Easter Fun in Shelby

mascot-easter-bunny-costumeThe Easter Bunny is on his way to Shelby Township! Come meet the floppy-eared hare at any one of our “egg-citing” events planned for the weekend before Easter.

Easter Bunny Lunch at the Shelby Community Center: Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 am. Join the Easter Bunny and a surprise entertainer for a pizza/salad lunch. Remember to bring your cameras and register for this event! Fee, per person, for ages 2 & up: $7 for residents and $12 for non-residents.

Easter Egg Scramble at River Bends Park: Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm for ages 3-5 and 2:00 pm for ages 6-10. A truly festive afternoon will start with an egg hunt, kids will “scramble” to find all the goodie-filled eggs, as well as special “Golden Eggs” that will have a token for a special gift courtesy of Genisys Credit Union. Bring your own basket for egg collection! This is an outdoor, rain or shine, event with no registration and no payment required.

“Egg”citing Easter at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center: Sunday, March 20 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This event will feature an egg hunt, Easter bag and egg decorating activities, and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Remember to register for this event and bring 6 hard-boiled eggs for decorating! Fee is $4 per participating child.

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Learn the Art of Watercolor

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Local artist, Dara Tolbert Brooks will provide tips and techniques to help other artists visualize and capture an image or concept. Participants will experiment with a variety of techniques in a hands-on session and will leave with a completed piece.

Brooks has exhibited at Grosse Pointe Art Center, the Anton Art Center, the Padziewski Gallery in Dearborn and the Downriver Council for the Arts in Wyandotte. Currently, she is teaching watercolors at the Providence Park Hospital Assarian Cancer Center as part of their Healing Arts Program.

This watercolor session with Brooks will be at the Shelby Township Library at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 9th. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online, in person, or over the phone.

Shelby Township Library
586-739-7540
51680 Van Dyke
Shelby Township, MI 48316

Meet Exotic Animals, Big and Small, at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

snaaaakesOn Sunday, March 6 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center will be hosting an Exotic Animal Day, featuring small lizards, snakes, and tarantulas at 11:30 am. A “petting zoo” will also be available during this time, including rabbits, chickens, and other fluffy and feathered friends for those who are wary of the crawly and slithery.

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At 1:00 pm, Naturalist, Dan Farmer will present a live animal program focusing on spiders, both exotic and native to Michigan. At 2:00 pm, you will have a chance to meet larger creatures, including snapping turtles, an American Alligator, snakes, and lizards. You will also be introduced to some exotic pets and get information on which ones are suitable for your lifestyle, and which ones are not. Also covered is basic information about exotic animal care. Many of these pets will be available to touch or hold.

Naturalist and Educator Randy Baker will be the guest presenter for this program. He will be bringing some of his own animals, ones that are not normally seen at the nature center.

As always, cameras are welcome.

Preregistration is available for the first 60 patrons (via WebTrac), guaranteeing you a seat. Walk-ins are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

Fees: $3 per person ages 4 and up

Make something beautiful at Winter Craft Night

Books are meant to be enjoyed, to give the reader passage into a whole new world for them to enjoy. However, what becomes to books when they are broken down, or no longer able to be used, they are made into something more. Come be a part of that wonder and change at the Winter Craft Night.  Winter Craft Night begins at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

The Winter Craft Night will be taking old or broken books that are no longer wanted and making them into something special. Such crafts include making decorative centerpieces for Christmas, making small Christmas trees out of paper, and making flowers out of books.  It is a chance to make something beautiful and recycle.

“This is a chance for books that have lived their lives to be repurposed,” Assistant Library Director Catherine Schmidt said. “You can make them into something new in a creative way.”

All craft items will be provided by the Shelby Township Library, including books and ideas. All that you have to bring is your imagination. No registration is needed to attend.

Cookies in a Jar will give sugary delight to teens

toomanycookiesTeens – want to make a gift that’s great for loved ones this season? Make Cookies in a Jar. Cookies in a jar are beautiful and interesting gift for the holidays. All of the dry ingredients, such as flour and chocolate chips, are rearranged in a jar in layers. All that is needed is to add the wet ingredients separately and you have delicious homemade cookies. Teen Cookies in a Jar Craft Day is an event devoted to making these colorful gifts. This event starts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.cookietray“It’s not meant to be that difficult of a project,” Librarian Bethany Boutin said. “It’s meant to be used as a chance to hang out with friends and spend time together.”cookietrayThis event will teach teenagers to how make an easy and perfect recipe for cookies-in-a-jar. They will also learn to how to decorate their cookie jar, and how to take what they learned home to make even more treats for friends and family.  This event is meant for teenagers between 5th and 12th grade. No registration necessary.

Holiday fun awaits at the Tree-Trimming event

064It’s time to deck the halls and spread lots of holiday cheer. Get in plenty of practice for your own Christmas decorating and have a fun night with the family at the Shelby Township Library’s tree-trimming. The Tree-Trimming event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

This annual event will give you and your family a dash of holiday fun as they help prepare a tree for the holidays. This tree will be displayed throughout the holiday season in the public library, so bring lots of creativity and make the best decorations possible.  Kids will be given clear ornaments to decorate with glitter and other materials. Once finished, the ornament can be either put on the tree for everyone to see, or be taken home to be put on your own tree.

Light refreshments will be provided. This event is meant for children of all ages. No registration necessary.

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Stuffed Animal Sleep-over promises fuzzy fun for children

it'sunBEARable There’s a very special sleep-over happening at the Shelby Township library, and your child is invited. But don’t forget their favorite stuffed animal, they’re invited too. The Stuffed Animal Sleepover starts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave. This event is sure to be a fun-filled night for both your child and their stuffed animal friend.

“It’s so nice to see the kids with their stuffed animals,” Librarian Bethany Boutin said. “You really know that they love them a lot.”

Your child will get to hear a fun story from a staff member, and then be given their own blank picture frames to decorate. At the end of the sleep-over, they get to tuck their animals into bed and say good-bye to them. Come by the following week to claim your child’s stuffed animal and picture frame. But the frame won’t be empty, it’ll have a special photo of the fun your child’s stuffed animal had at its very own sleep over.

This event is designed for children ages three and up. No registration needed.