Summer Reading Program Begins at the Library

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.

Book Recommendation: Wolf Hollow

 WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren WolkEvil comes to rural Pennsylvania in an unlikely guise in this novel of the American homefront during World War II.

Twelve-year-old Annabelle’s coming-of-age begins when newcomer Betty Glengarry, newly arrived from the city to stay with her grandparents “because she was incorrigible,” shakes her down for spare change in Wolf Hollow on the way to school. Betty’s crimes quickly escalate into shocking violence, but the adults won’t believe the sweet-looking blonde girl could be responsible and settle their suspicions on Toby, an unkempt World War I veteran who stalks the hills carrying not one, but three guns. Annabelle’s strategies for managing a situation she can’t fully understand are thoroughly, believably childlike, as is her single-minded faith in Betty’s guilt and Toby’s innocence. But her childlike faith implicates her in a dark and dangerous mystery that propels her into the adult world of moral gray spaces. Wolk builds her story deliberately through Annabelle’s past-tense narration in language that makes no compromises but is yet perfectly simple: “Back then, I didn’t know a word to describe Betty properly or what to call the thing that set her apart from the other children in that school.” She realizes her setting with gorgeous immediacy, introducing the culture of this all-white world of hollows, hills, and neighbors with confidence and cleareyed affection.Image result for newbery honor medal

Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk’s novel stuns. (Historical fiction. 9-13)

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The Holidays are Coming!

dsc_0569Are you looking forward to the holidays? Come join us for some very special youth programs this December!

Story Time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus: Friday, December 2nd, 10:15-11:00am

National Cookie Day: Saturday, December 4th, 2:00-4:00pm

Holiday Open House: Saturday, December 10th, 11:00am-3:00pm

Holiday Crafting: Monday, December 12th, 6:00-7:00pm

Don’t forget to stop by between December 11th and 23rd to write a letter to Santa! A mail box from the North Pole Postal Service will be available in the Youth Department for a Christmas Eve delivery!


Come color with us!


When we started

We’ve got a coloring station hidden in the Teen Section of the library. Come find it and help us finish bringing our poster to life!



New Certified Monarch Waystation at the Library

ROYALTY FREE Shutterstock Stock Photo: Monarch Butterfly on a Mexican Sunflower Image ID: 57609622   Release  information: N/A   Copyright: James Laurie   Keywords: appealing, attractive, beautiful, beauty,black, bottom, butterfly, calm, color,colorful, elegant, feeding, floral, flower,garden, giant, good, gorgeous, insect,looking, lovely, magnificent, mexican,migratory, monarch, natural, nature, nice,orange, pattern, petals, pretty, queen,serenity, silence, spring, striking,stunning, summer, sunflower, sweet,tranquility, underside, wing, yelMonarch Butterflies will have a safe new habitat to visit this summer and fall when migrating through the U.S. to their final wintering destinations in the mountain forests of Mexico and select spots in California, thanks to a generous donation from the Shirley Shill family.

Shirley’s Monarch Shelter, located in Millie’s Garden at the library, was named after Shirley Shill, a Brighton classroom teacher and founder of School Bell, the first preschool in Brighton. Bev Barton, niece of Shirley said, “Her family, friends, children, and reading were her passions in life and the butterfly symbolized freedom and rebirth for Aunt Shirley.” The family honored her memory by sponsoring the certification for the Monarch Waystation, offering children’s programming in the garden, and by purchasing a sculpted butterfly shaped chair. The chair will be nestled among the flowers that attract the brightly colored Monarch for individuals to sit and watch.

Brighton District Library staff member and Advanced Master Gardener Jane Reed headed up the certification project for the Monarch Waystation. “It’s exciting to be able to gain certification at a time when Monarch Butterfly numbers are dropping at an alarming rate. This new waystation will help sustain the Monarch, thus providing a better chance for survival,” said Reed.

To gain certification Reed had to put into place several factors. These included growing milkweed plants, the host plant and the only plant that Monarch caterpillars feed on; adding necessary annual and perennial nectar plants (marigold, zinnia, bee balm, boneset, b017utterfly bush, catmint, phlox, and Joe-Pye) for the migrating butterflies; incorporating an area of at least 100 square feet with six or more hours of sunlight per day; providing shelter from predators; having proper drainage and soil type; and creating a pesticide-free site.

Right: Families release milkweed seeds in Millie’s Garden at at recent program at the library.




Youth Events – June 2016


To register for Youth events, visit the Youth Desk
or call 810-229-6571, ext 223.
Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library for supporting Library events.

Infant Massage
Saturday, June 4, from 10:15am – 11:15am @ Room A/B

Giving your baby a massage can be a wonderful way to bond. Join us to learn the art of infant massage with certified massage therapist, Diane Kramer. Ages 6 weeks to 10 months with a caregiver. Register now.


Monday, June 6, from 6:15pm – 7:30pm @ Room A/B

Please bring your own cards. Prior experience or completion of the training is required. For children ages 7 and up. Registration begins 2 weeks before the program.

Contact: Missy Setty


Boogie Woogie Babies
Thursday, June 9, from 10:30am – 11:15am @ Room A/B

Share a book, sing a song, and enjoy group play. For children ages 1 to 2 with a caregiver. Register now.


Sunday, June 12, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm @ Millie’s Garden

Help us celebrate with Colors the Clown Magic Show, free balloon art, ice cream, inflatables and more. Phoenix Free Running Academy and Jumpin’ All Stars jump rope team will also be performing. Register for On Your Mark Get Set Read summer reading program and pick up your free packet.


Stuffed Animals on Parade
Monday, June 13, from 10:30am – 11:30am @ Room A/B

Have fun counting, marching and thinking about numbers with your favorite stuffed animal as you solve fun math riddles together. Ages 4 to 5. Registration begins 2 weeks before each program.


Exotic Zoo
Thursday, June 16, from 10:30am – 11:30am @ Room A/B

Join us as we meet exotic zoo animals up close and personal. This traveling zoo allows for close-up experience with eleven animals, from a 15 foot python to 100lb tortoise. All ages. Parent participation required for children ages 3 to 5. Drop in. Free tickets are available from Youth Services staff 15 minutes prior to the event.


Live Action Pac-Man
Friday, June 17, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm @ Room A/B

Put yourself in one of the best known arcade games—Pac-Man! Whatever you do, don’t let the ghosts catch you! Ages 8-12. Registration begins June 16.


Table Top Gaming
Monday, June 20, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm @ Conference Room

Kids Board Game Club

Join us for board, dice and card games from Boss Monster, Munchkin and Army vs. Aliens to classics like Life, Clue and Uno. Bring a favorite or learn something new! Ages 9-12. Registration begins June 6.


Bits & Bridles
Tuesday, June 21, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Room A/B

Everything but the horse! Saddle up for an afternoon all about horses and ponies! For young horse enthusiasts who want to learn about all things equine! Ages 6-10. Registration begins June 7.


Facebook Reader’s Advisory
Tuesday, June 21, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Online Event

Join us on the Library’s facebook page between 1 and 2pm. Give us the titles of the last three books you enjoyed and we’ll tell you what to read next! Participants will be entered into a raffle for an Amazon gift card. In addition, those who let us know how we did with our recommendations will be entered into an additional raffle!


First Time, First Year New Parents’ Group
Thursday, June 23, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm @ Room A/B

Just for you… it’s all about raising happy and healthy kids. Meet other parents and enjoy guest speakers and light refreshments. Geared toward first-time parents.

Adult program. Registration begins 2 weeks before program.


It’s Sense-ational!
Thursday, June 23, from 10:15am – 11:15am @ Room A/B

Dare to explore fun, interesting and sometimes gross examples of how to use your fabulous 5 sense of taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing. For ages 4-6. Registration begins June 9.


It’s Sense-ational!
Thursday, June 23, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Room A/B

Dare to explore fun, interesting and sometimes gross examples of how to use your fabulous 5 sense of taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing. For ages 7-9. Registration begins June 9.


Friday, June 24, from 10:00am – 11:30am @Room A/B

Join us for open LEGO® play. Each month a new build challenge will be revealed. Your creation is only limited by your imagination! Designs will be displayed in the Youth Services Department. Ages 4-10. (Ages 4-6 must have an adult present.) Drop-in.


Table Top Gaming
Monday, June 27, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm @ Conference Room

Kids Board Game Club

Join us for board, dice and card games from Boss Monster, Munchkin and Army vs. Aliens to classics like Life, Clue and Uno. Bring a favorite or learn something new!  Ages 9-12. Registration begins June 13.

Contact: Wensdy Von Buskirk


Stranger Than Friction
Tuesday, June 28, from 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Room A/B

Join the fun with interactive experiments using simple household items. Kids will create race ramps and learn about friction, bend water with a balloon and learn about static electricity, watch the sun change paper colors, make catapults and more. Ages 6 to 8. Registration begins June 14.


Bouncing Babies Storytime
Thursday, June 30, from 10:15am – 11:00am @ Room A/B

Bond with your baby and build a love of books, songs, and play. Ages birth to 11 months with a caregiver. Registration begins June 16.