Shelby Township Library: To Preserve Yesterday, Enrich Today, and Inspire Tomorrow.

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Contact Info     51680 Van Dyke
Shelby Twp, MI 48316
Phone: 586.739.7414
Fax: 586.726.0535

Mon - Thurs: 9 am - 8 pm
Fri & Sat: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

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Youth and Family Events at the Library

Regular Programs Youth:

Storytime Registration: Storytime registration begins Saturday, September 7. Patrons can register online, in person, or by calling the library.

Teen Advisory Board: the first Thursday of every month. 6-7:30 pm, 7th – 12th grade. Community Center Craft Room
Join a council of teens that create teen displays, decorate the library, and plan events for teens at the library. Earn community service hours every month for attending. Or come to hangout and enjoy some snacks. Teens should fill out a TAB application, found on the library website or at the reference desk.

Teen Hangout: Wednesdays 3-4:30 Teens grades 7-12 are invited to join us in the Senior Center Craft Room for activities and games each week. No program, February 20 or April 3.

Baby Bears select Fridays 10-10:30 am. February 8, March 8 & 22, April 26, May 24
Drop in for short stories, songs, lap bounces, and playtime. This program offers early literacy fun for children under 2 years with a caregiver.

Baby Signing Time February 22, 10-1:30 am, Children’s Area, Children under 2 and caregivers. Join Signing Time Instructor, Ms. Kelly, for interactive short stories, songs, lap bounces, and playtime. This program offers early literacy and basic sign language fun for babies, their siblings, and caregivers.

Families and Jammies select Thursdays 6:30-7:15 pm. February 14 & 28, March 14, April 11 & 25, May 16
Drop in for stories, songs, and activities for the whole family. Wearing pajamas is welcomed!

Special Youth and Family Events

Superhero Bash , April 12, 6-7:30, Library Atrium, Teens 7-12th grade
Are you Team Marvel, DC, or a little of both?  Join us for trivia, themed crafts, and snacks. Cosplay as your favorite superhero for a chance at a door prize! Registration begins Friday, March 22.

Creature Feature, April 13, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium, All Ages
Meet reptiles, birds, and other creepy crawly and furry animal friends at this educational and entertaining presentation by Dan the Creature Man.

Free Comic Book Day,  May 4, All Day, Library Atrium, All Ages
Comic book fans of all ages can drop in to the Library any time during the day to pick out a free comic book and draw their own comics. Those who dress up as comic book characters will be entered into a prize drawing!

Teen Library Amazing Race,  May 17, 6-7:30 pm, Library Atrium, teens grades 7-12
Race around the world and complete 10 different challenges through the library! The team that finishes first will earn a small prize! Registration begins Friday, April 26.

Circuit Cards Workshop, May 18, 1:30-2:30 pm, Card Room, Children ages 6-10
Learn the basics of electricity and test your skills out to make a complete circuit. Success will enable your circuit card to light up! Registration begins Saturday, April 27.

Space Craft Stations: June 15, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Library Atrium, All Ages.
Drop in to kick off summer reading with STEAM projects all about space! Make something cool and learn something new. While supplies last.

Maker Mondays:  June 24, July 8, July 22,  August 5,  1:30-2:30 pm in Library Atrium, All Ages
All ages can drop in to design, build, craft, and create whatever you can imagine using odds and ends supplied by the library.

Our Universe Rocks Concert: June 19, 1:30-2:30 pm in Library Atrium, Preschool-4th grade
Dance, clap, twist, and rock at this interactive concert. Rock and Roll may have been invented on planet Earth, but this music will be out of this world.

Alien Pet Rocks: June 19, 1:30-2:30 pm Community Center, 5th-12th grade
Create an alien pet rock with materials gathered from all over the universe. Then design a little home for your new friend and travel the cosmos together.

Teen Anime Night: June 21, 6-7:30 pm Library Atrium, 7th-12th grade. Registration required
Join us for a special evening of anime trivia, crafts, and snacks. Wear your best anime cosplay for a chance for a prize. Light refreshments provided. Registration required.

Blast Off with Books Magic Show: June 26, 1:30-2:30 pm Library Atrium, Preschool-4th grade
Baffling Bill the magician will take you into a universe of magic and wonder, full of laughter and audience participation. See a portable black hole transport objects back in time and watch Gus the Bunny launch a magic wand into space.

Claymation Workshop: June 26, 1:30-2:30 pm Community Center, 5th-12th grade. Registration required
Explore the fascinating process of Claymation, a special form of stop-motion animation. You will learn the tools necessary to make your own Claymation films. Registration required.

Flying Aces Frisbee Show: July 3, 1:30-2:30 pm Senior Citizens Park, All Ages.
The Flying Aces team will amaze you with their athletic skills and Frisbee tricks. Join us in the park area behind the library for an awesome all-ages show. Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Children’s Farm: July 10, 1:30-3:30 pm Senior Citizens Park, Preschool – 4th grade
Animal lovers can drop in anytime between 1:30-3:30 pm for an up close look at farm animals such as rabbits, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and an alpaca or llama.

Space Food: July 10, 1:30-2:30 pm Library Atrium, 5th – 12th grade
Looking for a snack on Saturn? Have the munchies on Mars? Eating in space presents unique challenges for astronauts because there is no gravity. Learn about the special techniques astronauts use to enjoy tasty meals so they can perform important work in space.

Arts & Scraps: July 17, 1:30-3:30 pm, Library Atrium, All Ages
Drop in between 1:30 and 3:30 to join a community of artists who will help you create an out of this world art project made from recycled materials.

Teen Cupcake Night: July 19, 6-7:30 pm Library Atrium, 7th – 12th grade. Registration required
Learn the importance of cleanliness in food preparation and how to decorate cupcakes that are out of this world. This special workshop is hosted by Yell Sweets. Make a treat and take it home to eat later.

Alex Thomas and Friends Puppet Show: July 24, 1:30-2:30 pm Library Atrium. Preschool–4th grade
See a show filled with jokes, stories, silliness, and fun demonstrated through the art of Muppet-style puppetry. Audience members play along and become a part of the act. After the show, meet the characters, take a photo, and receive a personalized autograph from the puppet on a free photo card.

Tin Foil Hat Contest: July 24, 1:30-2:30 pm, Community Center 5th – 12th grade.
It’s a strange universe! Fend off the weirdness with an awesome tin foil hat. Get silly and creative with your haberdashery masterpiece for a chance at a small prize.

Fire and Ice Mad Science: July 31, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium. Preschool – 4th grade
Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air, and even a special Mad Science “burp” potion will amaze the audience! Learn about chemical reactions, air pressure, and the states of matter in this dazzling, interactive show with a Mad Scientist.

Nerf Wars: July 31, 1:30-2:30 pm. Senior Citizens Park. 5th – 12th grade. Registration required
Run, dodge, and dive as you try to outwit and out-blast the competition during NERF Mobile Games. NERF equipment and safety gear provided. This event is hosted by TipTop Entertainment LLC.

The Bubble Man: August 7,  1:30-2:30 pm, Library Atrium Preschool – 4th grade
Watch the “bubbleologist” Bubble Man Ron create astonishing bubble shapes, perform amazing tricks using ordinary bubble soap, and share the secrets of bubble magic.

Space Spelling Bee: August 7, 1:30-2:30 pm Community Center. 5th – 12th grade Registration required
Test your astronomy spelling knowledge from ASTRONAUT to ZODIAC, and all the space in between. Prizes will be awarded to the top three spellers.

Starlab Planetarium: August 14, 12:30-3:30 pm Library Atrium All Ages, Registration required.
Explore the wonders of the night sky in an inflatable planetarium! Shows will repeat every half hour, with seating limited to 30 at a time inside the dome. Please register your group for one show in advance and arrive early to guarantee your spots. Latecomers may lose their seats and be unable to switch their seats for a later showing.  Enjoy various activities while you wait.