Programs
Some summer programs require registration and for Youth Programs, registration opens up one week before the program date. Please check program descriptions for registration details. Registered programs are limited to West Bloomfield and contract community residents (Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake). Non-resident students and their siblings enrolled in West Bloomfield School District and students of Keith or Pleasant Lake elementary schools of the Walled Lake School District or Lone Pine Elementary or West Hills Middle School of the Bloomfield Hills School District with a library card in good standing from their home library must be registered for Summer Reading prior to signing up for special programming at the Library. Group registrations are not accepted. The Library reserves the right to limit the number of registrants to ensure a quality program. If you require special hearing equipment or a sign language interpreter for any program, please contact the Main Library at least one week prior to the program. In the Library’s continued effort to be a part of the community, some Summer Reading programs will be held at other sites throughout the community.

To register for Programs, visit the Library's Event Calendar.

SMILE! Attendance at programs may be digitally recorded through photographs, video or audio recordings. These images appear in the Library’s newsletter, local newspapers, brochures, on the Library’s website or in other promotional materials. If you do not wish images to be published, please notify a member of the Library staff before the start of the program.
Program Categories:      All-Ages | Youth | Teen | Adult | Grand Finale
Adult
Nature's Superheroes
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:30 am
Roosevelt Elementary School Gym
All Ages

Believe it or not, superheroes can be found in nature. Hands-on activities with games and observations of small animals will help you learn more!

Let's Talk
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library
An English Language Discussion Group

Anyone learning English or who wants to become more proficient is invited to improve their skills during an English language discussion group. The group meets twice a month. Tutors from the Oakland Literacy Council facilitate the conversation. Drop in for all or part of a session.

Berry Gordy & Super-Powered Motown Records
Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room

Wayne State University professor M.L. Liebler brings Motown alive at the Library! Enjoy rare footage, music and visuals as he discusses Berry Gordy and the rise of the Motown Record Corporation.

Music@Main
Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
David Massengill
Special times for summer performances

David Massengill is a folk singer/songwriter, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer player who takes the dull out of dulcimer. Seating is limited and opens a half hour before a performance. No registration is required. Music@Main is organized and funded by the Friends of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library.

Music@Main
Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
David Massengill
Special times for summer performances

David Massengill is a folk singer/songwriter, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer player who takes the dull out of dulcimer. Seating is limited and opens a half hour before a performance. No registration is required. Music@Main is organized and funded by the Friends of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library.

Novels at the Movies
Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
Gone Girl

Our popular film discussions with Dr. Tara Hayes continue with a new theme. It's been 75 years since Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone with the Wind, was adapted into a film that was awarded eight Oscars, including Best Picture. A model for film industry success was born! "Novels at the Movies" film discussions examine the transition from book to box office. Learn about films that helped create a link from literary pedigree to cinematic success and proved the staying power of film adaptations.

Computer Workshops
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library Computer Center
Mail Merge

Mail Merge is a useful tool that will allow you to easily produce multiple letters, labels, envelopes and more using information stored in a list, database or spreadsheet. Pre-registration is required for both computer workshops.

Registration is required.

Aladdin and Friends
Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm
West Bloomfield High School Auditorium
All Ages

The marvelous Madcap Puppets will entertain us as they bring the stories of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp and The Girl and the North Wind to life.

Computer Workshops
Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library Computer Center
Prezi Presentations

Learn the basics of Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software that you can access from your computer, iPad or iPhone. Sample some of its exciting features, including professionally-designed templates and how to easily import photos, videos and even PowerPoint presentations. Pre-registration is required for both computer workshops.

Registration is required.

The Secret of Kimbu-Batu
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 10:30 am
Roosevelt Elementary School Gym
All Ages

Wildlife Safari combines stories with real creatures in this interactive, one-of-a-kind experience. Journey deep into Africa's wilderness during this multimedia presentation.

An Evening of Midsummer Fun
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library
All Ages

Join us as we celebrate summer with an evening of fun at the Library. Music, face painting, stilt walkers, crafts and more will be part of this fun event!

Kevin Devine
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:30 am
Roosevelt Elementary School Gym
All Ages

Award-winning children's entertainer Kevin Devine will lead kids and families in this fun-filled concert full of sing-alongs and dancing.

Let's Talk
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library
An English Language Discussion Group

Anyone learning English or who wants to become more proficient is invited to improve their skills during an English language discussion group. The group meets twice a month. Tutors from the Oakland Literacy Council facilitate the conversation. Drop in for all or part of a session.

Everyday Heroes
Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Orchard Mall
All Ages

Enjoy learning about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Children will have opportunities to play various instruments during the performance.

Sixto Rodriguez: The True Story of a Largely Unknown Hometown Hero
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room

M.L. Liebler returns to share the fascinating story of Sixto Rodriguez, an American folk musician from Detroit who was virtually unknown in his hometown but gained fame in South Africa, where a bootlegged copy of his album helped inspire the civil rights movement against apartheid. Rodriguez was the subject of the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man." Check out a DVD of the documentary or a CD of its soundtrack from the Library.

Celebrate the Sequel!
Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room

Harper Lee's much anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, will be released July 14, 2015. Join Oakland University's Dr. Tara Hayes, the Book Club Professor, for a discussion of this historic literary event and the controversy surrounding Lee's previously unknown manuscript. Learn more about Harper Lee, whose first novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, became an instant classic, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

Let's Talk
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library
An English Language Discussion Group

Anyone learning English or who wants to become more proficient is invited to improve their skills during an English language discussion group. The group meets twice a month. Tutors from the Oakland Literacy Council facilitate the conversation. Drop in for all or part of a session.

Music@Main
Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
Ray Kamalay and his Red Hot Peppers
Special times for summer performances

Ray Kamalay's music is rooted in blues and spirituals, and includes Appalachian music, bluegrass, ragtime, old-time, Celtic music, and Brazilian sambas. Seating is limited and opens a half hour before a performance. No registration is required. Music@Main is organized and funded by the Friends of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library.

Music@Main
Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
Ray Kamalay and his Red Hot Peppers
Special times for summer performances

Ray Kamalay's music is rooted in blues and spirituals, and includes Appalachian music, bluegrass, ragtime, old-time, Celtic music, and Brazilian sambas. Seating is limited and opens a half hour before a performance. No registration is required. Music@Main is organized and funded by the Friends of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library.

Summer Reading Book Fair
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Friday, September 4, 2015
Main Library Meeting Room
All Ages

Redeem your online badges at the Summer's End Book Fair located in the Youth Activity Center. The book fair will run from August 26 through September 4, 2015. Receive your Summer Reading Completion Badge and choose your book(s) from the Book Fair.

Let's Talk
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library
An English Language Discussion Group

Anyone learning English or who wants to become more proficient is invited to improve their skills during an English language discussion group. The group meets twice a month. Tutors from the Oakland Literacy Council facilitate the conversation. Drop in for all or part of a session.

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