Summer sizzles at Maple Grove, Osseo libraries in July

"Bookawocky," Hennepin County Library’s summer program series for kids and teens, is in full swing at local libraries. Storytimes, book clubs, art programs, music, movies, online activities and other free activities are scheduled at area libraries. Author, small business, career, and other free programs for adults are offered this summer, too.

The following activities are scheduled in July the Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main St. N.:

"Family Storytime," Tuesdays, July 10 to 31, at 10:30 a.m. – For children age 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement with children.

"Paint It Green: Nature Digital Photos," Tuesday, July 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. – Registration is required and is limited to 20. Entering grades three to five. Zoom in to the library to take a closer look at nature through the lens of a camera. Go on a photo scavenger hunt, learn about the life cycle of a plant and create a living seed necklace. Digital cameras provided. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Silverwood Park.

"Teen Anime Club," Tuesdays, July 10 and 24, at 4 p.m. – Entering grades seven to 12. Can’t get enough anime? Join up to watch and review brand-new anime episodes, share artwork and hang out with other anime fans. Sponsored by the Friends of the Maple Grove Library.

"Used Book Sale," Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Friends of the Library will host a sale of hundreds of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback. Most books, withdrawn from the Hennepin County Library system or donated by the public, will be priced $1 or less. Funds raised will benefit the library.

"ArtMOVEment: Mixed Media," Wednesday, July 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. – Registration is required and is limited to 20. Entering grades seven to 12. Mix it up with this workshop that features various art-making mediums: painting, collage, stenciling and printmaking. Professional artists willl lead activities that combine these different elements into a finished art piece. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Intermedia Arts.

The Osseo Library, 415 Central Ave., will offer the following activities:

"The Royal Guard," Monday, July 9, at 2 p.m. – For those entering kindergarten through grade six. Dragons? Help. The Knights of the Royal Guard will know what to do. Learn about the Guard’s history at this interactive and highly entertaining show. Sponsored by the Friends of the Osseo Library.

"Act Out for Kids: Playmaking," Monday, July 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. – Registration is required and is limited to 20. Entering grades third to fifth. Let an imagination run wild. Using themes from children’s literature, myths and legends, children will be led by an experienced Guthrie teaching artist to get a basic understanding of acting by creating their own bare-bones theater from scratch. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with the Guthrie Theater.

"Inventing With Hugo," Thursday, July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. – Registration is required and is limited to 20. Entering grades four to six. Use the imagination to design, create and construct handmade toys. Explore various arts and crafts materials including wood, wire, cardboard and clay to create a board game and sculptural wooden toy inspired by the film "Hugo." Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and funded by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Online events through Hennepin County Libraries include:

"Teen Girls Only Book Club Online," Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13 or from Monday, July 30 to Friday, Aug. 3 – Registration is required and limited to 20 for either session. Girls entering grades six and eight. Join other girls to talk about a great book. Participate in the book discussion through www.teenlinks.org, Monday-Friday, any time of day. Participants must have a current email address (may use family email) and Internet access (can use a computer at the library, at home or a mobile device) to participate.

"Girls Only Book Club Online," Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20 – Registration is required and is limited to 20. Girls entering grades four to six. Join other girls to talk about a great book. Participate in the book discussion through www.kidlinks.org, Monday-Friday, any time of day. Participants must have a current email address (may use family email) and Internet access (can use a computer at the library, at home or a mobile device) to participate.

"Guys Read Book Club Online," Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20 – Registration is required and is limited to 20. Guys entering grades four to six. Join other guys to talk about a great book. Participate in the book discussion through www.kidlinks.org, Monday-Friday, any time of day. Participants must have a current email address (may use family email) and Internet access (can use a computer at the library, at home or a mobile device) to participate.

To register or for more information, call the Maple Grove Library at 612-543-6450 or the Osseo Library at 612-543-5750.

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