Summer Reading Program

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1. Pre-Registration starts May 1st Register using the form below. Onsite registration starts on our Summer Reading Program Kick-Off day, June 8

2. Pre-registrants and day-of registrants can pick up the library swag bags with your 10 weeks of activity bookmarks & raffle tickets starting June 8.

3. Complete 7 of the 12 activities on your weekly bookmark (4 of the 12 activities must be reading)

4. At the end of each week, turn in your bookmark to be entered in our summer raffle drawings! Children & teen participants will also receive weekly prizes! Raffle drawings for all age categories will be held August 26. Winners will be contacted.

Genealogy Help
Every Tuesday, 3 – 5 PM, Manitowoc Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Do have questions about your family tree or do you need to know the best resources for finding out when your ancestors settled in the area? If so, stop by MPL’s Manitowoc Room on Tuesday’s from 3-5 PM to receive a bit of assistance from members of the Genealogical Society. It’s a great place to start your search for ancestral enlightenment!

Tech Help
Every Tuesday, 6 – 8 PM, Manitowoc Public Library
Everybody loves getting new techno-gadgets, but sometimes it takes a little assistance to understand exactly how to use them once they’re in your possession. Join our IT Specialist, Jason Kunde, every Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM at the Service Desk to get assistance with all your gadget questions!

Morning Book Talk: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by: Dan Egan
Tuesday, June 11, 11 AM – 12 PM, Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join staff for a morning book discussion series for adults on the second Tuesday each month at 11AM! Books and discussion questions will be available for checkout near the service desk.

About the book: The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come. (Courtesy of W.W. Norton)

The Witness Stand: Adventure Quest!
Wednesday, June 12, 6 – 8 PM, at Courthouse Pub (1001 S 8th St, Manitowoc)
From time to time, people feel the need to push themselves a little closer to the edge. For some that may involve free-fall skydiving or scuba diving in shark-infested waters. For others, it may be something slightly less dramatic—belting out a song at a karaoke night or stepping up to the mic at a storyslam, for example. Whatever it is that gets your adrenaline flowing and your heart pumping is precisely what we’d like to hear about! Join us on Wednesday, June 12th, from 6 PM to 8 PM for “Adventure Quest!”—the sixth installment of “The Witness Stand,” MPL’s & Courthouse Pub’s StorySlam series at CHP—and let your storytelling soar. No props, no notes. Just five minutes and an exhilarating tale to tell.

Close Encounters of the Wisconsin Kind with Chad Lewis
Thursday, June 13, 6 – 7:15 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Wisconsin has a rich history of UFO and alien encounters. Each year hundreds of people witness something the sky that they can’t explain. Even more bizarre are those who believe that they have come face to face with creatures not of this earth. This program looks at some of the most amazing UFO encounters Wisconsin has to offer.

Help! I’m Trapped in the Library! An Adult Escape Room
Thursday, June 20, 4 – 8 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
In a world where books are illegal, you and your friends sneak into the old library to read each night. This time you forget to prop open the door and when you go to leave, you come to the realization that you are trapped in the library! You know that security will be coming to check the building within 30 minutes. Registration will be required for this event. You may sign up as an individual, with a partner, or as a team of no more than 6 people. This will be a first come, first served event. We will also have a wait list in case of cancellations. Registration will begin on Monday, May 27th. You may register in person at the Service Desk or by calling the Service Desk 920-686-3010.

Book Discussion: Educated: A Memoir by: Tara Westover
Thursday, June 20, 6 – 7 PM, Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join staff for a book discussion. Books are available for checkout near the Service Desk.

About the book: Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Downtown Manito-Walk
Saturday, June 22, 11 AM – 12 PM & 1 – 2 PM
Join David and Meredith as they explore the historic buildings on 8th street in downtown Manitowoc. Tour starts at Manitowoc Public Library. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the walking tour. Please note, this is a walking tour of Downtown Manitowoc, and you will need to be able to withstand walking and standing for over an hour! Registration is required, and begins June 1.
Register for the 11 AM – 12 PM time slot here
Register for the 1 – 2 PM time slot here

Morning Book Talk: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by: J.D. Vance
Tuesday, July 9, 11 AM – 12 PM, Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join staff for a morning book discussion series for adults on the second Tuesday each month at 11AM! Books and discussion questions will be available for checkout near the service desk.

About the book: The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.

Downtown Manito-Walk
Thursday, July 11, 4 – 5 PM & 5 – 6 PM
Join David and Meredith as they explore the historic buildings on 8th street in downtown Manitowoc. Tour starts at Manitowoc Public Library. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the walking tour. Please note, this is a walking tour of Downtown Manitowoc, and you will need to be able to withstand walking and standing for over an hour! Registration is required, and begins June 20.
Register for the 4 – 5 PM time slot here
Register for the 5 – 6 PM time slot here

Krazy Daze Friends Used Book Sale
Thursday, July 11, 5 – 8 PM (Friends Only Pre-sale)
Friday, July 12, 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, July 13, 9 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 14, 12 – 4 PM
Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join us for the Manitowoc Public Library Friends Krazy Daze Used Book Sale! You can find something for everyone here as we will be selling books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and more!!

Brew N’ Bee
Wednesday, July 17, 6 – 8 PM, at PetSkull Brewing (220 N 9th St., Manitowoc)
The “T-I-M-E” to partake in a bit of friendly “C-O-M-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-N” while indulging in a couple of quality micro-brewed beers is upon us once more! Manitowoc Public Library and PetSkull Brewing Company is thrilled to be presenting Brew ‘N Bee 2: Return of the Adult Spelling Bee, an orthographic scrum taking place in an outdoor Beer Garden setting at PetSkull Brewing. As before, this will be a Single Elimination event, so if you spell a word wrong, you’re out! However, “Cheats” (such as “Ask a Friend,” “Trade-A-Word,” “10 Seconds With Your Phone” or a flat-out Mulligan) will again be available for purchase before the competition begins. A $20 participation fee will be associated with the Brew ‘N Bee and registration is required. Here’s what you get for that fee: two pints of amazing PetSkull Beer (or soda/water if you prefer, though we recommend sticking with Brewmaster Paul Hoffman’s spectacular quaffs), a Certificate of Participation suitable either for framing or using as an oversized coaster for your Brews the evening of the Bee, and a chance to score a fabulous prize should you be one of the Top 3 finishers. And a shot at glory! Don’t ever forget glory! Space is Limited, so head to www.manitowoclibrary.org/bee and register starting Friday, June 7th.

Cats on Mats
Thursday, July 18, 6 – 7:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join Yoga Alliance licensed teacher Kate Casey and residents of Lakeshore Humane Society for an evening of fun and relaxation. Participants will be guided through a gentle yoga class designed to relieve tension in the body and mind while furry friends wander from mat to mat. Cat lovers of all sizes, abilities, and levels of experience are welcome! Please bring your own mat. Yoga blankets will be provided. Space is limited to 25 spots. Registration in advanced is required. Registration starts June 10 and ends July 17.
Kate Casey is a RYT-500 yoga teacher, trained in the ashtanga and vinyasa flow systems. She has been teaching since 2013 with a strong understanding of human anatomy and alignment. Kate’s mission is to provide a safe and relaxing environment for all students, while integrating the physical practice of yoga with the philosophical traditions of deeper self-inquiry.
Register here

Book Discussion: To be determined!
Thursday, July 18, 6 – 7 PM, Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join staff for a book discussion. Books are available for checkout near the Service Desk. Stay tuned for title!

Yoga in the Park
Thursday, July 20, 9 – 10 AM, at Union Park (611 Park St., Manitowoc)
Join Yoga Alliance licensed teacher Kate Casey at Union Park to connect with nature and yourself. This yoga class will be accessible for all students, regardless of age, experience, or physical ability. Participants will be guided through gentle yoga postures designed to relieve tension in the body and mind while enjoying the summer sunshine. Please bring your own mat. Space is limited to 30 people. Registration Required. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be in the Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library.
Kate Casey is a RYT-500 yoga teacher, trained in the ashtanga and vinyasa flow systems. She has been teaching since 2013 with a strong understanding of human anatomy and alignment. Kate’s mission is to provide a safe and relaxing environment for all students, while integrating the physical practice of yoga with the philosophical traditions of deeper self-inquiry.
Register here

Summer Carnival
Saturday, August 3, 9 AM – 12 PM, Manitowoc Public Library
A FREE Summer Reading Carnival will be held on August 3rd from 9AM-12PM in partnership with Grow It Forward! Farmer’s market vendors, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, mini-golf, live music, BINGO, dunk tank, and more! All are welcome! Come celebrate our great community and another super summer of reading.

The Art of Smoked Meats with Brian Kooker
Thursday, August 8, 6 – 7:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join Brian Kooker, owner of Brian’s Smokehouse, for lessons in perfecting the art of smoking meat.

Morning Book Talk: Patron Reader’s Advisory
Tuesday, August 13, 11 AM – 12 PM, Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Morning Book Talk for August is going to be a new experience for us all! Rather than having a select book to read, we are going to all participate in a Reader’s Advisory. Please bring in a recently read book you really enjoyed, or a list of recently read and enjoyed books. No special genre, no special author, just books you really like and want to share!

Book Discussion: The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by: Gia Cribbs
Thursday, August 15, 6 – 7 PM, Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join staff for a book discussion. Books are available for checkout near the Service Desk.

About the book:
Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t want me talking to you.

But I don’t care. I have to tell someone.

If I don’t, you’ll never know how completely wrong things can go. How a single decision can change everything. How, when it really comes down to it, you can’t trust anyone. Not even yourself. You have to understand, so it won’t happen to you next. Because you never know when the person sitting next to you isn’t who they claim to be…and because there are worse things than disappearing.

Battle of the Books
Orientation & Book List: Thursday, June 6, 4 – 5 PM, Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Meetings: Thursdays, July 11-August 29, 4PM, Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Battle of the Books is a Manitowoc-Calumet Library System trivia competition in which each library branch assembles teams of teens hungry for good books who test their knowledge for the chance to win the coveted Battle Trophy Plaque to hang in their library. The tournament always ends with a pizza party and a book-signing with an author — all for reading great books! If you are interested in joining the team, contact Teen Associate Lisa Pike at mplteen@manitowoc.org.

Digital Arts Program
June 18-August 27, Every Tuesday, 3:30 – 5 PM
Our popular Digital Arts Program is back for its 4th year this summer! D.A.P. is a 10-week course for teens aged 13-18, designed to teach basic digital art skills like digital drawing, videography, sound and video editing, and more. Registration is required! Sign up at www.manitowoclibrary.org/dap starting May 1.
Session I: Digital Drawing, June 18 & 25, July 2 & 9, at Rahr West Art Museum (610 N 8th St., Manitowoc)
Session II: Podcast Recording, July 16, 23, & 30, August 6, 13 & 20, Franklin Street Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Gallery Night: Tuesday, August 27, 6:30PM

Henna Tattoos with Amy Wilde
Tuesday, June 11, 3 – 5 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Our ever popular Henna Tattoo program with Castleart’s Amy Wilde will be returning again this year! Learn all about the art of henna tattooing and receive an optional tattoo from the artist. Registration will be required and will be capped at 40 participants.
Register here

Teen Pour Art
Wednesday, June 19, 3 – 4:30 PM, at Glaze and Paint (909 Washington St., Manitowoc)
This messy form of abstract art uses acrylics with a runny consistency to create psychedelic paintings! This special art class will meet at Glaze & Paint studio. Registration required as space is limited (please only register for one session of Pour Painting). Registration begins June 1. Ages 11-18.
Register here

Teen Rainbow Squeegee Painting
Monday, June 24, 3 – 4:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Bet you didn’t know this simple household tool could produce such vibrant prints! We’ll be exploring color and texture in this fun art workshop. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins June 1. Ages 11-18.
Register here

Giant Steps with John Heasley
Wednesday, July 10, 4 – 5:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
July 21, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and man walking on the moon. Hear the amazing story of this first for mankind and even take part in some safe solar viewing with a special telescope!

Teen String Art
Monday, July 15, 3 – 4:30 PM, at Glaze and Paint (909 Washington St., Manitowoc)
Katie from Glaze and Paint will teach the process of creating string art! Each participant will get to take their unique artwork home with them. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins July 1. Ages 11-18.
Register here

Teen Lock-In: Black Light & Glow Party
Friday, July 19, 6:30 – 9 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join us after-hours for a glow in the dark party! The evening will include games of glow capture the flag, glow bowling and many others!

Teen Pour Art
Tuesday, July 23, 3 – 4:30 PM, at Glaze and Paint (909 Washington St., Manitowoc)
This messy form of abstract art uses acrylics with a runny consistency to create psychedelic paintings! This special art class will meet at Glaze & Paint studio. Registration required as space is limited (please only register for one session of Pour Painting). Registration begins July 1. Ages 11-18.
Register here

Rockets with Russ Olp
Wednesday, July 24, 3 – 4:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Come spend the afternoon with Russ Olp of the Star Splitters 4-H Club and have a blast learning about rocket building and launching by making your own mini rocket! Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins July 1. Ages 11-18.
Register here

Teen Faux Stained Glass
Monday, July 29, 3 – 4:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join the teen associate in creating your own unique artwork that looks like real stained glass when you’re finished! All supplies will be provided. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins July 1. Ages 11-18.
Register here

Summer Carnival
Saturday, August 3, 9 AM – 12 PM, Manitowoc Public Library
A FREE Summer Reading Carnival will be held on August 3rd from 9AM-12PM in partnership with Grow It Forward! Farmer’s market vendors, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, mini-golf, live music, BINGO, dunk tank, and more! All are welcome! Come celebrate our great community and another super summer of reading.

Teen ROV Workshop with Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Wednesday, August 7, 4 – 5:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join us as our friends from the Wisconsin Maritime Museum lead kids in a 90-minute hands-on underwater robotics workshop for teens ages 11-18! Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins August 1.
Register here

Teen Lock-In: Sci-Fi Drive-In
Friday, August 9, 6:30 – 10:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join us for an after-hours movie festival of bad sci-fi/horror movies (Rated G & PG) from the 1950s and 1960s. Have a blast making fun of these horrible movies with your friends. It’s sure to be an evening of non-stop laughs. Popcorn and soda provided. There will also be some cool door prizes for attending.

LEGO Movie Maker for Teens
Tuesday, August 13, 1 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Lights, Camera, Action! Learn how to build and direct your very own stop motion movie with the LEGO Movie Maker App. Ages 11-18.

Baby Lapsit
Every Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30 – 10:15 AM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Baby Lapsit is an early literacy experience for infants and toddlers under the age of 2 and their adult caregiver. It is held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30AM. Baby Lapsit is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles, followed by 20 minutes of playtime!
There will be no Baby Lapsit July 17 and July 31.

Story Time
Every Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join us in singing, talking, reading, creating, and playing at this inclusive Storytime for families with preschoolers. Storytime focuses on concepts such as life skills, counting, colors, emotions, patterns, and the alphabet. Make a craft and stay and play after Storytime! It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends, socialize, and strengthen early literacy skills. Storytime is recommended for developmental ages 2-5 and siblings are always welcome. All Storytimes are inclusive and welcoming. You are encouraged to attend the Storytime that best meets your family’s developmental needs. Registration is not required.
There will be no Story Time July 17 and July 31.

Family Activity Night
Every Tuesday, 6:30 – 7 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Family Activity Night is held every Tuesday at 6:30PM. Be a FAN of the library as parents and children participate together in a variety of activities including stories, kids’ yoga, art projects, dance parties, crafts, games, special guests, and MORE! Each Family Activity Night lasts approximately 30-45 minutes, depending on the activity. Family Activity Night is geared toward children aged 2-10.
June 4: Dairy Daze
June 11: School’s Out Dance Party
June 18: Wildlife of Wisconsin: All About Owls
June 25: The Amazing Zoomalata!
July 2: Patriotic Party
July 9: Take Flight
July 16: Water Games!
July 23: Library Mini-Golf!
July 30: Drive-In Movie
August 6: Family Game Night
August 13: Family Yoga with Ashley Holly
August 20: Art Blast: Sharpie Tie-Dye!
August 27: Terrific Towers

Bouncin’ Baby Time
First Thursday, 6:30 – 7 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Bouncin’ Baby Time will include stories, songs, finger plays and early literacy activities to help parents prepare their children to learn to read. Parents or caregivers will do activities with their children and then be able to repeat them at home to grow their child’s five early literacy skills – reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing. Bouncin’ Baby Time is held the first Thursday each month at 6:30PM, and is for children under the age 2.
There will be no Bouncin’ Baby Time July 4.

Zoozort
Friday, June 14, 11 AM – 12 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
It’s a real ZOO in here! Zoozort will be bringing some outrageous animals to the library like a Wallaby, Kinkajou, Coati, Hissing Roaches, and more! Come meet some new animal friends at this interactive family program!
This program made possible by a generous donation in memory of Emily Oliphant

Art Attack! LEGO Movie Maker
Monday, June 17, 1 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Lights, Camera, Action! Learn how to build and direct your very own stop motion movie with the LEGO Movie Maker App. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins June 1. Ages 8-12.
Register here

Out of This World Art Workshop
Wednesday, June 19, 2 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join artist Mary Tooley and explore the wonders of outer space through art! This hands-on workshop will include a variety of fun activities, including making your very own Starry Night pop-up picture! Geared toward children 6-12 (grownups welcome to make art with their little ones!). Adults must remain with children under the age of 8 at all times.

Art Attack! Rainbow Squeegee Art
Monday, June 24, 1 – 2:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Bet you didn’t know this simple household tool could produce such vibrant prints! We’ll be exploring color and texture in this fun art workshop for tweens. Ages 9-12. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins June 8.
Register here

Paint the Library Red, White & Blue
Wednesday, June 26, 2 – 3 PM, Manitowoc Public Library
REGISTRATION REQUIRED for this annual favorite program. Sign up before the event and reserve a window to decorate. WE WILL BE ACCEPTING PHONE SIGN-UPS! Sign up by coming to the library or calling 920-686-3030 starting June 8th. If signing up by phone, you must pick up your tickets within two days of registration to reserve your window panel. Due to overwhelming demand, we ask that you please sign-up immediate family members only, one window panel per child. Once the windows are gone, there is still plenty of fun to be had with colored chalk on the sidewalk! Meet at the library’s garage entrance and decorate the library to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Maker Lab: Circuits
Monday, July 1, 1 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Love to tinker, build, and create? Can’t get enough computers and coding? Our Maker Lab is the place for you! This time, we’ll be focusing on circuits and electricity. Learn about how a circuit works by experimenting with our tech toys like Squishy Circuits, LittleBits, Snapinos, and more! Maker Lab is designed to be hands-on and educational in the most fun way possible! This is a drop-in program designed children ages 7-12 who can work independently.

Learn to Play Angklung
Wednesday, July 3, 2 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Learn about Indonesian culture and get hands-on experience playing the Angklung instrument! Angklung is a wonderful instrument that promotes creativity and teamwork. Before the workshop is over, we will learn how to play simple songs as a group. Geared toward children 6-12. Adults must accompany children under the age of 8 at all times.

Art Attack! String Art
Monday, July 8, 1 – 2:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Katie from Glaze and Paint will teach kids the process of creating string art! Each participant will get to take their unique artwork home with them. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins July 1. Ages 9-12.
Register here

NASA “Many Worlds of Our Solar System”
Wednesday, July 10, 2 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join NASA Ambassador John Heasley as he walks us through the solar system with NASA Planetarium software! Geared toward children 6-12. Adults must accompany children under the age of 8 at all times.
This program made possible by a generous donation in memory of Emily Oliphant.

Art Attack! Kids’ Pour Painting
Monday, July 15, 1 – 2:30 PM, at Glaze and Paint (909 Washington St., Manitowoc)
This messy form of abstract art uses acrylics with a runny consistency to create psychedelic paintings! This special art class will meet at Glaze & Paint studio. Registration required as space is limited (please only register for one session of Pour Painting). Registration begins July 1. Ages 9-12.
This program made possible by a generous donation in memory of Emily Oliphant.
Register here

Touch the Trucks
Wednesday, July 17, 10 AM – 12 PM, Manitowoc Public Library
Join us for the chance to get up close to some of your favorite BIG trucks! We’ll have a fire engine, an ambulance, a Coast Guard boat, Humvee, road grader, John Deere tractor, and MORE! This event will take place in the Farmer’s Market parking lot by the river!

Art Attack! Kids’ Pour Painting
Monday, July 22, 1 – 2:30 PM, at Glaze and Paint (909 Washington St., Manitowoc)
This messy form of abstract art uses acrylics with a runny consistency to create psychedelic paintings! This special art class will meet at Glaze & Paint studio. Registration required as space is limited (please only register for one session of Pour Painting). Registration begins July 1. Ages 9-12.
This program made possible by a generous donation in memory of Emily Oliphant.
Register here

Storyteller Rick Ponzio
Wednesday, July 24, 2 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Take a trip with Rick Ponzio to experience Folk Tales from around the World. Come see and hear this dynamic performance of stories from other countries and help Rick improvise a story at the end of the show. Get involved. It’s fun, unique, and memorable! All ages welcome. Adults must accompany children under the age of 8 at all times.
This program made possible by a generous donation in memory of Emily Oliphant.

Apollo: To The Moon Escape Room
Friday, July 26, Sessions: 1PM, 1:45PM, 2:30PM, 3:15PM, 4PM, 4:45PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Solve puzzles and put your skills to the test to break out of our Apollo: To The Moon Escape Room! Geared toward children 8-12. Groups may sign up for one 30-minute time slot of their choice. Families are encouraged to sign up together! Groups smaller than six people may be combined with another group. The maximum size of a group will be limited to six members allowed in the escape room at one time. Registration Required and begins July 1st. Visit or call the children’s desk, 920-686-3030, to reserve your time slot.

Art Attack! Faux Stained Glass
Monday, July 29, 1 – 2:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
This kid-friendly DIY stained glass project is out of this world! Try your hand at making your very own stained glass art project to hang at home with unique art techniques that are surprisingly easy and fun. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins July 1. Ages 9-12.
Register here

Princess Tea Party
Wednesday, July 31, 10:30 – 12 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Come meet of your favorite princesses and join us for regal snacks, fun activities, silly stories, and more! Geared toward children ages 3-8. Older/younger siblings welcome. Adults must accompany children under the age of 8 at all times.
This program made possible by a generous donation in memory of Emily Oliphant.

Summer Carnival
Saturday, August 3, 9 AM – 12 PM, Manitowoc Public Library
A FREE Summer Reading Carnival will be held on August 3rd from 9AM-12PM in partnership with Grow It Forward! Farmer’s market vendors, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, mini-golf, live music, BINGO, dunk tank, and more! All are welcome! Come celebrate our great community and another super summer of reading.

Art Attack! LEGO Movie Maker
Monday, August 5, 1 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Lights, Camera, Action! Learn how to build and direct your very own stop motion movie with the LEGO Movie Maker App. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins July 1. Ages 8-12.
Register here

ROV Workshop with Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Wednesday, August 7, 2 – 3:30 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Join us as our friends from the Wisconsin Maritime Museum lead kids in a 90-minute hands-on underwater robotics workshop for kids ages 8-12! Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins July 1.
This program made possible by a generous donation in memory of Emily Oliphant.
Register here

Maker Lab: Robots
Monday, August 12, 1 – 3 PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Love to tinker, build, and create? Can’t get enough computers and coding? Our Maker Lab is the place for you! This time, we’ll be focusing on robots. Learn about coding and computers by experimenting with our tech toys like Dash & Dot, MeeperBots, R2D2, Ozobots, and more! Maker Lab is designed to be hands-on and educational in the most fun way possible! This is a drop-in program designed children ages 7-12 who can work independently.

Apollo:  To the Moon Escape Room
Wednesday, August 14, Sessions: 1PM, 1:45PM, 2:30PM, 3:15PM, 4PM, 4:45PM, Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Solve puzzles and put your skills to the test to break out of our Apollo:  To the Moon Escape Room! Geared toward children 8-12. Groups may sign up for one 30-minute time slot of their choice. Families are encouraged to sign up together! Groups smaller than six people may be combined with another group. The maximum size of a group will be limited to six members allowed in the escape room at one time. Registration Required and begins August 1st. Visit or call the children’s desk, 920-686-3030, to reserve your time slot.