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Have a booming good time reading this summer

Summer is a great time to indulge in reading books that totally captivate. From left, Elainia Calisi is reading "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green and Delaney Garvey is reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J. K. Rowling. photo by Renee Landuyt.

June 12, 2014
It's going to be a noisy reading program this year.

The Grosse Pointe Library's summer reading program, Fizz, Boom, Read, kicks off Friday, June 13, for children from the read-to-me stage through 12 years old. Teenagers, 13 through 18, can be a part of the Spark a Reaction program and Literary Elements is the adults summer reading program. Science is the common thread in this year's program. The special events include face painting from noon to 2 p.m. at all branches and a Scienceriffic program with Joel Tacey at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, at the Ewald branch. During his Scienceriffic comedy show, he will help children discover a secret lab and bring to life eight books. To register, call Kathleen Gallagher at (313) 821-8830, ext. 204.

In addition to being rewarded for hours spent reading, children can participate in any number of activities the library has planned. Throughout the summer, children can participate in craft making, story time, experiments, a summer festival, watch movies, listen to speakers and experience a planetarium.

Spin, Pop, Boom! - Mad Science Detroit introduces children to the world of chemistry at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the Woods library. To register, call Catherine Ricard at (313) 343-2072. Chemistry in the animal kingdom is the topic of the 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, program at the Ewald branch. To register, call Gallagher at the aforementioned phone number.

The Level Up program is designed for fourth through sixth graders. They read classic and award winning books, coupled with book discussions and field trips. During the first meeting, June 13, participants watch "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." The second book is "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and a visit to the Morley Candy Factory.

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The final event, Aug. 8, is a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts having read "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler."

Children can sign up for Level Up at any of the three branches.

This year the library program brings back paper reading logs for children up to 12 years old. The logs are laid out like a game board, and are done in the Fizz, Boom, Read theme. Children and families have two options about how they log their time: online or on paper.

Whether reading three hours of mysteries, nonfiction, adventure or historical fiction, a child earns a prize.

After reading three hours, children can choose between a temporary tattoo or sticker; a poster to color or painting sheet for six hours; a fly eye prism and free kids cup coupon from TCBY for nine hours; an activity sheet and magnifying glass for 12 hours; a free book and Jet's Pizza free slice coupon for 15 hours.

Teens have opportunities to win gift certificates for reading. If they complete 15 hours of reading, students can enter a drawing to win an iPad mini.

Adults can win Barnes & Noble gift certificates and have a chance to win the grand prize of one of three $50 gift certificates to The Hill.

The non-tangible rewards from reading include following interesting characters, experiencing adventure in exotic locales and keeping reading skills sharp for the fall.

This year's summer reading program sponsors are the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, Jet's Pizza, TCBY, Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library, Allegra Printing and Collaborative Summer Reading Program.

Sign-up can be done at any of the three library branches: Central, 10 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms; Ewald, 15175 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park; and Woods, 20680 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. For more information about the programs, visit gp.lib.mi.us/our-programs.

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