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Adult Programs

Food Demo: Healthy Sandwiches

Tuesday, June 30
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Professional vegan cook Jenney Gordon will show you how to make great sandwiches that are all plant-based. The menu includes chickpea salad sandwich, California wrap with avocado, tempeh Reuben, and grilled cheese with tomato. Recipes and samples will be distributed.

Beyond Wheat:
The Gluten-Free World

Wednesday, July 8
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Need to pursue a gluten-free lifestyle? Curious about exploring new grains? Want to incorporate more flavor and nutrition in your meals?
Lisa Howard, the Cultured Cook, will discuss the use of gluten-free grains from making pilafs and muffins to homemade cereal and granola.

The Fascinating World of
Bees and Beekeeping

Tuesday, July 14
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Join Roger Sutherland, naturalist and professor emeritus, as he takes you on a close-up look at the highly organized honey bee colony. Learn about the practice and history of beekeeping, important flower and bee relationships, pollination, and swarming. Discover problems facing the honey bee and what you can do to help. Yoga for Better Backs

Wednesday, July 22
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Yoga is an effective way of preventing and managing the most common types of back pain. This class, led by Jamie
Garrison from Yoga Center, offers a gentle and therapeutic approach for back rehabilitation and stress release.
Students will practice yoga poses that bring flexibility and relaxation to sore backs as well as build strength and learn better posture.

51 Years of Mustang

Wednesday, July 29
7:00 – 8:30 pm
A year after the half-century anniversary (1964-2014), Ronald Broekman, car enthusiast and owner of The Car
Hobby Connection, will present a retrospective of the Ford Mustang. He will discuss the roots of the original 1964
½ Mustang, developments and changes to the car, its racing heritage, a review of its competitors, and a look into the future. Computer Classes
Register at the Library or by calling 313-791-3800.
All classes are free and are at the Caroline Kennedy Library.

Notes from the Director

Hello, Dearborn Heights! As we move into the summer months, Dearborn Heights Libraries have a slate of activities and programs to help make the season a bright relief from our recent winter. Come and check out our Summer Reading Programs for all ages and enjoy our new electronic resources page as our offerings continue to expand. Our catalog has been updated and should have a number of features that assist users in their search.
Please let us know if you would like anything added. Also, this fall we will be requiring patrons to pay fines before card renewal, so get items in on time! Thanks for your attention and support and see you at the library!
—Michael McCaffery


• The Friends of the Library for assistance with the Open House by providing volunteers, raffle prizes, and funding for food and programming.
• The Dearborn Heights Garden Club for $100 to purchase gardening books.
• Tephy Qin and Tina Yeh for the Chinese New Year display.
• Ron Loyd and Ed Sperkowski for bubble solutions and supplies.
• Dearborn Heights Starbucks for providing coffee for the Open House.

Library Closings
• Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day
• Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5 for Independence Day

Dearborn Heights City Libraries

Saturday, June 6
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
During this class, students will cover the very basics of computer usage. We will discuss how to turn on a computer, how to reset the computer, where to plug in the mouse, keyboard and speakers. Also students will learn keyboard basics, task manager and mouse basics.

Introduction to Computers and the Internet, Basics II

Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users

Monday, May 11
6:30 - 8:00 pm
In this course you will learn how to add tables, headers and footers, insert symbols, and other commands to enhance a document.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Monday, June 8
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Create full-featured presentations and memorable slide shows with Microsoft PowerPoint
2010. Learn how to tweak PowerPoint for your own needs.

Microsoft Excel

Monday, July 20
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Students will learn the basics of a spreadsheet program to create a family or personal budget.

Dearborn Heights CITY Libraries

May - July 2015
Dan Paletko, Mayor

Caroline Kennedy Library

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

24590 George St.
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Phone: 313-791-3800 • Fax: 313-791-3801
The library is located four blocks west of
Telegraph and two blocks north of Ford Rd.
Caroline Kennedy Hours
Monday -Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

24602 Van Born Rd.
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
Phone: 313-791-6050 • Fax: 313-791-6051
The library is located west of Telegraph and east of Beech Daly.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Hours
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Library Website:
Online Catalog:

Michael McCaffery, Director

Summer Reading Kick-off Parties
Caroline Kennedy Library Friday, June 19
1:00 - 3:00 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library Saturday, June 20 1:00 - 3:00 pm The Summer Reading Programs begin with parties!
We will have games, treats, and crafts. Children, teens, and adults can register and learn how to earn rewards. Each age group has a theme:
Children: Every Hero Has a Story
Teens: Unmask
Adults: Escape the Ordinary
We’ll have six weeks of special programs to encourage reading and summer activity.
The programs run through August 1.

Friends Book Sale

Introduction to Computers and the Internet, Basics I

Session 1
Saturday, May 9
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session 2
Saturday, July 18
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
During this class students will build on the knowledge acquired in the Basics I class. Students will learn basic computer terminology, virus protection, downloading from the internet, different computer tools and toys, and how to play music or movies on the computer.


Thursday, June 4 – Saturday, June 6
Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Friends of the Dearborn Heights
Libraries will present their Spring
Book Sale. A wide selection of fiction and nonfiction books will be available in hardcover and paperback.
The bag sale will be on
Saturday when you can fill a plastic bag for $3 or a paper bag for $5.

Superhero Training Camp

Smoking and Barbequing

Wednesday, May 6
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Get ready for outdoor cooking! Learn the differences between smoking and barbequing.
Two aficionados will discuss techniques, methods, and equipment for creating mouthwatering meals and will serve succulent samples.
Register at

Wednesday, June 24
Thursday, June 25
Friday, June 26
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? What powers do you wish you had? Will you need a costume and a mask? Led by Bethany
Caldarona, participants will learn about superheroes, develop their skills, and then create their own heroic identity and costume. Intended for children in the elementary grades, but all ages are welcome. (Preschool children should be accompanied by someone who can help them with their project.) Register at 313-791-3800.
Participants should plan to attend all three days.

Wild Animal

Monday, July 13
6:00 - 7:00 pm
The Howell
Center will present Wild Animal
featuring live animals including birds of prey. All ages are welcome!

Youth Programs

All programs are at the Caroline Kennedy Library unless noted otherwise.

Summer Reading Program:
Every Hero Has a Story

The children’s Summer
Reading Program has a
“heroic” theme. Participants keep track of their reading and can receive rewards.
Babies and preschoolers can be part of the fun by listening to stories. Register at the Kick-Off
Party or anytime during the 6-week program.

Toddler Story Time

Every Thursday at 10:30 am
These programs are intended for children aged
2 or 3 but all ages are welcome. Children and their caregivers enjoy simple stories, music, and crafts. Children’s Day of Puppetry

Saturday, May 30
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Detroit Puppeteers Guild will present “A Day of
Puppetry” for children ages 5 - 12. Activities include puppet-making workshops, a puppet exhibit and a store, and a performance of The Princess and the Pea. Registration required.
Visit for registration information and details.

Family Movie Nights

The matinee show is at 4:00 pm, and the evening show is at 6:30 pm. Movies are rated G or PG.
May 26 Penguins of Madagascar
June 23 How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 28 Paddington

“Hero” Comic Jam

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Saturday, June 27
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Join us in creating hero-themed comics. Dan
Merritt, owner of Green Brain Comics in Dearborn and co-founder of the Kids Read Comics convention, will join us. All kids ages 6 - 14
(grades 1 – 8) are welcome! Registration is strongly recommended. Call 313-791-6052 to register. Brad Lowe Puppet Show

Tuesday, July 7
7:00 pm
Brad Lowe will entertain us with his adaptation of the classic tale The City Mouse and the
Country Mouse.

Community Heroes Truck Day

Saturday, July 11 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
We’ll have lots of real trucks for children to see as they learn about different community heroes.

Superhero Sew-time!

Monday, July 13
Caroline Kennedy Library
1:00 – 2:00 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to design, sew and stuff a unique superhero pillow pal! Materials will be provided and children may keep their creations.

Winter in July!
Stories with Santa and
Snowball Games

Saturday, July 25
Caroline Kennedy Library
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
2:00 – 4:00 pm
One of our greatest heroes, Santa Claus, will be here in his off-duty clothes for a special story time. Afterward, children can meet Santa and have their photos taken. Then we’ll head outdoors for fun games with real snow.

Movie: Frozen

Thursday, July 23
2 showings:
12:00 – 2:00 pm and 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Join us for wintery crafts between the movie showings! Crafts

Thursday, July 23 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Teens will decorate gingerbread houses, and younger children will decorate winter cookies!

Summer Reading Finale

Caroline Kennedy Library
Friday, July 31
1:00 – 3:00 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Saturday, August 1
1:00 – 3:00 pm
The Summer Reading Programs conclude with parties at both libraries. We will have games, treats, and crafts. Every child will receive a free book.

Teen Programs

All programs are at the Caroline Kennedy Library unless noted otherwise.

Teen Summer Reading Program

This year’s theme is “Unmask,” and it is all about heroes!
Once registered, teens can record their time spent reading and earn enough points to come to the Teen LockIn party! The Lock-In is a special teen-only party that has food, games, and prizes. There are lots of ways to earn points, including reading, attending programs, and volunteering.

Teen Movie Nights

Championship Belts Unmasked

Thursday, July 2
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, July 14
6:00 - 8:30 pm
guru, Mr. Frank
Neumann, will lead participants
(ages 10 and up) in creating their own wrestling belts. Participants must attend both sessions and registration is required at

The shows starts at 6:00 pm, with the movies generally rated PG-13. Young people ages 13 and up are welcome, and 11 and 12 year-olds may attend with the permission of a parent or guardian. May 28
June 25
Taken 3
July 30

Greek Myth Craft Night

Teen Craft Nights

Superhero Symbol Craft

May 20
June 3
July 1
Join us from 6:00 - 7:00 pm for fun crafts for youth ages 12 – 17. Take home an awesome craft. We’ll make jewelry, pictures, clothing, and more! Shakespearience:
What the Dickens?

Every Wednesday in July, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Final Performance
Thursday, July 30 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Are you interested in theater? Acting? Shakespeare? Join us for Shakespearience! This program will be a once a week meeting for middle and high school students to come and participate in a reader’s theater. Teens will learn how to read and listen to the works of William
Shakespeare, as well as have the opportunity to act it out. Participants will be provided with materials and scripts, and we will have a culminating performance for parents, friends, and library patrons.
Registration required at

Be One of Mr. Jim’s Minions!

Wednesday, July 8
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Re-create a classic Greek myth via craft night!
We will decorate the “head” of hideous Medusa and the mirror that Perseus used to defeat her!
Each participant will make and take home his/ her decorated mirror and Medusa head. Ages
12 - 17 are welcome.
Wednesday, July 15
2 sessions:
2:30 – 3:30 pm and 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Create a cool superhero craft using perler beads! We will use these special melting beads to create superhero symbols, such as the Bat Signal,
Wolverine’s mask, or
Captain America’s shield. Ages 12 - 17 are welcome to participate.

Teen Superhero Movie Marathon

Thursday, July 16
All films are rated PG-13. Young people ages 13 and up are welcome, and
11 and 12 year-olds may attend with the permission of a parent or guardian.
12:00 pm X-Men
2:00 pm The Avengers
5:00 pm The Dark Knight

We are seeking teens (and adults) to help with the Summer Reading Programs.
Teens can earn points toward their summer reading goals and also fulfill community service requirements. To help at Caroline Kennedy Library, contact Mr.
Jim Moir, To help at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library, contact
Carolyn Smith,

Adult Programs

All programs and events are at the Caroline Kennedy Library unless noted otherwise. Attendance at Library events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the
Dearborn Heights City Libraries.

Summer Reading Program
The theme is “Escape the Ordinary” and the program runs from June
19 to August 1. Patrons can register anytime during the program. By reading or listening to books, patrons can earn tickets to be entered in a tin can raffle.

Home Repair and Equity Scams

Tuesday, May 5
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Jodi Speck of the Senior Brigade will review how to recognize potential repair scams and how to work with a contractor. She will also explain reverse mortgages and provide tips to recognize and avoid foreclosure scams.

Movies at the Library

Saturday, May 9
2:30 – 4:30 pm
The Theory of Everything
Wednesday, June 17 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 15
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Our Relations (Laurel and Hardy)

Detroit’s Classic Radio Series

Tuesday, May 19
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear as local historian Larry Zdeb discusses the origins of The
Lone Ranger, The
Green Hornet, and Sgt. Preston, all of whom had their start in the Detroit area in the 30s and
40s. Shirley Ann Russell, who was a child actress on The Lone Ranger radio show, will be a special guest.


Wednesday, May 27 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Having trouble with stress, anxiety or physical pain? Reiki might help. Leslie Cirinesi of Advanced Energy Therapy will perform reiki on all those who attend. While each participant is receiving reiki, Jamie Garrison of Yoga Shala and Wellness Center will lead a meditation session. Bringing Conservation to Cities

Wednesday, June 10
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Detroit River
Refuge Manager Dr. John
Hartig will provide highlights from his new book,
Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International
Wildlife Refuge.

Legs Laman

Tuesday, June 16 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Organized crime historian Paul Kavieff will talk about Joseph “Legs” Laman and his gang, who kidnapped prominent Detroit underworld gangsters and gamblers to solicit ransoms. Hear how this gang was successful during the 1920s, and how
Laman turned on his own gang and eventually worked for Henry Bennett of the
Ford Motor Company.

Ukulele Sing-Along

Wednesday, June 24
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Ukulele players and singers of all abilities are encouraged to join us for an evening of musical fun. From ‘old-time’ favorites to pop classics, music will be projected onto a screen so attendees can follow the lyrics and chords. The ukulele is an easy, inexpensive and fun instrument to play. Bring your ukulele or join the sing-along.

Pet Adoption

Saturday, June 27
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
A Better Place
Animal Rescue and Lake Erie
Metro Animal
Rescue will be at the library with cats and dogs available for adoption.
If you’re considering pet adoption, come visit these animals and you might go home with a new furry friend.

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