**All programs are sponsored in part by the Friends of the Waterford Library**
Our Programming web site is currently undergoing revision. You can check the library calendar here to find details about upcoming summer programs. Thank you for your patience.
2015 Summer Reading Program: Every Hero Has a Story
Become a reading hero by joining the summer reading book club. The reading program is open to all students ages 3-12. Here is all you have to do beginning Monday, June 15:
The Starting Line, June 15:
Sign up for the book club
Set your reading goal (books, chapters, minutes, etc.)
Collect your bookmark, reading record, stickers, and a pencil
Track your reading
The Finish Line, August 1:
Turn in your completed reading record
Pick out a free paperback book
Collect your passes and coupons for free items at local businesses
Get your name entered in the drawing
Our summer reading program drawing includes books, gift cards, book bags, t-shirts, games, craft kits, passes to fun places around town, and other cool prizes. If you don’t finish by August 1, you can still keep on reading in order to receive your free book, passes and coupons. We will distribute prizes through Labor Day Weekend.
SRP Kick-Off Party
Monday, June 15 from 10:00am–12:00pm
Oddzin Ends Entertainment is joining us for the Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party. Stop by the library and sign up for the summer reading book club, get your face painted, collect a balloon animal, try on some body art, and enjoy a treat in our craft room. No registration required.
Monday, June 22 – 10:00a-12:00p
Come out and meet some of our “local heroes” who keep our community safe. Representatives from the Fire Department, the Police Department, and the Department of Public Works will be on hand for two hours to talk to our parents and children. Get a first-hand look at some of their awesome vehicles. No registration required.
Tail Wagging Tutors
Tail Wagging Tutors is a program to give children ages 5-10 an opportunity to practice their oral reading skills. Children read to a real dog and their owner for about 15 minutes in a nonjudgmental environment. Readers register for one 15 minute session per week. We will take walk-ins if time is available. Parents do not have to be in the room, but do need to be nearby. The summer schedule will be available by mid-June. Call the children’s department at 248-618-7692 to register.
Family Programs featuring Professional Performers
Recommended for ages 5 and up.
These programs are held in the library’s community room. Registration begins one week prior to each program date. IT IS NECESSARY THAT YOU REGISTER EVERYONE ATTENDING, including parents. Because of the large number of people in attendance, we cannot accommodate strollers. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Out of courtesy for the performers and other participants, please arrive on time.
R.E.P.T.I.L.E., Inc. – Thursday, June 18 – 10:30-11:30am – Michael Brophy will bring his menagerie of live tortoises, lizards, and snakes for an exciting and fascinating adventure. You decide if each reptile is a hero, ….. or a villain.
Registration begins Thursday, June 11. Click here to register.
The Spoon Man – Thursday, June 25 – 10:00-10:45am – Watch Jim Cruise become “Spoon Man” as he plays music and dances with everyday kitchen utensils with humor, craziness, and just plain fun. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.
Registration begins Thursday, June 18. Click here to register.
Superhero Magic Show – Tuesday, June 30 – 10:00-10:45am – Doug Scheer presents zany magic, crazy challenges, super stunts, and lots of laughs. Hope there are heroes in our audience because we’re going to need them.
Registration begins Tuesday, June 23. Click here to register.
Once Upon a Puppet – Tuesday, July 14 – 10:30-11:15am – Nancy Penvose and her beautiful puppets will be performing “Dick Whittington and His Cat,” a story of a young boy who travels to London with his pet cat. They learn that a crime has been committed. Someone stole the Queen’s _____! Come and find out if our hero will save the day and the Queen’s _______.
Registration begins Tuesday, July 7. Click here to register.
The Secret – Wednesday, July 22 – 10:30-11:30am – Greg Johnson of Johnson Marionettes will perform a play set in ancient Egypt. Our young hero will need great courage if he is to solve the pharaoh’s mystery, the sphinx’s riddle, outsmart the evil High Priest, learn to ride a camel, wrap a mummy, and rescue the princess.
Registration begins Wednesday, July 15. Click here to register.
King Arthur: A Sword in the Stone – Thursday, July 30 – 10:30-11:15am - Puppet Adventures will be performing the story about one of the greatest heroes of all time.
Registration begins Thursday, July 23. Click here to register.
Programs for Ages 3-5
Programs for this age group are 45 minutes long. Registration begins one week prior to each program.
My Family, My Heroes – Tuesday, June 16 – 10:00-10:45am - Your parents, siblings, and grandparents are heroes in their own right. Enjoy stories and make your own medal for someone in your family that deserves it.
Registration begins Tuesday, June 9. Click here to register.
Everyday Heroes – Wednesday, June 24 – 10:00-10:45am – We run into heroes every day in our community that we don’t even recognize. Learn about the “secret heroes” and what they do. Fun activities included.
Registration begins Wednesday, June 17. Click here to register.
The Hero Inside of Me – Thursday, July 16 – 10:00-10:45am - You are your own best hero! Come and hear stories about how you are a hero, then make a craft to show off the heroic you.
Registration begins Thursday, July 9. Click here to register.
I Speak for the Trees – Tuesday, July 21 – 10:00-10:45am - How can we be a protector of our environment? Stories and projects about taking care of the world we live in.
Registration begins Tuesday, July 14. Click here to register.
Programs for Ages 6-8
Programs for this age group are one hour long. Registration begins one week prior to each program.
Tall Tale Heroes – Wednesday, June 17 – 10:00-11:00am - Don’t let the truth stand in the way of a good story. Hear some incredible stories of legends like Paul Bunyan and John Henry. Do some amazing activities.
Registration begins, Wednesday, June 10. Click here to register.
Animals are Heroes Too – Monday, June 29 – 10:00-11:00am - Explore how animals are helpful to everyone and make your own tortoise rock and finger paint like Ivan the Gorilla!
Registration begins Monday, June 22. Click here to register.
Heroes of Exploration – Wednesday, July 15 – 10:00-11:00am - Who were the men and women who traveled to unknown lands, dove to the bottom of the sea, and blasted off into space? We will be making our own exploration travel pack.
Registration begins Wednesday, July 8. Click here to register.
Make Yourself a Superhero – Monday, July 20 – 10:00-11:00am - Come and make superhero crafts and play superhero games like Flying Superhero Balloon Race.
Registration begins Monday, July 13. Click here to register.
Programs for Ages 9-12
Programs for this age group are one hour long. Registration begins one week prior to each program.
Spectacular Sidekicks – Tuesday, June 23 – 10:00-11:00am – Behind every great hero is a strong supporter, partner, and sidekick. Come and explore this concept of “Hero Support” through games and building competitions.
Registration begins Tuesday, June 16. Click here to register.
Environmental Heroes – Wednesday, July 1 – 10:00-11:00am - Who are the heroes protecting our environment? Sylvia Earle, Wangari Maathai and Jane Goodall are some excellent examples. What could you do?
Registration begins Wednesday, June 24. Click here to register.
Superhero, Picasso Style – Monday, July 13 – 10:00-11:00am - Superheroes are all over the place, but what would they look like if Picasso drew them? Learn about Picasso’s artwork and draw your own superhero … Picasso style.
Registration begins Monday, July 6. Click here to register.
Heroes of Olympus – Thursday, July 23 – 10:00-11:00am - Ancient Greek myths reveal the timeless tales of Odysseus, Athena, Hercules, and Artemis. Students will create Greek art with mosaic tiles and paint.
Registration begins Thursday, July 16. Click here to register.
Summer Matinee Movies
In keeping with our hero theme, we're showing some great movies later this summer. All movies are rated G or PG and will begin at 2:00 PM. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Popcorn is provided. You may bring your own snacks, drinks with lids, pillows, blankets, etc. Please, no peanuts or uncovered drinks.
|Wednesday, July 29||Big Hero 6||PG||102 minutes|
|Monday, August 3||Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day||PG||81 minutes|
|Tuesday, August 4||Dolphin Tale 2||PG||107 minutes|
|Thursday, August 6||Brave||PG||93 minutes|
|Monday, August 10||Sky High||PG||100 minutes|
|Tuesday, August 11||Spy Kids||PG||81 minutes|
|Tuesday, August 18||The Incredibles||PG||115 minutes|
|Thursday, August 20||Annie (2014 version)||PG||118 minutes|
|Monday, August 24||Balto||G||78 minutes|
|Tuesday, August 25||Babe||G||91 minutes|
|Wednesday, August 26||The Boxtrolls||PG||96 minutes|
|Thusday, August 27||How to Train You Dragon 2||PG||102 minutes|
Group Tours and School Visits: Schools, daycares, scout groups, and other community organizations are encouraged to bring their classes to the library for a visit. Please call (248) 618-7692 to schedule your class visit. A children’s librarian will provide age-appropriate activities for your group such as storytimes, booktalks, library skills instruction, and tours. Your group of children may receive library cards if they are Waterford residents or attend Waterford Schools. Library card applications are required to be completed by the children's parents and returned to the library one week prior to the class visit. The staff is unable to process 20+ applications on the day of your visit.
Arrangements can be made for a children's librarian to come and visit your school or daycare facility. We will do our best to accommodate the teachers' requests. Please schedule all school visits in advance.
Our Summer Sponsors
The Children's Department would like to thank all our sponsors for dontating prizes to the Summer Reading Program:
|Airway Lanes of Waterford||Century Bowl of Waterford|
|Applebee's of Waterford||Friends of the Waterford Public Library|
|Auntie Anne's of Great Lakes Crossing||Rainforest Cafe of Great Lakes Crossing|
|Bob Evans of Waterford||Waterford School District Pool & Fitness Center|
|Zap Zone of Waterford|