Youth Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Early Literacy Tip:
Your child will have a much easier time reading if he/she knows a lot of words, so talk, talk, talk! An easy way parents can help their child learn words is by naming things you see together, whether it is something out the window or food at a grocery store. Naming objects as you drive is a great game and learning experience for your child.
Imagine That Art
Tuesdays, 06/18 - 08/27, 3-5pm, Lower Level Youth Room: Youth and Teens, come learn from the talented local Author Clark Milton. This series will include hands on experience creating art using different mediums.
Youth Summer Reading Completion Party
Saturday, 08/24, 1-3pm, Auditorium: If you complete the Youth or Teen summer Reading Program you are invited to join us for a celebration! We will have food, music, prizes, and our award ceremony for everyone who completed their summer reading. A few lucky participants will win the grand prize drawing for the Youth and Teen Summer Reading Programs.
By Invitation Only!
Parenting and Early Childhood Workshops
Wednesdays, 09/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 5:30-7:30pm, Auditorium: Presented by the Early Learning Communities through Oakland Family Services.
09/18, Talking is Teaching: Talking is Teaching is a national campaign that promotes public awareness to parents, childcare providers, and community leaders of the importance of talking, reading, and singing
to children from birth to age 8. This training will provide information on language and literacy development and give strategies on supporting children in the earliest stages of development, which helps to develop healthy brains and lifelong literacy skills.
10/16, Understanding Preschool Development: Participants will learn facts about brain development in preschool age children, how to recognize the uniqueness in the way children think and view the world around them, and strategies to support preschool children's thinking.
11/20, Schedules and Routines: A daily routine determines how we will use space within our program and what types of interactions children will experience during each part of the day. This predictable daily sequence of events gives children a sense of control and a feeling of confidence.
12/18, Caregiver Interactions: Participants will learn techniques to enhance caregiver-child interactions.
Must pre-register at www.miregistry.org . No walk-ins are allowed. You can find in the youth room a flier with instructions on how to register for the class.
Friendly Farm Animals Petting Zoo
Saturday, 09/21, 3-4pm, Auditorium: Goats, Sheep, Chicken, Geese, Ducks and Rabbits! Back by Popular Demand! Farm animals at the library! Children can delight in the petting and feeding of people friendly animals.
6th Annual Tea Party
Saturday, 10/05, 11:30-1:30pm, Auditorium: Inviting all princes and princesses of Pontiac to a dress up tea time! Dress up in your finest costume, eat a lovely meal, and join us for a night of regal charm and enchanted stories, a magical night to remember!
Kingston Nevils Author Visit And CSK Appreciation Exhibit
Friday, 10/04, 5-7pm, Auditorium: Come support local child author Kingston Nevils as he reads from his book: "The Bully". We will also have an exhibit for the 50 years of Coretta Scott King Book Awards! Light refreshments will be served.
Bio: Kingston Morrell Nevils was born on November 26, 2008 at 10:52pm. He is 10 years old. He was born in Rochester Michigan at Crittenton Hospital. He just graduated from Roosevelt Elementary and will be attending Abbott Middle School in the fall. His mom inspires him to never give up, and to keep going. Kingston just wants to speak for the kids who are scared to speak up. The reason why Kingston wrote the book “The Bully” was to shine light on bullying, how it’s very wrong, and to talk about how kids are hurting themselves because of bullies. He wants to become an actor/writer and be successful. He played football for five years with the Pontiac Panthers, skied for four years with a Ski Club, just got into playing basketball with the Sky’s The Limit AAU team, and was in drama club for two years
Book description: Luke White is a Super Hero in his world, but in school he has been identified and labeled as a “BULLY”. This third grader has a horrible time making friends and goes around picking on other students daily. Only certain people know Luke’s secret and cannot believe how he acts towards other students. A couple of students decided to band together and demand Luke gets suspended from school for his actions! The Bully is an easy to read chapter book geared to captivate the attention of children. Although this book is “fictional”, there is a real life message for both the victims and bullies of today’s world. I, Kingston Nevils, wrote this book in hopes of promoting and encouraging reading, reading, and more reading within the youth and inter-cities. I wanted to also speak out for victims of bullying. My mom inspired me to just write, and told me that, when I set my mind to something, I can do it.
Halloween at the Library
Thursday, 10/31, 3:30-7:30pm, Multiple Library Locations:
Teens: Dress up and Trick or Treat at the Library! Then, visit out haunted house and have a frighteningly good time!
Youth: Dress up and Trick or Treat at the library, hear a spooky story, and go through our haunted house! The youth room will have special Halloween activities: a Halloween Scavenger Hunt, a mystery box (you have to guess what is inside), and a mummy wrap!
Writers’ Workshop: The Hero’s Journey
Saturday, 11/09, 3:30-4:30pm, Michigan Room: This program is for all aspiring writers from ages 7-18. Do you enjoy writing and reading stories? Well, come flex those creative muscles by participating in our writing workshop focused on one of the classic story formulas, The Hero’s Journey.
Deck the Library
Saturday, 11/16, 1-5pm, Multiple Library Locations: Use your creativity to help us decorate for the Holidays! You’ll be helping to set a magical and festive mood, while having fun with staff and other people.
38th Annual Holiday Extravaganza
Saturday, 12/07, 8:30-3:30pm, Multiple Locations: The Pontiac Public Library partners with the Holiday Extravaganza to bring the community fun holiday events:
8:30-10:30am: WinterFUN Festival Fun! Free activities on Saginaw Street-see us there!
11am: Parade-The Library will be there too! Caroling in the Youth Room following the parade while you wait!
Caroling in the Youth Room following the parade.
1-2pm: Lunches at the Library
1-3pm: Decorate holiday cookies at the library
1:30-3:30pm: See Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Library. Get a candy cane and a jolly welcome from Santa!