2018-07-08 / Insight

Around the horn

Lapeer District Library hosts reading programs at branch offices
BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese @mihomepaper.com

LAPEER COUNTY — Summer reading is in full swing at each of the Lapeer District Library’s branches throughout the county. Begun on June 18 and running through Aug. 3, summer’s a great time to participate in some literary activities with the little ones.

Visit any branch of the Lapeer District Library to join in on the Summer Reading Program, including games, prizes, and special events for kids, teens, and adults. Read and play your way toward prizes. There’s no shortage of activities planned at each of the county’s districts, and for more information on what’s on tap throughout the summer, visit the LDL’s Summer Reading Program website at www.library.lapeer.org/srp2018.

• The Clifford Branch on July 11 will play host to mechanical fun with program “Build it with Contraptions,” where attendees will have the opportunity to build endless structures and make a ball bounce, roll and twist through the creations. Call 989-761-7393 for more information.

• Also on July 11, and Aug. 1 as well, will be Classical Music Appreciation held at the Marguerite deAngeli Branch in Lapeer. Enjoy an enlightening session of classical music on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. The Friends of Fabs will present recorded classics and share information about the composers, instruments, and musical styles. Each program will run about 90 minutes, and light refreshments will be provided. No registration is necessary for this interactive program. Call 810-664-6971 for more information.

• Coming soon to the Elba Branch is ARK Animal Encounters, scheduled for July 12. ARK is an educational, hands-on live animal encounter program featuring five to six different animals in a show and tell and touch format. Registration is required either online or by calling 810-653-7200.

• In Metamora on July 13, crafters are invited to attend a workshop in which they’ll create button photo frames. Register online or call 810-678- 2991.

• During Columbiaville’s “Drummunity” on July 18, attendees will have the opportunity to “rock” the library. The whole family gets to drum, sing and dance together in this fun community-building program. Learn about rhythm and music making, as well as cooperation, diversity, and community, while having the opportunity to play hundreds of instruments.

Everyone can try out a variety of world drums and percussion. Parents, toddlers, teens and in-betweens — no one gets to watch. They’re all in it, together as the group transforms into an “in the moment” Drummunity orchestra. Register online or call 810- 793-6100.

• Need a use for old outdated compact discs? The Marguerite deAngeli Branch in Lapeer will be host to a CD Etching workshop July 19, where attendees will learn how to make beautiful pieces of art out of old CDs by etching designs into them. Register online or call 810-664-6971.

• In Columbiaville, visitors are invited to beat the heat on July 25. The ancient Romans called Dog Days of Summer — the hottest, most humid days of summer — because they associated it with the star Sirius, the “dog star,” which happens to be the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog) and in the night sky. They thought the bright star helped heat up the sun. Celebrate the art of doing nothing because of the summer heat —in other words, a day of free popcorn. Call 989-761-7393 for more information.

• Hosted at the Marguerite deAngeli Branch in Lapeer on July 30 is another entry in the LDL’s Armchair Traveler Series, this time featuring Thailand. Attendees can learn all about the Southeast Asian nation, enjoy a short film about travel to Thailand, and even sample some Thai food. Register online or call 810-664-6971.

• Held at the Marguerite deAngeli Branch in Lapeer on Aug. 2 will be a Lawn Concert featuring the magical comedy of Cameron Zvara. Join the library after lunch for an afternoon of fun and entertainment. Zvara’s show features magic, comedy, juggling, music and plenty of audience participation. Registration is only required if you are attending for Lunch on the Lawn. Call the Children’s Department at 810-664- 6971 to RSVP.

• On Aug. 8, the Clifford Branch will feature Brick Party Bend Game, where

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