This summer at the Riverview Veterans Memorial Library

A universe of stories


Summer is a fabulous opportunity to get outside and make plans to catch up with loved ones and some great new books! We are adding new books and magazines to our shelves weekly and they are yours to borrow for up to three weeks at a time. Don’t have a library card? No sweat! Library cards are always free and it only takes a few minutes to register. Children who are five years or older can get their own library card with a little help from their parent or guardian. 

The gift of access to thousands of books is priceless and a great tool in helping to combat the dreaded summer slide.

As a public library, we take our role in combating summer slide seriously. Children who are reading during the summer have the best chance at improving their reading skills and developing confidence—both of which help start a student out on the right foot for their new school year.  

Summer programming at the library is a fantastic way to keep children active, entertained and engaged by learning how to work cooperatively, developing positive attitudes about books, furthering their sense of discovery and staying motivated to read outside of school.

In an effort to keep readers motivated to read and learn throughout the summer, we will be giving out stellar prize bags to children ages 0-12 who read a minimum of 10 hours from June 17-August 12.

Three children that go above the minimum required and read the most minutes for the entire program will earn a special prize basket.

Those interested in participating can register at the circulation desk and receive their reading logs starting June 17. Readers who complete the minimum of 10 hours can pick up their prize bag at the circulation desk from Aug. 12 – 30. All reading logs are due to the Library by August 12 to qualify for the grand prize contest. Registration is required for each child participating.

Our youth readers aren’t the only group we are hoping to motivate and celebrate this summer…teens and adults have special contests and incentives planned just for them! Teens ages 12-17 are invited to win a prize basket by reading and reviewing their newly discovered books. From June 17-August 9, teens are encouraged to read as many books as they can, fill out a quick book review form and submit them to the Library. The two teens who read and review the most books will win! Winners will be notified by phone. Review forms are available at the circulation desk from June 17-August 9. No registration required.

Readers 18+ have the opportunity to win one, or all five, of our fantastic adult reading baskets filled with edible treats, books, fun trinkets and more! Readers fill out a reading slip for each book, magazine, newspaper, or audiobook they read (or listen to) and place it in the entry box for the basket they hope to win. At the end of summer reading, five people will win one of their chosen baskets. The more you read, the greater the chances are of winning! Winners will be notified by phone. No registration required.


Breaking Bread Together @ the Riverview Library
June 24 – August 7

The staff at the Riverview Library knows that children who are hungry cannot concentrate, suffer from physical and emotional issues and cannot fully participate successfully with Library activities and other summer fun. During the summer months, many children who usually receive reduced or free breakfast and lunch at school are living their summer months in food insecure households. We are hoping that we can help bridge the gap over the summer by offering healthy, free lunches on our activity days, J

June 24-August 5. Children ages 0-18 can enjoy a slice of pizza and a drink during the all-ages storytimes on Monday and bagged lunches on Wednesdays and Thursdays during storytimes and special events. Lunches will be available from 11a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Lunches must be eaten at the Library and cannot be carried out. You do not have to be a resident of Riverview to take advantage of our programming nor is there an income requirement to break bread with us each week! If you have any questions, please contact us through email or by calling 734-283-1250. We hope to see you soon and often!


Summer Reading Schedule
June 17 – August 7, 2019


All Ages Storytimes
Mondays at 11 a.m.
June 24 – August 5

Reading & space enthusiasts of all ages will hear space-themed stories, play games and make a take-home, keepsake craft. Free pizza lunch provided to participants ages 0-18. Lunch includes 1 piece of pizza per child and a drink.

Registration is required. Only registrants are guaranteed lunch and craft materials.

Registration begins June 3.

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
June 26 – August 7


Wednesdays is just for our lil’ ones. Toddlers and Preschoolers ages 0-5 can join us for stories, songs and games. Bagged lunch provided.

Only registrants are guaranteed lunch. Registration is required. Registration begins June 3.


June 17 – August 5
Monday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.


Chasing the Moon
All ages

The Riverview Library will show a 30-minute preview of PBS’s special three-night event American Experience: Chasing the Moon. This six-hour documentary centers on the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond.

We will be watching an excerpt from “Part Three: Magnificent Desolation” that takes a look back at the tension and excitement surrounding the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969, all the way up until the lunar module lands on the moon.

Registration is required. Registration begins June 3.

Thursday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Nerf War! with Joel Tacey
Ages 6+

Patrons will run, dodge and dive as they try to outwit & out-last the competition during NERF Mobile Games! All NERF equipment provided. Bagged lunch provided.

Registrants are guaranteed lunch. Registration is required. Registration begins June 17.

Tuesday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m.
Ages 4+

Join us in this high energy and fun circle of hand drums & percussion toys. Come & help us develop our own special Riverview Community sound. No musical experience is necessary.

Registration is required. Registration begins June 17.

Thursday, July 11 at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Space Science Experiments with Ms. Wassick
Ages 6+

Come & join us for a fun hour of awesome space-themed science experiments using items typically found in the kitchen. Ms. Wassick will do a variety of experiments including making edible slime and creating lunar colors that dance on a milky surface. Bagged lunch provided.

Registrants are guaranteed lunch. Registration is required. Registration begins June 24.

Thursday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m.
The Supernatural Intergalactical Summer Reading Magic Spectacular
All ages

A2 Magic is landing at the Riverview Library for an awesomazing, interactive magic show for the whole family. Each child will take home a free space-themed magic trick and gravity-powered reflex tester! Bagged lunch provided.

Registrants are guaranteed lunch. Registration is required. Registration begins June 24.

Thursday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.=
Science Alive!
All ages

Animal enthusiasts of all ages will meet an array of friendly critters from the animal world. Everyone who attends will get the opportunity to touch each creature and learn fun facts about each animal friend! Bagged lunch provided.

Registrants are guaranteed lunch. Registration is required. Registration begins July 3.

Thursday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Exploration of the Night Sky with Starlab Planetarium
All ages

Explore the wonders of the night sky in the portable, inflatable Starlab Planetarium. Stargazers will take a star walk into the planetarium and have the opportunity to see the Northern Hemisphere, night sky and much more! Bagged lunch provided.

Registrants are guaranteed lunch. Registration is required. Registration begins July 11.

Monday, August 5 at 11:00 a.m.  
Summer Reading Celebration!
All ages

Help us celebrate the conclusion of the summer reading program with treats, outdoor activities and a visit from our friends at the Riverview Fire Department & Riverview Police Department. Everyone will get a chance to see a fire truck and police car up close! Lunch includes 1 piece of pizza per child and a drink.

Registration is required. Registration begins July 11.


Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Author Presentation: Wicked Women of Detroit with Tobin T. Buhk

Spend an evening with author Tobin T. Buhk and his book about Detroit’s most violent, clever and misunderstood female criminals. Registration required.


Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
July 1 – August 5

Our returning friend, Professor Pamela Sayre of Henry Ford College, is discussing the Mycenaean Civilization from the beginning to its violent, disruptive collapse during the Bronze Age.

July 1 – Mycenaean Origins
July 8 – The Mycenaean World
July 15 – Art, Architecture and Linear B
July 22 – (In) Mythology
July 29 – The Trojan War
August 5 – Collapse

If you are interested in attending our storytimes or events, please register by stopping in at 14300 Sibley Road or by calling us at 734-283-1250. Information about our programming and links to our online resources are available on our website and on our Facebook page. Happy reading & creating! 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *