. 11 — is open to children and teenagers at no cost. According to Catherine Ricard and Jane Marsden, youth librarians at the Central Branch in Grosse Pointe Farms, the program is designed to motivate students to continue reading over the summer until school resumes in September.

“Students can keep their skills up and keep their imaginations going,” Ricard said.

Adults also are welcome to participate. While curled up with good books and other reading materials, participants can earn prizes for the amount of reading they complete during “Libraries Rock!”

Grosse Pointe’s summer reading program is part of a national program available to public libraries through the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The CSLP is a consortium of states that works together to provide quality summer reading materials at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. Each year, a different theme is offered; this year, organizers hope “Libraries Rock” will be a hit.

During the summer, readers can log their reading time to win prizes and participate in raffles. The GPPL summer reading program usually attracts about 1,000 people every year.

Registration for the GPPL summer reading program began June 1 and is still underway. Residents can sign up for the summer library program online at gp.beanstack.org, or in person at any of the GPPL’s three branches. The Central Branch is located at 10 Kercheval Ave. The Ewald Branch is located at 15175 E. Jefferson Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park. The Woods Branch is located at 20680 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Woods.

The official kickoff for the program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. June 15 at the Central Branch. All are welcome, and activities will include Wally’s ice cream truck, a bounce house, face painting, crafts, games, acrobats and — of course — books.

Prior to the end of the school year, several librarians visited schools in the Grosse Pointes to let students know about the summer reading program. Along with reading, a number of activities are planned throughout the summer at each branch. Library patrons are encouraged to check out the schedule of events at the website www.gp.lib.mi.us.

Library patrons can enjoy everything from puppet shows to magic shows to animation activities to crafts. One event will be “Operation Gratitude,” which will be open from noon to 7 p.m. July 16 at the Central Branch. During the day, patrons can write letters to military troops.

Registration will begin June 18 for “Nerf Wars” with Joel Tacey at 2 p.m. July 9 at Ewald.

In addition, community members can dig up information on Paleo Joe through the “Paleo Joe: Fossils of the Michigan Basin Exhibit” on display at the Woods Branch until July 7. Joe Kchodl, better known as Paleo Joe, is a paleontologist, which is a scientist who studies fossils. Paleo Joe will offer two in-person presentations to talk about his work: from 2 to 3 p.m. June 25 at the Ewald Branch, and at 2 p.m. July 7 at the Woods Branch.

In an effort to reach more people, staff members also will bring the library out to them with the GPPL@Your Park initiative, in which librarians visit local parks to conduct activities with the community. A list of dates and park visits is available at the website.

The summer reading program will wrap up with an ice cream social at each branch from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10.