Upcoming Events

Kick off Summer Reading with Mermaid Swim! [Wristband Req.]
Saturday 6/4 | 12pm – 1:30pm | Grand Ledge High School Pool
Starting May 27, pick up your Summer Reading Starter Kit and get your special admission wristband for a magical swim with “Mermaid Molly” at the GLHS Pool! While supplies last.

Meet author KJ Spencer
Wednesday 6/1 | 6pm-8pm
Meet KJ Spencer, author of “The Khimaira Chain ” a dystopian fiction series for young adults. Book signing to follow.

You Can Build a Wood Boat! [Registration Req.]
Monday 6/6 | 6pm – 7pm
Award-winning wooden boat builder Allen Deming discusses popular home-built styles, and the time, tools and skills needed to build your own beautiful wood boat.

Kids Go Fish! – Fishing Basics [Registration Req.]
Saturday 6/11 | 2 Sessions, 10am & 12pm | Jaycee Park Pavilion
MUCC educator Shaun leads a fun hands-on fishing lesson for kids, ages 5-12 accompanied by parent/guardian. All equipment provided, participants take home a fishing pole & tackle box!

Potter Park Zoo: Fur & Feathers
Friday 6/17 | 2pm
Learn the amazing surface adaptations of birds, reptiles, fish, mammals and amphibians. Check out a family Zoo Pass and visit Potter Park Zoo FREE!

Yankee Doodle Kids Bike Parade [Registration Req.]
Saturday 6/18 | 10am – parade steps off at 11am | Sawdon Bld.
Decorate your bike, then ride with us in the Parade! We’ll supply pinwheels, crepe paper and more to “Yankee-Doodle” up kid’s bikes with help from the Grand Ledge Rotary. See the Event Calendar on gladl.org for full details.

Magic with Ming the Magician
Monday 6/20 | 2pm | JC Park Perf. Shelter– Rain: City Hall Gym
Explore an ocean of magical possibilities with fish, a fortune-telling duck, a sea serpent and more! Classic magic, great for all ages!

 

Oceans of Possibilities!

June 1st – July 31st

Our Summer Reading Program (SRP) combines fun activities and entertaining events to support and increase reading skills–and learning– all summer long. (Shhh–kids just think it’s fun!) 

We’ve updated our Summer Reading Program to offer traditional and digital options. We’ve added great resources from Early Literacy to adults– and expanded our digital collections and audio books for all ages. We’ll have storytimes, themed entertainers and educators, creative crafts and games for all ages– inside and outside too. And of course, we’ll have “Oceans of Possibilities” themed instant prizes for each completed kids reading log!

Adult Appreciation Drawing: 

We recognize that families who complete more reading logs are those with engaged adults. Therefore we appreciate and recognize the adults too! So new this year — thanks to our Friends of the Library.

  • Each log completed by child — Adult gets raffle ticket for a drawing!

oceans logo

Get ready for your adventure! 

What can I read?

Any reading counts for any GLADL SRP Reading Log! Kids still in class? They can count their school reading time! Plus, they can read graphic novels, manga, favorite series– whatever they choose! Read or listen to a FREE digital or audio book from our collection, read books you have at home — read anything you like! Visit our website for FREE digital and audio books from our expanded collection for all ages from Overdrive/Overdrive Kids/Overdrive Teens, Hoopla, ComicsPlus, and BookFlix. You’ll find links to these fun resources on our Home Page and our Content FAQ.

When does this start?

Everything SRP starts June 1, 2021.

Traditional paper SRP Reading Logs will be available at the library June 1– or print your log from home. 

What if I can’t get out to the library?

You can use the app Read Squared! Players create a fun character, and “level up” to earn options for their character as they complete their reading! RS Digital SRP is great if you can’t come to the library but still want to participate to earn prizes!

Easily log your activity using the READsquared app. The app is free for both Android and iOS mobile devices.

       

Read Squared Logo

Reading Logs here starting June 1st!

Happy child with toy fish

0 - K

Grades 0-K Reading Log (Clr)

Grades 0-K Reading Log (B&W)

Child reading next to walrus

1st - 6th

Grades 1-6 Reading Log (Clr)

Grades 1-6 Reading Log (B&W)

Sea monster coming out of book

7th - 12th

Grades 7-12 Reading Log (Clr)

Grades 7-12 Reading Log (B&W)

Adult reading on beach blanket

Adults

Adult Reading Log (Clr)

Adult Reading Log (B&W)

Earn Fun Prizes!

Instant Prizes – Turn in each completed Reading Log to instantly win prizes like whale squirters, clown fish shooters, beach balls, fish bubbles, sea animal squishies, shells, plus ice cream, pizza and other treats!

Grand Prizes – Each Reading Log completed is also an entry for a chance to win the Grand Prize for each grade group. Grand Prize packages for all ages stuffed with goodies– gift cards, tote bags, cups, t-shirts, and much, much  more!! 

Visit GLADL to pick up your prizes (courtesy of our local businesses and the Friends of the Library). Bring in your paper logs to turn in—GLADL will confirm your Read Squared logs digitally.

Girl reading on jellyfish

Thanks to our sponsors for great Instant Win & Grand Prizes!

Lickity Split

Pizza Hut

Zap Zone Laser Tag

Biggby Coffee

GL Rotary

Dr. David Harkema

MacDowell’s Flower Shop

Hi Salon

Log Jam

Toad’s LLC

Little Caesars

A&W

GL Meijer

Friends of the Library

McDonalds

Quality Dairy

Corner Cone

Ledge Craft Lane

Salon 219

Pam’s Pantry

Peppino’s Pizza

Ouderkirk Dental

Culver’s

Flour Child

Eaton County Parks and Rec

Taco Bell

Potter Park Zoo

Brad’s Hair Studio

Eyes Optometry Boutique

Dart Bank

Deadtime Stories

Crossroads BBQ

The Salvage Yard

Octopus by seaweed

Summer Brochure

Fun Games All Summer Long!

Kickoff Craft – Summer Art Wave
6/1 – 7/31
Decorate a CD with your art creation and help us build a giant summer wave of your art!

Who’s Making Bubbles?
6/1 – 7/31
Who is making the bubbles in the Children’s department? Pick up a bookmark with suggested books for each “water friend”. New “water friends” each month!

Sidewalk Action Game
6/1 – 8/30
Try our outdoor Sidewalk action game– how many can you do? Actions posted outside, and on Game Card at the desk. Claim a prize at the Desk each day you play!

We’re All Wet Creature Quiz!
6/1 – 7/31
Water animals are hiding—in books! Follow the clues and see how many you can find! New clues/game card twice a month. Game Card at the desk.

Diving in the deep

Read By Grade Three Law–Why Is Summer Reading Important?

Sure, the GLADL Summer Reading Program is lots of fun—but it’s more than fun. Reading over the summer helps your imagination take flight, and is incredibly important for students and their academic achievement, from preschool to grade three and beyond:

  • Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer learning loss, forgetting some of what they’ve learned during the school year. Worse, the effect is cumulative– children who lose reading skills over the summer may be up to two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. Children actively participating in a library Summer Reading Program gain reading skills and increase literacy.
  • The Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read whatever they want, to enjoy reading for recreation. Studies show children who read for fun often academically out-perform children who don’t.
  • When families engage in summer reading together, they have meaningful conversations, share adventures and experiences while also making an impact on their child’s learning.
  • The Summer Reading Program and all of its associated activities are FREE– safe, engaging, educational opportunities for all ages, all summer long!

For more about the importance of summer reading for our children, follow the link to an article from School Library Journal.  For an impassioned statement about libraries, reading and daydreaming for adults by Neil Gaiman, read this article from The Guardian. Thanks to the Madison Public Library and ed.gov for contributed material. For more resources on the Read by Grade Three Law: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/3rd_Gr_Reading_Facts_Families_Final_629306_7.pdf

MiLibraryQuest logo with a shipwreck, divers. MiLibraryQuest Treasures of the Deep.

15 Across: Peter Pan’s nemesis

For more information and additional clues, please visit the MiLibraryQuest website here.