Programs
Some summer programs require registration. Registration opens one week before the program date. Please check program descriptions for registration details. Registered programs are limited to residents of West Bloomfield Township and the Library’s contract communities (Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake). Non-resident students and their siblings enrolled in West Bloomfield School District, students of Keith Elementary School or Pleasant Lake Elementary School in the Walled Lake School District, and students of Lone Pine Elementary School or West Hills Middle School in 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.

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

The Library welcomes children of all abilities, along with their parents and other caregivers. Programs and services are offered in an inclusive, nonjudgmental environment designed to engage all children and their families in literacy and learning experiences. The Library strives to be supportive and respectful of varying learning styles and capabilities while offering children of diverse abilities opportunities to grow and be successful.

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Brochures and Reading Logs
Adult Program Brochure | Teen Program Brochure | Youth Program Brochure | Read to Me Reading Log | Youth Reading Log
Program Categories:      All-Ages | Youth | Teen | Adult | Grand Finale
Youth
Creative Crafts
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
All ages

Use your imagination and our craft materials to design and make your own unique art projects.

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
All ages

"Reading before bed is a great family activity. Wear your pajamas for an evening full of stories, songs, finger plays and rhymes. Don't forget to bring your favorite stuffed animal."

Library Learning Day
Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
All ages

"Children can move from one activity station to another, having fun and learning as they go."

Read to a Dog
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for Kindergarten to 5th grade students

"What happens when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read. Trainers with their well-behaved certified therapy dogs will be on hand so elementary students can practice independent reading skills while reading to a friendly canine companion."

Move & Groove
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-6

"It's time for some moving and shaking as we read books, sing songs, create arts and crafts, and dance the morning away."

Saturday Morning Live!
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"Start your weekend off right with amazing stories, songs and interactive group activities, including an introduction to early STEM skills. Bring the whole family for a funtastic time!"

Tot Spot
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Tot Spot
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Lego Maker Monday
Monday, July 31, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 5-12

"Are you a Lego enthusiast? Join us for creative building with Lego. We'll provide the Lego, you provide the imagination."

Registration is required.

Joel's Book Builder
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 10:30 am
West Bloomfield High School Cafeteria
All ages

"Gear up for reading with Engineer Joel as he brings eight builder-rific books to life! Featuring goofy gadgets, dazzling magic, wacky stunts and lots of audience participation, this show will have you laughing out loud!"

The Music Lady
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Back Lawn
Recommended for ages birth-6

"Enjoy a high-energy concert from the Music Lady! Sing, dance and laugh together during this interactive acoustic concert."

"Hop, Jump & Read"
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"It's time for some moving and shaking as we read books, sing songs and dance the morning away."

Bats in the Library
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
All ages

"Learn the truth about bats at this exciting and interactive presentation. Understand why these wonderful animals are so important to ecosystems and to you. Meet four bats from around the world, including the species of bat Stellaluna was based on."

Move & Groove
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-6

"It's time for some moving and shaking as we read books, sing songs, create arts and crafts, and dance the morning away."

Baby Time
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:30 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-12 months

"Stimulate your baby's development with rhymes and songs and practice motor skills with creative physical activities. This interactive program is designed to build positive communication between baby and caregiver, as well as boost your baby's brain development."

Registration is required.

Saturday Morning Live!
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"Start your weekend off right with amazing stories, songs and interactive group activities, including an introduction to early STEM skills. Bring the whole family for a funtastic time!"

Saturday Morning Live!
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"Start your weekend off right with amazing stories, songs and interactive group activities, including an introduction to early STEM skills. Bring the whole family for a funtastic time!"

Saturday STEAM!
Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
All ages

"Work together as a family to strengthen your child's STEAM skills at stations with hands-on activities that explore science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts."

Tot Spot
Monday, August 7, 2017 at 10:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Tot Spot
Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Lego Maker Monday
Monday, August 7, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 5-12

"Are you a Lego enthusiast? Join us for creative building with Lego. We'll provide the Lego, you provide the imagination."

Registration is required.

Operation Filtration
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 6-12

"Water is one of the most precious resources on Earth, and the demand for clean drinking water continues to grow. Help engineer a sustainable filtration device so we can clean water and make it safe and ready for everyone to use."

Registration is required.

Operation Filtration
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 6-12

"Water is one of the most precious resources on Earth, and the demand for clean drinking water continues to grow. Help engineer a sustainable filtration device so we can clean water and make it safe and ready for everyone to use."

Registration is required.

Operation Filtration
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 6-12

"Water is one of the most precious resources on Earth, and the demand for clean drinking water continues to grow. Help engineer a sustainable filtration device so we can clean water and make it safe and ready for everyone to use."

Registration is required.

Tot Spot
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Creative Crafts
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
All ages

Use your imagination and our craft materials to design and make your own unique art projects.

"Hop, Jump & Read"
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"It's time for some moving and shaking as we read books, sing songs and dance the morning away."

Building Blocks
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Ages 2-6

"What can you build from wacky and unusual objects? Continue your summer fun by constructing towers, objects, animals, or anything you can imagine with these off-the-wall building materials."

Registration is required.

Building Blocks
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Ages 7-12

"What can you build from wacky and unusual objects? Continue your summer fun by constructing towers, objects, animals, or anything you can imagine with these off-the-wall building materials."

Registration is required.

The Great American Eclipse
Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
All ages

"For the first time in 26 years, a rare total solar eclipse will take place in the United States on August 21. Join local NASA Solar System Ambassador Ken Bertin as he explains what eclipses are, why this one is so special and how to safely observe an eclipse. Adults and children will enjoy hearing about what will truly be considered "The Great American Eclipse". A summer reading badge will be awarded to all attendees."

Move & Groove
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-6

"It's time for some moving and shaking as we read books, sing songs, create arts and crafts, and dance the morning away."

Meet the Masters
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 6-12

"Learn about artists, experiment with new styles and create works of art in the different styles. No artistic experience necessary for this creative, artful afternoon."

Registration is required.

Saturday Morning Live!
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"Start your weekend off right with amazing stories, songs and interactive group activities, including an introduction to early STEM skills. Bring the whole family for a funtastic time!"

Tot Spot
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Tot Spot
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

The Robot Garage
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
All ages

Try your hand at this interactive engineering experience with stations for Lego? creations and Sumobot racing.

Build a Better Car
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 6-12

"Create your own race car using recycled foam rubber castoffs from automobile suppliers. When it's finished, your unique car will be ready for a final race off. Which car will make it to the finish line first?"

Registration is required.

Tot Spot
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Build a Better Car
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 6-12

"Create your own race car using recycled foam rubber castoffs from automobile suppliers. When it's finished, your unique car will be ready for a final race off. Which car will make it to the finish line first?"

Registration is required.

Build a Better Car
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 6-12

"Create your own race car using recycled foam rubber castoffs from automobile suppliers. When it's finished, your unique car will be ready for a final race off. Which car will make it to the finish line first?"

Registration is required.

"Hop, Jump & Read"
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"It's time for some moving and shaking as we read books, sing songs and dance the morning away."

Read to a Dog
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for Kindergarten to 5th grade students

"What happens when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read. Trainers with their well-behaved certified therapy dogs will be on hand so elementary students can practice independent reading skills while reading to a friendly canine companion."

Cuentos y Canciones!
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 2-5

"Help lay the foundation for learning a second language with this interactive, dual-language storytime for parents and children. Through movement activities, songs, stories and games, you and your child can learn Spanish in a relaxed and fun environment."

Baby Time
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:30 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-12 months

"Stimulate your baby's development with rhymes and songs and practice motor skills with creative physical activities. This interactive program is designed to build positive communication between baby and caregiver, as well as boost your baby's brain development."

Registration is required.

Saturday Morning Live!
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"Start your weekend off right with amazing stories, songs and interactive group activities, including an introduction to early STEM skills. Bring the whole family for a funtastic time!"

Discovering Family Fun
Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
All ages

"Explore and learn together as a family while crafting, playing games and experimenting."

Tot Spot
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Exotic Zoo
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
All ages

Join the Exotic Zoo to learn about and interact with exotic animals.

Building Blocks
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Ages 2-6

"What can you build from wacky and unusual objects? Continue your summer fun by constructing towers, objects, animals, or anything you can imagine with these off-the-wall building materials."

Registration is required.

Building Blocks
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Ages 7-12

"What can you build from wacky and unusual objects? Continue your summer fun by constructing towers, objects, animals, or anything you can imagine with these off-the-wall building materials."

Registration is required.

Summer Challenge Project Fair
Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room
All ages

"After all of your fun completing Summer Challenges, show off what you accomplished. Submit your completed project(s) by August 16 for the Summer Challenge Project Fair on Thursday, August 24 from 6 to 8 PM. Receive a 50-point badge for submitting a project. Receive a 50-point badge for attending the fair. This is a great way to earn extra points at the Summer Challenge finish line."

Move & Groove
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-6

"It's time for some moving and shaking as we read books, sing songs, create arts and crafts, and dance the morning away."

Creative Crafts
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
All ages

Use your imagination and our craft materials to design and make your own unique art projects.

Saturday Morning Live!
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages birth-5

"Start your weekend off right with amazing stories, songs and interactive group activities, including an introduction to early STEM skills. Bring the whole family for a funtastic time!"

Saturday STEAM!
Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
All ages

"Work together as a family to strengthen your child's STEAM skills at stations with hands-on activities that explore science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts."

Lego Maker Monday
Monday, August 28, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 5-12

"Are you a Lego enthusiast? Join us for creative building with Lego. We'll provide the Lego, you provide the imagination."

Registration is required.

The Elements of Wonder
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 11:00 am
Main Library Meeting Room
All ages

"Take a tour of some of the wonders of science. Watch demonstrations from the Michigan Science Center that will introduce key concepts about energy, engineering, forces and motion and sustainability."

Tot Spot
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 10:00 am
Westacres Branch Youth Activity Center
Recommended for ages 1-3

"Kick start your child's learning and encourage a love of reading at our language-rich storytime. Join us as we combine stories, finger plays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. The hands-on activities help toddlers develop cognitive, social, math, sensory, gross motor and early language/literacy skills."

Registration is required.

Creative Crafts
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Main Library Youth Activity Center
All ages

Use your imagination and our craft materials to design and make your own unique art projects.