GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Racing

Sunday July 5, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10

Use Unity to customize a racing game. Adjust every aspect of a premade city and racing system to make it your own! Play it on the fly to test how your game is turning out.

Baby Playgroups

Monday July 6, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for babies up to 24 months.

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs followed by open playtime. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

"Why Shakespeare?" With Janice L Blixt, Producing Artistic Director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Monday July 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join Jan for a delightful evening as she answers that frequent question in a format combining history, literary criticism, and pop culture. She will also discuss the 21st Anniversary Season of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, featuring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals.

Jan Blixt has been a professional director and classical actor in Chicago and Michigan for nearly 20 years, having played most of the great female roles from Lady Macbeth to Twelfth Night’s Olivia. Entering her fifth year as the MSF's Artistic Director, Blixt will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry IV.

In 2014, she directed the acclaimed Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and the Wilde Award for Best Comedy, winning for The Importance of Being Earnest. In 2013 she directed Twelfth Night, and in 2012, she directed both Richard III & George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. She has also directed Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and won the Wilde-Award for her Production of The Winter's Tale. She also adapted and directs the ongoing MSF touring productions of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth.

As the Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is a professional Equity theatre company (LOA/LORT) dedicated to producing world-class classical plays. Now in preparation for their 21st year, the Festival performs in Jackson's lovely Baughman Theatre, and for the first time this year, they are expanding to Canton's beautiful Village Theatre of Cherry Hill. The Michigan Shakespeare Festival inspires and entertains a diverse audience while further developing an appreciation for professional performances of Shakespeare's works and other classical plays.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday July 7, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday July 7, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There are opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday July 8, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday July 8, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grade 6–Adult

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

Knitting Adventures in Mochimochi Land with Anna Hrachovec!

Saturday July 11, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Mochimochi Land creator, and fiber artist Anna Hrachovec is back with another knittastic afternoon of yarn fun! This event is for intermediate knitters. If you have a set of size 1 double-pointed needles of your own, please bring them. Otherwise supplies will be provided.

Anna's latest book Adventures in Mochimochi Land: Tall Tales From a Tiny Knitted World will be released in June and she'll be here to talk about it and demonstrate some of the new patterns from the book. Knitters at an intermediate level and above are invited to learn some new tricks! Books will be for sale.

Anna finds inspiration in Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Dr Seuss and renowned designer/illustrator Mary Blair. Anna’s knitted toys have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, on Nickelodeon, all around the web, and in print. Anna's newest book will be on sale, along with her other titles, and she'll be signing after the event. In the meantime if you want to dive in to her world be sure to check out the books and the free downloadable patterns that we have in our catalog for L-Card holders.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Engineering

Sunday July 12, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

Create the world around you in the popular game of Roblox. This easy and intuitive game lets you customize every aspect of it. In this class you will be shown how to shape the game around you and add your own structures and landscape to play in!

The Annotated Price is Right with John Teti of the A.V. Club

Sunday July 12, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teen grade 6 and up

The Price is Right debuted in 1956 and is still on the air with host, Drew Carey. John Teti, senior editor of the A.V. Club (arts and entertainment website of The Onion) presents a hilarious interactive session on the popular, long-running game show. On the Price is Right, contestants compete to win cash and prizes by guessing the pricing of merchandise. Enjoy an afternoon of silly and informative commentary that will illuminate the personalities and behind-the-scenes details of the popular show.