It’s cramming time — only a few short weeks left to enjoy great summer reading and library programs before back-to-school preparation begins! Hennepin County Library’s “Bookawocky” summer programs for kids and teens wrap up in August with storytimes, book clubs, arts programs, online activities, and more (all free). Libraries offer free programs for adults, too — including author programs, computer classes, small business consultations and job search assistance.
Hennepin County operates 41 libraries in the city of Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County. For library hours and locations: http://www.hclib.org/pub/info/locations.cfm
Access Hennepin County Library’s complete program schedule, the catalog, BookSpace and web pages for teens, kids, and parents of young children, information about the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, and other library information 24/7 at www.hclib.org
The following activities are scheduled in August at Hennepin County Library – Champlin, located at 12154 Ensign Ave. N., Champlin. Info: 612-543-6250
Wimpy Kid Wednesday
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m. at Champlin Library
Registration required; began July 3; limit 30. Entering grades 2-6. How well do you know Greg Heffley? Test your “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” knowledge with trivia, games and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Champlin Library.
Mondays, Aug. 6 & 13, 10:30 a.m. at Champlin Library
For children ages 2 and 3. Interact with your toddler to nurture a love of books. Learn letters, sounds, and new words. Be active with music and movement.
Thursday, Aug. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Champlin Library
Entering grades 6-12. Celebrate summer – anime style! Join the Champlin Anime Club for a festival of anime, cosplay, games and more! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Champlin Library and sponsored by Anime Twin Cities.
Teen Girls Only Book Club
Monday, Aug. 13, 2-3 p.m. at Champlin Library or call 612-543-6250.
Girls entering grades 7-12. Get together with other girls to talk about great books! Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk three weeks before program begins. Sponsored by the Friends of the Champlin Library.
Guys Read Book Club
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1-2 p.m. at Champlin Library or call 612-543-6250.
Guys entering grades 4-6. Join other guys to talk about a great book! Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk.
Sponsored by Best Buy Children’s Foundation and funded by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2-2:45 p.m. at Champlin Library
Registration required; begins July 18. Entering K-grade 6. The Zoomobile’s team of trained naturalists will introduce youngsters to a variety of animals from Minnesota and around the world. Kids will learn that all animals need food, water, shelter, space and respect. Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and funded by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.
Hennepin County Library – Online
Monday, June 11-Sunday, Aug. 19
Entering K-grade 6. What are you reading this summer? Tell other kids by creating a short review at your local library or online at www.hclib.org/kids/books/reviews. Each review earns you a chance to win a free book each week. Your reviews will help other kids find great books to read.
Teen Girls Only Book Club Online
Monday, July 30-Friday, Aug. 3
Registration required; began July 2; limit 20. Girls entering grades 6-8. Join other girls to talk about a great book! Participate in the book discussion through www.teenlinks.org, Monday-Friday, any time of day. You must have a current email address (may use family email) and Internet access (you can use a computer at the library, at home or a mobile device) to participate.
Kids Book Club Online
Monday, Aug. 6-Friday, Aug. 10
Registration required; began July 9; limit 20. Entering grades 4-6. Join other kids (guys and girls) to talk about a great book! Participate in the book discussion through www.kidlinks.org, Monday-Friday, any time of day. You must have a current email address (may use family email) and Internet access (you can use a computer at the library, at home or a mobile device) to participate.