Summer at the Library starts June 1

May 23, 2017
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Alachua County Library District is offering many free programs to keep all ages engaged and learning all summer including FOODIEspace, Professor DoDad’s Lab, MAKERspace, Wizzbangz Bus, TECHspace, Mask Dance with Surapsari, VIDEOspace, Capoeira of Gainesville and many more. This Summer at the Library kids, teens, adults and seniors are invited to participate, connect and discover with their library and community.

“Summer at the Library offers a fun, welcoming education-rich experience for kids, teens and adults,” said Erin Phemester, Senior Library Manager Youth Services. “Everyone can track the books they’re reading, share reviews and earn badges for reading or attending programs. Teens can beat boredom by joining their local library’s Battle of the Books team and competing in the Battle and/or in our Scavenger Hunt – Alachua County Edition (SHACE), #summershace. On August 6, we will celebrate reading and summer at Summer Reader Palooza. Kids can learn how to go green, have their faces painted and make crafts. Teens can try robotics, experience escape rooms and join a team to solve puzzles and beat the clock. Adults can enjoy the 4th annual Elements of Inspiration of Art Show with a reception and artist demonstration.”

It’s easy to sign up for Summer at the Library at www.aclib.us/summer or at your local library starting June 1 through August 6. These are some of ways to stay connected, stay smart and have fun all summer.

Page Turner Adventures: These performances combine slapstick, storytelling, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, improv comedy and larger-than-life props and costumes for a totally unique theatrical experience. The audience is transformed into storyologists and sent on comic quests of controlled chaos. Children interact directly with the actors, solving problems and overcoming obstacles, while they run, jump and climb their way to a satisfying conclusion they help to create.
Mon., June 5, 10:30 a.m., ages 3 to 11, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Mon., June 5, 2 p.m., ages 3 to 11, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

FOODIEspace: Learn a new recipe or cooking technique in these food centric MAKERspace programs.
FOODIEspace - Pancakebot: Learn to 3D print your breakfast using the PancakeBot. Draw a design with PancakePainter software, then save and upload the design onto the PancakeBot. This program teaches S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) principles in a fun and engaging MAKERspace.
Tues., June 6, 11 a.m., ages 5 to 11, Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry
Tues., June 13, 11 a.m., ages 5 to 11, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Thurs., August 3, 1 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville

FOODIEspace - A Course in 3D Pancake Printing with the Pancakebot: This course gives participants the opportunity to learn about 3D printing concepts as demonstrated by the Pancakebot, a 3D food printer. The curriculum provides a more in-depth, educational experience during the three weekly, one hour sessions.
Mon., June 26, July 3 and 10, 10 a.m., ages 12 to 18, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Thurs., June 29, July 6 and 13, 3 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua

FOODIEspace - Ice Cream Science: Discover the science behind ice cream. Follow the recipe to mix up the ingredients and add the mixture to our Yaylabs! Ice Cream Maker Ball for mixing. Register in advance at www.aclib.us/events and review the ingredients.
Thurs., June 1, 3 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville
Tues., July 11, 3 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Tues., July 18, 3 p.m., all ages, Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Wed., August 2, 3 p.m., ages 5 to 18, High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs
Fri., August 11, 2 p.m., all ages, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua

FOODIEspace - Solar Power S’mores: Join a group to build solar ovens out of shoe boxes and tin foil and then bake a S'more inside. Learn a little bit about solar power while the sun works its magic.
Mon., July 24, 11 a.m., ages 5 to 18, Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Ave., Waldo

FOODIEspace - Smoothies: Taste a simple recipe and learn techniques for putting together a delicious and fresh smoothie using fresh fruit and vegetable combinations along with your base (milk, soy milk, coconut milk or yogurt). Each participant will have a cup to use with the Magic Bullet Blender to create their own custom smoothie. There are eight blenders to share and materials are provided.
Wed., July 12, 6:30 p.m., ages 12 and up, Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

ANIMATIONspace and VIDEOspace: Learn film making and editing techniques.
ANIMATIONspace: Learn stop-motion animation in this hands-on Makerspace. As a group, come up with a story, create characters, voices and sound effects and use the stop-motion process (filming and editing) to bring it all to life. At the end of each session, the short films will be shared on YouTube. Register in advance at www.aclib.us/events
Tues., June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2 p.m., ages 5 to11, Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

VIDEOspace - Teen Video Challenge: Learn the basics to make a book trailer about a 2016 or 2017 Young Adult book. Then enter your book trailer into our contest beginning on August 1.
Tues., June 6, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25, 2:30 p.m., ages 12 to 18, Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

VIDEOspace - 36mm Films: Discover the beauty and science of movie making with this hands-on film editing program.
Sat., June 17, 3 p.m, ages 12 to 18, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Sat., July 22, 2 p.m., ages 5 to 11 Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Sun., July 23, 2 p.m., ages 12 to 18, Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy

Magic Mike: This show features magical fun and lots of laughs with audience participation.
Wed., June 7, 2 p.m., all ages, Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Thurs., June 15, 3 p.m., ages 3 to 11, High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs
Thurs, June 22, 3 p.m., all ages, Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry
Tues., July 25, 11 a.m., ages 3 to 11, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Tues., July 25, 2 p.m., all ages, at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo

Impressionists with Linda Tiffany: Find a new way to see the world with color and light. Get to know who the impressionists were and why they changed the world of art.
Mon., June 12, 10 a.m., adults, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

Jongleur Jugglers: See their amazing juggling act with lots of audience participation.
Tues., June 13, 2 p.m., all ages, at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo
Wed., June 14, 2:30 p.m., ages 3 to 11, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Thurs., July 6, 3 p.m., all ages, Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry

Wizzbangz Bus: Explore hands on science experiments including building rockets.
Wed., June 14, 2 p.m., all ages, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
Thurs., June 15, 3 p.m., ages 12 to 18, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Tues., June 20, 11 a.m., ages 5 to 11, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Wed., June 21, 11 a.m., ages 5 to 18, Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville
Thurs., June 22, 2:30 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Tues., June 27, 2 p.m., all ages, at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo

MAKERspaces and TECHspaces: Tinker, build and/or learn new technologies in these tech centric programs.
MAKERspace for Teens: Participants work with a 3D printer, Lego Mindstorms, Little Bits, and more.
Thurs., June 1, August 10, 17, 24, 31, 4 p.m., ages 12 to 18, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua

MAKERspace: This three class series is for those who love to tinker and build. Explore a variety of maker stations including Lego Mindstorms, Makey Makey, Little Bits and more.
Wed., June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, 3 p.m., ages 5 to 11, Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Thurs., July 20, 27, August 3, 3 p.m., all ages, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua

MAKERspace:  Play a variety of learning games with our new Osmo Explorer Kit and start keeping score.
Tues., June 20, July 25, 3 p.m. and August 15, 4 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer

Teen TECHspace: This monthly program offers teens the opportunity to build with LEGO MindStorms, create with Snap Circuits and Little Bits, have fun with OzoBots, get creative with Scratch and build their own video game, craft and more.
Thurs., June 22, July 6, Aug 10, 3 p.m. ages 12 to 18, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne

MAKERspace – Creating Circuits: Create, manipulate and play with circuits. Choose between using a circuit scribe maker kit where you can draw circuits instantly, or use a Little Bits electronic base kit or play with a laser maze beam-bending logic game.
Mon., June 26, 2 p.m., ages 5 and up, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

MAKERspace Junior: Learn, design and try out LEGO Mindstorm, LEGOs, LittleBits, and more.
Thurs., June 29, July 6, 13, 3 p.m., ages 3 to 11, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua

TECHspace Fun For Everyone: All ages are invited to try hands-on activities including crafts, LEGOs, OzoBots, Q-BA-MAZE and more.
Thurs., June 29, July 20, 3 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne

MAKERspace – What is 3D Printing? Learn how the 3D printing process works and its potential uses.
Sat., July 8, 22, 11 a.m., ages 5 and up, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

MAKERspace - Snap Circuitry: Participate in the Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750R Student Electronics Training Program. Experiments include sound activated switch, lie detector, adjustable light controller, am radio, rechargeable battery and many more. This program is recommended for ages 8 to 15 and older teens and adults are welcome.
Mon., July 31, 2 p.m., ages 5 and up, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

MAKERspace – Robotics: Learn how you can make your own little robot using household materials.
Mon., August 21, 4:30 p.m., ages 5 and up, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Careers in Art with Linda Tiffany: Learn how architecture, fashion, toy design, costuming, set making, photography, fabric arts and more fine art can be turned into a career.
Wed., June 21, 6 p.m., ages 12 and up, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville

Capoeira of Gainesville: Develop a sense of self control and discipline with traditional Brazilian Martial Arts.
Wed., June, 21, 2 p.m., all ages, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
Thurs., June 29, 2:30 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Wed., July 19, 2 p.m., all ages, Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Thurs., July 27, 3 p.m., ages 12 to 18, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne

Professor Dodad’s Lab: Discover the science behind small machines, help Professor DoDad and Duggy learn more about building, and have fun.
Sun., June 25, 2 p.m., ages 5 to 11, Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy
Tues., July 11 11 a.m., ages 3 to 11, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Tues., July 25, 3 p.m., all ages, Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry

Relax your Body and Mind with Linda Tiffany: Relax with an hour of music and explore a variety of art materials to express the feel of the music.
Wed., June 28, 3:30 p.m., ages 5 to 11, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Thurs., July 13, 10 a.m., all ages, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue

Tampa Taiko: Hear and try the massive drums shared by Tampa Taiko.
Wed., July 5, 11 a.m., all ages, Library Partnership Branch, 1130 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville
Wed., July 5, 2 p.m., all ages, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
Wed., July 12, 2 p.m., all ages, Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Thurs., July 13, 2:30 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Mask Dance with Surapsari: Partake in the traditional Mask Dance presented by Surapsari.
Mon., July 17, 10 a.m., ages 5 to 11, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Tues., July 18, 11 a.m., ages 5 to 11, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Wed., July 19, 1:30 p.m., all ages, Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
Wed., July 19, 4:30 p.m., all ages, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne

Linda Tiffany’s Building a Better World with Sculpting: Discover the history of sculpture from drinking vessels and decorations to fixtures in our everyday environment. Create a sculpture too.
Sun., July 2, 2 p.m., all ages, Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy

Printing and Printmaking with Linda Tiffany: Explore the early uses of printing and its use in trade, fashion, and documenting history. Participants will enjoy working with different forms of printmaking.
Tues., July 11, 2 p.m., all ages, at the Waldo Community Center, 13558 NE 148 Avenue, Waldo

Young Americans: Learn about American history through games, stories, music and crafts.
Wed., July 19, 2 p.m., all ages, High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs

Masks around the World with Linda Tiffany: Delve into the lives of people, their customs, legends, materials, cultural connection and use of masks.
Thurs., July 27, 2:30 p.m., ages 5 to 18, Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Battle of the Books: This annual competition between teams of teens from different library branches will determine the winning team based on its knowledge of the books. During the summer teams from participating branch libraries meet regularly to discuss the three selected books.
Sat., July 29, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., ages 12 to 18, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Summer Reader Palooza:  Celebrate reading and Summer at the Library. Kids can learn how to go green, have their faces painted and make crafts. Teens can try robotics, experience escape rooms and join a team to solve puzzles and beat the clock. Adults can enjoy the 4th annual Elements of Inspiration of Art Show.
Sun., August 6, 2 to 4 p.m., all ages, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

4th annual Elements of Inspiration of Art Show: The Art Show starts with a reception from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and features a demonstration by local resident and international artist Elizabeth Barakah Hodges.
Sun., August 6, 2:30 p.m., adults, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville

Our Native Americans: Learn about Native American history from past to present with Linda Tiffany.
Wed., August 9, 2 p.m., all ages, High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs

Visit www.aclib.us/events to find many ways to enjoy Summer at the Library. Library staff will recommend books for readers of all ages. Booklists are available for all ages and school grade levels. Titles for K through 8 grades from Sunshine State Young Readers Awards for 2017-2018 are ready to checkout at branch libraries.

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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