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Local library users know that Libraries Rock!
Experience all the fun as Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) kicks off its annual Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” on Monday, June 4th. Beginning on May 21st, participants can pre-register online at or inside the library. On June 4th, patrons can start rocking and tracking their reading and activities progress from home, as well as earn badges and prizes, play fun games and learn valuable tips. The seven-week program runs through Friday, June 27.

New this year, track your reading, listening to audio books, watching movies and participating in activities with the fun, online tracking system or ask library staff to track things when you visit at the library.

Studies show that kids who read during the summer maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. Last year, 1,200 children, teens and adults participated in the MRL Summer Reading Program, which includes more than 30 programs to enrich learning and make the summer fun.

This year’s premiere sponsor is the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library.
Prize sponsors: Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, Warm Glow Candle Company, Richmond Jazz, and 5th Street Bagel.

Morrisson-Reeves Library has served the people of Richmond, Indiana since 1864. MRL is well known for signature services and programs like Storytimes, Free Computer Classes, Reading Clubs, Reader’s Advisory, Local History, Research, Summer Reading Programs and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the mission of “connecting people to information, inspiration, and infinite opportunities.” which positions MRL to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources. We are the community’s resource for lifelong learning.


Space Rocks Escape Room
June 7 at 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 pm

Supervillain Landslide has created a deadly machine called the “Petrifier.” If you don’t stop Landslide, all humanity will be turned into stone! Please help us.
Registration is required. Scroll up and click on the calednar item to register or call the library at
Ages 12-19.

All summer long, drop in Friday evenings, Saturday, and
Monday for themed station activities for preschool and
elementary aged children and their families.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
June 12, July 3 at 10 AM

Rain or shine, meet us at McBride Stadium for storytime with Richmond Jazz players. Earn a pair of tickets for that night’s game for attending.

Library Jeopardy
June 19 at 4 - 6pm in the Bard Room

Jeopardy quiz game for all ages.
Rock your Jeopardy Trivia skills at MRL's game night. Bring your family and friends to match wits to answer our trivia focusing on local history, music and random trivia.
Be here by 4:00pm to setup teams and build your strategy.

The Day the Crayons Put on a Puppet Show
July 5 at 3 pm

MRL staff present Drew Daywalt’s pair of picture books, The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, in puppet form.

Empire Records Escape Room
July 19 at 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 pm

Empire Records most popular artist, Seth Nuffer, is working on his next big hit. He stayed up all night to finish writing his song before debuting it on the Tonight Show, but now the song is gone. Help him find it before his career is ruined.
Ages 9 and older.

Rock the Library
July 28 at 2 pm

Wrap up summer reading and celebrate with a dance party for everyone, plus party and carnival games for the family. Earn an invitation by completing summer reading. Summer reading raffle prizes will be awarded, attendance not required.

AGES 2-6

Wednesdays at 10 AM
Rock out Wednesday

June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 11, 18, 25
Stories, rhymes, music, movement, and more for the preschool set.

AGES 6-12
Tuesdays at 2 PM

June 5
Master Mosaic
Create your own artwork that will become part of a whole to be displayed in the library.

June 12
Elephant Festival

The elephant festival is celebrated every year in Jaipur, India. Learn about the Elephant festival and make your own colorful elephant.

June 19
Egg Carton Geodes

We'll make colorful, sparkly geodes using things found in every kitchen.

June 26
Kenyan Masks

Masks are a well- known and admired art of Kenya. Explore the tradition and make one of these colorful masks.

July 3
Brazilian Rain Sticks

Discover the beliefs surrounding Brazilian rain sticks and how this musical instrument is used by the people of the Amazon rainforest.

July 10
Crafting Creations

Screen Free Zone.  Imagine. Design. Create.

July 17
Rock with Rhythm!

Explore with rhythm and make new music, using cups, sticks and of course, our own hands!

July 24
Story Stones

Paint a set of stones with people, places, and things and use them to create your own stories!

AGES 12-18
Wednesdays at 5 pm

June 6
Geode Necklace

Make a geode necklace for yourself, or a friend, if you can bear to part with it.

June 13
Rock Yo’ Buttons

Make rock or punk themed buttons for your gear.

June 20
Mosaic Masterpiece

What do you do with old scratched CD/DVD? You create a
mosaic with pieces of CD's and DVD's, of course! A masterpiece that you can't mess up!

June 27
SongPop Party Tournament

Bring your music knowledge and compete to see who can
recognize songs the quickest.

July 11
Junk Yard Teens

Curious of what's inside a record player or TV? Learn the
inner-workings of electronics. Come dismantle old junk &
salvage the parts for a future program.

July 18
Junk Masters - Upcycle Artist

Pick out of our junk pile and create a work of art. Let your
imagination run wild! ANY SKILL LEVEL!

July 25
Vinyl Designs

Get creative by making an item out of old vinyl records. We will also be playing some classics on vinyl. What a beautiful sound that a vinyl makes!

Book Discussions
Thursdays at 6 PM

Pizza, Pop, and Paperbacks
A family book club for children who have completed grades
4-6. Books will be available at the library at least 1 month ahead of time.

June 14
Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan

July 12
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Snacks and Stories
Thursdays at 6 PM

A family book club for children who have completed grades
1-3. Books will be available at the library at least 1 month ahead of time.

June 28
Bink and Gollie by Kate Dicamillo

July 26
The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

Chanticleer String Quartet
Performing at MRL
Friday, August 3
2PM in the Bard Room

The Chanticleer Quartet will be offering their summer concert at MRL. Free and open to the public. Guest artist TBA

Sponsored by: The Friends and Peter Bartel,Vista Investment Partners

This event is free and open to the public.

Join in the Conversation!
Book Club Sessions will meet in the Conference Room in the Information Services on the specified dates listed. Books may be picked up at the Information Services Desk beginning on the registration dates listed. Registration for this club is limited. Sign-up today! There is no charge for this event.

June 20 at 6pm Book Available: May 16
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

Book Club: July 18 at 11am
Books Available: June 20
Title: Between the World and Me
By: Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society. In this short memoir, the Atlantic writer explains that the tragic examples of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the results of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people—a structure that includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation. From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States.

Book Club: Aug. 15 at 6pm
Book Available: July 18
Title: The Ascent of Rum Doodle
By: W. E. Bowman

Led by the reliably underinsightful Binder, a team of seven British men—including Dr. Prone (constantly ill), Jungle the route-finder (constantly lost), Constant the diplomat (constantly arguing), and 3,000 Yogistani porters—set out to conquer the highest peak in the Himalayas. Though a parody, it has become one of the most famous and celebrated books of mountaineering literature.

Book Club: Sep 19th at 11am
Book Available: Aug.
Title: Station Eleven
By: Emily St. John

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians, called The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

Storytimes for Kids

Storytimes run from January - May and September - December.
(no storytimes June - Mid August)
No registration is required to attend. This is a free program.

Wigglers (0-24 months) -Tuesdays at 10:00 am
This program runs Mid August through May
Build a love of reading and develop social skills. Lasts around 20-30 minutes!

Alphabet Adventures (2-5 year olds) - Wednesdays at 10:00am
This program runs Mid August through May
Talk! Sing! Paint! Play! Listen to a story! Learn about the alphabet and more. Join Ms. Nancy - It's an adventure! Lasts about 35-45 minutes!

Evening Storytime (3-5 yrs) - Thursdays at 5:30 pm
This program runs Mid August through May
A hands-on creative discovery of books, crafts, and fun. Lasts about 35-45 minutes!

Music and Movement (2-5 year olds) - Thursdays at 10 am
This program runs Mid August through May
Enhance reading readiness and physical literacy with stories, music, and more! Lasts about 35-45 minutes!







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