Summer at the Library kicks off June 1

May 17, 2018
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Alachua County Library District announces its Summer at the Library schedule of programs featuring top-notch entertainment, learning and fun opportunities for all ages. The kickoff event, Summer Reader Palooza, is Sunday, June 3, 2 to 4 p.m. at Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Avenue. Activities include face painting, Pac Man Live, gooey slime making and a chance to engage with library staff and community members from the CADE Museum, Matheson History Museum and the Florida Museum of Natural History. Sign up for Summer at the Library to track summer reading, earn badges and possibly win a chance to have a personal group event with the Library District’s 3D printer or PancakeBot™.

Kids, teens and adults are invited to sign up for summer reading at www.aclib.us/summer starting June 1 through August 5. Connect and discover with quality programs offering zany science experiments, Amazing Animals, MAKERspaces, the Menestrelli Dog Show, magic and juggling performances and much more. Here’s a sampling of Summer at the Library:

Summer Reader Palooza:  Summer at the Library kickoff features face painting, slime making and more fun with the Library District staff and community partners. All ages are welcome.
Sun., June 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Depot Park, 201 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville

Science on the Go: This interactive program presented by Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History includes experiments that cover physical science concepts such as matter, force and motion, ages 5 to 11.
Mon., June 4, 11 a.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Tues., June 19, 2 p.m., High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs
Wed., June 20, 3 p.m., Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy
Tues., June 26, 3:30 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Wed., June 27, 2 p.m., Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua

Amazing Animals: Professional naturalist Jerry Walls brings his traveling educational program into all libraries introducing the amazing world of animals to kids and families. Depending on the day, see rowdy reptiles, birds, bugs or awesome amphibians, and there may even be opportunities to interact with the animals.
Mon., June 4, 2 p.m., Waldo Branch will host at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo
Wed., June 6, 3:30 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Thurs., June 7, 2:30 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Mon., June 11, 11 a.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Tues., June 12, 3:30 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Wed., June 13, 2 p.m., Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
Thurs., June 14 and June 28, 3:30 p.m., Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville
Wed., June 20, 3 p.m., High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs
Thurs., June 21, 3 p.m., Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry
Wed., June 27, 3 p.m., Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy
Mon., July 2, 2 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville
Tues., July 31, 2 p.m., Waldo Branch will host at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo

Menestrelli Dog Show: The internationally renowned Menestrelli performers share their years of circus experience and humane dog training to put on a great show. Nine funny and very entertaining canines climb stairs, perform somersaults and other uniquely designed family tricks for ages 5 to 11 and families are welcome.
Mon., June 4, 2 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville
Thurs., June 7, 3 p.m., Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry
Wed., June 13, 1 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Wed., June 20, 2 p.m., Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
Mon., July 23, 11 a.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Capoeira: Learn and practice this Afro-Brazilian Martial Art with Capoeira Academy of Gainesville. This program incorporates kicks, ground movements, self-defense, acrobatics, music and tradition to teach a vast spectrum of movement and culture. Capoeira was created by African slaves in Brazil more than 500 years ago and can be learned and practiced by anyone regardless of gender, age or physical limitations. This program is primarily geared towards ages 5 to 11. Teens and families are welcome.
Tues., June 5, 2 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville
Wed., June 6, 2 p.m., Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
Thurs., June 7, 3:30 p.m., Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville
Tues., June 12, 2 p.m., Waldo Branch will host at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo
Wed., June 13, 3 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Anna Moo: Dance and sing along with Anna Moo in her dynamic, multi-cultural educational, musical program for ages 5 to 11.
Wed., June 6, 1 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

Rigamajig Building Kit: Play with the new large-scale building kit used for hands-on free play and playful STEAM learning. All ages can use this collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope to engage creativity and build big structures.
Thursdays during the summer, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville

Drumline Camp for Teens: Learn a step by step approach to marching drums. Cover basic drum cadences, traditional and match grip styles, "strapping up" with harnesses, marching and even some "sticking." Ages 12 to 18 can learn about and try out all kinds of percussive instruments including cymbals and the bass, tenor and snare drums. Practice some of the basics of being part of a drumline in a marching band.
Mon., June 11, 2 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville
Thurs., June 14, 3 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Wed., June 20, 3 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Thurs., June 21, 11 a.m., Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville
Mon., July 16, 11 a.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

All About Space: Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History utilizes videos, live demonstrations and interactive storytelling to guide teens through interplanetary, interstellar and intergalactic space while describing some of the physical forces and other phenomena that occur in our universe and beyond, for ages 12 to 18.
Tues., June 12, 2:30 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Mon., July 9, 2 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville

Alachua County Fire Rescue: Meet a real life firefighter and discover what it takes to be a community hero. Alachua County Fire Rescue will teach ages 5 to 11 how to stay safe around fire and how firefighters help to keep our community safe.
Thurs., June 14, 2:30 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Mon., June 18, 11 a.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Mon., June 25, 2 p.m., Waldo Branch hosts at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo
Wed., July 11, 2 p.m., Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
Tues., July 31, 11 a.m., High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs
Thurs., Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m., Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville

FOODIEspace - Cooking from your Garden: University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) will demonstrate how easy it is to plant a garden and cook from it as well.
Fri., June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17, 3 p.m., all ages, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne

Jongleur Jugglers: See this award winning two-man comedy juggling team juggle balls, clubs, rings, knives and torches. Mike and John have taken top honors at state and national juggling championships and perform every year at the Hoggetowne Medieval Fair and during Summer at the Library, for all ages.
Tues., June 19, 2 p.m., Waldo Branch hosts at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo
Wed., June 27, 3 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer

Engineering for Kids: Engineering for Kids creates lightbulb moments by helping kids discover how things work, explore engineering, learn math, engage in real world engineering problems and build problem solving skills in a fun environment for ages 5 to 11.
Tues., June 19, 3:30 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Thurs., June 28, 2:30 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Tues., July 10, 2 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville
Thurs., July 12, 3 p.m., High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs
Wed., July 18, 2 p.m., Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua

Archaeology Rocks: Learn how people of the past used stone tool technology to shape the world around them.  Florida Public Archaeology Network will present activities for most ages, check with the branch for specifics.
Wed., June 20, 3 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Fri., July 6, 11 a.m., High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs
Mon., July 9, 11 a.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Wed., July 11, 2 p.m., Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy
Tues., July 17, 3:30 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Mon, Aug. 6, 2 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville

Magic Mike: This show features amazement, lots of laughs and audience participation. Magic Mike’s pet raccoon causes all sorts of trouble which delights the audience and drives Magic Mike crazy, for ages 5 to 11.
Thurs., June 21, 2:30 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Energy with GRU: Discover how you can help save energy and make the world a better place with Gainesville Regional Utilities, for ages 5 to 11.
Mon., June 25, 11 a.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Wed., July 18, 3 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer

Didgeridoo Down Under: The Didgeridoo Down Under crew will share its knowledge of Australian music, culture and storytelling. Kids ages 5 to 11 can participate and learn more about the Didgeridoo, a unique instrument that has been played by the aboriginal people of Australia for more than 1,000 years.
Tues., June 26, 2 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville
Mon., July 2, 11 a.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Mrs. Kate: Preschool and elementary school children (ages 3 to 11) can enjoy Mrs. Kate’s catchy tunes, puppetry, unusual instruments and riveting storytelling. Mrs. Kate Carpenter will make families smile with her homespun folk music. She is a prolific songwriter and has recorded 12 original CDs and two children's music videos in the past 22 years.
Wed., June 27, 2:30 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Wed., July 11, 3 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer

Science Mike: Experience Science Mike’s collection of amazing optical illusions, toys and science demonstrations, for ages 5 to 11.
Tues., July 10, 2 p.m., Waldo Branch hosts at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo
Thurs., July 12, 3 p.m., Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry

Jazz it Up!: Kids ages 5 to 11 can take a front-row seat for a one-of-a-kind interactive jazz concert featuring the band Noteworthy. Learn about musical technique, jazz history, tempo, melody and rhythm and move to the beat.
Thurs., July 12, 2:30 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Thurs., July 26, 3:30 p.m., Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville

FOODIEspace – Food Demo and Tasting: University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) will provide a nutrition education discussion as well as a healthy recipe sample, for adults.
Tues., July 17, 11 a.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

ANIMATIONspace – Toon Academy: This four-week long animation course  for ages 5 to 18 includes brainstorming, storyboarding, character and scenery creation, filming, editing and adding sound effects to create a short film. The final film will be featured on the Library District’s social media.
Thurs., July 12, 19, 26, and Aug. 2, 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

Battle of the Books: This annual competition between teams of teens from different branch libraries will determine the 2018 winning team based on its knowledge of three books. During the summer teams from participating branch libraries meet regularly to discuss these books, for ages 12 to 18.
Sat., July 28, 1 to 4 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

5th annual Summer Art Show: Formerly Elements of Inspiration Art Show, this year’s Summer Art Show invites adults to submit a piece of art, including 3D art work, from June 1 to July 30. Art show guidelines, application and waiver forms are available starting June 1, at www.aclib.us/artshow and at all 12 library locations. Art may be submitted at any branch library. Submitted art will be showcased August 3 to 26, at Headquarters Library. On Sunday, Aug. 26, there will be a reception from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. followed by an art demonstration by local artist Kristyn Bat Lopez from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Lopez is an art educator, tattoo artist and mother of two. With her sister Brynna, Lopez formed Wayfaring Painter, an organization which brings engaging art classes into the library and community. For information, please email Jean at jhunt@aclib.us or call 352-334-3939.
Sun., August 26, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., adults, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Visit www.aclib.us/events to find many more Summer at the Library programs. Sign up for summer reading at www.aclib.us/summer to earn badges, write book reviews and receive reading recommendations or visit a library for staff assistance. Booklists are available for all ages and school grade levels. For more information, please visit www.aclib.us or call 352-334-3900.

 

 

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 

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