Dive into oceans of possibilities

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Let’s dive into our summer read Oceans of Possibilities at the Cheboygan Area Public Library. There are so many fun activities planned.

To get started, join the library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 for the launch party in the Kindergarten behind the main library building (near Ball Street). This launch party will include a reading kit for each child (with all the supplies for the summer reading challenge and a calendar of events), outdoor games, watermelon, balloons and a fun photo shoot for the whole family. If it turns out to be raining, we will move the festivities indoors to the lower level of the library.

Throughout the months of June, July and August there will be several amazing summer activities. First, Ms. Nancy will lead several age-related art activities. These will include (for ages 3-5) creating treasure bottles, popsicle stick suncatchers and foil seahorses. For children ages 6 to 10, Ms. Nancy will have children create clay turtles, rainbow jellyfish, foam puppets and fleece octopuses. Tweens and teens (ages 10-15) will enjoy creating clay fish bowls, sand candles, wire fish, and rubber fish.

Ms. Nancy’s activities are free but require registration. To register, you can either drop by the library at 100 S. Bailey St. or call us at (231) 627-2381.

Emily Claire

In addition, Ms. Kimberly will host Wednesday workshops where attendees can explore a variety of techniques for working with clay. Wednesday workshops will take place on July 13, 20, 27 and August 3 from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Wednesday workshops cost $30 per student (which includes all four days of instruction and supplies) and are open to children ages nine through adults. Wednesday workshops require registration and space is limited, so register today.

For the whole family, the Cheboygan Area Public Library will present three outdoor films in the Kindergarten, including Disney/Pixar’s Luca (June 17), Disney Nature’s Oceans (July 15) and “Raya and the Last Disney’s Dragon” (Aug. 12).

The library will also host a Rock & Roll Beach Party with music and entertainment for an exciting and fun summer evening. This event will take place at 6 p.m. on July 20. It is free and open to the community.

And to wrap up the fun, the Cheboygan Area Public Library invites the community to meet a real mermaid. That’s right – Mermaid Phantom will be swimming in the library at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 15, and she’ll read a story and help announce the winners of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Earlier this year, U.S. Coast Guard chief and children's author Tyler Benson, who had been stationed on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and is currently stationed in St. Ignace, was at the public library in Cheboygan area to read his book to fans.  Grandstand archive photo by Kortny Hahn

And speaking of the Summer Reading Challenge, kids ages 0-17 can take part in a read-a-thon. The library will provide pages that attendees can use to track their reading time and when they fill them in they can turn them in at the library reception and receive sea animal cutouts on which they can put their name and add to the ocean exhibit in the library. This way we can see and encourage all of our readers.

There are calendars available in the library that share all the dates and times of fun summer events. Be sure to stop by the library to grab one, or feel free to check out the library’s calendar of events via cheboyganlibrary.org (click on the ‘Looking for’ tab at the top of the page).

Two other fantastic events planned at the Cheboygan Area Public Library are a new session of drawing lessons for adults, which will take place in the studio on the lower level of the library on June 13, 20, 27 and July 11. The four-day class is open to ages 7 to adult with a class fee of $20 per student. Class time is 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration required. Please visit the library at 100 S. Bailey St. or call 627-2381.

The other fantastic event is a concert with the musical talents of Jackie & Gary at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 3, as they perform “Singing the Good Old Songs Again.” The program is free and open to the community. Be sure to join us and bring your friends for a fun night of entertainment.

Please note that the Cheboygan Area Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

— Emily Clare is Director of Programs at the Cheboygan Area Public Library.

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