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Posted on: May 31, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Make Your Summer Rock With Free Fun, Starting June 4

Libraries Rock Heart and Scroll and Books

Rock and roll your way to the Rock Island Public Library this summer for fun events for all ages. Events starting the week of June 4 include an energetic science show, Play and Grow times, a Wednesday event that literally rocks, and a Teen Anime Night.

The week  starts with Absolute Science, an entertaining science show for kids at 3:00 pm on Monday, June 4,  Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. The free event allows kids of all ages and families to watch fast-paced experiments, learn a little about what makes them work, and try a few things with hands-on opportunities.  The show is part of STEAM-AZING event series offered every Monday until July 9. Registration is requested.

Also starting on Monday is Carle's Creators, an art club for kids going into K to 3rd Grades. Offered at 1:30 pm on Mondays through July 9, each week features an art project based on the works of prominent children's picture book illustrators. The June 4 project is based on butterflies by Eric Carle. Registration is required. 

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, the library offers its popular Play and Grow times for ages 3 and under and caregivers. The free events are at 10:30 am on June 5 at 30/31 Library, June 6 at the Southwest Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road, and on June 8 in the Downtown Library Children's Room.

Also starting Tuesday is Picasso Rocks Art Club, for Grades 3 to 8, at 2:00 pm, and Math Rocks Art Club, for Grades 2 to 6, at 3:15 pm. Both events run weekly, until July 10, and are in the Downtown Library Community Room. Registration is required.

People can be literal rock stars when they stop by the library's all ages Rock Painting event on Wednesday, June 6. The free, all ages event runs from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rock Island 30/31 Library, 3039 30th Street. Participants will paint rocks to drop in the community, spread inspiration or brighten someone's day, and see where they turn up. The library will provide the rocks and paints. Show up anytime during the event to paint your rock, and wear clothes suitable for painting. Track your rocks on social media by using the tags #RILibraryRocks or #QCRocks.

On  Thursday, June 7 at 5:30 pm,  the library offers an Anime Night for teens, ages 12 to 18. The free event in the Community Room of the Downtown Library offers anime watching, Japanese snacks, and Japanese hiragana writing. 

On Friday, June 8,the library offers a Tech Open Lab for adults from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. The drop-in events provide library patrons with an opportunity to ask questions about using electronic library services, using their device, signing up or using email, or other technical questions.

Registration for Libraries Rock Summer Reading challenges for all ages is available all week at library locations, and online at Remember to take a picture of yourself reading, and enter it in the Rock Town Reads "Show Us Your Book" campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Participants who post with the #rocktownreads hashtag will be automatically entered into weekly and grand prize drawings.

The second full week of June rocks on with Coffee and a Movie, Carle's Creators, a STEAM-AZING Figge Presents project, Picasso Rocks Art Club, Math Rocks Art Club, Petite Picassos, Southwest Craft Night, Music Speaks Music Therapy, two Pinkalicious & Peteriffic Story Times with WQPT Quad Cities PBS, a Teen Iron Chef contest, and another Technology Open Lab.

For details about these, and the more than 95 events offered this summer at Rock Island Library locations, pick up a Summer Guide or visit the library website.  Events that require registration will feature a small book symbol on the online calendar. To sign up, use the calendar, or call 309-732-READ.

Summer Reading Challenge: Libraries Rock summer reading challenges and events for all ages run from June 1 to July 21, 2018 at all Rock Island Library locations. Participants may track on paper, or use the online program, which now includes a free app. Challenges are open to children from birth to 6th grades, teens ages 12 to 18,and adults ages nineteen and up. The library awards small incentives when goals are reached. Reading over the summer offers benefits for all ages. Children and teens who participate in Summer Reading programs and read just six books score higher in reading and math when they return to school, and spend less time reviewing material due to summer learning loss, known as "the Summer Slide."  

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