2018-07-08 / Insight

East side libraries a cool place to be this summer

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


Dryden has had a library since 1871. Dryden Township accepted the building in 1974 and made it the public library. 
Photo by Phil Foley Dryden has had a library since 1871. Dryden Township accepted the building in 1974 and made it the public library. Photo by Phil Foley LAPEER COUNTY — Summer is screaming by faster than Vin Diesel in a “Fast and Furious” chase scene, but there’s still plenty to do at your local east side library.

Diane Moyer, director of the Dryden Township Library, said one of the best reasons to stop by the library is “they’re cool,” literally. Moyer said visitors can cool off with your favorite book or magazine or surf the web with one of the library’s many computers or tablets.

Along with the regular Book Bingo at 12:30 p.m. every Monday, the Dryden Library will offer two more kids’ programs this summer — Exotic Zoo at 11 a.m. July 19 and The Bubbleman at 11 a.m. Aug. 8. Call 810-796-3586 to reserve a space.

The Bubbleman, she said, is a perennial favorite in Dryden, adding that Ron Lloyd’s performance will end with pizza and ice cream for everyone.


Dryden’s Tammy Desano and her daughter, Makayla, get some help from library staffers Lorie Rohde and Donna Lince at the Henry Stephens Memorial Library in Almont. 
Photo by Phil Foley Dryden’s Tammy Desano and her daughter, Makayla, get some help from library staffers Lorie Rohde and Donna Lince at the Henry Stephens Memorial Library in Almont. Photo by Phil Foley The library was recently awarded a $1,425 grant from the Library of Michigan, which allowed it to purchase four sets to STEM toys. Among the new acquisitions, Moyer said are Q-Ba-Maze, Cublets and Keva Maple which she described as “building blocks one rouge.”

At the Henry Stephens Memorial Library in Almont, Library Director Kay Hurd said library board member Lynn Martus has taken her Crochet Club on the road for the summer — meeting places like Almont Concerts in the park Thursdays at 7 p.m., but she’ll be back in the library when the weather cools.

Almont has six more programs for kids before the end of August. The Music Lady will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday (July 11); followed by Cameron Zvara at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 18; and The Story Tellers at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 25


The Goodland Township Library is the newest and smallest library on Lapeer County’s east side, but it’s a bustling little place. The Goodland Township Library is the newest and smallest library on Lapeer County’s east side, but it’s a bustling little place. Joel Tacey’s Page Rocker Magical Comedy Show will kick things off in August with shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 1; Science Alive will have three shows at 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 8; and the summer programs will end at 11 a.m. Aug. 15 with the end of reading program pizza party.

Hurd said some of the parents coming to Science Alive with their kids this year, were kids themselves at the very first show at the library in 1998. She added the end-of-summer party will feature water balloons, sidewalk painting and tie-dye T-shirt making.


Diane Willick, adult services coordinator at the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library in Imlay City, plans future programs while a piece from an earlier Painterly Pottery program sits on her desk. Diane Willick, adult services coordinator at the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library in Imlay City, plans future programs while a piece from an earlier Painterly Pottery program sits on her desk. While there’s lots of things for kids to do at the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library in Imlay City, Youth Services Coordinator Mandy Summers said the library has something big coming for teens and adults.

Summers said the library will host Ann Konarski, the Lapeer College Access Network’s coordinator, who will talk about apprenticeships in Michigan from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (July 12). The program is for everyone from teens who are just figuring things out to 30-to-40-something, who’ve decided production line life isn’t for them and are looking to reinvent themselves. Summers said Konarski and others will offer all the ins and outs of getting started in journeywork and licensing for such fields as carpentry, boiler making, masonry, outside linework, welding, millwork and plumbing. Diane Willick, the adult services coordinator at the library has put together a tasty program with Laurel Zoet, who’ll be at the library at 6 p.m. July 23 to discuss the Nature of Chocolate. Zoet will talk about the biology and manufacture of chocolate and the program will include a tasting of eight kinds of chocolate.

Willick has also organized a knitting and crochet group that meets every other Wednesday at the library. Bring your supplies to the library at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday (July 11). She said the group is open to people of all experience levels.

Kevin Kammeradd and the Cooperfly Puppets will perform for youngsters at 1 p.m. July 10; and Classroom Critters will be at the Ruth Hughes at the same time July 17. The folks from the Port Huron Music Center will bring the Musical Petting Zoo to the library 1 p.m. July 20 to give kids chance to find out what instrument they might like.

Visit www.ruthhughes.org to see the latest in library offerings.

The Goodland Township Library has three programs left in its summer season. Exotic Zoo will be at the library at 2:30 p.m. Monday (July 9); Stevens Puppets will perform at 2:30 p.m. July 25; and Dancing Crane Soaps and Sundries will stop by at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4. Call 810-721-2110 for the latest programs in Goodland.

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