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Award-Winning Magician to Perform at the Library

Summer Reading Kick-off Event Set for June 14
Award-Winning Magician to Perform at the Library

The Amazing Maciek will mystify the entire family with his incredible magic show at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.  Maciek Biezunski is a resident of West Michigan who was born and raised in Poland.  His talent is recognized worldwide, and he has earned many awards, including the $10,000 grand prize on Showville, a reality TV competition for small-town talent.  This free event, which includes refreshments after the show, is the kick-off for the White Lake Community Library’s summer reading program.

“Libraries Rock!” is the theme for this year’s free, 6 week program designed to keep kids reading and learning during the summer months. It is open to all youth, preschoolers through 6th grade, with a separate program for teens.  The children’s program will feature weekly Play and Learn sessions, art experiences, and Family Night events for all ages.  Several special events just for older children and teens are also planned, including a coding club and an after-hours movie night. Sign-up begins on Monday, June 14, and the program ends on Saturday, July 28.

 New this year, the library is going digital with the summer reading program, using the Wandoo Reader platform.  Program participants can sign up online, track their reading online, and complete additional challenges online.  Prizes and rewards can be picked up at the library. Starter kits full of instructions, schedules, and assorted goodies can be picked up at the library beginning June 14th.  Details can also be found on the library’s website, whitelakelibrary.michlibrary.org. 

 Small prizes, such as coupons for free treats from local businesses, will be awarded to kids as they complete each of the six Basic Challenges found on the Wandoo Reader site.  Other challenges, including Button Challenges and Bonus Challenges, will earn them buttons, tattoos, or additional entries in the grand prize drawing.  The online game will also feature some secret challenges that involve attending a library program in order to find a secret code.

 This year’s grand prizes include an overnight trip for four to Great Lakes Crossings, including LegoLand Discovery Center and Sea Life Michigan; an overnight trip for six to a live performance of “School of Rock” through Broadway Grand Rapids; passes to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo; and John Ball Zoo memberships. These prizes are made possible by a partnership with WOTV8, Meijer, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Broadway Grand Rapids, West Michigan Whitecaps, Grand Rapids Griffins, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and the Air Zoo. 

Funding for local programming is provided by the Friends of White Lake Community Library and the used book sale.  Additional local supporters include the Book Nook, Subway, Pitkins, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, The General Store, Home Services of White Lake, Family Video, and Emily White.

 A variety of children’s programs will be offered throughout the six-week program, including all-ages Play and Learn programs on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m., Coding Camp for kids age 8 and up on Tuesdays at 1 p.m., drop-in art experiences on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. till noon, and Family Night programs every Thursday at 6:30.   The Family Night highlights include the magic show on June 14,  a tech take-apart night on July 12, singer and storyteller Jenifer Strauss on July 19, and a live animal program on July 26. A complete calendar of events is available at the library, and on the library’s website at whitelakelibrary.michlibrary.org.   

 This year’s teen reading challenge, for young people age 12 and up, offers a chance to win prizes for reading or listening to books during the summer.  This program will be administered online, using the same Wandoo Reader platform as the children’s program.  Participants earn small prizes for reading 250 and 500 pages, and are also eligible for the grand prize drawing.  Additional prizes will be awarded to the top three teen readers. Several events just for teens will also be offered, including gaming sessions every Friday from 2 to 4, an after-hours movie nights, and a recycled records art event. 

 All programs are free, and advance registration is not required.