As always, the Public is invited to attend all Library Commission Meetings and Library events. The Library will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities upon adequate notice. If you need assistance, please call the Bennett Civic Center Library at 734-466-2491 or email lvcc@livoniapubliclibrary.org.
Storytime Programs

Programs for children 12 months to 5 years

Reading Challenges

Ask about Our New Grade School Reading Challenges!

Sandburg Library Programs

30100 Seven Mile Rd.

Kids Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

This Summer, Adventure Begins at Your Library! The Livonia Public Library Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 through July 31, 2024.

Click here for more information

TumbleBookLibrary

Our Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home! It’s unlimited, and FREE for you to use! Explore animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and more! Happy Tumbling!

Click here for more digital downloads

Library Book Bundles

Book Bundles

Need help picking out books? The Children’s Librarians at the Livonia Public Library can put together book bundles to help! Each bundle will include 3-10 books based on a common theme. Fill out a form to request a bundle or stop by the Bennett Civic Center Library to browse our ready-to-go picture book bundles!

Summer Reading

Kids Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program 2024

June 1 – July 31, 2024
Register online beginning June 1, 2024

This summer, adventure begins at your library!

Readers can track their progress online (or pick up a paper reading log at the library) and earn badges, a completion certificate, and free books! In addition, families can enjoy Outdoor Storytimes, The Music Lady, Cameron Zvara, events at Sheldon and Mies Parks, and more! New this year, everyone can participate in the City-Wide Scavenger Hunt!

Tweens (kids entering grades 5-7) will have their own online tracking program and may attend Tween Tuesday events and join our Tween Book Talks.

Completing the program is as easy as 3-2-1! Read 3 hours, complete 2 activities, and attend 1 program.
Mad Science presents Adventure Awaits
All ages welcome
Adventure and science? What more could you ask for? Join us for this fun-filled, interactive science event. No registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Monday, June 17
11-11:45 a.m.

@ Carl Sandburg
Tuesday, June 18
2-2:45 p.m.


Art on the Lawn
All ages welcome
Art opportunities on the lawn. Children 5 and younger will need assistance. Dress for mess! No registration required.

@ Carl Sandburg
Wednesday, June 19
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Unlazy River
All ages welcome
Join us for an obstacle course adventure! Participants will complete a chalk obstacle course around the Bennett Civic Center Library while wearing or holding a pool float! Floats will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own! No registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Monday, June 24
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Adventures in Fencing with Plymouth/Ann Arbor Fencing Academy*
Ages 6 and up
Join us, alongside a professional fencing coach from the Plymouth/Ann Arbor Fencing Academy, for an introduction to the sport of fencing. Attendees will practice techniques with provided props. Regular equipment and gear will be for display purposes only. Registration required.

@ Carl Sandburg
Wednesday, June 26
2-3 p.m.


Phoenix Freerunning Parkour Workshop*
Ages 5 and up
Kids ages 5 and older can learn the basics of parkour and freerunning with this hands-on workshop. Please wear closed-toe shoes with a back. Registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Monday, July 1
11-11:45 a.m. OR
12-12:45 p.m.

@ Carl Sandburg
Tuesday, July 2
2-2:45 p.m.


Music Adventure Begins at your Library with the Music Lady
All ages welcome
The Music Lady will take us on a family-friendly musical adventure with fun and silly interactive songs. Great for preschoolers! No registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Monday, July 8
11-11:45 a.m. AND
6-6:45 p.m.

@ Carl Sandburg
Tuesday, July 9
2-2:45 p.m.


Swamp Creatures
All ages welcome
Swamp Creatures takes an honest, fun, and educational look at popular and often misunderstood animals. No registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Monday, July 15
11-11:45 a.m.


Animals Around the World*
All ages welcome
Join us for an exciting look at animals from different countries and unique ecosystems.

@ Carl Sandburg
Tuesday, July 16
2-2:45 p.m.


Camp Sandburg
Grades 2 and up
Games, songs, crafts, scavenger hunt: all in the spirit of camp! Wear sneakers and sun screen. Hat and water bottle encouraged. No registration required.

@ Carl Sandburg
Wednesdays, July 17 and 24
2-3 p.m.


Cameron Zvara: Comedy Magician & Entertainer
All ages welcome
Back by popular demand! Using a combination of mind blowing magic, hilarious comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation, Cameron’s show is perfect for all ages to enjoy! No registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Monday, July 22
11-11:45 a.m. AND
2-2:45 p.m. AND
6-6:45 p.m.


Alex Thomas & Friends Puppet Show*
All ages welcome
Join us for a fun, interactive puppet show! Throughout the performance, audience members are encouraged to engage with the puppet, becoming an integral part of the story. No registration required at Civic Center Library. Attendance will be capped at the first 50 people at Sandburg Library.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Monday, July 29
11-11:45 a.m.

@ Carl Sandburg
Tuesday, July 30
2-2:45 p.m.


Watermelon Drop
All ages welcome
The 11th Year of the Livonia Watermelon Drop. An event so exciting we had to move it to the Civic Center Library Field! Watch a watermelon obey the Law of Gravity! Thank you to Arbor Man Tree Services for the vertical lift. No registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Wednesday, July 31
(Rain date from 7/10)
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 
Citywide Scavenger Hunt
All ages welcome
A Citywide Scavenger Hunt Adventure begins at your library! Scan the QR code at the Bennett Civic Center Library for your first clue. Can you find all seven QR codes hidden at secret locations across the city? Gather your friends and family for a Hunt and find out!


Hot Air Balloon Craft
All ages welcome
Adventures await at the Livonia Public Libraries! Pick up a hot air balloon stencil and share one of your favorite adventures! Everyone is welcome to pick up a stencil through June and July. The stencil can be found at Sandburg’s reference desk, the Civic Center’s Browsing desk, and in the Civic Center’s Children’s Department.

@ Bennett Civic Center and Carl Sandburg
June 1 – July 31, 2024


Library Rock Snakes
All ages welcome
Let’s work together to create two rock snakes: one at the Civic Center Library and the other at Sandburg! Find a rock and paint it! Once it’s dry, go to one of the libraries and add on to the snake! Let’s see how long we can make them!

@ Bennett Civic Center and Carl Sandburg
June 1 – July 31, 2024


Look for even more programs happening at the Bennett Civic Center Library and Carl Sandburg Library this summer!

Storytime Programs

Storytime Programs

Programs for children 12 months to 5 years

Family Fun Drop-In Storytime
Geared for kids ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome.
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and movement activities. No registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Wednesdays, June 5-July 31
10:15-10:45 a.m. OR
6-6:30 p.m.

 
Family Fun Outdoor Storytime
Geared for kids ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome.
Join us on the back lawn for stories, songs, rhymes, and lots of movement! Bring a blanket or chairs, maybe even snacks! No registration required.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Fridays, June 7-July 26 (weather permitting)
10:15-10:45 a.m.


Outdoor Storytime
Geared for kids ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome.
Bring a blanket & snack while we listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy bubbles! No registration required.

@ Carl Sandburg
Thursdays, June 13 – July 25 (weather permitting)
10:30-11 a.m.


Community Heroes Storytime
Geared for kids ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome.
Let’s celebrate the people who serve our Community with a special storytime! A brave community hero will join us for a story, song, and more! No registration required.

Animal Control Officer Keri Brandon
@ Sheldon Park Pavilion
Saturday, June 22 (weather permitting)
10:15-10:45 a.m.

Ordinance Officer Mike Johnson
@ Mies Park
Saturday, June 29 (weather permitting)
10:15-10:45 a.m.

Sargeant Ryan Hayne, and therapy dog Cooper
@ Sheldon Park Pavilion
Saturday, July 6 (weather permitting)
10:15-10:45 a.m.

Firefighter Dana Timm
@ Sheldon Park Pavilion
Saturday, July 20 (weather permitting)
10:15-10:45 a.m.


Storytime in the Park
Geared for kids ages birth-8, but all ages are welcome.
We’re taking our Outdoor Storytime on the road! Join us for stories, rhymes, and LOTS of movement activities. No registration required.

@ Mies Park
Saturday, July 13 (weather permitting)
10:15-10:45 a.m.

Sensory Shenanigans Storytime in the Park
@ Mies Park
Saturday, July 27 (weather permitting)
10:15-10:45 a.m.


Check back for more Storytimes!
Join us for storytime in the park! Select Saturdays in June and July. More information coming soon!

Reading Challenges

Reading Challenges

Register for all of these programs (plus some for grownups) at livonialibrary.beanstack.org. You can also register at the Children’s Reference Desk.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
For any child from birth until they enter kindergarten.
You are invited to participate in this FREE program which encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their children before they start kindergarten. It’s easy to participate. Mark off the books you have read on your reading log. When you reach 100, show us your log to receive your prize and your new reading log. As children reach their milestones, their names will be displayed in the Livonia Public Libraries on our walls of fame. Sign up on Beanstack today! Click here for staff recommended books.
 
Kindergarten Challenge
This challenge may be completed the June before kindergarten through the end of their kindergarten year.
Continue (or begin) your child’s reading journey by reading 100 books selected for you by the Livonia Public Library’s Children’s Librarians. Simply read a book and mark it off in Beanstack or on the paper log.
 
50 in First Challenge
This challenge may be completed the June before first grade through the end of the school year.
Your child may be beginning to read on their own. Using the 25 pre-selected books and 25 of your child’s choice, complete the 50 in First Challenge by having your child read to you and/or read the books together. Simply read a book and mark it off in Beanstack or on the paper log.
 
Second Grade Storytellers
This challenge may be completed the June before second grade through the end of the school year.
One of the best ways for a child to increase their reading comprehension is to read and book and then tell you what happens. During second grade, you and your child can select 25 books to read together and then have your child tell you the story in their own words. Log the books in Beanstack or on the paper log.
 
Third Grade – True 25
This challenge may be completed the June before third grade through the end of the school year.
Third graders can explore the world of nonfiction. Reading three books in six different categories (biography, social sciences, sciences, technology, poetry, and history/geography) plus seven books in whatever category they like, your child can complete the True 25 challenge. Simply read a book and mark it off in Beanstack or on the paper log.
 
Fourth Grade – Books Outside the Box
This challenge may be completed the June before fourth grade through the end of the school year.
It is important for people to read about cultures outside of their own, and this challenge encourages fourth grade students to read five diverse books. These are books that take place in different countries, have characters of a different race or ethnicity, and/or characters with disabilities, just to name a few examples. Simply read a book and mark it off in Beanstack or on the paper log.
 
Tween Reading Challenge
For Tween readers in grades 5-7. This challenge runs January – December and may be joined at any time.
Complete monthly and bonus challenges for a chance to win a fabulous prize. Sign up on Beanstack today!

Smokey Bear Reading Challenge
Challenge is geared for ages 4 to 10, but all ages are welcome. This challenge runs January 1st to November 28th, 2024 and may be joined at any time.
Smokey Bear turns 80 this year! Join Smokey in completing a reading challenge to learn about wildfires and the environment in honor of his birthday. Register on Beanstack today.

Register for all of these Reading Challenges (plus some for grownups) at livonialibrary.beanstack.org. You can also register at the Children’s Reference Desk.

Civic Center Library Programs

Civic Center Library Programs

32777 Five Mile Rd

Board of Library Tweens (BLTs) Meeting*
Grades 5-7
Monday, May 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tweens, do you have great ideas for programs you’d love to see at the library? Do you have opinions about the books you are reading that you’d love to share? Just love the library? Join us for a Board of Library Tweens Meeting! Chat about the books we love (and hate), talk about upcoming programs, have plenty of snacks, and earn community service credit through volunteer opportunities. For questions contact Kristen Jayska at (734) 466-2458 or kjayska@livoniapubliclibrary.org or Cathy Moeller at (248) 893-4010 or cmoeller@livoniapubliclibrary.org.


Sensory Shenanigans
Ages 3-8
Tuesdays, June 11 and 25; July 9 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join us outside on the west side of the building. Children of all abilities and ages benefit from sensory-based play. It stimulates the brain and helps develop fine and gross motor skills. Children will experience different types of sensory stations with their caregivers. Please wear appropriate clothing that can get wet and a little messy! No registration required.


Tween Tuesdays*
Grades 5-7
Tuesdays, June 18 and 25; July 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 1 p.m.
Registration Required.
June 18: Wayne County Parks
June 25: Candy Sushi
July 2: Free Art
July 9: Pizza Tasting
July 16: Yoga
July 23: Jigsaw Puzzle Contest


My First Book Club*
Grades K-2 with a grown-up
Saturday, May 4 from 10:30-11 a.m.
An introduction to book clubs, during this program we will answer some questions and do a fun activity related to an exciting book we read. The book is yours to keep! Registration required.


Kids & Comics*
Grades 3-4
Saturday, May 4 from 2-3 p.m.
Do you love graphic novels? Then join us for the Kids & Comics book club! We’ll talk about the book, do something crafty related to the book, have some snacks, and just hang out! Registration required beginning Saturday, September 16.


Spring Art ala Carte
All ages welcome
May 5-18 during regular library hours Love our Holiday Art ala Carte? Join us for the spring version! Several spring crafts to make. Samples and instructions will be provided. Adult supervision is required.


Tween Book Talk
Grades 5-7
Thursday, June 20 from 6-7 p.m.
Have you read a book this summer you just need to discuss with someone, good or bad? This is your chance! Join your peers for a book club where YOU get to pick the topic! There is no assigned book to read, just come with a book (or two, or three!) that you’ve read recently, talk about your favorites of all time, and get recommendations from other readers.


Life of a Honeybee*
Ages 5-12
Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Participants will become a member of a Honey Bee hive and learn the different responsibilities and roles of a Honey Bee’s short life. Registration required beginning Saturday, June 1.


Muggle Quidditch
Grades 5-12
Wednesday, July 3 from 6-8 p.m.
Join us as we play our favorite magical sport—Muggle Quidditch! Brooms, water, and snacks provided. Spectators welcome! In the event of inclement weather, this program has a reschedule date of 7/31/24. No registration required.


Hot Air Balloon Craft
All ages welcome
June 1 – July 31 during library hours
Adventures await at the Livonia Public Libraries! Pick up a hot air balloon stencil and share one of your favorite adventures! Everyone is welcome to pick up a stencil through June and July. The stencil can be found at Sandburg’s reference desk, the Civic Center’s Browsing desk, and in the Civic Center’s Children’s Department.


Library Rock Snakes
All ages welcome
June 1 – July 31 during library hours
Let’s work together to create two rock snakes: one at the Civic Center Library and the other at Sandburg! Find a rock and paint it! Once it’s dry, go to one of the libraries and add on to the snake! Let’s see how long we can make them!


Scavenger Hunts
All ages welcome
New every month! Can you find all of the special characters hidden across the children’s room? Find all six of them, tell a librarian, and get a special prize to take home!


Nature Nook with Braille-Enhanced Storywalk®
Enjoy some fresh air and a story! Located behind the Bennett Civic Center Library the Nature Nook was designed and completed by Eagle Scout Candidate Matthew Sas and the Storywalk® was funded by the Livonia AM Rotary. Seedlings Braille Books for Children provided the Braille enhancement. Stories will be available in the Nature Nook from about April through October.


Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
All ages welcome
Grab your family, get outside, and try to find the items on this outdoor scavenger hunt we created. You can also check out our Summer Reading Scavenger Hunts:

Scavenger Hunt :#1
Scavenger Hunt #2

Scavenger Hunt #3


Homeschooling Resources
All ages welcome
Looking for ideas to keep kids reading, thinking, and learning? Try some of these free Homeschooling Resources, including virtual tours, educational resources, and kid-friendly livestreams.

Sandburg Library Programs

Sandburg Library Programs

30100 Seven Mile Rd.

STORYTIMES
See our Storytime information.


Graphic Novel Book Club*
Grades 5-7
Mondays, March 18 and May 13 from 6-7 p.m.
A book club dedicated to our favorite graphic novels. A copy of the book will be available for pick up at the Sandburg Library three weeks before the meeting date. Registration required.


Don’t Read This Book!*
Grades 5-7
Monday, April 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
A crafty, trivia, sometimes book club just for Tweens in grades 5-7! This month we are reading Loot by Jude Watson. All registered participants will be able to pick up a free copy of the book and some crafty goodies. During the program we’ll hang out, compete for trivia prizes, do a themed craft, and talk about the book! Registration required.


Chess Club
Grades 5-12
Thursdays, June 13 and July 18 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Are you looking to hone your chess strategy? If you know how to play chess and need a friend to play against, join us for a drop-in chess club. Learn from each other and see who comes out on top!


STEM Jr.
Ages 8-12
Tuesdays, March 19, and April 16 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Hands-on science fun! Registration Required.


Cookies & Canvas*
Grades 5-12
Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Let your creativity shine with a paint night just for you, snacks included! All supplies provided. Registration required beginning April 2.


Quidditch Training Camp
Grades 5-12
Saturday, June 1 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Brush up on your Quidditch skills or learn to play! Make sure to wear sneakers, sunscreen, and bug spray. Water, snacks, and brooms provided. Training Camp participants will be given priority team placement during our Muggle Quidditch match on 7/3/24. Please note that this program will take place outside the Sandburg Library while the library is closed. Bathrooms will be available for participants.


Library Rock Snakes
All ages welcome
June 1 – July 31 during library hours
Let’s work together to create two rock snakes: one at the Civic Center Library and the other at Sandburg! Find a rock and paint it! Once it’s dry, go to one of the libraries and add on to the snake! Let’s see how long we can make them!


Hot Air Balloon Craft
All ages welcome
June 1 – July 31 during library hours
Adventures await at the Livonia Public Libraries! Pick up a hot air balloon stencil and share one of your favorite adventures! Everyone is welcome to pick up a stencil through June and July. The stencil can be found at Sandburg’s reference desk, the Civic Center’s Browsing desk, and in the Civic Center’s Children’s Department.


Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
All ages welcome
Grab your family, get outside, and try to find the items on this outdoor scavenger hunt we created. You can also check out our Summer Reading Scavenger Hunts:

Scavenger Hunt :#1
Scavenger Hunt #2
Scavenger Hunt #3


Tween Volunteers
Interested in volunteering? Visit our Volunteer page for more information.


*Registration required in person or by phone.


Children under the age of five must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible caregiver over the age of 17 at all times (refer to the Livonia Public Library’s Unattended Children Policy). Children ages five through ten may use the library and attend library programs independently while a parent or caregiver over the age of 17 remains in the library. Please make arrangements for other siblings as necessary.

Robert and Janet Bennett
Civic Center Library


32777 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2491


Mon - Thurs: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m. (September-May)

Carl Sandburg Library


30100 Seven Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: (248) 893-4010


Mon & Tue: 12-8 p.m.
Wed & Thurs: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alfred Noble Library


32901 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150


Closed in 2019 due to
structural issues
and water damage.

Click here for more info.

Vest Pocket Library


15218 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2559


Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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