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Summer Reading Events at Grand Prairie Libraries
Posted Date: 7/6/2014

Contact: Lenore St. John, 972-237-5721, lstjohn@gptx.org

SUMMER READING EVENTS AT GRAND PRAIRIE LIBRARIES JULY 7-12

Spark a reaction this summer by enrolling in the Summer Reading Challenge at the Grand Prairie public libraries, brought to you in part by the Friends of the Library. Readers of all ages can read, earn prizes and attend fun, informative events and classes. Throughout the summer, each library will offer an array of activities to complement the Summer Reading Challenge. Check out this week’s schedule below.

Children’s Programs

  • Monday, July 7:
    • Joe McDermott — Main Library-5:30 p.m., Shotwell Branch-3:30 p.m., Warmack Branch-1:30 p.m. 
      • Visit with Joe McDermott, a full-time children’s musician. McDermott’s artistic training helps him create visually rich songs that evoke emotions in "people of all sizes." He has been called "the maestro of imagination" for his creative approach and appeal.
    • Family Storytime at Shotwell Library-6:30 p.m. 
      • Sessions blend reading with music, movement and arts for the very young to nurture development, language, literacy, counting, social, emotional and physical skills—all in the rich context of reading, crafts and play.
  • Tuesday, July 8:
    • Family Storytime at Main Library-10 a.m. and 11 a.m. 
      • Sessions blend reading with music, movement and arts for the very young to nurture development, language, literacy, counting, social, emotional and physical skills—all in the rich context of reading, crafts and play.
  • Wednesday, July 9:
    • Family Storytime at Warmack Library-10 a.m. 
      • Sessions blend reading with music, movement and arts for the very young to nurture development, language, literacy, counting, social, emotional and physical skills—all in the rich context of reading, crafts and play. 
  • Thursday, July 10:
    • Movie — Main Library- 1 p.m., Shotwell Branch-3:30 p.m. 
      • Main Library: In a group of Emperor Penguins who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. Instead of finding his voice, he finds his feet through tap dance. 
      • Shotwell Branch: Jim Henson’s puppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon with the help of three of their fans.

Tween and Teen Programs

  • Tuesday, July 8:
    • Minecraft Day at Warmack Branch- 1:30 p.m. 
      • Open to tweens and teens ages 10 and older. Play Minecraft and create your own Minecraft fun with the Lego MakerSpace.
    • Tween Lego Challenge at Shotwell Library 6:30 p.m. 
      • Open to tweens 8- to 12-years-old. Build different scientific creations with Legos. No reservations required. During this activity Shotwell will feature a film about a super-villain who finally defeats his nemesis, Metro Man, forcing him to find a new motive for being blue, big and bad.
  • Wednesday, July 9:
    • Teen After Hours at Shotwell Branch- 6 p.m. 
      • Open to teens 13- to 18-years-old. PS4, XBOX ONE and Wii U gaming after the library closes. Registration is required; must sign up in person.
  • Thursday, July 10:
    • Movie Madness at Main Library- 4 p.m. 
      • Open to ages 13 and older. A backstage and on-stage look at a teen star during his rise to super stardom. “Beliebers” will want to be there.
    • netLAB: Raspberry Pi Section B at Shotwell Branch- 7 p.m. 
      • Open to tweens ages 10 years of age and older. Section B begins with session B1 where tweens will learn how to wire LED lights to the Pis. Completion of sessions B1 and B2 required to attend B3. 
      • Registration is required in advance. Two seats are available. Call 972-237-7540 for more information.

Adult Programs

  • Tuesday, July 8:
    • Eyes on the Skies: Space Exploration from the Moon & Beyond at Main Library- 7:30 p.m. 
      • Free and open to adults only. Raymond Benge, an astronomer with a special interest in eclipsing binary stars, will discuss the past, present and future of space exploration. 
      • Weather and sky conditions permitting, members of the Tarrant County College Astronomy Club will have telescopes available to view the Moon, planets and other objects from the lawn by the parking lot. Viewing starts approximately 30 minutes after the program ends. The library cannot be re-entered after 9 p.m.
  •     Saturday, July 12:
    • Summer Fashion Show at Warmack Brach- 2 p.m. 
      • The Summer Fashion Show features fashion tips and trends, presented by Chico’s of Lincoln Square, Arlington. 
      • A $50 gift certificate to Chico’s will be given to the winner of the fashion trivia contest at the show. Free coupons and catalogs for Chico’s will also be available.

Kids will earn coupons and prizes as they read. Teens and adults will have the chance to win weekly prizes or even a Kindle Fire in the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the summer. The more you read, the more times you're entered!

Enroll now at one of the Grand Prairie libraries: 

  • Grand Prairie Main Library: 901 Conover Dr., 972-237-5700 
  • Betty Warmack Library: 760 Bardin Rd., 972-237-5770 
  • Tony Shotwell Life Center Library: 2750 Graham St. (inside the Shotwell Life Center), 972-237-7540.

Seating may be limited, especially at the Warmack Branch. Some programs may require registration or a free ticket. Contact your local library for more information or visit www.gptx.org/library , where you can search for books, e-books and other electronic materials, and sign up to receive our e-calendar. Library cards are free! (A small fee applies to replacements).