Local Libraries Make Reading Fun This Summer!

Keep your kids and teens reading with these great programs!

By Karen Evans, Macaroni Kid Ferndale-Royal Oak Publisher June 13, 2017

Here’s a lineup of how to get signed up for your local summer reading program! Our event calendar will also regularly show various summer reading events taking place each day. Note that many summer reading programs (like Royal Oak) will fill up the registration-required events on registration day!


Summer has arrived and the Berkley Public Library is ready to keep your mind challenged! Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Berkley Public Library and Vibe Credit Union, the library is offering Summer Reading programs for children, teens, and adults. Programs start on June 19 and run through August 12. Registration for our Summer Reading programs begins on Monday, June 19.
Join BPL on Monday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for an ice cream social to kick off the Summer Reading program. The ice cream social is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkley Public Library and made possible with the support of Clark’s Ice Cream and Royal Popcorn Supply. Guest ice cream servers from Vibe Credit Union will be assisting at the event.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Build A Better World” and we have events planned for all ages.
Kids can sign up to read and win prizes throughout the summer. Our goal is to keep kids engaged with books and reading to keep their skills sharp while school is out. A mix of programs will be offered throughout the summer as well. Programs include a theater workshop, a swim safety storytime, a visit from Mad Science Detroit, an owl program, a paper airplane competition, two performances by Baffling Bill the Magician, a coding workshop, and a princess and prince party. We will also be showing some movies and will have a few evening storytimes as well.
Teens in grades 6 to 12 will have a chance to read and earn prizes with our new Summer Reading bingo challenge! This summer’s programming lineup includes a Humane Society community service project, a henna art workshop, and a tie-dye program.
The adult Summer Reading program is open to all adults. We’re mixing things up with a Summer Reading bingo challenge that encourages adults to use different kinds of library services. Programs this summer include a Summer of Folk music series, a lecture on Henry Ford, a fermentation series, a terrarium workshop, and more!
The Berkley Public Library is located at 3155 Coolidge Highway in Berkley. For additional information, call 248-658-3440 or visit


Ferndale Area District Library kicks off their summer reading fun on June 24 with the Flight of Fancy party at Garbutt Park. There will be kites, bounce houses and more!
Get your summer reading gameboard here:
People of all ages will benefit by continuing to read throughout the entire year. Multiple studies show that students who stop reading during the summer months often spend at least a month relearning information. This can translate to learning at all stages of life, whether it be for work, school, or purely entertainment. By participating in your library’s summer reading program, you and your children will continue to learn and retain information throughout the entire year.
The Ferndale Area District Library is located at 222 E 9 Mile Rd in Ferndale. For additional information, call (248) 546-2504 or visit

Hazel Park

Summer reading kickoff is Tuesday, June 20 from 1-2 p.m. for all ages. Registration is required! Join magician and entertainer, The Amazing Clark, for a fun afternoon of magic, comedy, and an interactive puppet show where you help solve the mystery! Visit the website or call to register.
The Hazel Park Library is located at 123 E 9 Mile Rd in Hazel Park. For additional information, call (248) 546-4095 or visit

Huntington Woods

The Huntington Woods Library Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 19 through September 4. The HWPL serves residents of Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge. Many of the library’s programs are restricted to residents of those cities; please check before planning to attend.
A strong body of research shows that without practice, children’s reading skills slide during the summer months. The Huntington Woods Library Summer Reading Challenge provides the opportunity and incentive for your child to maintain (or even improve!) their reading skills during the summer months. Consistency is the key! Build a library visit (or two!) into your weekly schedule. Stop by the library on the way to the pool or after camp.
Some highlights:
-The Bead Challenge (kids entering grades 1-6). Redeem your reading log for beads and charms and end the summer with a hard-earned piece of jewelry!
-Family Nights at the Library with magic shows, science shows and more!
-Better World BINGO for babies, toddlers and preschoolers filled with interactive activities that
strengthen young minds.
-STEAM Workshops for Tweens from College for Creative Studies
-THE INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE For those entering grades 6 - 12
The Huntington Woods Public Library is located at 26415 Scotia Rd in Huntington Woods. For additional information, call (248) 543-9720 or visit
Madison Heights:

The Madison Heights Public Library is also running the Build a Better World Summer Reading program this year! The program began on June 12th. Toddlers through 12 year olds can sign up, receive a reading log to keep track of the library books, visit the Library to take part in special program events, and can earn prizes!
In the Summer Reading Checklist Challenge, teens ages 13 & up each check mark earns a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize!
New this year is Summer Reading Family Bingo! A fun way for the whole family to read, win prizes, and spend time together!
Some special programs have nominal fees attached; see the library website for information.
The Madison Heights Public Library is located at 240 W. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights. For additional information, call 248-588-7763 or visit
Oak Park:

Oak Park’s Summer Reading kicks off at 2:30 on June 20th with inflatables and fun. You can grab your game board here:
How does this work? It’s simple! As you read, mark off spaces. Each space will earn one bead. Collect beads to create your own uniquely personalized necklace; you may keep your original beads or trade up as you complete more spaces! Get more beads by attending programs (there’s a calendar of programs on the back of this Game Board), writing book reviews or doing Bedtime Math. Bring your Game Board and check in to the library weekly. We will draw randomly from those who check in each week for prizes, which include books and other small reading related items, so the more often you check in, the better your chance of being a prize winner! If you fill in all the spaces on the Game Board, you will have read 18 hours over eight weeks, or just over two hours a week — quite an accomplishment! The first 50 participants to complete this Game Board will earn a patch for their necklace. If you want to keep reading, ask for an advanced Game Board, which has options for more prizes! The Summer Reading Program is generously funded by the Friends of the Oak Park Library.
The Oak Park Public Library is located at 14300 Oak Park Blvd in Oak Park. For additional information, call (248) 691-7480 or visit

Royal Oak:

This summer, get your read on at the Royal Oak Public Library!

Don’t miss:
Tuesday Evening Family programs
Safety Town program
Monday Outdoor Story Times
Book Buddies and Kids’ Book Clubs
Teen Babysitter Training
The Royal Oak Public Library is located at 222 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. For additional information, call (248) 246-3700 or visit

Here is your summer Ticket to Read, with programs for the whole family! Join the library for the kickoff event on Monday, June 19 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Meeting Room. Join us as we kick-off our summer-long reading voyage. The original author of Pete the Cat, Eric Litwin, will journey to the Southfield Library to present a singing, dancing, fun-filled evening of entertainment. We will have some Pete the Cat crafts and coloring. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Babies & Toddlers: Get A Ticket 2 Read For Life!
Babies and Toddlers are invited to sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten as part of our Summer Reading Program. Begin the journey by signing up in the Youth Room. There is no final date or destination for our grand trip! Reading is a lifelong adventure!
Join the fun at Southfield Library with Ticket 2 Read, the library’s summer reading program. Reading can take you anywhere and this year it will! You will use a map to track your reading to earn prizes—weekly prizes and grand prizes, too! There will be great special programs to attend all summer long. Register at the Youth Services Desk.
A good book can take you anywhere; get your ticket at the Southfield Public Library. Middle and high school aged participants who complete a journey on their reading log will be entered into a final prize drawing. The more journeys you complete, the more chances you have to win. Register at the Youth Reference Desk.

The Southfield Public Library is located at 26300 Evergreen Rd in Southfield. For additional information, call (248) 796-4200 or visit