Summer Reading Challenge: Teens
Flash Mob Dance Party!
You’re invited to our epic Flash Mob Dance Party. What skills lurk beneath your surface? Come find out! You can also to use this program to earn community service time.
Flash Mob Dance Party rehearsals on the following dates:
Mondays at the Yankee Clipper Branch:
May 6, 13, 20 & June 3 from 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Wednesdays at the Main Library:
May 8, 15, 22, 29 & June 5 from 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Flash Mob Dance Party live event:
Saturday, June 8, Location TBD
Animals Under the Surface
John Ball Zoo will bring live animals that dig, burrow, and/or live “under the surface.”
Dates and Times:
Tuesday, June 18 at 2:00 pm at the West Side Branch
Saturday, June 22 at 3:00 pm at the Madison Square Branch
Tuesday, June 25 at 2:00 pm at the West Leonard Branch
Thursday, July 11 at 2:00 pm at the Van Belkum Branch
Thursday, July 11 at 4:00 pm at the Ottawa Hills Branch
Thursday, July 18 at 10:30 am at the Main Library
Tuesday, July 23 at 2:00 pm at the Seymour Branch
Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 pm at the Yankee Clipper Branch
Monday, June 24, 2013, 4:30 pm at the Main Library
What lurks in the great ocean depths? What mysteries have humans discovered as they have explored beneath the ocean’s surface? What infamous legends and myths have arisen from beneath the depths of the sea? Discover the creatures of the sea from mermaids to Percy Jackson’s Poseidon and even the lost city of Atlantis! The mythological creatures that lurk underwater will be uncovered as you enter their world. Cool off from the hot summer sun as we have fun discovering the lost city of Atlantis and create some of your own treasures to bring home.
Come recreate the protection runes used by characters in The Mortal Instruments that help them fight creatures of the underworld.
Steampunk Mousetrap Message Clips
Come test your knowledge or learn more about the subculture of Steampunk as you redesign mouse traps using the Steampunk theme.
Dates and Times:
Thursday, July 11 at 4:00 pm at the West Side Branch
Thursday, July 18 at 4:00 pm at the West Leonard Branch
Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00 pm at the Ottawa Hills Branch
Monday, July 29 at 4:00 pm at the Seymour Branch
Wednesday, July 31 at 2:00 pm at the Van Belkum Branch
Teen Cemetery Tour
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 2:00 pm
Meet at the Main Library
Join the local history staff at the Grand Rapids Public Library on a tour of the Fulton Street Cemetery! Discover the many secrets that lurk in the city’s oldest resting place for the dead. Learn how the cemetery came into being. Find out why we might never know who is buried in Fulton Street Cemetery. Uncover some of the most famous of GR’s citizens and their stories! And see how all of this adds up to one of Grand Rapids’ most famous landmarks!
GRPL’s Got Talent
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 6:00 pm at the Main Library
Teens, come and show off your talent at this annual event! Singers, dancers, musicians and performance artists of all kinds are welcome to enter for a chance to win prizes. Sign up at any GRPL location by Friday, August 9, 2013 for a chance to shine!
Finisher Party at the Zoo
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
John Ball Zoo – 1300 W. Fulton Street
All Summer Reading Challengers who completed level three or higher will receive a ticket to visit John Ball Zoo for free on September 14. Get wild with the animals, go on a scavenger hunt, and participate in other fun activities. You rose to the challenge, now reap the rewards!