Caribbean Steel Drums

Enjoy an interactive performance by a Caribbean Steel Drum band!

All ages are welcome. No registration required.

Dates and Locations:

  • Eastern Branch: July 11, 10:30 AM
  • Summit Branch: July 11, 2 PM
  • Spring Arbor Branch: July 11, 5:30 PM
  • Grass Lake Branch (held at Lost Railway Museum): July 24, 11 AM
  • Carnegie Library: July 24, 1:30 PM
  • Hanover Branch: July 24, 4 PM

This event is part of Summer Discover programming.

Summer Discover Finale Festival

Join us at Horace Blackman Park in downtown Jackson for a party in the park to celebrate the end of Summer Discover!

From 11 AM-2 PM, we’ll have live music and yard games, including a bounce house! Then, you can enjoy a free showing of Harold and the Purple Crayon at 2:30 PM the Michigan Theatre.

Read with a Dog

What better way to achieve your reading goal this summer than to read with a dog! Join us at the Jackson County Animal Shelter to show some love to a dog in need by reading them a story.

All ages are welcome, however younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Session Dates:

  • June 20, 5-6:30 PM
  • July 12, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Call our Youth Services Department at 517-905-1331 to register for a session.

Birds of Prey: A Bird’s Eye View

Join us to discover birds of prey, including hawks, owls and falcons from the Outdoor Discovery Center! You’ll get to see the birds up close and learn about their habitat, as well as explore hands-on artifacts including skulls, feathers, pelts, and talons.

Families are welcome. No registration required.

Dates and Locations:

  • Brooklyn Branch: June 13, 11:30 AM
  • Summit Branch (held at Vandercook Lake Lions Club): June 13, 2 PM
  • Eastern Branch: June 27, 11 AM
  • Meijer Branch: July 26, 11 AM
  • Carnegie Library: July 26, 1:30 PM
  • Parma Branch (held at the Parma Masonic Lodge): July 26, 4 PM

This event is part of Summer Discover programming.

What Does a Park Ranger Do?

What’s is like working at a National Park as a Park Ranger? How does someone become a Park Ranger? These questions and more will be answered by JDL’s own Bambi Skrzynski, former National Parks Ranger.

Children of all ages are encouraged to join us this summer for a presentation and Q&A about this exciting career.

Dates and Locations:

  • Eastern Branch: June 18, 11:30 AM
  • Brooklyn Branch: June 25, 11:30 AM
  • Meijer Branch: July 9, 11 AM
  • Henrietta Branch: July 30, 3 PM

No registration required.

This event is part of Summer Discover programming.

Exploring Our National Parks

Join us for a presentation exploring some of America’s National Parks with Jackson photographer, author and historian, Douglas Leffler.

Douglas will cover a select number of National Parks that he and his wife Sandra visited over the years, followed by a discussion on visiting Michigan’s State parks and our local parks.

Dates and Locations:

  • Summit Branch: June 17, 6 PM
  • Spring Arbor Branch: June 20, 5:30 PM
  • Carnegie Library: June 29, 3 PM
  • Brooklyn Branch: July 22, 6 PM

Intended for adults. No registration required.

This event is part of Summer Discover programming.

Kaboomistry

Michigan Science Center presents Kaboomistry!

Why do things explode? Kids can learn about the relationships between pressure, temperature, and fuel to explain why things go KA-BOOM! We’ll mix physics and chemistry to get some loud, flashy effects!

No registration required.

Dates and Locations:

  • Meijer Branch: June 12, 11 AM
  • Spring Arbor Branch: June 12, 3 PM
  • Napoleon Branch: July 10, 1:30 PM
  • Carnegie Library: July 10, 4 PM

This event is part of Summer Discover programming.

Comedy Magic Show

Join us for a Comedy Magic Show full of amazement & fun with Comedy Magician & Entertainer – Cameron Zvara!

Cameron’s show is filled with mind blowing magic, squeaky clean comedy, and tons of audience participation.

No registration required. All ages and families are welcome.

Dates and Locations:

  • Meijer Branch: June 6, 3 PM
  • Concord Branch: June 11, 3 PM
  • Henrietta Branch: June 11, 6 PM
  • Grass Lake Branch (Held at Grass Lake Township Hall): June 28, 11:30 AM
  • Springport Branch (Held at Springport Township Hall): June 28, 2:30 PM
  • Spring Arbor Branch: July 25, 5 PM

This event is part of Summer Discover programming.

Magical Monarchs

Join a Dahlem Center Naturalist Educator to explore how amazing one of our most beloved insects truly is; the beautiful, magical Monarch Butterfly!

You’ll learn all about these tiny creatures’ life cycle, their treacherous 3,000 mile migration, and actions we can take to help them survive many threats that are continuing to lower their population to critical levels.

Registration is required from this program. Please call or stop by your branch to register. All ages and families are welcome.

Dates and Locations:

  • Summit Branch: June 6, 2 PM
  • Parma Branch (held at Parma Masonic Lodge): June 7, 2 PM
  • Concord Branch: June 14, 2 PM
  • Napoleon Branch: June 26, 2 PM

This event is part of Summer Discover programming.

Discover Michigan Wrap-Up Tour

Let’s take a road trip across the great Mitten State to wrap up Summer Discover 2023!

Pick up a passport at any JDL location from July 21-31 and start making your way around the district to explore all 13 Michigan destinations represented at the branches.

Visit 3 locations to earn a frisbee, visit 7 locations to earn a pair of sunglasses and visit 10 locations to earn a drawstring bag.

Activities will be available until 30 minutes before each location closes during the week of the Wrap-Up Tour.