Harper Woods Public Library

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Summer 2017 Programs for Children

List of upcoming events for children and families


McDonald's Bookmarks

Get your bookmark stamped every time you check out books.  When you have 5 stamps, your bookmark is full and you can bring it to McDonald's for a FREE Happy Meal.  Repeat as many times as you want.  The bookmarks may be redeemed at 17800 8 Mile Rd. in Harper Woods and 22333 E. 9 Mile Rd. in St. Clair Shores. Thanks to Southeast Michigan McDonald's for generously sponsoring this program.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

It’s Easy to Participate!

Step 1: Ask a librarian for the FREE starting kit.

Step 2: Read a book with your child and cross off a circle on your Reading Record.

Step 3 and beyond: Repeat!

When 100 books are read, show your Reading Record to a librarian for a prize. Move your name marker up the wall of progress. Get a new Reading Record and keep going!  One thousand books sounds like a lot, but it's easier than you think. Read 3 books a day for a year and you’ve already read over 1000 books, or 10 books a week for 2 years, and you’ve done it too!  More questions?  Click here.


Summer Reading Program Begins Monday, June 5         

Come to the library any day between June 5 & July 21, sign up for the Summer Reading Program and you’ll receive everything you need to start earning prizes for reading on your own this summer.   The last day to collect prizes is July 21. 


Join Miss Beth for stories, songs and movement; followed by unstructured playtime at the library.  Ages 5 & under, w/ caregiver.
Mondays, 11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
June 5, 12, 19 & 26; July
10, 17 & 24

Paws for Reading

Children of all ages can come to the library and read to Wally the beagle. He is a certified therapy dog, friendly and calm.
Tuesdays,  12:00—1:00 p.m.
June 13 - July 25

Arts & Craft Days

Drop in during the afternoon for fun crafts.  Ages 5 - 12. 
Days vary, 2:00 –3:00 p.m.
June 19, 28; July 5, 10 & 18

Author Ruth McNally Barshaw

Author of the Ellie McDoodle Diaries series, will do an interactive and fun story creation and doodle workshop with kids -- it’s wildly entertaining.  Please register to let us know you’re coming.
Tuesday, June 20, 2:00 p.m.


A Day in the Park  

Come to Salter Park for a fun outdoor activity day. There’ll be stories, crafts, games, and more.
Shelter 2, Tuesday, June 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Lego Batman Movie

Join us in the cool library for this fun, action-packed movie. Rated PG, 146 minutes. Please register to let us know you’re coming.
Thursday, July 6, 1:00 p.m.


Sound Booth, by Charity Music, Inc. 

It’s like a Petting Zoo for musical instruments. A chance to touch and play all types of music makers.  Please register to let us know you’re coming.
Wednesday, July 12, 2:00– 3:00 p.m.


4th Wall Theater Company 

Here’s your chance to become a star. Children will learn about  acting, singing, theater; and then will perform a 7-minute production for the parents. Please register.
Monday, July 17, 2:00– 3:00 p.m.


Ice Cream Social  (By invitation only)

Summer reading participants who read at least 4 hours (and their families) will be invited to make their own ice cream sundaes and get special  balloon creations. Grand prize winners will also be announced.  Invitations will be handed out with your second prize. Please, RSVP by Friday, July 21.
Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 –8:00 p.m.