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Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

June 2 - August 4, 2018

Libraries Rock Ribbon Slogan

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge for a chance to win great prizes!

You’ll 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.

Gratitude Rock Painting

Show gratitude and kindness by using rocks to write inspiring messages and express kind words.

Best for ages 12 years and up.

Saturday, July 14, 2 p.m.
Fairlawn Branch

Saturday, July 21, 2 p.m.
Virrick Park Branch

All About Sharks

Discover fascinating facts about these remarkable creatures that have been awed and feared throughout the ages.

All ages welcome.

Saturday, July 21, 2:30 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Illusionist Dylan Ace

Enjoy a dazzling performance by renowned magician Dylan Ace!

All ages welcome.

Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m.
Coral Gables Branch

Rock Star Balloons

Learn how to make rock star‑themed balloon shapes during this fun workshop!

All ages welcome.

Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m.
Miami Lakes Branch

Children's Events

Fossil of a Dinosaur

Hands-On-History: Looking Through Fossils

Did you know that archaeology is the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the study of artifacts? Hear about archaeology as we read Fossils Tell of Long Ago and make a fossil imprint.

Tuesday, July 24, 4 p.m.
Golden Glades Branch

Wednesday, July 18, 1:30 p.m.
South Dade Regional

Young Boy Constructing with Blocks

Robots Rock!

Learn how to design, create and program robots using a special edition of LEGO. Work in teams and see who can come up with the most rockin’ robot!

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2 p.m.
Northeast Dade – Aventura Branch

Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m.
Tamiami Branch

Starfish on Coral

Ocean Discovery

Dive into an underwater ecosystem while meeting live marine animals and observing non-living specimens from the ocean!

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

Saturday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.
Naranja Branch

Saturday, July 21, 3 p.m.
Doral Branch

Saturday, July 28, 3 p.m.
Palm Springs North Branch

Illustration of person looking over a dust storm

Libraries Rock with author Ruth Vander Zee!

Do you know what it was like to live in the Dirty Thirties? Join award winning children’s book author Ruth Vander Zee for storytelling, a book signing and more! Her latest work, Next Year: Hope in the Dust, tells the story of the Dust Bowl, which greatly changed the ecology and agriculture of American prairies in the 1930s.

Best for ages 8 years and up. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, July 18, 3:30 p.m.
Shenandoah Branch

Thursday, July 19, 11 a.m.
West Kendall Regional

Thursday, July 26, 10:30 a.m.
Sunset Branch

Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m.
Key Biscayne Branch

Tuesday, July 31, 11 a.m.
North Dade Regional

Example of a Makey Makey controller

Get Wired with Makey Makey: Guitar Hero

Engineer your own electric guitar using a Makey Makey device! Through the application of circuitry, acoustical engineering and video game design, discover new ways to interact with technology while creating unique designs in a fun collaborative environment.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 8‑12 years.

Saturday, July 28, 2:00 p.m. ‑ 3:30 p.m.
Little River Branch

Teen Events

Teen girl using multimedia equipment on the Technobus

STEAM Fest

Explore a world of science and technology at the MDPLS STEAMFest! Interact with drones, make slime, test your skills on a robot maze, check out our Technobus and more!

All ages welcome.

Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. ‑ 2 p.m.
Lemon City Branch

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.

Saturday, July 7, 2 p.m. ‑ 4 p.m.
North Shore Branch

Close up of person about to write in journal

Concrete Poetry: A Creative Writing Workshop

Get creative with drawings and poetry in this beginner’s workshop. Learn how to create a “concrete poem” with basic steps and fun art expression.

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

Wednesday, July 11, 1 p.m. ‑ 3 p.m.
Miami Springs Branch

Macro shot of circuit board

Arduino Robots

Enjoy a hands‑on experience that incorporates programming, electronics, and robotics. Connect Arduino robots to a computer or smart device and explore the possibilities!

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 8‑15 years.

Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. ‑ 1 p.m.
Concord Branch

Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m. ‑ 3 p.m.
Edison Center Branch

Adult Events

Macro shot of paint dab

Acrylic Painting Workshop

Relax and unwind while expressing yourself on canvas and learning painting techniques during this four‑session workshop.

All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register.

Wednesdays, July 11 - August 1, 5 p.m. ‑ 7 p.m.
North Shore Branch

Adults taking a computer class with instructor

Digital Imaging

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop and digital imaging. Participants will be able to edit and create their own digital images for social media.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register.

Saturday, July 21 & 28, 11 a.m. ‑ 2 p.m.*
Miami Beach Regional

Close up of hands playing conga drum

Drumming for Everyone

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

Instruments will be provided. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register.

Saturday, July 21, 2 p.m.
South Miami Branch

Tuesday, July 24, 11 a.m.*
North Shore Branch

Thursday, July 26, 11 a.m.
Opa-locka Branch

Mechanical pencil on top of paper with writing

Painting with Words Writers Group

Share your original writing in a mutually supportive and respectful group setting. Discussion topics may include note‑taking, memoir writing, fiction vs. nonfiction writing, and more.

Best for ages 18 years and up.

Saturday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. ‑ 11:30 a.m.
Northeast Dade – Aventura Branch