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Summer Reading Kickoff - June 1-3

start your summer right

Showtime

Think you can juggle? What about balancing a feather on your nose? Jason Kollum will get you in the act!
Find out more

Thursday, June 1
4 p.m. Downtown  |  6:30 p.m. Dunlap

 

GET IN THE GAME

MINECRAFT
Go it alone or connect with friends 

Downtown
9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, June 2
ages 7 and up

MINI GOLF
Nine holes of fairy-tale golf, right through the library

Downtown
10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 3
ages 5 and up

 
 

LEAVE YOUR MARK

GET HANDS ON
Help create the mural of handprints to celebrate "Build a Better World" 

Osolo
every day | all ages

 

FIND A PEN PAL
Get connected with a new friend in Goshen - and meet them for ice cream July 31

Downtown
every day | all ages

 

Week 1


Week 1


June 4-10

The art of building something big

Artful

Contribute to the bigger picture - the miniature canvas you paint will become part of an art project that will be featured in our downtown Young Adult section.

Tuesday, June 6
4 p.m. Downtown  |  ages 12-18

 

MAKE IT LAST

MEMORY BOX
Create a place to keep these summer memories forever 

Dunlap (register)
3-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 6
ages 6-11

BUILD A TORNADO
Become a force of nature - put weather knowledge in motion

Cleveland
3-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 6  
ages 6-11

 

CLAY CREATIONS
Roll, pull and squeeze clay into a work of art

Pierre Moran
4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7
ages 6-11

MINECRAFT
Go it alone or connect with friends 

Downtown
9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, June 9
ages 7 and up

 
 

SIT BACK AND ENJOY

MONSTER TRUCKS
A teen and his pickup truck must save a town from destruction  

Downtown
4:30-6:15 p.m. Monday, June 5
all ages

MAGIC SHOW
Ronald McDonald brings his tricks to entertain 

Downtown
5-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 7
all ages

 

AND MORE ...

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Pierre Moran and Osolo
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6

Dunlap and Cleveland
10 a.m. Wednesday, June 7

BIG EXPLORERS (ages 4-7)
Downtown (register)
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6

LITTLE EXPLORERS (ages 2-3)
Downtown (register)
10 a.m. Thursday, June 8

 

Week 2


Week 2


June 11-17

GET outside and explore

BUILD A CITY

Mayor Tim Neese will read a story and talk about how he helps build a better city for all of us. Explore a big city truck, too.

Monday, June 12
4:30 p.m. Downtown  |  all ages

 

MAKE IT YOURSELF

MAKE A FRIENDSHIP BRACELET
One for you and one for a friend 

Osolo (register)
2-3 p.m. Monday, June 12
ages 6 and up

DO SOME CRAYON ART
Discover your artistic style

Dunlap (register)
3-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 13  
ages 6-11

 

BUILD A HACKY SACK
Kick it with a bag you make yourself, then head out to practice

Cleveland
3-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 13
ages 6-11

EXTREME BUILDING CHALLENGE
Take recycled materials to make a fantastic chain reaction machine with a purpose 

Downtown
4-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 13
ages 12-18

 

TAKE HOME A SPINNER
Use old CDs to make a wind spinner for your room, porch or patio

Pierre Moran
4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14
ages 6-11

PARACORD BRACELET MAKING
Be prepared for anything when you walk away with your own "survival bracelet"

Osolo
3-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 15
ages 10 and up

 
 

CHALLENGE YOUR MIND

THE LEGO MOVIE
An average Joe finds himself with superheroes trying to turn back a tyrant  

Downtown
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 14
all ages

THIRD THURSDAY TRIVIA
Bring your family and friends to compete for prizes 

Dunlap
6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15
all ages

 

AND MORE ...

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Pierre Moran and Osolo
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13

Dunlap and Cleveland
10 a.m. Wednesday, June 14

BABY AND ME (ages 0-24 months)
Downtown (register)
10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 14

BIG EXPLORERS (ages 4-7)
Downtown (register)
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13

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ERIC CARLE DAY

Games, stories and more
Downtown, all day Friday, June 16

Week 3


Week 3


June 18-24

THE WEATHER IS GREAT, GET OUT AND GROW

weather time

WSBT's Ed Russo will bring some hands-on demonstrations and talk about severe weather - a great GeoTrekker passport stamp.

Monday, June 19
4:30 p.m. Downtown  |  ages 5 and up

 

REALLY GET INTO IT

BOOK CLUB - HOLLOW CITY
Talk about Ransom Riggs' second story about those Peculiar Children 

Downtown
6:30 p.m. Monday, June 19
ages 14 and up

DEB AND THE HONEYBEES
Not a rock band, but this group has a lot of buzz

Dunlap
3-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 20  
ages 6-11

 

BALANCE MAGIC
Build your own balance toy, and maybe see that science can be cool

Cleveland
3-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
ages 6-11

GOING GRAPHIC
Talk about the latest comics and graphic novels with other teens

Downtown
4-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
ages 12-18

 

TIME IN THE GARDEN
Enjoy a story while taking in the beauty of Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Wellfield (1011 N. Main St.)
6 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
all ages

#OTTERELKHART
If you know the Osolo otters, you'll really enjoy this Elkhart County Parks talk

Osolo (register)
10 a.m. Thursday, June 22
ages 6 and up

 
 

GET SOME SCREEN TIME

MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (rated PG)
Rules. Rafe doesn't like rules. 

Downtown
4 p.m. Wednesday, June 21
all ages

MINECRAFT CHALLENGE
Bring your family and friends, and use your device or connect on our network 

Downtown
3 p.m. Friday, June 23
ages 7 and up

 

AND MORE ...

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Pierre Moran and Osolo
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20

Dunlap and Cleveland
10 a.m. Wednesday, June 21

BIG EXPLORERS (ages 4-7)
Downtown (register)
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20

LITTLE EXPLORERS (ages 2-3)
Downtown (register)
10 a.m. Thursday, June 22

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ART WORKS

Paint with Linda Pieri, find out more!

Dunlap 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
Cleveland 4 p.m. Thursday, June 22

Week 4


Week 4


June 26-30

Make some noise - buzz, hum, ROAR

HONEy of a talk

Get a glimpse of a queen bee and hear why bees are important in our lives

Thursday  |  10 a.m. Osolo  |  ages 6 and up

 

CREATE FROM SCRATCH

COLA AND CANVAS
This teen painting project is led by professional artist Linda Pieri 

Pierre Moran
4 p.m. Monday, June 26
ages 12-17

THE SCOOP ON POOP
A parks naturalist shows the benefits of building a better world ... with excrement

Downtown
5 p.m. Monday, June 26  
ages 5 and up

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD
Build your own galaxy in a bottle

Dunlap
3 p.m. Tuesday, June 27
ages 6-11

SEE THE LIGHT
Take rocks and sand and build a lighthouse

Cleveland
3 p.m. Tuesday, June 27
ages 6-11

 

MAKE MUSIC
Find out how to build a craft stick harmonica

Pierre Moran
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28
ages 6-11

 
 

BUILD YOUR MIND

PETE'S DRAGON
Friendship prevails over danger in this retelling of a classic 

Downtown
11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28
all ages

MINECRAFT CHALLENGE
Bring your family and friends, and use your device or connect on our network 

Downtown
3 p.m. Friday, June 30
ages 7 and up

 

AND MORE ...

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Pierre Moran and Osolo
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27

Dunlap and Cleveland
10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28

BABY AND ME (ages 0-24 months)
Downtown
10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 28

LITTLE EXPLORERS (ages 2-3)
Downtown
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 29

Week 5


Week 5


July 3-8

PAST THE HALFWAY MARK

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Look, but don't Touch

The county parks department helps identify poisonous plants and animals

5 p.m. Wednesday  |  Downtown|  5 and up

 

BUILD IT, WRECK IT

GINGERBREAD COTTAGE
This holiday house is seasonal - perfect for the lake 

Pierre Moran
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5
ages 6-11

WHERE THEY LIVE
Get inside the animal world with a parks department naturalist

Osolo
10 a.m. Thursday, July 6  
ages 6 and up

 

SAY WII
Take a turn with SmashBrothers or MarioKart

Downtown
3 p.m. Friday, July 7
ages 5 and up

 
 

AND MORE ...

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Dunlap and Cleveland
10 a.m. Wednesday, July 5

BABY AND ME (ages 0-24 months)
Downtown
10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 5

Week 6


Week 6


July 10-15

Soar with the butterflies and a wizard

Fly high

14-year-old Audrey McGuire will show you why butterflies help Build a Better World

Monday  |  5 p.m. Downtown |  all ages

 

TAKE IT ON

KICK IT
Make your own Hacky Sack 

Dunlap
3 p.m. Tuesday, July 11
ages 6-11

HOT LAVA
Create your own lava lamp

Cleveland
3 p.m. Tuesday, July 11  
ages 6-11

 

LEARN S'MORE
Go solar for this sweet summer treat

Osolo
2 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
ages 6 and up

STAR BRIGHT
Find out how to build your own telescope

Pierre Moran
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
ages 6-11

 
 

TEAMWORK

CONSTRUCTION LAB
Grab a partner, get creative, and Build a Better World from scratch 

Downtown
10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11
ages 3-7

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
The Caped Crusader will have to work with others to beat The Joker 

Downtown
11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12
all ages

 

AND MORE ...

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Pierre Moran and Osolo
10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11

Dunlap and Cleveland
10 a.m. Wednesday, July 12

BABY AND ME (ages 0-24 months)
Downtown
10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 12

MESSY PLAY DAY (ages 1-7)
Downtown
10 a.m. Thursday, July 13

Week 7


Week 7


July 17-22

EVERYDAY CREATIONS

IN ACTION

Meet the officers who operate high-tech robots to keep the community safe

Monday  |  5 p.m. Downtown |  all ages

 

STICK TOGETHER

TEAM CHALLENGE
Take a minute (or more) to win it 

Osolo
10 a.m. Monday, July 17
ages 6 and up

TOOTHPICK TOWER
How high can you go?

Cleveland
3 p.m. Tuesday, July 18  
ages 6-11

 

FRIENDS FOREVER
Get the knowledge to give your friend a handmade bracelet

Dunlap
3 p.m. Tuesday, July 18
ages 6-11

CRAFTS FOR CHARITY
Give the gift of hope to patients and animals in need of a boost

Downtown
4 p.m. Tuesday, July 18
ages 12-18

 

BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN
Can your toothpick house withstand the wind?

Pierre Moran
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19
ages 6-11

DUCT TAPE IT
Tear, stick and create

Dunlap and Cleveland
4 p.m. Thursday, July 20
ages 12-17

 

TAKE IN A SHOW

DRIVE IN MOVIE
Build your own car, then enjoy a short film  

Downtown
10 a.m. Tuesday, July 18
ages 2-7

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The tale as old as time ... in live action 

Downtown
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19
all ages

 

AND MORE ...

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Pierre Moran and Osolo
10 a.m. Tuesday, July 18

Dunlap and Cleveland
10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19

STORIES IN THE GARDEN (all ages)
Wellfield (1011 N. Main)
6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18

BABY AND ME (ages 0-24 months)
Downtown
10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 19

Week 8


Week 8


July 24-31

FINISH STRONG - LAST CALL FOR PRIZE ENTRIES

 

BUILDING BUILDINGS (REALLY)

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS
Recreate history's most famous structures 

Osolo
all day Monday, July 24
all ages

GO TEAM
Get creative and build something big

Downtown
5 p.m. Monday, July 24  
ages 5 and up

 

STRAW BRIDGES
Can your straw creation support 100 pennies?

Pierre Moran
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26
ages 6-11

RIDE THE WAVE

Moana loves the island and the sea - which will she pick?

Wednesday  |  10 a.m. Downtown |  all ages

 

TRY SOMETHING NEW

TEEN VOLUNTEER DAY
Get involved for your community  

Pierre Moran
4 p.m. Monday, July 24
ages 12-17

SHOWER IT WITH CONFETTI
Make your own paper scrap launcher 

Cleveland
3 p.m. Tuesday, July 25
ages 6-11

 

MAKE IT RAIN
Do-it-yourself rain sticks  

Dunlap
3 p.m. Tuesday, July 25
ages 6-11

TEEN WII TOURNEY
Strike up a Mario match 

Downtown
4 p.m. Tuesday, July 25
ages 12-18

 

AND MORE ...

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Pierre Moran and Osolo
10 a.m. Tuesday, July 25

STORYTIMES (ages 2-6)
Dunlap and Cleveland
10 a.m. Wednesday, July 26

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ICE CREAM

Celebrate the end of summer reading 2017 with a sweet treat and a show

Monday   |  4:30 p.m. Downtown |  all ages

That's it! The finish line!

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