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Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

June 2 - August 4, 2018

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Finale Events
Saturday, August 4

Let’s wrap up the Summer Reading Challenge with music, magic and more! Be sure to submit your entry tickets by Saturday, August 4 to be entered in our prize drawing.

For more information, visit your nearest library branch.

Animal Encounter

Get wild with this entertaining and educational animal show! Learn fun facts about a variety of animals and experience nature close‑up.

All ages welcome.

11 a.m. Hispanic Branch

2 p.m. Shenandoah Branch

3 p.m. Kendale Lakes Branch

Gratitude Rock Painting

Show gratitude and kindness by using rocks to write inspiring messages and express kind words.

Best for ages 12 years and up.

2 p.m. Sunny Isles Beach Branch

Interactive Rock Concert

Unleash your inner rock star! Play battle of the bands‑themed musical games and use props to really rock the library.

Best for ages 5‑14 years.

11 a.m. West Dade Regional

2 p.m. Coral Gables Branch*

Magician Brent Gregory

Enjoy laughs and mind‑bending magic with award‑winning magician Brent Gregory! Bring the family for an amazing show you won’t want to miss.

All ages welcome.

1 p.m. Miami Springs Branch

3 p.m. Arcola Lakes Branch

Children's Events

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Hands‑On‑History: Looking Through Fossils

Did you know that archaeology is the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the study of artifacts? Hear about archaeology as we read Fossils Tell of Long Ago and make a fossil imprint.

Thursday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.
West Flagler Branch

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LEGO® Reading with Mom and Dad

Bring stories to life using LEGO® bricks! Children will focus on both reading and motor skills and work with parents or caregivers on hands‑on activities related to their favorite stories.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 2‑3 years.

Saturday, August 11, 11:00 a.m. ‑ 12:30 p.m.
South Shore Branch

Illustration of a mixed family welcoming newborn

MDPLS Author Series with Silvia Lopez

Join local author Silvia Lopez as she reads from her latest book, Just Right Family: An Adoption Story. When six‑year‑old Meili learns that her adoptive parents are planning to adopt another baby, she isn’t happy. She feels that their little family is just right as it is. As Meili begins to accept the idea of a sibling, she realizes the importance of being a big sister and finds that a new addition can be just right for their family too.

All ages welcome.

Saturday, August 11, 2 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Saturday, August 18, 2:30 p.m.
Coral Reef Branch

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Music Inspired Art Making

While listening to various types of music, children will visualize and experiment with color, abstract shapes, and lines using watercolor paints and wax in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 19 months to 5 years. Parent or caregiver must be present.

Wednesday, August 15, 4 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional

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Musical Adventures with Scratch and Makey Makey

Explore how different sounds are made and create your own interpretation of the xylophone all through the use of Makey Makey and Scratch!

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 6‑8 years.

Friday, August 17, 3:30 ‑ 5:00 p.m.
International Mall Branch

Saturday, August 18, 3:00 ‑ 4:30 p.m.
Homestead Branch

Teen Events

Example of a circus themed Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge

Building a machine using many whimsical, counterintuitive steps to accomplish a simple task is not only a fun challenge, but a perfect way to learn physics and engineering.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 8‑15 years.

Friday, August 3, 1 ‑ 3 p.m.
California Club Branch

Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m. ‑ 1 p.m.
Concord Branch

Illustration of a video game level design

Computer Game Making Lab

Use leading edge tools to program and express your creativity by designing your own video games! Work collaboratively with other students to design, develop and test your game creations.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 8‑14 years.

Saturdays, August 4 ‑ 25, 2 p.m.
Naranja Branch

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Handmade Mini Books

Create your very own mini book using paper, mixed media and simple book binding techniques to fill with your very own creative writing, sketches, photos or journal entries.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 12 years and up.

Saturday, August 11, 1:30 p.m.
Lemon City Branch

Tuesday, August 14, 2:30 p.m.
West Kendall Regional

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Interactive Rock Concert

Unleash your own inner rock star! Play battle of the bands‑themed musical games and use props to really rock the library.

Best for ages 5‑14 years.

Thursday, August 16, Noon
Miami Beach Regional

Adult Events

Abstract portrait of Ira McKinley while filming

Filmmaker Screening: The Throwaways

This critically acclaimed documentary told through the eyes of filmmaker Ira McKinley delves into the topics of police brutality and mass incarceration. The film features writer and civil rights activist Michelle Alexander, political activist and philosopher Cornel West and news commentator Van Jones.

Join us for a Q & A session with Ira McKinley following the screening.

Saturday, August 4, 4:00 ‑ 5:30 p.m.
Main Library

Portrait of musician Matthew Sabatella

American Heritage Music
From Plymouth Rock to Rock and Roll

This performance tells the story of music from Colonial America through the birth of rock and roll. With vocals, guitar and banjo, Matthew Sabatella guides audiences on a journey that connects traditional folk songs and early rock and roll.

All ages.

Thursday, August 9, 6 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional

Diagram displaying the letters of the alphabet in sign language

American Sign Language Workshop

This six‑week workshop is designed to provide students with a language and cultural foundation in American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Learn the alphabet, everyday signs and more. You’ll even be able to sign a short story in ASL with clarity by the end of the course.

Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Ages 8 years and up.

Saturdays, August 18 - September 22, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library

A collection of ingredients for a healthy meal

Edible Gardening

Join Karin the Edible Gardening Gal and learn how to plant your own sustainable garden full of tasty, nutritious fruits and vegetables in the ground or in a pot.

Ages 18 years and up.

Thursday, August 30, 3 p.m.
Coconut Grove Branch

Friday, August 31, 4 p.m.
Edison Center Branch