Dearborn Heights Libraries

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Youth Programs

All programs are held at Caroline Kennedy Library, unless noted otherwise. 
Attendance at library events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Dearborn Heights Libraries. 


Father's Day Craft
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All ages are invited to make a Father's Day craft and card. 

blue argyle background with the words "Happy Father's Day"in the center

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A Universe of Stories
Youth Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Opening Parties

The Summer Reading Program begins with parties at both libraries.
We will have games, treats and crafts.
Children, teens, and adults can register and learn how to earn rewards.

Caroline Kennedy Library
Friday, June 21, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Saturday, June 22, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Flying spaceship with two children and a cat

Youth Summer Reading Events

Astronaut Campblue stardust
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, June 25 -- Thursday, June 27
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Children in the elementary grades can participate in three days of action-packed astronaut training. The program includes games, crafts, and music, plus a halal snack. Children should plan to attend all three sessions. Registration is recommended by calling 313-791-3800.

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Lego and Coloring Party

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Friday, June 28, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Create your own structures using Lego and other building toys. Or, you can use your imagination to bring coloring pages to life with brilliant color.

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John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Youth ages 10 - 18 can participate in a follow-the-instructor painting class using acrylic paints to create their own works of art. Younger children, ages 5 - 9, can paint with marbles. Please come dressed to paint. 

blue stars and stardust
Wacky Bookmark Craft and Writing Class

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Create your own wacky bookmark to hold your place in your favorite book or that pesky book you need to read for school. Create  your bookmark and then bring it home inside your very own, illustrated and written by you, story that your imagination has brought to life.

Flying spaceship with two children and an alien

Pixar Party 
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

This family event is for all ages. We will have crafts, games, and treats based on our favorite movies and characters from Pixar. If desired, come dressed as your favorite character. Door prizes will be awarded.

Family STEM Night: Rockets

Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Join us as we explore rocketry in Van Houten Park, right next to the Caroline Kennedy Library. This program is weather permitting.

Cupcake Wars

People of all ages can create a space-themed masterpiece with a cupcake. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration is required by July 7. 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Register online here or call 313-791-6050.

Caroline Kennedy Library 
Friday, July 19, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Register online here or call 313-791-3800.

blue star and stardust

Musical Toddler Story Time
Caroline Kennedy Library
Thursday, July 18, 2019
10:30 a.m. 

Our special musical story time will feature teens playing real musical instruments for our toddlers to enjoy. After story time, the teens will show children their instruments and answer questions.

Winter in July 

"Ice Skating"
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

We are pretending that it is winter in July! Join us for simulated, indoor skating.

Santa and Snow
We will have real snow for outdoor fun and a visit from Santa Claus.
Santa will share some music and stories and then meet with children individually.

Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Snow at 11:00 a.m. 
Santa at 12:00 p.m. 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Santa at 2:00 p.m. 
Snow at 3:00 p.m. 

Gingerbread Houses
Caroline Kennedy Library
Friday, July 26, 2019
1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. 

Children and teens can make gingerbread houses using halal crackers, candy, and icing.
We can accommodate 40 people at a time, so wait times will be brief.

Flying spaceship with two children astronauts inside

Winter Bingo
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Thursday, July 25, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

People of all ages are invited to play winter-themed bingo for fun and prizes. 

Summer Fun Craft Day
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Come and join the fun of creating a variety of crafts. Intended for children ages 3 - 12, but other ages are welcome.

Summer Reading Closing Parties

Children can enjoy treats, games, and crafts. Every child will receive a free book.
Our celebration parties are also the last opportunity to report reading and claim prizes.

Caroline Kennedy Library
Friday, August 2, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Saturday, August 3, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Create a Card Party for Our Troops

Now you can bring the party to your house with these handy printing templates! Simply fill them out and turn them in to the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library at your convenience. Click here to access the template. Please only use first names with no mention of addresses for safety's sake. Our troops work so hard and sacrifice so much, and this is a lovely way to show our thanks!


Animal Capers Puppet Show
Forrest J. Wolf, Where Are You?

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