The Brighton District Library invites you to learn, grow, connect, and create with us this summer! Stop by the library Sunday, June 11 from 1-4pm for Springfest, the Summer Reading Program kick-off event in Millie’s Garden. Enjoy juggling and stilt walking, amazing balloon art, ice cream, petting zoo, giant bubble station, and a surprise visit from one of our favorite princesses.
Visit the library’s favorite tiger sculpture, back in Millie’s Garden, following a two-year make over by artist Sue Sanderson and weather proofing by Brighton Ford. The tiger has a fresh new look with vividly colorful endangered animals painted throughout the body. See how many you can name, then, join us by entering our name the tiger contest.
Register for Build a Better World, this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, June 11-August 5. It’s free and for all ages! The library is the perfect place to help imaginations take off with books, music, movies, special events, and lots of fun!
The Summer Reading Program encourages reading during the long summer months to help maintain the gain that was made during the school year.
“Of all the activities children and teens participate in, time spent reading is the best predictor of reading achievement because the more students read, the better readers they become,” said Carla Sharp, Head of Youth Services at the Brighton District Library. “Children tend to read more when they are allowed to choose their own reading material. Those who read during the summer move ahead with their skills, those who don’t may lag behind in the fall,” said Sharp.
Springfest and the Summer Reading Program have been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brighton District Library. The Brighton District Library is located at 100 Library Drive, Brighton. For information about Springfest or the Summer Reading Program call 810-229-6571.
Have you seen the Oscar-winning movie Hidden Figures? Did you know there’s a book that you can share with your kids? There’s a Young Readers’ edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space. The library also has the audio book version. Check them out today!
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!