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For a complete listing, see the Calendar of Events.

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

June 2 - August 4, 2018

Receive one entry ticket for every 30 minutes you read or listen to a book. Attend a library program or participate in the #Read30 Social Media Challenge for additional chances to win.

For more information, visit the Summer Reading page or your nearest library branch.

Libraries Rock Ribbon Slogan

Kickoff Events
Saturday, June 2

Join us as we kick off our Summer Reading Challenge! Sign up to participate for a chance to win great prizes.

Animal Adventure

Enjoy a program packed with creepy crawlers, including beetles, a hissing cockroach, a rose haired tarantula, scorpions and reptiles!

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 5‑12 years.

11 a.m. West Flagler Branch

2 p.m. Lakes of the Meadow Branch

Geo Jane: Dig into Adventures!

Lace up your boots and join Geo Jane on a geological adventure full of stories, magic and comedy!

Best for ages 5‑12 years.

11 a.m. Pinecrest Branch

2 p.m. Palmetto Bay Branch

Interactive Rock Concert

Unleash your own inner rock star! Play battle of the bands‑themed musical games and use props to really rock the library.

Best for ages 5‑14 years.

1 p.m. North Dade Regional

Magic Rocks!

Join us for a fast‑paced comedy magic show presented by none other than local favorite Robert Hermens!

All ages welcome.

11 a.m. North Central Branch

2 p.m. Coral Reef Branch

Sand Sculpting by the Shore

Use sand and water to create your own masterpiece right on the beach!

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. All ages welcome.

10:30 a.m. North Shore Branch

Children's Events

Rock painted with a flower, sun and Have a Great Day written

Inspiration Rocks of Kindness

Decorate smooth river rocks with personally significant symbols and inspirational words or phrases.

Materials will be provided. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 5 years and up.

Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m
Hialeah Gardens Branch

Tuesday, June 12, 2 p.m.
Coconut Grove Branch

Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.
Country Walk Branch

Zoetrope Example Illustrated

The Zoetrope

Use a zoetrope to create your own cartoon frame by frame and watch as it becomes animated!

Best for ages 7 years and up.

Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch

Wednesday, June 13, 4 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional

Illustration of Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat’s Rockin’ Library Jam

Pete the Cat, the coolest and calmest cat in town, is ready to teach your little ones not to worry. See storyteller and musician Eric Litwin’s groovy stories come to life through song and dance!

All ages welcome.


Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m.
Miami Lakes Branch

Portrait of Miss Latina

Storytime with Miss Latina

Let’s celebrate LGBT Pride Month with a storytime event you won’t want to miss! Join Miami’s favorite bearded drag queen as she reads her favorite storybooks at the library!

All ages welcome.

Saturday, June 9, 3 p.m.
Coral Reef Branch

Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Teen Events

Vinyl Record with Abstract Painted Design

Rock Vinyl Painting

Make something unique while repurposing old vinyl records! Create a geometric abstract painting using paint, markers, stencils, and rulers.

Materials provided. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 12‑18 years.

Tuesday, June 5, 3 p.m.
Main Library

Close Up of Hands Playing Conga Drum

Drumming for Everyone

Let’s go on a rhythmic journey! Participants will be introduced to various drums and percussion instruments from around the world, and will learn to play rhythms together as a group.

Instruments will be provided for this hands‑on program appropriate for all ages and abilities. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register.

Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m.
Kendall Branch

Saturday, June 9, 2 p.m.
Homestead Branch

Tuesday, June 19, 2 p.m.
Bay Harbor Islands Branch

Teen Group Working Together on Engineering Project

Mechanical Engineering

Have fun with motion and machines! Mechanical engineering deals with the design and production of machines and tools. Collaborate with other students in this hands‑on series.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 8‑14 years.

Saturdays, June 9‑30, 3 p.m.
Virrick Park Branch

Young Girl Listening to Music on Headphones

DJ for a Day

Set hot cues, scratch a track, and juggle beats while learning about the technology that goes into making modern music, sound production and audio engineering.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 12 years and up.

Wednesday, June 20, 1:30 p.m.
Allapattah Branch

Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.*
Miami Lakes Branch

Friday, June 29, 1 p.m.
Culmer/Overtown Branch

Adult Events

Young Black Professional Business Man

Business in the Black Film Screening

Enjoy a screening of this documentary film directed by Anthony Brogdon chronicling the rise of black business in America. Q&A with Brogdon will take place immediately following the screening.

Wednesday, June 13, 6‑7:30 p.m.
Arcola Lakes Branch

Filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu Directing on Film Set

Black Lounge Film Series presents
Alabamaland by April Dobbins

Black Lounge Film Series celebrates filmmakers from around the world exploring the Black global experience. Join us for a talk with local filmmaker April Dobbins about her process in creating Alabamaland, a documentary that captures her family’s connection to a large plot of land they’ve owned since their ancestors were slaves.

Friday, June 15, 4‑5:30 p.m.
Culmer/Overtown Branch

Close Up of Hands working with Bead Craft

Jewelry Crafting for Seniors

Participate in fun jewelry making projects resulting in great looking creations that you can use in this series led by Crafting Confidence.

All materials will be provided. Suitable for all skill levels. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 55 years and up.

Wednesday, June 20 & 27, 5 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch

Paper Airplane Fold Progression

Healthy Living for Your Brain

This program offers research‑based recommendations about taking care of our brains and our bodies in order to age as well as possible. Information will be provided about cognitive activity, physical health, exercise, diet, nutrition and social engagement.

It is not designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m.
South Dade Regional