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Events & Activities Guide

Read together at the grocery store: A baby bird and a baby skunk.We have lots of activities and events planned for you this summer including:

Programs for all ages

Celebrity Story Time

Meet our special guest who will help us read a story and share some stories of their own about what they do. Special guests will be announced soon!

Fresh Air Flicks

Join us for a movie under the stars as we once again host our outdoor movie nights that start at dusk.  Bring your own lawn chair or camping chair, blankets, and drinks and we'll provide the popcorn! This year we will feature The Jungle Book (2016; rated PG).

Wild About Alpacas

Join us for a visit from Dare2Dream Alpaca Farm & Sand Loam Produce, who will bring one of their alpacas and discuss the process to make wool and knitted products.

Wild About Animals with the Sudbury Party Animals

Is your child an animal-lover? If so, you won't want to miss this interactive and educational hour-long animal show brought to you by Sudbury Party Animals. Learn about, as well as pet and handle, various reptiles and mammals from around the world - like a chinchilla, a bearded dragon, a hedgehog, a rabbit and more! Be sure to bring the camera, because this is one show you won't want to forget! - bilingual program

Listen to a story with your eyes closed: a whale reading to a cat.Wild About Balloons

Summer fun will fly sky high with different balloon activities. Pop by and keep your amusement afloat. - bilingual program

Wild About Challenges

Can you win it in a minute? Take part in several "minute to win it" challenges to see if you have what it takes. Have fun and bring a friend along to challenge. - bilingual program

Wild About Creative Journaling

In this French-language program where youth will learn to combine art and words to express themselves in a colourful journal. - French-language program

Wild About Drama with the Story Tent

Join the drama of interactive story-telling with Val MacMenemy in the Story Tent. Bring your favourite toy animal to the library and listen to, and participate in, Oi Get Off Our Train by award-winning author John Burningham.

Read while standing on one leg: a fox reading while balancing.Wild About Foxes with Danielle Daniel

Join local author and illustrator Danielle Daniel as she reads her book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox and discusses her creative process.

Wild About Kratz

Are you a creature adventurer? Join our adventure and challenge yourself to discover what creature powers you have. - bilingual program

Wild About Magic with The Amazing RenÚ

The Amazing RenÚ presents an Under the Big Top circus show. This presentation will include four characters: a Ring Master, a Magician, a Clown and a Juggler. Each character will have separate costumes and personalities. There will be a circus and carnival-themed music and, of course, plenty of laughs and audience participation. The Ring Master will introduce each character and, with the aid of some quick changes, the magician, the clown and the juggler will perform their feats of wonder and entertainment! - bilingual program

Wild About Mr. Mark's Music

Whether you're singing the praises of macaroni and cheese or bouncing to the beat of the Bucketheads, you'll wind up wigglin' and gigglin' and wanting more Mr. Mark. Armed with a truckload of instruments and enthusiasm, this music show comes all the way from Manitoba.

Wild About Music with Rodney Brown

Rodney's children's concerts are loads of fun for people of all ages. Rodney has the ability to enertain large and small audiences by involving the children every step of the way. The songs and stories are of high interest to the children will entertain and enlighten them with a terrific sense of fun. Brown mixes a rainbow of styles and topics that use the storyteller's magic in getting his message across. With guitar, banjo and dulcimer, Rodney sings an Ojibwe version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' and delights his audience with a rock and roll impromptu rhythm band. - from .

Read together in a forest or a garden: a porcupine and a baby bear.Wild About PokÚmon

Test your PokÚmon skills at at the library! GSPL is hosting a PokÚmon Battle Tournament. Participants will go head-to-head using their personal 2DS or 3DS system, so be sure to bring yours along! - bilingual program

Wild About Puppets with Rabbit and Bear Paws

In this interactive puppet theatre called Rabbit and Bear Paws: The Way, Chad Soloman and his puppets, Rabbit and Bear Paws, retell the story of how the Turtle carries our world on her back and how the tiny muskrat succeeds in giving all of us the greatest gift of all - a place to call home: Turtle Island.

Wild About Science with Let's Talk Science

This bilingual science presentation by Cambrian College students has a wide variety of meaningful science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences incorporated into some fun activities.

Wild About Space with the Ontario Planetarium

Come to the library for a show featuring space and science in a 10-foot mobile planetarium, presented by the Ontario Planetarium. Families must register for showings in advance to secure time slot.

Wild About Stories

Create a story and draw wild animals for the cover. Let your imagination run wild in this fun literacy-based program. - bilingual program

Read upside down: a skunk hanging from a bear's outstretched arm.Wild About Twitch and Fidget with Darryl Salmaso

Join Darryl Salmaso, author and illustrator of Twitch and Fidget (a story about two woodland animals that live in the forests of Northern Ontario), for a reading and discussion about illustrating cartoon animals.

Wild About Writing with Johanna Westby

Local author Johanna Westby (author and illustrator of The Day I Went Fishing on Lake Wanapitei and Fire in the Forest) will give a reading and visit to talk about what it's like to be an author and to discuss her two books.

Windy Lake Campfire Stories

Join us for stories around the campfire in the great outdoors at the Provincial Park. The provincial park will be free to visitors this day.

Summertime items such as a shoverl, a tent, a flipper and sand.

Programs for Preschoolers

Read under the stars: a porcupine reading under the stars in a chair.Fun in the Park

GSPL will join the Greater Sudbury Best Start Hubs for some outdoor fun.

Summer Story Time with Greater Sudbury Museums

Join the staff of Greater Sudbury Museums for story time with crafts at three different museum locations. Come back each week for a new theme, and maybe even go on a tour of the site!

Scribble Time

Join us for an hour filled with stories, songs and scribbling outside the lines.

Story Time

Nurture your child's love of books and reading by joining us for an interactive story time.

Summertime items such as a shoverl, a tent, a flipper and sand.

Programs for Ages 9+

Books Alive Drama Workshop

Local playwright Val MacMenemy presents this all-day drama workshop that will teach children to explore drama, movement, music and sound effects using masks and costumes.

Record a video: a bird videotaping a fox's performance.Build Your Own Instrument with the Maker-in-Residence

Join Pierre Laframboise, our Maker-in-Residence, to create your own musical shaker using wood and rice. Children will learn how to use the rivet tool.

Build a Wooden Maze with the Maker-in-Residence

Using press board, carpentry glue and wood scraps, children will create their own wooden marble maze with our Maker-in-Residence, Pierre Laframboise.

Christopher Healy Author Talk via Skype

Join Christopher Healy, author of The Hero's Guide Trilogy for a discussion on how books are made and to learn about the writing process.

Cartoon Illustration Workshop & Author Visit with Darryl Salmaso

This illustration workshop will provide children the opportunity to explore their creativity and have fun developing their own cartoon characters.

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with the Poet Laureate

Join our city's Poet Laureate, Kim Fahner, to explore poetry that is inspired by, and comments on, visual art.

Draw yourself as a wild creature: a moose drawing himself on a boulderGraphic Novel Workshop with Chad Soloman

Learn how to create a graphic novel page from story concept to page layout using your own personal experiences and imagination and connect the story to the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

LittleBits Makerspace Workshop

Create and learn using LittleBits. What are they? Electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets: no soldering, no wiring and no programming required!

Pioneer Workshops with Greater Sudbury Museums

Join the staff of the Greater Sudbury Museums at the Anderson Farm Museum to discover some fun heritage crafts.

Author Talk and Sled Dog Demonstration with Terry Lynn Johnson

Ever wondered what it's like to be an author? Or have you ever wanted to try mushing a team of sled dogs? Terry Lynn Johnson, the author of Ice Dogs and several forthcoming novels for young readers, talks about how she got started writing, and shows actual pages from her editor. She'll also bring some of her dogsledding gear, explain how sled dogs are trained, and share some mushing stories.

Writing Workshop with Creepy Capreol

Join Matthew Del Papa for a workshop based on the recent short story collection, Creepy Capreol Jr., which features stories from young authors ranged in age from 6 to 18, and whose stories contain everything from monsters to serial killers to bully-avenging ghosts.

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