2018-06-10 / Insight

East side libraries, schools offer summer fun

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley @mihomepaper.com

LAPEER COUNTY — Educators call it the “summer slide” and it’s not as much fun as it sounds. As far back as 1906 researchers noticed that students suffer a slip in learning over the summer.

The good news is, libraries and schools on Lapeer County’s east side offer a wide variety of ways for kids to have fun over the summer while retaining the knowledge they’ve worked so hard to gain over the winter.

• Dryden Community Schools will be opening Camp Cardinal for a second year Tuesday (June 12) for kids 2 ½ to 3 (by Sept. 1) to 12 years old. Ginger Pocius, Dryden’s director of early childhood programs and the summer day camp, said she has 27 kids signed up now and room for up to 40. Pocius said the program is open to anyone. “We have a child from North Branch, one from Imlay City and a couple from Almont,” she said.

The camp is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and kids can sign up for anything from a single half-day to full-time five days a week.

The registration fee is $30 per child or $50 a family, which includes a T-shirt, water bottle and Dryden backpack for field trips. Pocius said there are two field trips a week, one to General Squier Park for swimming and one to places as varied as The Polar Palace for ice skating to the Detroit Zoo. There’s an extra fee for the field trips, Poicus said, but she added, “We try to keep it as low as possible.”

Trips to General Squier are just $10 and Friday’s (June 15) field trip to Lapeer Cinema to see “The Incredibles 2” is $9.

The idea behind Camp Cardinal is to be both fun and educational. Campers, said Pocius will take a virtual tour of the world and they’ll explore the village too.

Poicus said Camp Cardinal tries to be fun, while limiting technology as much as possible. She said computer use is limited to 45 minutes as day. She said they’ve turned Dryden Elementary School’s playground into a backyard with a sprinkler and a small inflatable pool.

Fees range from $16 for a half-day of four hours or less up to $110 for five full days.

To join the fun, call Poicus at 810-448-4086 or email her at vpoicus@Dryden.k12.mi.us.

• Dryden Superintendent Mary Finnigan said Courtesy Driving School will be offering drivers education classes at the high school beginning Monday (June 11). Segment One will run from 1 to 3 p.m. June 11-28 and Segment Two will be offered 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25, 26, 28. For more information, call 800-256-9559.

• Finnigan added many of Dryden’s students are taking online courses this summer and the boys and girls basketball programs will be running summer camps.

• The Dryden Township Library, said director Diane Moyer, will offer five special programs as part of its summer reading program titled “Libraries Rock.” Kids can sign up for any or all of the free programs beginning July 12.

The Sloan museum will be at the library with two programs June 19.

They’ll start at 11 a.m. with Bee-utiful Music, where 4- to 7-year-olds will learn about bees and bugs while singing songs and making some buggy art to take home. There is a 25-person limit for the program.

The Sloan’s Noisemaker Workshop, which starts at 12:15 p.m. June 19 also has a 25-person limit. Youngsters 4- to 12-years-old will be able to build a musical instrument to take home, while learning how vibration makes sound.

Cameron Zvarra will bring his popular magic, comedy, juggling, and music act to the library at 11 a.m. June 30.

Moyer said Exotic Zoo, which will arrive at 11 a.m. July 19, is new this year. The hands-on learning experience will have animals including a kangaroo and a lynx.

The summer programs will wrap up at 11 a.m. Aug. 8 with Ron Lloyd, the Bubbleman. Moyer said he’ll present a fascinating show with bubbles of every shape and size.

Other than that credit recovery (the modern name for summer school), which is online, and a host of summer sports camps, Almont Community Schools Superintendent Bill Kalmar said the district doesn’t do a great deal over the summer.

• The Henry Stephens Memorial Library on St. Clair Street will be signing up kids June 20 for a summer full of fun (and educational) activities.

Donna Lince, who heads up Children’s Services at the library, said they have five special programs lined up for Wednesdays and an end-ofsummer party planned.

Lince said the library has “quite few new books for children,” including Diary of a Wimpy Kid and several new books by Rick Riordan. She said kids can earn prizes by entering the summer reading program. Last summer the library’s top readers took home Kindles. For details see Lince at the library.

The summer fun kicks off at Henry Stephens at 11 a.m. July 11 with The Music Lady. Beverly Meyer will present an interactive show with movement and music, as well as hands-on instrument play. A second performance will be held at 1 p.m.

Cameron Zvara will be at the library at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 18 with a show packed with comedy, juggling and audience participation.

Lince said The Storytellers are a perennial hit with Almont kids. The group will bring Rhythm, Rhyme, Reading Time to the library at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 25. The popular presentation features musical selections, hands-on fun with musical instruments from around the world, interactive poem and a hilarious musical skit, she said.

Joel Tacy will be in the Henry Stephens at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 1 with his Page Rocker Magical Comedy Show. Youngsters will have the chance to strum, drum and rock and roll with Punk Rock Joel. Tacy will bring magical and musical surprises, wacky stunts and lots of audience participation to the library

Just like Indiana Jones, Lince is no fan of snakes, but she’s bringing Science Alive to the library at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 8. She said a biologist will bring a collection of exotic critters to invade the library. Kids will have a hands-on experience with parrots, turtles, snakes or maybe a chinchilla.

Aug. 15 the library staff will wrap things up with a lawn party. Lince said they’re planning a day of fun with tie dyed T-shirts, water balloons and pizza.

To sign for any or all of the free activities call the library at 10 a.m. June 20 at 810-798- 3100 or stop by in person at noon.

• At the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library in Imlay City, children’s librarian Mandy Summers has nine special activities planned along with a host of other activities for the summer

Summers has story times planned at the library at 11 a.m. Saturday June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. She will also hold story times at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the gazebo in Lamb Steele Park June 20, July 11 and Aug. 1.

• The Summer Reading Program will run June 18 through July 26 with groups for adults, teens and two children’s groups. Summers said she has activities, crafts, experiments and tons of reading fun for the kids.

• The library will kick off the summer special programs series with a ‘Sweet treat June’ as kids learn about crystals with Rockin’ Rock Candy on June 18. The program will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Like all of the programs, it’s free be seating is limited.

• Summer will bring Rein the Dog to the library at 6 p.m. June 27, July 22 and Aug. 15 for the popular Read 2 a Dog program. Youngsters will be able to develop reading confidence by signing up for a 15-minute session with Rein. Just grab a book, cuddle up and read.

• Youngsters will have a chance to learn about animals’ natural habitats, diets, sleeping habits and more when Exotic Zoo comes to town at 6:30 p.m. June 21. Summers said participants will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with a monkeys, python and kangaroo.

• The library will off a Nature Walk at Imlay Township Park at 11 a.m. June 26. Participants should wear close-toed walking shoes and sunscreen and bring a sack lunch.

• Kevin Kammeraad & Cooperfly Puppets will bring songs, stories, music, dance and some extreme silliness to the library at 1 p.m. July 10. Summers said the show includes a lot of audience participation.

• Youngsters will get a chance to build a wood chime at 1 p.m. July 3.

• Classroom Critters will come to the Ruth Hughes at 1 p.m. July 17 for the second live animal event of the summer.

• Port Huron Music will bring its Musical Petty Zoo to the library at 1 and 3 p.m. July 20. The group instructs, demonstrates, and entertains with common band instruments.

• Summers will mark World Helicopter Day five days early with Hooray for Helicopters Crafternoon at 1 p.m. Aug. 13. Kids will be able to build a working helicopter with common household items.

To learn more about these and other library activities, call Summers at 810-724-8043.

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