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Whether you have a young reader who is into sports or nature, there is always something to interest them at the local library. This summer, there are programs that will earn the readers prizes for reading their favorite books, activities ranging from puppet shows to finding out how to care for a horse and afternoon movie days. Just check out what is being offered at the area libraries and then dig into that book.

Troy Public Library
510 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 524-3538

If you are looking for a summer filled with reading and fun activities for your child, then the Troy Public Library is the place to go. Beginning on June 15 and running until the end of August, programs will range from toddler and preschool story times to a youth summer library program. Along with reading will be summer actives that include a No Dye Tie Dye t-shirt art day to making your own octopus using yarn and pom-poms. There is something to do almost every day at the library and that will provide summer

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Canton Public Library
1200 S. Canton Center Road
Canton, MI 48188
(734) 397-0999

At the Canton Public Library, a new twist on summer reading incorporates the online aspect of modern life. Readers who take part earn “virtual badges” that then allow them to win prizes throughout the summer. According to Laurie Golden of the library, the program focuses each of the readers taking part on subjects that will hold their interest, so children involved in sports will be directed to stories about sports and nature lovers will read about the natural world. There are also live programs at the library throughout the summer that range from arts and crafts and pet safety to having a chance to see a horse and hear about their care.

Dearborn Public Library
16301 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI  48126
(313) 943-2330

At the Dearborn Library, there will be programs on hand for children ranging in age from newborns to teenagers. There are also reading programs for adults so they do not feel left out. Those taking part can register online if they have a Dearborn Library card where they will create an account in which they keep track of the books read throughout the summer and the library activities they have attended.  Some of the activities will include story times and crafts, movies and other special events throughout the community that will count towards their reading scores, which will automatically enter them in weekly drawing for prizes.

Royal Oak Public Library
222 E. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 246-3700

Summer reading in Royal Oak kicks off on June 8 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. when the summer program Dig Into Reading will get underway. On the opening day, there will be live music, a traveling farm with live animals from Bowers School Farm for the little ones to enjoy and of course registration for the summer reading program. Throughout the summer until July 26, there will be activities for young readers that will include story times, live animals to visit, puppet shows and much more. So plan on being at the Royal Oak Library on June 8 to join in on the fun and to register your young readers for a summer of reading fun.

Eastpointe Memorial Library
15875 Oak St.
Eastpointe, MI  48021
(586) 445-5095

Summer reading fun is on tap for children beginning June 17 at the Eastpointe Public Library when they too will find the Dig Into Reading program. Reading and activities will be offered for children ranging in age from toddlers to early teens will be offered. Programs will range from a visit by a Lake St. Clare Metropark naturalist to science fun with Dominic Crea who will offer hands on experiments. Each month will include a family afternoon movie day, with snacks provided and family story times held each week, just to name a few. Registration can be made for the program by calling the library or in person at the library circulation desk.

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