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Every Hero has a Story – Summer 2015


Slogan TextThis summer’s theme is “Every Hero has a Story.”  The theme is just a fun thing to give us something to hang activities onto.  You may read what you wish to read (Though reading about one of YOUR heroes couldn’t hurt!) and you may attend as many or as few of the programs as you wish.  Basically there are two parts to our program:  Recording your reading and coming to fun programs.

The first and, perhaps, the most important part is that of tracking reading activity. The library will recognize reading achievement with recognition, awards and prizes at several levels in a variety of ways; details available here soon.

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The second part is that of programs and includes a number of special events that have been scheduled to fit this summer’s elementary and early childhood theme of “Every Hero has a Story!”  The full descriptions of our events are below.  You may download a calendar that list the event, dates, time & location, but does not go into much detail for each event:  Every Hero has a StoryElCal2015

Summer Learning Day/United Way Day of Action

Friday, June 19 is Summer Learning Day AND United Way’s Day of Action.

At 1:00pm, Preschool children will hear several stories read by United Way Day of Action volunteers followed by a craft. At 2:00pm, children in K-3 will enjoy a similar program.

Both will last about an hour and will take place in the Children’s Room at the library.  This year, a financial literacy theme has been added to the event and stories for children that are about money and the use of it will be incorporated into both programs.  Children who participate will also receive a literacy kit consisting of: crayons, pencils, coloring pages, activity books, the Great Start Collaborative Family Resource Guide, information about the Flywheeler sponsorship and show, and more.  The kits are made possible by the Northern Michigan Antique-Flywheelers Club.

This is a “drop-in” program and no sign-up is necessary.

Heroes! Movie Series 2015

All movies start at 5:30 p.m. in the Program Room unless otherwise indicated.  Popcorn and a drink provided.  You may also bring your own snacks and drinks (no glass please).

June 24 – Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015) Not rated|49 min.  It’s up to the Justice League to team up with their bizarre counterparts to stop Darkseid and save the galaxy!

July 1 – Pokémon 4ever (2001) G|75 min.  Ash must stop a hunter who forces the legendary Pokémon Celebi to help him destroy a forest.

July 8 – Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (2008) PG|78 min.  The children of the Avengers hone their powers and go head to head with the very enemy responsible for their parents’ demise.

July 15 – Pokémon Heroes (2002) G|71 min. Two thieves take control of an ancient weapon designed to defend the canal city of Altomare.

July22 - Wolverine and the X-Men (2008) TV Series|68 min.  After an explosion at the school, the X-Men went their separate ways. But they must unite once again under the leadership of Wolverine to prevent an inevitable war while also dealing with present problems.

July 29 – NO Movie – Book Fair in Program Room

 August 5, 5:00pm.Big Hero 6 (2014) PG|102 min.  The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Tuesday Crafternoons  2:30-3:30pm, Program Room.  Separate sign-up required for each session

Call 231-758-3112, email or stop by the Youth Desk.

 June 23 – Animal Heroes – Horseshoe project.  Celebrate animal heroes!  Cats, dogs, dolphins, horses.  Stories of their heroics inspire us, move us and make us love them even more.  Learn about some animal heroes and do a craft that relates.

 June 30 – Mythological Greek Creatures. Build your own 3D mythological creatureExplore the world of Greek Heroes and the mythological creatures they battle with.  Think about a story you might tell and design your own version of a mythological creature to battle with.  Using recycled materials you’ll design a model of your creature.

 July 7 – Tall Tales – Chalk Drawings. Hear some tall tales and then, based on the story “Chalk” do sidewalk art to illustrate what comes alive in your imagination.

July 14 – Super Heroes – Dress the part.  Love the way super heroes look?  So do we!  This is a chance to design parts of your own super hero costume.  Choose to make a cape, headdress, armbands, wristbands, or shields or something we didn’t think of!

July 21 – Heroes of All Kinds (Hero Fashion).  Make Stylish Super Hero/Animal Hero/Mythological Hero Fashions Designs (like lamp shades, wallets, picture frames, treasure boxes or something else we come up with)

July 28 – Environmental Heroes – Recycled Book Craft. In honor of our wonderful earth and the environmental scientists that work to help the planet, we’ll do a recycled project.  We’ll repurposing unwanted books into something unique.

Concerts in the Park

The library will be co-sponsoring Kids’ Concerts in the Park on Wednesdays at noon at the Gazebo in Pennsylvania Park.  Scheduled to appear are:  Ron Fowler, The Moxie Strings, Pete Kehoe, Kirby Snively, Rusted Spurs, Charlie Reager, CTAC Strings Program, Papa Crow and Sara Wheeler & Little Groove.
Go here for the complete line-up.

Science Saturdays  Separate sign-up required for each session.

Call 231-758-3112, email or stop by the Youth Desk.

Science Saturdays will happen at 1:00 p.m. in the Program Room on: June 20, July 18, August 1, and August 15.

Complete calendars will be available at the library or may be downloaded here soon.


PDL’s Paws Dogs will also be available for children to read to during the summer.  To learn more about the dogs and their schedules, visit


July 2, 2-4 p.m. – Percy Jackson Party. Dress up as your favorite PJ character (Prizes) and enjoy some Camp Half-Blood food and fun!

July 4, 6pm. 4th of July Parade. Join the fun by dressing up as your favorite superhero and marching (or decorating and riding your bike) in Petoskey’s 4th of July Parade. Either meet us on Hill Street (just up from the high school) by 6:00 p.m. or join us anywhere along the parade route. Call 231-758-3100 for more information.

July 23 – 2-3:30 p.m. – Folk Heroes.  Mr. Ron will share the songs and stories of Davy Crockett, Mike Fink, Paul Bunyan, John Henry and Johnny Appleseed and the truth behind them.

August 18 – 2-3:30 p.m. - Create Your Own Super Hero.  We’ll create your own superhero the “old fashioned way” using our imaginations and some paper tools and see what you can come up with.

Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair.

Yes. It’s true, for every book that you buy, you get one of equal or lesser value FREE.  This is true of EVERYTHING offered in the fair. In the Program Room.  We will only be open 5 days this year so don’t delay!  

Days & Hours:

Thursday, July 30 – 11:30am – 6:30pm.

Friday, July 31 – 12:30-4:30 pm.

Saturday, August 1 – 12:30-4:30 pm.

Sunday, August 2 – 12:30-4:30 pm.

Monday, August 3- 10:30am-6:30 pm.

updated 06/7/15