Summer reading programs still in full swing

Can you believe that we’ve made it halfway though July and halfway through 2022 already? Don’t worry, though, the remainder of 2022 will offer many more great programs and events hosted by the Cheboygan Area Public Library. And here what’s coming in August:

First of all, there are a couple more summer reading activities before the Wrap-Up Party. The Fleece Octopus class on Aug. 2 is already full, but Ms. Nancy is offering a Rubber Fish Printing workshop for 10- to 15-year-olds at 10:15 am July 25. This workshop if free, but registration is required. Call the library today to sign up, 231-627-2381.

Second, the Friends of the Library will be giving away books to all kids who stop by the Family Fun Day booth at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds 11 am-2 pm Monday, Aug. 8. This Gift of Reading event is offered as part of the Cheboygan County Family Fun Day and Project Connect event organized by the MSU Extension office.

This event brings together many Health and Human Services organizations that offer great services to the community. Be sure to stop by and find out all the great family resources available in Cheboygan. Plus, there will be lots of hands-on fun for kids 0-12 (older siblings are welcome, too) and kids may even have the opportunity to win all-day ride bracelets.

Next, the Summer Reading Challenge officially ends Aug. 10. This will be the last day kids can turn in their reading sheets and put an ocean animal on the wall. After Aug. 10, the winners will be tallied and announced on Monday, Aug. 15, during the Meet a Mermaid & Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party, which starts at 6 pm

And don’t forget about the last summer outdoor movie playing in the Children’s Garden. The Cheboygan Area Public Library will be showing Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” on Friday, Aug. 12. The movie will start at dark, which is estimated to be around 8:30 pm Free Kingston theater popcorn will be served with a few other snack options, but anyone is welcome to bring their own snacks. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camp chairs or blankets to sit on.

Although that ties up the “Oceans of Possibilities” summer reading events, the Cheboygan Area Public Library will also be offering a “Meet the Poet” event with poet Arra Lynn Ross on Aug. 11 at 6 pm Arra Lynn is the author of two works of poetry, “Day of the Child” and “Seedlip and Sweet Apple,” both published by Milkweed Editions. Born on a rural commune in Minnesota, she attended Macalester College and earned a Ph.D from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also taught creative writing at Saginaw Valley State University.

A new drawing session will also be taking place starting in August. Taught by art instructor Kimberly Liedel-Ross, the next Drawing Class will take place as a four-day workshop on Monday, Aug. 15, 22, 29 and Sept. 12. The workshop fee is $20 per participant, which includes all supplies and the four days of instructions. The class is open to ages 9 to adult. Registration is required, which can be done by calling 627-2381 or stopping by the library during regular hours. The Cheboygan Area Public Library is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm; Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm; Friday from 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm; and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm

The last event in August will be a Blood Drive on Aug. 18 from 1 pm to 6:45 pm with Versiti Blood Centers of Michigan. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. You can make an appointment by calling Versiti Blood Centers at 866-642-5663 or visiting Versiti.org/michigan and searching for sponsor code “Cheboygan Public Library” or even by calling or stopping by the Cheboygan Library.

If you are not interested or able to donate, you can still help by providing some homemade cookies — donors and the blood center staff love homemade cookies. Not only do the cookies help donors recover but it boosts the morale of the team. The Versiti staff that work the drive are professionals from around the state, some come from Gaylord, some from Traverse City, some from elsewhere in Michigan. And they travel here just so we can host the Blood Drive and help save lives in OUR community. So please sign up today to donate blood on Aug. 18.

— Emily Clare is program director of the Cheboygan Area Public Library.

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