Summer reading


By guest Jennifer Perryman

Milan Public Library’s Summer Reading Program began on June 16. Children, teens, and adults are reading, listening to books, and participating in theme-related activities to earn prizes. This summer’s programs will focus on the theme of sports, fitness, and wellness.
Two youth kickoff evens were held to begin the children’s “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” program and the TNT (teen and tween) “Get in the Game: Read” program this year. Younger children created their own musical shakers, sang, and danced at a Dance Party. Older children and teens learned about how the brain controls the body’s movements and participated in demonstration activities during Michigan Science Center’s “Brain Games” program.
The library is partnering with Milan Area Schools to provide Teacher TALES programs this summer. Teachers and principals from Paddock Elementary and Symons Elementary will read in Wilson Park on Wednesday mornings and at the library on Thursday afternoons. Crafts, games, and activities will follow the stories.
Additional children’s events include Crafts in the Park, Tiny Tales, Storytime, Stuffed Animal Sleepovers, Game Day, a Fairy House workshop, and more. The complete schedule is available at the library and online at www.milanlibrary.org/children.
TNT (Teen and Tween) events this summer include painting the windows of the library, Stuffed Animal Sitters events, Game Days, TAG (Teen/tween Advisory Group) meetings, and more. The schedule is available at the library and online at www.milanlibrary.org/teens.
For adults, the Summer Reading Program includes all kinds of activities designed to exercise your mind and body. Try the bingo game to win fun prizes and entries for grand prize drawings.  Grand prizes include origami and Zentangle kits, reading program t-shirts, and gift cards from local businesses, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.  Programs open to adults and teens include Chair Yoga (July 18), Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (July 28), the Zen of Origami (July 30 and August 3) and Zentangles (August 6).  Registration is requested for the programs; call the library at 439-1240, email info [at] milanlibrary [dot] org, stop in the library, or see the web page at www.milanlibrary.org/adults.  
The library now has Mobile Hotspots for loan (fees vary by length of loan).  These are great for summer travel and accessing high speed internet at home.  Hotspots can provide Wi-Fi to up to ten devices.  Stop in or call the library for more information.

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