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ARK (Animals Reaching Kids) will bring live critters for a hands-on experience with small fuzzy, crawly and cute animals. There will be other rare creatures that you may never have seen before! Open to all ages, but children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

ARK Animal Encounters
Saturday, July 20
1:00-2:00 pm
Caroline Kennedy Library

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Come into the Dearborn Heights Library and sign up for one of our summer reading programs! There’s one for every age - youth, teens and adults. There will be programs and events for all ages that will occur all summer long including unique performers, trivia and library “Wheel of Fortune.” All events are open to both residents and nonresidents.

Summer Reading Program
Saturday, June 22 - Saturday, August 3

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Join us at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library for our End of Summer Wrap Up Party and Backpack Giveaway on Saturday, August 3 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Children ages 5-18 will receive a backpack and school supplies (while supplies last). Everyone can enjoy crafts, ice cream, a scavenger hunt, free books and a raffle.

End of Summer Wrap Up Party and Backpack Giveaway
Saturday, August 3
1:00-4:00 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

Our School Supplies Wish List (all donations should be new and unused)

This is a basic list of school supplies from a teacher. Since we are trying to create as many backpacks as possible (goal is 200) we would like to limit what we are filling the bags with to the necessities.  There will be a  donation box at both library branches.

If you are interested in donating specialty items like tissues, wipes, etc. we will take them and donate them to a class or classes depending on how much is donated.

Monetary donations will also be accepted. All donation funds will go towards filling backpacks.

· Backpacks

· 8 pack Crayola crayons

· 8 pack Crayola markers

· 8 pack Crayola colored pencils

· Scissors

· Glue sticks

· Wide/college ruled paper

· Wide/college ruled spiral notebooks

· Pencil sharpeners

· Rulers

· Highlighters

· Erasers

· #2 pencils

· Zippered pencil cases

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By January 1895, the new steamer Chicora of St. Joseph had already tied up for the winter. Then, the Big Four Railroad called—would her owners send the Chicora to Milwaukee on a final voyage? Join us to learn about a fateful decision that doomed a ship and its crew.

Lost on Lake Michigan: The Wreck of the SS Chicora
ednesday, July 17
6:30 – 7:30 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

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Celebrate Christmas in July with Mr. and Mrs. Claus followed by a gingerbread house craft. This program is for children ages 5-10, but all ages welcome. Children ages 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Registration is required at the Circulation Desk, by phone or by email. Space is limited.

Santa and gingerbread house craft

Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, July 10
2:00 - 4:00 pm

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, July 25
2:00 - 4:00 pm

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Join us for stories in the youth area of the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library. Our stories are geared for children aged 2 to 4, but all ages are welcome.

2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month
10:30 - 11:00 am
August 13 - December 10 
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

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Our Activity Boxes are back again this summer! Registration is now closed. The activity boxes will be delivered to homes the week of Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20. Each family will receive a basic supplies box, and each child will receive a box containing several crafts and a science activity. The boxes are geared toward elementary ages, but older and younger children will likely enjoy them as well.

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With its airy crust, cheesy square corners and distinctive red sauce on top, Detroit style pizza is enjoyed worldwide. How did this Motor City delicacy transform from a singular kitchen in Detroit to an international sensation? Travel with author Karen Dybis through this pizza’s humble origins in Detroit to the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, where waves of chefs put their spin on this unique pizza style.

Detroit Style Pizza
Tuesday, July 23
7:00-8:00 pm
Caroline Kennedy Library

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Do you need something notarized? The John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library can help free of charge! Please call ahead at 313-791-6050 to make an appointment to ensure that a Notary Public is available. You must have a valid driver’s license, state ID or passport. Documents must be signed in front of the Notary and they cannot provide legal advice.

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Rob Papineau of Pippen Puppets will bring not just pirates, but mermaids, sea monsters, a shipwreck and a treasure. Captain Pirate Petey will sail the pirate ship Giggling Twinky in pretend adventures. Come sail along, sing along and pirate along. All ages are welcome, but children ages 12 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Pirates in the Pool
Thursday, August 1
6:00-7:30 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library


Newsletter on tablet

The Heights Highlights is our quarterly print newsletter that lists all of our upcoming events for a three month period.  Use the link below to download a copy for yourself or you can pick up a print copy at either library. 

Download a copy of the newsletter

To subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter, select the link below to receive an email each month with our upcoming events and other library news.

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Wireless Hotspot

No internet?  No problem!

Check out a mobile hotspot from Dearborn Heights Libraries to stay connected wherever you go.  Our hotspots use T-Mobile's cellular network to provide on-the-go Wi-Fi internet access for up to 10 devices.

For more information, check out our mobile hotspot policy page or talk to a member of our staff on your next visit to the library.

Michigan Activity Pass

Discover hundreds of Michigan's cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card. We've partnered with Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) to provide our patrons with free or discounted admission (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan State and Metro parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, cultural destinations, and more.  Use the link below to access MAP and view a list of destinations.

Michigan Activity Pass


As a member of The Library Network, the Dearborn Heights Library is able to offer discounted tickets to our patrons to the Detroit Zoo at the best value! Just follow the link below to print out discounted tickets and other Detroit Zoo discounts in minutes.

Detroit Zoo 

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Need to print something?

Check out our SmartAlec-powered wireless printing service!  Just enter your library card number and PIN to log in to the site, then upload your documents to SmartAlec.  Then you can visit any TLN member library's copy room and print out your document just as if you'd sent it from one of our own computers.  It's easy!

Talk to a library staff member if you have any questions! 

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