5130 Davenport Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917

Summer Program

Oceans of Possibilities 2022

Join us for a water-themed summer program! DTDL is offering a variety of in-person, outdoor, take-home, and virtual programs for all ages throughout the summer. Discover treasure, explore new depths, and learn about the wonders of the oceans.


Kickoff Events
Summer Program Kickoff 
Saturday, June 11
10 am–12 pm
All ages. Dive into Oceans of Possibilities with our 2022 Summer Program! Discover treasure at our fun-filled kickoff event, including outdoor games and activities throughout the library. Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and learn about this summer’s lineup of events. 

Teen Summer Kickoff 
Friday, June 10
5:30-7:30 pm 
Ages 13-18. Bring your friends and join us at the library for a teens-only game night, featuring a mix of video, board, and active games, plus tasty treats. Sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge for a chance to win awesome prizes. 

Summer Reading Challenge
June 1-August 20
All ages are invited to join our reading challenge this summer, from babies to adults. Earn prizes and enter drawings by reading and completing activities all summer long. Beginning June 1, participate with a paper reading log or use the Beanstack app or website


Get Started: To register for the Summer Reading Challenge, create or sign into your Beanstack account using the Beanstack website or mobile app and join the "Summer Challenge 2022." Families can sign up everyone under one account and use Beanstack to track each person’s reading and activities! Tip: Be sure to log minutes/time to earn points in the summer challenge. 

You can also use paper logs (available to pick up at the Youth Services desk or download and print below) in conjunction with Beanstack or on their own. The Adult Summer Reading Challenge is only available on Beanstack.
Early Readers (best for ages 0-3)
Kids (best for ages 4-8)
Teens (best for ages 9-18)

Contact Youth Services for assistance with Beanstack at 517-321-4014 x3 or read our Beanstack FAQ. Using the Beanstack app? Watch our short video tutorial to learn the basics.

Prizes: All participants in the youth challenges will earn prizes with each level they complete. Prizes can be picked up at the Youth Services desk. Prize drawings will also be held for all ages! Check out the variety of prizes you can win on display at the library.

New for 2022! All families with finishers (18 & under) of the Summer Reading Challenge are eligible to have a "Home of a Summer Reader" yard sign delivered to their home! (One sign per family.) Once your child(ren) has finished the challenge (earned their completion badge in Beanstack or completed the last level on their paper log), fill out this form to register for a yard sign. Library staff will contact you with a delivery date.


Summer Event Highlights
DTDL is offering a variety of programs this summer.  Check out our event calendar for a full schedule and see some of the highlights below.

MissyInteractive Hoop Dance with Lansing Hoops
Monday, June 27
2 pm and 3 pm
Kids ages 5 & up. Join us as Miss Missy from Lansing Hoops shares unbelievable hula hoop tricks, dance moves, and more in this 45-minute interactive program. This program will be held outside on the library’s lawn if weather permits. Two sessions will be offered and space is limited. Register here.

ZooFur, Feathers, Scales and Slime

Saturday, August 6
10:30 a.m.
All ages. Why do some animals have fur while others have feathers? What’s that slimy stuff on frogs used for? Potter Park Zoo will share pelts and artifacts to demonstrate some of the basic differences between birds, reptiles, fish, mammals, and amphibians. This program will be held outside on the library’s lawn if weather permits.

Youth Art Show
Children and teens, ages 6-18, are welcome to submit a piece of art from June 13 through July 9. Submission forms are available at the Youth Services desk and can be downloaded here. All submitted artwork will be on display in the library from July 12-August 11. The artwork will be judged by a panel of judges, and the community is welcome to vote for their favorite pieces. Winners will be announced at a drop-in reception for artists, friends and family, and the local community on Thursday, August 11 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Park Playdates
Friday, June 17, 3-4:30 pm (Delta Mills Park) 
Saturday, July 23, 10-11:30 am (Grand Woods Park)
Thursday, August 11, 10-11:30 am (Sharp Park) 
All ages. Join your library friends for playground fun throughout the summer at Delta’s parks! Meet up with other families to play and enjoy different activities with library staff at each park. In the event of bad weather, playdates may be canceled. Check our events calendar or call 517-321-4014 x3 for up-to-date information.

Grab & Go Meal Kits
2nd & 4th Tuesdays (5-7 pm)
Fridays, June 24-August 5 (12-1 pm)
DTDL continues to partner with the Greater Lansing Food Bank to offer Grab and Go Meal Kits. Kits include a variety of food and anyone under 18 is eligible with no registration. Pick up a meal kit on Fridays in the library lobby from 12-1 pm. Kits may also be requested at the Youth Desk or for carside pickup anytime.

Adult Bookmark Contest
June 13–July 1
Take part in DTDL’s Adult Bookmark Contest. The contest is open to adults (18+). Contest forms are available at the library’s Adult Services desk or can be downloaded here. You can return completed entry forms to the Adult Services desk or email them to Contest forms must be submitted whole (do not cut out bookmark). Entries are due by 5 pm on July 1. Winners will be notified by email after July 15. For more information call 517-321-4014 x4.

Ocean Meditations
Thursday, July 21
6 pm
Adults. Join us for a special beginner meditation session led by Betty Gauthier, featuring the sounds of the ocean. Learn about the meditation practice and enjoy a guided meditation with ocean sounds. No experience required. Register here.


Ongoing Activities
We have additional activities for all ages that can be enjoyed anytime throughout the summer.  

Aquatic Adventures
June 1-August 20
All ages. Explore the wonderful world of water in the Lansing area and our Great Lakes State while enjoying the outdoors and engaging in fun learning activities. Beginning June 1, pick up an Aquatic Adventures passport from DTDL or download one here. Check off the activities as you complete them and turn in your passport to earn a family fun prize pack!     

Take It & Make It
All ages. DTDL offers free monthly Take It & Make It kits for kids and adults, with activities appropriate for different ages and skill levels (5 & under, 5-8, 9-18, and 18+). Kits may include arts & crafts, STEM, and/or literacy activities and each kit contains instructions and supplies for one or more projects. New kits are available each month while supplies last. Kits may be picked up at the library’s Youth Services desk or requested for carside pickup. Learn more here.

MiLibraryQuest: Treasures of the Deep
June 15-July 31
Grades 6-12. Enter this online scavenger hunt from libraries across Michigan. Complete a crossword puzzle by finding clues on the websites of Michigan libraries and enter to win an Amazon gift card! Answers to the puzzle will include famous pirates, real shipwrecks, and mythological monsters. Get started here.