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Nationally Known Storyteller to Kick Off Summer Reading Program

Bob Kanegis will perform "The World in Our Hands - A Journey in Story and Song" on Thursday, June 22.
Nationally Known Storyteller to Kick Off Summer Reading Program
Bob Kanegis

Nationally Known Storyteller to Perform at White Lake Community Library    
Summer Reading Kick-off Event Set for June 22

Bob Kanegis will be traveling all the way from New Mexico to share his talent in a show called “The World in Our Hands – a Guided Journey in Story and Song”.  The family-friendly event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, and is the kick-off event for the White Lake Community Library’s summer learning program.  Featuring some of Bob’s favorite participation stories and songs that celebrate cooperation, courage and creativity, this spirited program will also include some hands on natural history and music making. 

“Build a Better World” 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.  Sign-up begins on Monday, June 19, and the program ends on Saturday, July 29.

 Program participants will receive a welcome kit full of goodies, including a set of reading logs for recording their reading, creating, and doing adventures. The first six reading logs each child returns will earn them a coupon for a treat from a local business, or free admission to a West Michigan sporting event or attraction.  Each log is also an entry in the grand prize drawing.

 This year’s grand prizes include an overnight trip for four to Great Lakes Crossings, including LegoLand Discovery Center and Sea Life Michigan; 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, 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., Fairy Tale Engineering 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 storytelling program on June 22, an ocean life program by Darling Cetaceans on June 29, and a visit from a beekeeper on July 20. 

 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.  Participants earn a small prize 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, and two after-hours movie nights.  The first movie night will be held Thursday, June 15th, from 8 to 10 pm.  The film is a recently released live-action fairy tale featuring a beautiful young woman, a hideous beast, and talking housewares.  Free popcorn will be served, courtesy of McCormicks.