Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June and July 2015: Summer Reading, Michigan Activity Pass, PC Partners, Ebooks, Beer Tasting, Growing a Brain

Youth Summer Reading Program

It’s almost time for our Summer Reading Program to begin! Registration begins Tuesday, June 9th. How it Works:

Readers and “Read-to-Me” readers will keep track of their reading time and will earn a point for every ½ hour they read. The points earned can be used to purchase prizes at our Summer Reading Store. Once you’ve earned 50 points you’ll get a certificate of completion and be able to enter the grand prize drawing. Special events will be held each week as we explore “Escaping the Ordinary: Every Hero has a Story” in our Library.

Terrific Tuesdays: 

Drop-in story time for kids of all ages will be held on Tuesdays at 2:00pm in the Multipurpose Room in the Youth Area. Join us 6/23, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 and 7/30.

Thursday Fun:

Programs for all ages will be held on Thursdays at 2:00pm in the Community Room. Events will last approximately 1 hour. Please be on time. No Registration is required.

June 25: Magic with Jeff Wawrzaszek

“Every Magician Has a Story – The Magic and Heroes Library Show”
793.8 is a very magical number and a magic book discovered by Jeff Wawrzasek in that section of the library launched a career! July 2: Stories and Songs with Genot Picor “Heroes Come in all Sizes” Enjoy stories and songs about all kinds of heroes.

July 9: DPW

Big Trucks
Did you ever wonder what the inside of a Fire Engine looks like or one of the other trucks you see around the city. Come to this event and get a chance to get behind the wheel of one of the city’s “big trucks”.

July 16: University of Michigan Amanda Paige

“Science of Super” (animal adaptations)
Why do animals do some of the things they do and why do they look the way they do? Find out when Amanda Paige comes to the Wayne Library on July 16.

 July 23: Organization for Bat Conservation 

 Dawn Vezina “Bats in the Library” 
 Get up close and personal with some of the most common bats in our area. Find out why these flying mammals are so important to the environment and our health.

July 30: Alex Thomas and Friends Interactive Puppet Show

Come meet Alex Thomas and Friends and enjoy a puppet show where the audience interacts with the puppets and become part of the show.

 Teen Summer Reading Program

Ever wonder why librarians are always so intelligent, smiley, and good-natured? It’s because they always participated in the Summer Reading Programs at their local libraries! So now is your chance to become just as intelligent, smiley, and good-natured as us! How?


This year’s theme is “Staying Cool Like the Librarians” and we are looking for some readers who are ready to prove just that to us. Stop by the Adult Services desk and pick up a sign up sheet and a log for all of your reading from June 10th-July 31st.

Just for signing up, you receive a chance to guess the number of pieces of candy in the candy jar. The reader who comes closest to guessing the correct number without going over wins the entire jar of candy!

Next comes the hard work. All the reading…

But don’t worry, because your efforts for growing that librarian-like brain of yours will be greatly rewarded. For every 100 pages you read, document in your log, and get signed by one of our librarians, you receive a chance to win one of three great prizes! 2nd prize is a $25 gift card to Amazon. 1st prize is a $50 gift card to Amazon.

And the big grand prize raffle winner takes home a brand new Kindle!

But just wait! There’s more! The librarians will be counting all those pages that you’ll be reading over the summer. And the participant who reads the most pages, puts them in their log, and has them signed by a librarian will win a $25 gift card to Amazon!

We will have a chart up in the Young Adult section displaying how many pages our WPL Young Adults have read as a total throughout the summer. If you’re not sure what to read, feel free to ask one of our cool librarians and search our online catalog!

So grab your books, your e-readers, your bookmarks, your reading glasses, some sunscreen, a cuddle kitty, a fluffy blanket, or whatever you need, and gear up for the coolest summer ever with the Young Adult Summer Reading Program at the Wayne Public Library!

 Michigan Activity Pass

Did you know that you can get free access to hundreds of state parks, recreation, and cultural destinations throughout Michigan from your library! Check out TLN’s Michigan Activity Pass page for more info, or visit to request a pass! Just type in your address and Wayne Public Library in the boxes and click search to see all the awesome options. When you’ve found something you’re interested in, click “Get Pass”. Pick a day you’d like to visit your destination, and click “Request Pass” and fill in the form with your information.

PC Partners 

PC Partners is back once again! Makia, a student volunteer from our neighbor Dorsey Schools, will be providing free one-on-one computer tutoring in the library. Sessions are 45 minutes long and are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:00pm until 7:00pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00pm until 4:00pm, and Saturdays from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. You can come back for more instruction as needed. You can sign up by visiting the Adult Reference Desk, or by calling us at (734)721-7832, extension 630.

Ebooks through Overdrive and Odilo

The Wayne Public Library now has a new way to offer you ebooks! In addition to our Overdrive system, which provides Wayne Public Library cardholders with tons of ebooks and audiobooks, we are not providing our users with access to Odilo! Odilo is a new ebook provider specializing in small, independent publishers and self-publishing authors. Check start checking out ebooks, have your library card handy and visit our Overdrive and Odilo pages.

Beer Tasting

The Friends of the Library are proud to present an evening beer tasting, featuring craft beers from Liberty Street Brewing in Plymouth, MI.  Various types of beer will be made available for tasting while Liberty Street's brewing expert provides a discussion of the craft brewing process, as well as how the different types of beer are produced.  After the presentation there will be a Q & A session, as well as an opportunity for you to enjoy more of your favorite Liberty Street beers. This event will be held Friday, August 21, 6 PM at the Wayne Public Library.  Tickets are $15, and will soon be available at the library for purchase as well as through the Friends of the Wayne Public Library.  More details to come as they develop.

Growing a Brain: 

Why Summer Reading is Important


Adrianne M. Schinkai

Whether you want to believe it or not, summer vacation is just about here. The warmer air, the sunshine, the beach, and just maybe the perfect breeze to take all your cares away after a hard school year of hitting the books. However, more than likely you will be bringing home an item from your teachers called “The Summer Reading List.” You don’t really give it a second thought because, hey, you’ve earned this vacation! No one is blaming you there. But do you understand how important that reading list really is? If not, I can break it down for you easily.

It has become common knowledge that the typical two-month summer vacation in the US is based off of agricultural practices that are no longer relevant. As a result, students are away from the classroom for so long that much of the knowledge you’ve spent those other ten months of the year learning just fades away into oblivion. What does this mean for you? It means that you’ll probably have to spend at least a month relearning concepts from the previous year when you start back to school in September! Doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? Your teacher doesn’t care for it either.

So what does this summer reading list have to do with it? It’s the alternative to the above. Rather than have your brain fade to mush, it is designed to be your mind’s aerobics instructor. The summer reading list is a way to exercise your brain so you don’t lose those precious skills from the school year. You’re probably rolling your eyes at me thinking, “You’re a librarian. You have to say that.” Well, not only am I a librarian, but I’m an intellectual. I like to give my mind that daily work out where I think critically, use my imagination, and get the chance to discover new things and be creative. I support the summer reading list because it can do the same thing for you!

Due to the Standards of the Common Core, school can seem very cement and sterile at times. You learn the things that other people require you to learn, just so every few weeks you can take a test and see how you measure up to every other child in the United States. It’s boring, it’s sad, and I would love for someone to introduce me to a representative of this country’s education system that thinks this is how children should grow up and learn. But I digress. The Common Core means that you are working based on someone else’s standards. Not yours. Since you are not in school for two months, what are your standards going to be? See where I’m going with this?

Now the typical summer reading list I received in high school was about 30 books. Obviously, I wasn’t required to read all of them, but it was best if I read a few since I would be asked to complete a literature assignment in the fall on one of the books. Beyond that, I was allowed to let my mind wander. So take a chance and pick out a book or two that interests you. Read what you want to read! Learn what you want to learn! Libraries are great places to do this. Visit us at the WPL and ask one of us to help you find some books on a topic you love. We are more than happy to do this! It’s why we made it our jobs!

And while you’re at it, go beyond the books. Write one yourself! Make up a few characters and send them on an adventure. Where would they go? What would they do? Would you want to go with them? If you’re not feeling that adventurous, keep a diary. Write down the funny things you hear throughout the day. Make each day your own story. If your life has been its own adventure so far, start writing your autobiography.

Don’t stop there. Discover new music. Delve into a genre you haven’t really listened to before. If you like rock, why not try some alternative? If you like pop, how about some jazz? Today’s cell phones provide a number of free applications to try different music for free, so download one such as Spotify or Pandora, and see what music opens your mind to new beginnings.

Also, don’t be afraid to get artistic. All of that wonderful work in the Detroit Institute of Arts isn’t the result of someone watching Maury Povich all day (although I’d be curious about an exhibit that was). Get out some pencils and paper and draw. Grab a camera and do some amateur photography. Get some friends and write a script for a movie and film it. Even if you just build a sandcastle at the beach, use your hands to create something. You’ll feel awesome, I promise.

The point is the summer reading list shouldn’t be viewed as an assignment. Well, at least not from me. I can’t be held responsible for your school work come September. But the summer reading list is an opportunity to grow your mind instead of letting it rot. You are out of school now, so no one is going to tell you how to enhance it. It’s your choice. Use that list as a guide. Does a book on the list interest you? If not, what does? Think about that for a moment, then expand on it, and get creative! Grow that fabulous brain of yours!

If you want to add to the fun of summer reading, you should stop in and check out the Wayne Public Library’s Summer Reading Program 2015! We’re gearing up for some fun of heroic proportions! Librarians Nancy and myself are putting together our own booklists, programs, and (dare I say it) prizes for anyone who is looking beyond the ordinary this summer. So stay tuned for more updates as the last day of school gets closer and closer and closer…