The library recently had a fun program called Book Ninjas. Kids ages 6-9 joined Miss Laurie for a reading of Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez. Then they had a fun tae kwon do demonstration by Dennis Kane and students of PKSA Karate Brighton. Visit the Book Ninjas site for more martial arts and reading fun! To see more photos from the library event, click here.
For those of you ages 9 and up, we have two exciting programs coming up in February! First is the Mother-Daughter Craft on Thursday, February 2 from 6:30-8:00pm. This month we’ll be making a candy topiary — perfect to give as a Valentine’s Day gift or to keep for yourself! Then on Saturday, February 4, fight in the Cupcake Wars — this time there will be two epic battles, one from 1:00-2:00 and one from 3:00-4:00. To register for either of these exciting programs, go to our calendar and click on the program you want to sign up for. See you soon!
Two acclaimed authors have new releases that will be a welcome addition to the historical fiction genre, both about Native Americans. Louise Erdrich continues her Birchbark House Series with book five, Makoons, about twin brothers living with their Ojibwe family on the Great Plains of Dakota Territory in 1866 who must learn to become buffalo hunters. And Joseph Bruchac tells the story of Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet through the eyes of Sequoyah’s 13-year-old son. Pick up either of these reads to take a fascinating trip into the American past.
With the rush to go back to school, don’t forget that story times and special programs are starting up again here at the library! Check out our Events Calendar or stop in at the library to pick up our new fall brochure. Register in person or over the phone — call us at 810-229-6571. See you soon!
On Thursday, July 7th, the Brighton District Library Summer Book Club chose a “mock” Caldecott winner: Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!, written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller. Six judges between the ages of 8-12 reviewed 15 picture books and deliberated for about an hour before voting. The Night Gardener, written by Terry Fan and illustrated by Eric Fan, was declared an Honor Book. The “real” Caldecott winner will be announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in January 2017. The Summer Book Club will meet next month on Thursday, August 11 to discuss Linda Sue Park’s book The Kite Fighters and to learn about this fascinating Korean custom. If you’d like to join us, you may register beginning July 28.
Are you planning a road trip this summer? Take along an audio book to make the hours fly by! Come into the library to see our brochures on recommended “listens,” and check out School Library Journal‘s sneak preview of audio books coming out in August!
Don’t forget, we also have Playaways! Playaways are great for individual listening — or plug them into your car for the whole family to enjoy!
Readers of all ages will exercise their minds and bodies this summer during the Summer Reading Program, 6/12 to 8/5 at the Brighton District Library. This year’s theme, On Your Mark,
Get Set…Read! lends itself to a fun fast-paced emphasis on fitness, sports, wellness, and more.
On Sunday, June 12, from 1-4 pm, the library will kick off the start of the Summer Reading Program with Springfest, a free celebration for all ages. Stop by the library for an afternoon of entertainment, games, activities, ice cream, and fun for the whole family.
Springfest Activities Include:
- Gladiator Joust, 1-4pm: Kids 10 and older are invited to be the last one standing whenthey knock their opponent off a disc using a padded jousting stick.
- Colors the Clown, 1-4pm: Families will enjoy a Magic Show and balloon creations for the kids.
- Jumpin’ All Stars, 1:30-2:30pm: Livingston County’s Jumpin’ All Stars are a competitive jump rope team, ranked 8th in the nation. These high-energy performers will do jump rope stunts and tricks that are incredible to watch.
- Phoenix Freerunning Academy, 2-4pm: Kids are invited to participate in a fast-paced workshop where moving quickly from one point to another and overcoming obstacles along the way is how you reach the finish line.
- Tim Thurman, 2-4pm: Guinness Book of World Record winner Thurman will create realistic one-of-a-kind balloon art with speed and precision.
Registration for the Summer Reading Program will be available throughout the Springfest Celebration. Participants can pick up a summer calendar of activities and a log sheet, and once registered choose what to read, when to read, and where to read. Every seven days of reading or listening equals a gently used book of your choice.
To learn more about Springfest or the Summer Reading Program go to brightonlibrary.info or call 810-229-6571 ext. 223. Springfest and the Summer Reading Program are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brighton District Library.
Would you like to play hands-on math games? Would you like to have fun with friends at the library? Are you five years old? Then join the Crazy 8s Club! Every week you will run, jump, make music, and make a mess, all while learning about math! We’ll meet on Tuesdays from April 5th to May 24th from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Call 810-229-6571 to register!
Tired of the snow? Come to the library for one last winter hurrah!
Kids ages 7-11 are invited to come on Tuesday, March 1st from 4:30-5:30 to Say Goodbye to Snow! We’ll discover snow’s secrets, learn the science behind snow, create snow art, and MAKE snow!
Call the youth desk at (810) 229-6571 Ext. 223 to register.