Summer Reading Program

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Manitowoc Public Library Summer Reading Program: June 14th – August 7th

FREE | ALL AGES | WIN PRIZES

 

Earn HUNDREDS of raffle tickets by reading a little each day!

 

Pre-registration starts MAY 1! Get started on Beanstack here.

 

Don’t have access to a smart device to participate virtually? Pick up a paper reading tracker at any service desk starting June 14!

 


 

How It Works

  • Each day of reading earns you a “Reading Badge”
  • Log your daily read time to receive your badge
  • Badges convert into raffle tickets (Day 1 of Reading Badge = 1 Raffle Ticket; Day 5 of Reading Badge = 5 Raffle Tickets)
  • The more badges you earn, the more raffle tickets you get to try and win prizes!
  • To complete the Summer Reading Challenge, read a minimum of 24 days/earn 24 reading badges between June 14-August 7

Earn Extra Raffle Tickets

  • Read beyond 24 days, and earn extra reading badges
  • Earn activity badges
  • Earn review badges

Raffle Drawing

Submit raffle tickets by August 7. Winners will be announced and shared on Facebook the week of August 15.

How to Register

  • Create your account on Beanstack, visit: https://manitowoclibrary.beanstack.org/ or download the Beanstack Tracker App! Tracking reading has never been easier. Use the Beanstack tracker to log your reading and activities, earn badges, and even submit your raffle entries!
  • Start logging and earning badges on June 14th!
  • Complete challenges to earn badges! The more badges you earn, the more prizes and raffle entries you get!
  • Raffle drawings will take place the week of August 15th. Winners will be contacted and posted on Facebook.

Discover Beanstack!

 

Set your student up for success! Summer reading prevents the summer slide.

Reading over the summer is more important than ever! MPSD students who participated in Manitowoc Public Library’s Summer Reading Program improved their test scores from Spring 2019 to Fall 2019. This put them ahead of their peers, whose overall test scores decreased. Our Summer Reading Program isn’t just fun – it’s good for your brain!

 

Many in-person events will require registration as space will be limited to allow for proper social distancing.

*Please also note that these programs may need to switch to virtual-only at short notice. Check our Facebook page and event calendar for updates!

Visit MPL’s Facebook page or YouTube channel to stream virtual events


JUNE EVENTS

Paint the Library at Home
June 1-30; No registration required!
Patrons of ALL AGES can pick up poster boards in the Youth Department from June 1 – June 30, while supplies last. Take the poster board home to color or paint in Red, White, and Blue (Please ONLY use Red, White, & Blue to decorate!). Bring your decorated posters back to the library by June 30 to have it hung in a library window. Remember to put your family’s name on the poster if you want to reclaim after July 12. All posters not claimed within 2 weeks will be disposed. Let’s fill up the ALL library windows with positive, patriotic messages!

Yoga in the Park with Kate Casey
Wednesday, June 23, 6PM; at Union Park (611 Park St, Manitowoc); Registration is required and opens June 7 at 9AM. Sign up here.
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.

Libby Training
Thursday, June 24, 10AM; Virtual Event – Reserve your spot here.
Our ebook and audiobook collection is a convenient way to discover and borrow titles anytime from anywhere. If you’d like to take advantage of our digital collection, Libby experts from OverDrive are coming to help you access our library’s digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks through the free Libby app on June 24!

Belonging: LGBTQ+ People in Small American Communities – A Community Conversation
Thursday, June 24, 6PM; Virtual Event: Stream on MPL’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel
A community thrives when it provides a welcome, diverse, and safe environment for all of its residents. PFLAG Manitowoc County is a diverse group of grandparents, parents, families, friends and LGBTQIA+ people. Its founders understood the reality of living in a world where acceptance could be wanting and safety could be precarious. Please join Manitowoc Public Library and PFLAG Manitowoc County for this enlightening discussion panel and community conversation. This event will be livestreamed on MPL’s Facebook page and our YouTube channel. No judgements. Merely an uplifting, affirming, and respectful conversation. Let’s move forward together as a stronger, more equitable community.

Woodland Dunes Bird Walk
Friday, June 25, 8:30AM; at Woodland Dunes (3000 Hawthorne Ave, Two Rivers); Registration is required and opens June 7 at 9AM. Sign up here.
You are invited to a guided bird hike at Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve. We will be birding by sight and by ear, so bring your own binoculars and be prepared to be outdoors. The program is weather dependent. Meet at the Nature Center located at 3000 Hawthorne Ave (Hwy 310) in Two Rivers. Park in the lot in front of the new addition. Space is limited. Woodland Dunes mask policy: masks required if you are not vaccinated.

Book & a Movie at the Park: Princess Bride
Friday, June 25, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.


JULY EVENTS

Downtown Manito-Walk: Historic 8th Street Walking Tour
Thursday, July 1, 3PM; Registration is required and opens June 14 at 9AM. Sign up here.
Join library staff as they explore the historic buildings on 8th street in downtown Manitowoc. Space is limited. Please register individually for the tours. Tour starts at Manitowoc Public Library outside by the Flag. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to 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.

Manitowoc Bites! A Weird Manitowoc Foodstravaganza, Part 1!
Thursday, July 1, 6PM; Virtual Event: Stream on MPL’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel
Did you ever hear your friends talking about Cannibal sandwiches and got freaked out? Wondered what Smoked Chub was? Turned down Cherry Bounce because you thought it was something for your dryer? Join the Weird Manitowoc crew on Thursday, July 1, and Thursday July 15–both days at 6 PM–as they explore some of the unique and/or bizarre foods that make up Manitowoc’s family traditions and social atmosphere. Come for the Chubs, Stay for the Sultz!!

Manitowoc Bites! A Weird Manitowoc Foodstravaganza, Part 2!
Thursday, July 15, 6PM; Virtual Event: Stream on MPL’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel
Did you ever hear your friends talking about Cannibal sandwiches and got freaked out? Wondered what Smoked Chub was? Turned down Cherry Bounce because you thought it was something for your dryer? Join the Weird Manitowoc crew on Thursday, July 1, and Thursday July 15–both days at 6 PM–as they explore some of the unique and/or bizarre foods that make up Manitowoc’s family traditions and social atmosphere. Come for the Chubs, Stay for the Sultz!!

Downtown Manito-Walk: Historic 8th Street Walking Tour
Saturday, July 17, 9AM; Registration is required and opens July 1 at 9AM. Sign up here.
Join library staff as they explore the historic buildings on 8th street in downtown Manitowoc. Space is limited. and masks will be required. Please register individually for the tours. Tour starts at Manitowoc Public Library outside by the Flag. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to 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.

Book Discussion
Tuesday, July 20, 11AM; Board Room at Manitowoc Public Library; Registration is required and opens July 1 at 9AM. Sign up here.
This book discussion for adults does not involve just a single book. Attendees are encouraged to bring a list of recently read books that they have enjoyed, the author, and a brief description. We will share as many as we have time for, and it will depend on the number of attendees. So, bring a paper and pencil to jot down titles you would like to read. The staff host will compile a list of all of the books mentioned and share it with attendees, post it on our Facebook page, and print copies for public access.

Yoga in the Park with Kate Casey
Wednesday, July 21, 6PM; at Union Park (611 Park St, Manitowoc); Registration is required and opens July 6 at 9AM. Sign up here.
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.

Spice it Up with Chef Casey – This Week: Cumin Chicken Tacos
Thursday, July 22, 6PM; Virtual Event: Stream on MPL’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel
Learn how to cook Cumin Chicken Tacos with Chef Casey. Get adventurous with cumin and learn how to make cumin chicken tacos! Recipe courtesy of Chef Casey is below. Don’t want to cook! Stop by Brix the week of the program and order it! Brix will have it as the special all week! Get the recipe here.

Book & a Movie at the Park: A Wrinkle in Time
Friday, July 23, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.

The Beer Experience with Paul Hoffman
Monday, July 26, 6PM; Virtual Event: Stream on MPL’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel
Join MPL and Paul Hoffman–PetSkull Brewing Co.’s Brewmaster & CSO (Chief Shenanigans Officer), on 7/26, 8/2, & 8/9 at 6 PM for “The Beer Experience.” Livestreaming on MPL’s Facebook page and YouTube’s channel from the new home of PetSkull Brewing Co. in Manitowoc’s Riverpoint District, this “Experience” will explore different styles of beer week to week, from Hefeweizens to IPAs to Belgian ales and more! Increase your knowledge and appreciation of Wisconsin’s beverage of choice from the man behind some of the finest brews on the Lakeshore. Definitely not your run-of-the mill beer-focused program! Fun and informative, with every episode finishing off with “Stump the Brewmeister”–a weekly pop quiz that will test the limits of Paul’s knowledge (Note: questions in “Stump the Brewmeister” may or may not always involve beer). Join us! Won’t you?


AUGUST EVENTS

The Beer Experience with Paul Hoffman
Monday, August 2, 6PM; Virtual Event: Stream on MPL’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel
Join MPL and Paul Hoffman–PetSkull Brewing Co.’s Brewmaster & CSO (Chief Shenanigans Officer), on 7/26, 8/2, & 8/9 at 6 PM for “The Beer Experience.” Livestreaming on MPL’s Facebook page and YouTube’s channel from the new home of PetSkull Brewing Co. in Manitowoc’s Riverpoint District, this “Experience” will explore different styles of beer week to week, from Hefeweizens to IPAs to Belgian ales and more! Increase your knowledge and appreciation of Wisconsin’s beverage of choice from the man behind some of the finest brews on the Lakeshore. Definitely not your run-of-the mill beer-focused program! Fun and informative, with every episode finishing off with “Stump the Brewmeister”–a weekly pop quiz that will test the limits of Paul’s knowledge (Note: questions in “Stump the Brewmeister” may or may not always involve beer). Join us! Won’t you?

Spice it Up with Chef Casey – This Week: Fenugreek Burgers
Thursday, August 5, 6PM; Virtual Event: Stream on MPL’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel
Learn how to make Fenugreek Burgers with Chef Casey! Get adventurous with Chef Casey as he teaches us how to use Fenugreek in a burger. If you don’t want to cook that’s fine this delicious burger will be a special the week of the program at Brix! Get the recipe here.

The Beer Experience with Paul Hoffman
Monday, August 9, 6PM; Virtual Event: Stream on MPL’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel
Join MPL and Paul Hoffman–PetSkull Brewing Co.’s Brewmaster & CSO (Chief Shenanigans Officer), on 7/26, 8/2, & 8/9 at 6 PM for “The Beer Experience.” Livestreaming on MPL’s Facebook page and YouTube’s channel from the new home of PetSkull Brewing Co. in Manitowoc’s Riverpoint District, this “Experience” will explore different styles of beer week to week, from Hefeweizens to IPAs to Belgian ales and more! Increase your knowledge and appreciation of Wisconsin’s beverage of choice from the man behind some of the finest brews on the Lakeshore. Definitely not your run-of-the mill beer-focused program! Fun and informative, with every episode finishing off with “Stump the Brewmeister”–a weekly pop quiz that will test the limits of Paul’s knowledge (Note: questions in “Stump the Brewmeister” may or may not always involve beer). Join us! Won’t you?

Yoga in the Park with Kate Casey
Wednesday, August 11, 6PM; at Union Park (611 Park St, Manitowoc); Registration is required and opens July 26 at 9AM. Sign up here.
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.

Downtown Manito-Walk: Historic 8th Street Walking Tour
Saturday, August 14, 9AM; Registration is required and opens August 2 at 9AM. Sign up here.
Join library staff as they explore the historic buildings on 8th street in downtown Manitowoc. Space is limited. Please register individually for the tours. Tour starts at Manitowoc Public Library outside by the Flag. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to 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.

Book & a Movie at the Park: How to Train Your Dragon
Friday, August 27, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.

Downtown Manito-Walk: Historic 8th Street Walking Tour
Saturday, August 28, 9AM; Registration is required and opens August 16 at 9AM. Sign up here.
Join library staff as they explore the historic buildings on 8th street in downtown Manitowoc. Space is limited. Please register individually for the tours. Tour starts at Manitowoc Public Library outside by the Flag. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to 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.

Many in-person events will require registration as space will be limited to allow for proper social distancing.

*Please DO NOT register for a Grab & Go Bag if you are already registered for the corresponding in-person event.

**Please also note that these programs may need to switch to virtual-only at short notice. Check our Facebook page and event calendar for updates!

Visit MPL’s Facebook page or YouTube channel to stream virtual events


JUNE EVENTS

Paint the Library at Home
June 1-30; No registration required!
Patrons of ALL AGES can pick up poster boards in the Youth Department from June 1 – June 30, while supplies last. Take the poster board home to color or paint in Red, White, and Blue (Please ONLY use Red, White, & Blue to decorate!). Bring your decorated posters back to the library by June 30 to have it hung in a library window. Remember to put your family’s name on the poster if you want to reclaim after July 12. All posters not claimed within 2 weeks will be disposed. Let’s fill up the ALL library windows with positive, patriotic messages!

Teen SRP Kick-Off: Henna Tattoos
Friday, June 18, 1PM
Registration is required and opens Thursday, June 3 at 5PM. Register in-person at the youth services desk or call 920-686-3030 to reserve your time slot. If calling, you must speak to a live staff member to reserve your time.
Our ever popular Henna Tattoo program with Castleart’s Amy Wilde will be returning again this year! Register for a one-on-one appointment to get a henna tattoo and a mini-tutorial on the art of henna! Please only arrive 5 minutes before your appointment to avoid people gathering in groups. Open to ages 11-18.

Libby Training
Thursday, June 24, 10AM; Virtual Event – Reserve your spot here.
Our ebook and audiobook collection is a convenient way to discover and borrow titles anytime from anywhere. If you’d like to take advantage of our digital collection, Libby experts from OverDrive are coming to help you access our library’s digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks through the free Libby app on June 24!

Battle of the Books! Team Orientation
Thursday, June 24, 4PM (Practices TBD – BOTB team will determine practice time together); Balkansky Community Room at MPL
Battle of the Books is a Manitowoc-Calumet Library System trivia competition in which each library branch assembles teams of teens who compete to win the Battle Trophy Plaque to hang in their library. The competition will be held on Wednesday September 8 @ 6:30pm and will be virtual. Open to ages 11-18. Orientation practice allows for the team to get to know each other and familiarize themselves with the booklist. Teens can now attend the practices in-person at the Library or virtually through Google Meet! Email the teen services email at mplteen@manitowoc.org to let us know your preference.

Cats & Crafts
Friday, June 25, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 11 at 5PM. Please only sign up for one time slot: 1-1:15PM, 1:20-1:35PM, 1:40-1:55PM.
We’re not “kitten” around here – cats and kittens are coming to the library from the Lakeshore Humane Society! Register for your timeslot for this purrfect pleasant opportunity to pet some felines, check out volunteer opportunities at LHS, and then make a cat teaser wand to either take home or donate to LHS. Also consider contributing to our LHS donation drive to support animals looking for forever homes in the lakeshore area. Open to ages 11-18.

Book & a Movie at the Park: Princess Bride
Friday, June 25, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.


JULY EVENTS

Digital Drawing 101
Friday, July 9, 1-3PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 25 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Take your drawing off of the sketchbook and into digital media! Use our iPad Pros to explore new ways of sketching, illustrating, and more! Open to ages 11-18. Register online for this one-time instructional program.

3Doodler Pro
Friday, July 16, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 2 at 5PM. Sign up here.
These are not your kid sibling’s 3Doodlers! These 3D printing pens are faster, hotter (literally), and can create more than ever before! Draw, design, and tinker in all 3 dimensions. Check out our project kits to see what you can create. Open to ages 14-18.

Glaze & Paint: Watermelon Canvas
Friday, July 23, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 9 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

You’ll never feel “melon-choly” with this adorable watermelon painting brightening a room! Katie from Glaze & Paint will be joining us to lead teens through a step-by-step acrylic painting anyone can do! Open to ages 11-18. All the Workshop spots filled and “Grab & Go” bags gone? You can still watch the workshop from home! Tune in on our Facebook page.

Book & a Movie at the Park: A Wrinkle in Time
Friday, July 23, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.


AUGUST EVENTS

Glaze & Paint: String Art
Friday, August 13, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 30 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Are you feeling all tied up by life? Unwind with this awesome string art creation! Katie from Glaze & Paint will instruct teens on a creative string art project. Open to ages 11-18. All the Workshop spots filled and “Grab & Go” bags gone? You can still watch the workshop from home! Tune in on our Facebook page.

Book & a Movie at the Park: How to Train Your Dragon
Friday, August 27, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.

Many in-person events will require registration as space will be limited to allow for proper social distancing.

*Please DO NOT register for a Grab & Go Bag if you are already registered for the corresponding in-person event.

**Please also note that these programs may need to switch to virtual-only at short notice. Check our Facebook page and event calendar for updates!

Visit MPL’s Facebook page or YouTube channel to stream virtual events


JUNE EVENTS

Paint the Library at Home
June 1-30; No registration required!
Patrons of ALL AGES can pick up poster boards in the Youth Department from June 1 – June 30, while supplies last. Take the poster board home to color or paint in Red, White, and Blue (Please ONLY use Red, White, & Blue to decorate!). Bring your decorated posters back to the library by June 30 to have it hung in a library window. Remember to put your family’s name on the poster if you want to reclaim after July 12. All posters not claimed within 2 weeks will be disposed. Let’s fill up the ALL library windows with positive, patriotic messages!

Steam Mondays! Once a Pond a Time
Monday, June 21, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 10 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Stories and activities that will introduce children to the wide range of aquatic plant, insect and animal life around the pond. Love to tinker, build, solve problems, and get creative? Join us at the library every Monday at 1PM starting June 21 to go full STEAM ahead into fun, hands-on projects! Due to limited space, registration is required.

Storytime on the Road at Cedar Crest
Tuesday, June 22, 9:30AM; at Cedar Crest; No registration required!
Storytime is hitting the road! 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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Holy Family Conservatory Music Night **REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL**
Tuesday, June 22, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens June 8 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Many choices under the same umbrella: HOLY FAMILY CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC presents various instruments (violin, ukulele, piano, harp among others) and programs for children as young as a few months old and all way to college. Come, try something new, enjoy, and decide what your child likes!

Baby Storytime
Wednesday, June 23, 9:30AM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 9 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Baby Storytime is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles! This program is recommended for developmental ages 0-2 and siblings are always welcome.

Glaze & Paint Summer Canvas Workshop **REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL FOR IN-PERSON & GRAB & GO BAGS**
Wednesday, June 23, 2PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 10 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Follow along with Ms. Katie from Glaze & Paint to paint your own cool summer canvas!

Book & a Movie at the Park: Princess Bride
Friday, June 25, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.

Steam Mondays! Mud Time!
Monday, June 28, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 17 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Join us for some great activities with mud. We will be partnering with Woodland Dunes to create a fun and messy time! Love to tinker, build, solve problems, and get creative? Join us at the library every Monday at 1PM to go full STEAM ahead into fun, hands-on projects! Due to limited space, registration is required.

Storytime on the Road at Red Arrow Park
Tuesday, June 29, 9:30AM; at Red Arrow Park; No registration required!
Storytime is hitting the road! 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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra Family Concert
Tuesday, June 29, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens June 15 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Join musicians from the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra as we practice seeing music with art. Ages 3-103 welcomed. Bring your imagination and dress appropriately, there’s a chance we may get a bit messy. Program led by MSO Music Director Dylan Chmura-Moore.

Baby Storytime
Wednesday, June 30, 9:30AM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 16 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Baby Storytime is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles! This program is recommended for developmental ages 0-2 and siblings are always welcome.


JULY EVENTS

Storytime on the Road at Manitowoc Family Aquatic Center
Tuesday, July 6, 9:30AM; at Manitowoc Family Aquatic Center; No registration required!
Storytime is hitting the road! 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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Pint-Sized Polka
Tuesday, July 6, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens June 22 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Join Mr. Mike for a fun, interactive polka program that will make you want to get up and dance! Bring a blanket or chair!

Baby Storytime
Wednesday, July 7, 9:30AM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 23 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Baby Storytime is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles! This program is recommended for developmental ages 0-2 and siblings are always welcome.

Reader’s Theater
Wednesday, July 7, 2PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 23 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Join library staff for a Reader’s Theater program. Audience participation is encouraged — acting abilities are not required!

Steam Mondays!
Monday, July 12, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 1 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Love to tinker, build, solve problems, and get creative? Join us at the library every Monday at 1PM to go full STEAM ahead into fun, hands-on projects! Due to limited space, registration is required.

Storytime on the Road at Washington Park
Tuesday, July 13, 9:30AM; at Washington Park; No registration required!
Storytime is hitting the road! 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. 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.

Family Activity Night: 4-H Chicken Night
Tuesday, July 13, 5PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens June 29 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Meet some fabulous feathered friends and learn all about chickens from the kids who take care of them!

Touch the Trucks
Wednesday, July 14, 10AM-12PM; Briess Parking Lot (in front of library); No registration required!
Join us in the parking lot across Quay street for the chance to get up close to some of your favorite BIG trucks! We’ll have a fire engine, a Coast Guard boat, a semi tow truck, road grader, John Deere farm equipment, and MORE! Social distancing expected. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided. This program may need to switch to a virtual format at short notice. Please stay tuned to our Facebook and website for current information.

Steam Mondays!
Monday, July 19, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 8 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Love to tinker, build, solve problems, and get creative? Join us at the library every Monday at 1PM to go full STEAM ahead into fun, hands-on projects! Due to limited space, registration is required.

Storytime on the Road at Emma Radandt Park
Tuesday, July 20, 9:30AM; at Emma Radandt Park (at Flambeau and 22nd St); No registration required!
Storytime is hitting the road! 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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Careers in Our Community — Learn About Acupuncture!
Tuesday, July 20, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens July 6 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Learn about acupuncture from Ms. Brittany from Acupuncture by the Lake!

Baby Storytime
Wednesday, July 21, 9:30AM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 7 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Baby Storytime is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles! This program is recommended for developmental ages 0-2 and siblings are always welcome.

ROV Workshop with Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Wednesday, July 21, 2PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens July 7 at 5PM. Sign up here.
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!

Book & a Movie at the Park: A Wrinkle in Time
Friday, July 23, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.

Steam Mondays!
Monday, July 26, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 15 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Love to tinker, build, solve problems, and get creative? Join us at the library every Monday at 1PM to go full STEAM ahead into fun, hands-on projects! Due to limited space, registration is required.

Storytime on the Road at Lincoln Park Zoo
Tuesday, July 27, 9:30AM; at Lincoln Park Zoo; No registration required!
Storytime is hitting the road! 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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Glaze & Paint Summer Canvas
Tuesday, July 27, 5PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 15 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Family Activity Nights are BACK at Manitowoc Public Library! Each week, we’ll be doing something different and fun for the whole family! Most events will be outside on the library lawn, weather permitting.

Zoozort Mini-Zoo
Wednesday, July 28, 10AM-2PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 14 at 5PM. Please only sign up for one time slot: 10AM, 10:20AM, 10:40AM, 11AM, 11:20AM, 11:40AM, 12PM, 12:20PM, 12:40PM, 1PM, 1:20PM, 1:40PM.
Our animal friends from Zoozort are coming back for a mini-zoo experience! Families can reserve a time to be up close and personal with animals and artifacts!


AUGUST EVENTS

Steam Mondays!
Monday, August 2, 1PM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 22 at 5PM. Click here to sign up for the in-person event (all materials will be provided).
Click here to sign up for a Grab & Go Bag. **DO NOT RESERVE A GRAB & GO BAG IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE IN PERSON EVENT**

Love to tinker, build, solve problems, and get creative? Join us at the library every Monday at 1PM to go full STEAM ahead into fun, hands-on projects! Due to limited space, registration is required.

Storytime on the Library Lawn
Tuesday, August 3, 9:30AM; No registration required!
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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Family Dance Party!
Tuesday, August 3, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens July 20 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Put on your boogie shoes! We’ll be playing family friendly music and dancing with glow sticks on the library lawn!

Baby Storytime
Wednesday, August 4, 9:30AM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 21 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Baby Storytime is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles! This program is recommended for developmental ages 0-2 and siblings are always welcome.

Storytime on the Library Lawn
Tuesday, August 10, 9:30AM; No registration required!
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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Bubbles & Chalk
Tuesday, August 10, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens July 27 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Make giant bubbles and get creative on the sidewalks with chalk! Fun for the whole family!

Baby Storytime
Wednesday, August 11, 9:30AM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens July 28 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Baby Storytime is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles! This program is recommended for developmental ages 0-2 and siblings are always welcome.

Storytime on the Library Lawn
Tuesday, August 17, 9:30AM; No registration required!
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. 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.

Family Activity Night: BINGO & Blankets
Tuesday, August 17, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens August 3 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Bring a blanket or chair and play BINGO on the library lawn!

Baby Storytime
Wednesday, August 18, 9:30AM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens August 4 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Baby Storytime is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles! This program is recommended for developmental ages 0-2 and siblings are always welcome.

Storytime on the Library Lawn
Tuesday, August 24, 9:30AM; No registration required!
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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Rubber Ducky Decorating!
Tuesday, August 24, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens August 10 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Decorate your own rubber ducky and send it for a float! Your duckies are YOURS to keep. One ducky per child, please. Family Activity Nights are BACK at Manitowoc Public Library! Each week, we’ll be doing something different and fun for the whole family! Most events will be outside on the library lawn, weather permitting.

Baby Storytime
Wednesday, August 25, 9:30AM; Balkansky Community Room at MPL; Registration is required and opens August 11 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Baby Storytime is 20 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, parachute activities, and bubbles! This program is recommended for developmental ages 0-2 and siblings are always welcome.

Book & a Movie at the Park: How to Train Your Dragon
Friday, August 27, 8:30PM; FREE – no registration required; at Washington Park (1115 Washington St, Manitowoc)
Join us for a special summertime Book & a Movie showing in Washington Park! In partnership with the Manitowoc Parks & Recreation Department, we’re offering Book & a Movie outdoors for an all-ages, three-film series this summer. Books will be on display and available to borrow at the Library.

Storytime on the Library Lawn
Tuesday, August 31, 9:30AM; No registration required!
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. 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.

Family Activity Night: Family Talent Show!
Tuesday, August 31, 5PM; Library Lawn; Registration is required and opens August 17 at 5PM. Sign up here.
Have a talent you want to share with the world? Bring your instruments, magic tricks, singing voice, dancing shoes, battons, etc. to the library for a Family Activity Night exclusive talent show where everyone’s a winner!