Regular Programs Youth:
After School Games: Wednesdays 3:00-4:15pm during the school year. Unwind after school with snacks, tabletop and party games. Learn a new game or dominate the competition with an old favorite. Teens 5th-12th grade. Senior Center Card Room
Baby Bears: Select Fridays At 10:00 AM You’re never too young for a story. This program offers early literacy fun for babies 8-23 months old with a caregiver. Drop in for short stories, songs, lap bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.
Families and Jammies Thursdays May 18, August 17, September 21, October 5, 6:30 – 7:15 pm Children’s Area.
This story time offers creative fun for everyone. Drop in for stories, songs, and activities for the whole family. Wearing pajamas is welcomed. This program is designed for families with children ages 2 and up.
Teen Advisory Board: Meets the first Thursday of the month at 6pm. Earn service hours, meet new friends, and help plan activities for teens in the community. The Teen Advisory Board is a group of teens who are committed to making the library a fun and informative space for teens in the community; they advise the librarian with program ideas, suggest materials to buy, and are the first to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Special Youth Events:
Storytime Registration: Storytime registration begins Saturday, September 9. Patrons can register online, in person, or by calling the library.
Youth Summer Reading at the Library
Let’s build a community of better readers this summer. The Summer Reading Program for babies, children, and teens runs from June 17 to August 5 and is open to Shelby Township residents. Keep track of the time you spend reading and earn fun prizes, plus entries into raffle prize drawings. Register any time between Saturday, June 17 and Saturday, July 29.
“Build a Better World” Summer Library Events for Children and Teens:
No registration necessary, just drop in.
Maker Mondays: June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14. 2-3 pm, Library Atrium. All ages. Drop in to design, build, craft, and create whatever you can imagine using the odds and ends we supply at this program.
Reading Buddies: Thursdays June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17. 2-3 pm, Library Atrium. Kids in grades K-5 can build better reading skills with one-on-one help and encouragement from trained teen volunteers. Drop in with a book to read.
“I Love My Library” Teen Art Contest Do you love our library? Show us why. Teens in grades 5-12 are invited to create a piece of art representing the reasons they love the library. Any medium is welcome. See a librarian for rules beginning June 17, and an entry form. Entries accepted July 1-15.
Touch a Truck: Saturday June 17, 1:30-2:30 pm, Park Area Behind Library. All ages welcome to meet community helpers, learn about their jobs, and see their vehicles. Members of local departments such as Fire and Police will be on hand to answer questions and take pictures. Together let’s learn about building a stronger community and better world at the library this summer!
Get Busy! Children’s Theatre: Wednesday June 21, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium. Preschool-4th grade. The Children’s Theatre of MI will present sing-along songs and share-along stories that encourage young audiences to dream big dreams, plan and prepare, and work to make those dreams come true.
Teen Gardening 101: Wednesday June 21, 1:30-2:30 pm, Senior Center Card Room, Tweens/Teens 5th-12th grade. Do you love flowers or want to learn how to grow your own food? Learn how to grow plants from a master gardener. We’ll discuss basic gardening, small container gardening, and community gardening, followed by a hands-on activity.
Made in Michigan: Wednesday June 28, 1:30-3:30 pm, Park Area Behind Library, Preschool-4th grade Explore the link between Michigan agriculture and building a better world. See farm animals such as goats, chickens, doves, and geese as we learn about recycling, composting, and organic farming.
Simple Circuit Workshop: Wednesday June 28, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium, Tweens/Teens 5th-12th grade Work with others to make simple electrical circuits out of bananas, paper clips, and even your friends. This workshop will start promptly.
Marvels of Motion: Wednesday July 5, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium. Preschool-4th grade Have a blast learning about Newton’s Laws as we explore physics, motion, and gravity. If you thought jet packs were just part of the future, think again.
Design-a-Bag Craft: Wednesday July 5, 1:30-2:30 pm, Senior Center Park Pavilion. Tween/Teens 5th-12th grade Build a foam stamp of your own design using simple materials, and then apply your design to a canvas tote bag using fabric paint. Gift the tote to a friend or family member … or keep it for yourself. This workshop will start promptly. Supplies are limited. Limit 25 teens.
Build a Better Magic Show: Wednesday July 12, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium, Preschool-4th grade Jeff Wawrzaszek will return to the library and bring a show full of world class magic, laughter, and fun to our community.
Candy Construction Challenge: Wednesday July 12, 1:30-2:30 pm, Senior Center Card Room, Tweens/Teens 5th-12th grade If you can build it, you can eat it. Join us for a sweet challenge of building creations with candies, cookies, and more. Each teen will be given “building materials” and creations to make in a timed challenge. Creations will be scored by judges, with a first, second, and third place winner based on performance. This event will start promptly. Limit 25 teens.
Family Puzzle Challenge: Saturday July 15, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium, All ages Bring the family, or a group of friends, and race other families to put together a puzzle the fastest. The first three groups to complete their puzzles will win a prize to share with their team.
Arts and Scraps: Wednesday July 19, 1:30-3:30 pm, Library Atrium, All ages Drop in to join a community of artists in making the world a cleaner, brighter place by creating art projects out of recycled materials.
Teen Disney Night: Friday, July 21 6-7:30 pm, Library Atrium. Tweens/Teens 5th-12th grade Teens are welcome to join us for a night for all things Disney. We’ll enjoy movie trivia, crafts, games, and karaoke. Dress as your favorite Disney character in our cosplay contest for a chance for a prize.
Build a Better Lego World: Wednesday July 26, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium, All ages
Turn the library into a Lego world as you explore activity stations for building, games, and free play. We will have regular Legos and large Duplo blocks for all ages to share.
Cirque Amongus Interactive Circus: Wednesday August 2, 1:30-2:30 pm, Park Area Behind Library, All ages Learn about the circus community by trying your hand at authentic circus skill stations with guidance from pros. You’ll have the chance to try acrobatics, trapeze, juggling, stilts, tightrope, and more.
Drummunity: Wednesday August 9, 1:30-2:30 pm, Park Area Behind Library, All ages
Lori Fithian will bring her collection of hand drums and percussion toys to transform our community into a high energy “Drummunity” circle–a community built around people gathering together to play drums. No experience required–just join us to create music together. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to make yourself comfortable.
Autumn Youth Programs at the Library
Teen Hangout: Wednesdays 3-4:30 Beginning September 13, teens grades 7-12 are invited to join us in the Library Craft Room for activities and games each week. No program November 22.
Pokémon Hangout: Saturday September 16, 2-3 pm, Senior Center Craft Room, All ages Bring your cards and handheld games to play, or play Pokémon GO on your mobile device. A lucky participant will win a prize from a random drawing.
Trick or Read: Thursday October 19, 6-7:30 pm, Library Atrium, All ages Have a spooktacular time wearing Halloween costumes to “trick or read” around the library and make a craft. This year we also welcome special guest magician Gordon Russ for a “Spooky Monster Magic Show!” Halloween fun for everyone in the family.
TechKnowKids Coding Workshop: Saturday October 7, 1:30-3 pm, Senior Center Craft Room, Ages 6-10 Cathy Foster of TechKnowKids will teach the fundamentals of computer programming through educational and creative play. Kids will work together applying logic and coding skills to manipulate “Dash & Dot” robots. Space is limited. Registration begins Saturday, September 16.
Teen Mystery Night: Friday October 20, 6-7:30 pm, Library Atrium, Teens grades 7-12
At a roaring 1920’s gala a murder occurs—everyone is a suspect. Inspect the evidence, question the suspects, and figure out whodunit at this special after hours event. Costumes are highly encouraged. Dress to impress in your 1920s best and join the fun. Registration begins October 2.