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Summer is Here!

DPL's Summer Learning program encourages children and teens to maintain their reading and math skills to avoid the "summer slide" that occurs during vacation months. Summer Learning is available June-August. Sign up at your favorite DPL location.

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Summer Events

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

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Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 19th Thu
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Thursday, July 19 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

Tomorrow at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 20th Fri
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Friday, July 20 at 1:00pm

Introduction to Chess

Tomorrow at 2pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 20th Fri
  • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Mr. Ronald Williams will teach interested children and adults how to play chess or improve their game of chess.

Introduction to Chess on Friday, July 20 at 2:00pm

Explore Philippine Islands

Tomorrow at 2pm
Elmwood Park

  • Location: Elmwood Park
  • Date: July 20th Fri
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Join us for an exploration of instruments, and a hands on chance to learn a native dance from the Philippine Islands, as part of our Libraries Rock! World Music Summer Reading Program.

Explore Philippine Islands on Friday, July 20 at 2:00pm

Let's Dance!

Tomorrow at 3:30pm
Campbell

  • Location: Campbell
  • Date: July 20th Fri
  • Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Age Group: Toddlers, Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Join or watch as we learn Hip hop, Break dancing & explore body movement to music rhythm and musicality.

Let's Dance! on Friday, July 20 at 3:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 23rd at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 23rd Mon
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Monday, July 23 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 23rd at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 23rd Mon
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Monday, July 23 at 1:00pm

Create A Graphic Novelwith Howard Fridson

July 23rd at 2pm
Chaney

  • Location: Chaney
  • Date: July 23rd Mon
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Toddlers, Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Love to draw? Love music? Combine these two loves in a graphic novel, come on out as Howard Frisdon shows you how.

Create A Graphic Novel on Monday, July 23 at 2:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 24th at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 24th Tue
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Tuesday, July 24 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 24th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 24th Tue
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Tuesday, July 24 at 1:00pm

Park and Read Field Tripto Island Lake Park

July 25th at 8:30am
Bowen

  • Location: Bowen
  • Date: July 25th Wed
  • Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Age Group: Tweens, Teens, Adults
  • Event Category: Recreation

Field Trip to Island Lake Park. Registration required. Ages 9-18

Park and Read Field Trip on Wednesday, July 25 at 8:30am

Park and Read Field Tripto Island Lake Park

July 25th at 9am
Conely

  • Location: Conely
  • Date: July 25th Wed
  • Time: 9:00am - 2:30pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Outdoor activities. Limited to the first 15 registered children who have attended at least one of Conely's Summer Reading Programs a parent or responsible adult must accompany each child.

Park and Read Field Trip on Wednesday, July 25 at 9:00am

Put on Your Dancing ShoesAges 10-13

July 25th at 11:30am
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 25th Wed
  • Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • Age Group: Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Explore ballet through dance and books. Instruction provided by Abigail School of Dance. Registraion required. Call Parkman Branch for more details.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes on Wednesday, July 25 at 11:30am

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 25th at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 25th Wed
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Wednesday, July 25 at 12:30pm

Exploring the World of Music

July 25th at 1pm
Jefferson

  • Location: Jefferson
  • Date: July 25th Wed
  • Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Music

Wednesday, 7/25 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Guy Louis Sferlazza will amaze you with his concert that features authentic Instruments and songs from Africa, India, Europe, and America’s past and present.

Exploring the World of Music on Wednesday, July 25 at 1:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 25th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 25th Wed
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Wednesday, July 25 at 1:00pm

Create A Graphic Novelwith Howard Fridson

July 25th at 2pm
Wilder

  • Location: Wilder
  • Date: July 25th Wed
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Artist Howard Fridson is working with kid artists from all DPL library branches to create a special DPL graphic novel. Make sure your art is represented.

Create A Graphic Novel on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00pm

First Circle Drumming Program

July 26th at 11am
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: July 26th Thu
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Participate in a drum circle and W.I.L.P.F. Jane Addams Book Award donation to the librar

First Circle Drumming Program on Thursday, July 26 at 11:00am

Read to the Librarian

July 26th at 12pm
Edison

  • Location: Edison
  • Date: July 26th Thu
  • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Storytime

Children and young adults will read a book of their choice to the librarian.

Read to the Librarian on Thursday, July 26 at 12:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 26th at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 26th Thu
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Thursday, July 26 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 26th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 26th Thu
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Thursday, July 26 at 1:00pm

Reading and Typing Enrichment

July 26th at 3pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 26th Thu
  • Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children
  • Event Category: Computers

Mr. King and Ms. Nelson will work with a select group of children to improve their reading and typing skills.

Reading and Typing Enrichment on Thursday, July 26 at 3:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 27th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 27th Fri
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Friday, July 27 at 1:00pm

Anime Club

July 28th at 2pm
Redford

  • Location: Redford
  • Date: July 28th Sat
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Each month will feature a different anime viewing and event. Events may be drawing, learning about anime history, experiencing an element of Japanese culture, and more.

Anime Club on Saturday, July 28 at 2:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 30th at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 30th Mon
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Monday, July 30 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 30th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 30th Mon
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Monday, July 30 at 1:00pm

Park and Read Field Tripto Island Lake Park

July 31st at 8:30am
Sherwood Forest

  • Location: Sherwood Forest
  • Date: July 31st Tue
  • Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Nature walks and science conservation! Registration and permission slips required. Ask your librarian for more information.

Park and Read Field Trip on Tuesday, July 31 at 8:30am

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 31st at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: July 31st Tue
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Tuesday, July 31 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

July 31st at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: July 31st Tue
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Tuesday, July 31 at 1:00pm

Put on Your Dancing ShoesAges 10-13

August 1st at 11:30am
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 1st Wed
  • Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • Age Group: Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Explore ballet through dance and books. Instruction provided by Abigail School of Dance. Registraion required. Call Parkman Branch for more details.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes on Wednesday, August 1 at 11:30am

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 1st at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: August 1st Wed
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Wednesday, August 1 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 1st at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 1st Wed
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Wednesday, August 1 at 1:00pm

Read to the Librarian

August 2nd at 12pm
Edison

  • Location: Edison
  • Date: August 2nd Thu
  • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Storytime

Children and young adults will read a book of their choice to the librarian.

Read to the Librarian on Thursday, August 2 at 12:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 2nd at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: August 2nd Thu
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Thursday, August 2 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 2nd at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 2nd Thu
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Thursday, August 2 at 1:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 3rd at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 3rd Fri
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Friday, August 3 at 1:00pm

Mad Science of Detroit

August 3rd at 2pm
Conely

  • Location: Conely
  • Date: August 3rd Fri
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Mad Science of Detroit presents "Sounds of Science" projects and activities. Children will participate in the activities.

Mad Science of Detroit on Friday, August 3 at 2:00pm

Introduction to Chess

August 3rd at 2pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: August 3rd Fri
  • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Mr. Ronald Williams will teach interested children and adults how to play chess or improve their game of chess.

Introduction to Chess on Friday, August 3 at 2:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 6th at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: August 6th Mon
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Monday, August 6 at 12:30pm

Virtual Play

August 6th at 1pm
Douglass

  • Location: Douglass
  • Date: August 6th Mon
  • Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Play fun and kid-friendly online games and compete for prizes.

Virtual Play on Monday, August 6 at 1:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 6th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 6th Mon
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Monday, August 6 at 1:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 7th at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: August 7th Tue
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Tuesday, August 7 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 7th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 7th Tue
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Tuesday, August 7 at 1:00pm

Put on Your Dancing ShoesAges 10-13

August 8th at 11:30am
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 8th Wed
  • Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • Age Group: Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Explore ballet through dance and books. Instruction provided by Abigail School of Dance. Registraion required. Call Parkman Branch for more details.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes on Wednesday, August 8 at 11:30am

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 8th at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: August 8th Wed
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Wednesday, August 8 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 8th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 8th Wed
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Wednesday, August 8 at 1:00pm

Read to the Librarian

August 9th at 12pm
Edison

  • Location: Edison
  • Date: August 9th Thu
  • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Storytime

Children and young adults will read a book of their choice to the librarian.

Read to the Librarian on Thursday, August 9 at 12:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 9th at 12:30pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: August 9th Thu
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Teens
  • Event Category: Wellness

All Children ages 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Samaritan Homes and the United Way in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Thursday, August 9 at 12:30pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 9th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 9th Thu
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Thursday, August 9 at 1:00pm

Meet Up and Eat UpSummer Lunch Program

August 10th at 1pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: August 10th Fri
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Summer Reading

Meet up at the library to keep cool, enjoy food and fun activities while making friends at the library.

Meet Up and Eat Up on Friday, August 10 at 1:00pm

Introduction to Chess

August 10th at 2pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: August 10th Fri
  • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Recreation

Mr. Ronald Williams will teach interested children and adults how to play chess or improve their game of chess.

Introduction to Chess on Friday, August 10 at 2:00pm

Readsquared

Keep track of your books and time spent reading to earn prizes and unlock online games! Earn extra points toward prizes by participating in Library programs and events!

Open Readsquared

Reading Teacher in the Library

Detroit Public Library is pleased to offer a free reading support program for students entering K-3.  Eligible students will receive individual and/or small group support during a six-week summer session.  Services provided by a licensed teacher who is a Certified Reading Specialist.

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myOn Reading Contest

The myOn reader personalizes reading for students by recommending books based on their interests, reading level and ratings of books they've read. The myOn Reading Contest will run from June 25th - August 3rd and tablets will be awarded to the top reader in each category! Login credentials required. Good Luck!

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Fastt Math

Play fun computer games while learning your math facts. Master your math facts and be entered into a drawing for a grand prize! Visit your favorite library to sign up!

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Events & Services

  • Computer Classes
  • Teen Center
  • Adult Reading
  • Careers
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Books & Media

  • Chasing Light
  • Wonder Woman
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Wes Anderson
  • Leon Bridges

Authors & Artists

  • G. K. Chesterton
  • Harper Lee
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
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