Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library

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Summer Reading Program
As in years past, the library is encouraging kids ages birth to 18 to earn prizes while they read for pleasure!  Sign up any time after school gets out.  For every 5 unique, reading-level-appropriate titles you read this summer, you can earn a scratch off ticket.  (Beginning readers' procedure is slightly different.)  Each ticket wins a prize!  Prizes include sweet treats, free books, mystery prizes and more!  Ask for details at the library.  We know you can't spend the whole summer reading, so there are lots of fun activities happening at the library, too.  Come on in and enjoy!  You do not have to sign up for the reading program to take part in any of the events.

Download the Teen Summer Reading Program flyer here.

Video Game Free Play | Various Dates
For kids in grades 4 and up.  Blow off some steam playing Nintendo Switch video games with your friends!

  • Fri., July 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Tue., July 30 at 2 p.m.
  • Wed., Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.

Nintendo Switch Video Game Tournaments
Get your game on with your friends and play for prizes!  Game brackets will be created the day of the tournament.  Snacks and drinks provided.  Prizes will be announced at the event.

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | Fri., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.

Pottery Fun | Thurs., July 18 at 1 p.m.
Limit 24 students, grades 3 and up.  Registration required.
Plainwell Arts Council's Cathy Green will bring her clay studio to the library once again so you can create an original ceramic project.

Nature Prints with the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center | Tues., July 23 at 1 p.m.
Class size is limited to 12.  Registration required.
Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for a class that highlights the beauty of nature.  Using inks in different colors you will be able to create prints using leaves, grasses, flowers, and feathers from the grounds of the library or from your  home.  Feel free to bring any natural item that lies flat (examples would be leaves, flowers, rocks, sticks, etc.) to make your prints.  You will go hme with multiple pieces of work.

Harry Potter Birthday Trivia | Wed., July 31, 6-8 p.m.
Registration required.
All new questions!  This was so much fun last year that we decided to do it again.  Gather some friends and make a team -- groups answer questions together.  Team members may be mixed ages.  Family teams are encouraged.  Questions will be taken from the books and the films.

Bad Art Contest | Thurs., Aug. 8, 6-8:30 p.m.
We'll provide the raw materials, you make the awful art.  The "worst" pieces of art will be awarded tacky trophies at the end of the night.

Nerf War (grades 8-12) | Fri., Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m.
Registration required.
Registration is now mandatory to prevent overcrowding.  Players should mark equipment with name.initials in permanent marker so it can be claimed at the end of the night.  The typical blue and orange darts and 150 blaster balls will be provided by the library.  However, if your blaster uses a different kind of ammo, you will need to bring your own.  Snacks and beverages will be provided, but not pizza, so please eat dinner first.

Ongoing Teen Events

Games Galore | Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., June 20 through August 22 (no Games Galore on July 4th and July 11th)
While away a hot afternoon playing board games with other enthusiasts.  Please bring your own games; you can also play the library's selections.  Players between the ages of 7-16 will enjoy this most.


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Ransom District Library - 180 S. Sherwood Ave. - Plainwell, Michigan 49080
Phone: 269-685-8024 - Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10-9 - Fri & Sat: 10-5 - Sun: 1-5

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