5H Community Read KICK OFFGantosWithBook
Saturday, Sept. 12 10am-2pm
Grass Lake Heritage Days
Drop-In | All Ages

In addition to the book, a variety of free programs and events will be available in all five communities, starting with our Kick Off event on Saturday, September 12 from 10am to 2pm at the Grass Lake Heritage Day Festival

Heritage Days Festival, Grass Lake, MI

Heritage Days Festival, Grass Lake, MI


Bring your whole family, pick up a copy of the book, and get a brochure to find out more. For a listing of all our Community Read programs see Events below, to find locations to pick up a book see the Book pickup page.


author-portrait-1Up Close & Personal With Jack Gantos!
Saturday, October 17 11:00am
Washington Street Education Center Auditorium,
500 Washington Street

Join us for a visit from award-winning author, Jack Gantos! Hear insights about his experience described in Hole in My Life, this year’s 5H Community Read book chosen for this year’s them of Avoiding Unhealthy Substances. A book signing will take place after the presentation. Books will be for sale courtesy of Just Imagine bookstore, and refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to this free event!

Chelsea 5H Community Read Events

Chelsea District Library | 221 South Main Street | Chelsea, MI 48118
To register call (734) 475-8732 or visit for a complete listing of programs in your community.

Positive Being: Yoga for Every Day
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 23 & 30 | Oct. 7 | 7:00-8:15pm | McKune Room Registration Required

Final Logo - White Background (Transparent) (1)Exercise is a natural mood enhancer that can help you make better choices in your life and for your body. Yoga is a great choice for exercise and it also teaches skills that can enable you to better handle life’s challenges. Bring your mat and join us as instructors from Breathe Yoga lead you through an engaging practice focused on staying positive even when life feels overwhelming.

Zentangles ®  : Doodling with Direction!Daniele Zentangle 2
Sunday, Sept. 20 | 1:30-3:00pm | McKune Room | Ages 12+ Registration Required

Zentangle® is known to many artists as a way to create structured designs through drawing various patterns. Creating Zentangles ® helps you stay focused, mindful and eases stress!  Instructor Daniele O’Brien will teach every step in the process, which is fun and easy! The beautiful results are a wonderful extra benefit! Class size is limited so please register in advance.

UnguardedMovie Showing : Unguarded (2011)
Sunday Sept 20 | 3:00-4:00pm | McKune Room | Rated TV-14 Registration Required

Teens and adults are invited for a screening of this ESPN film about the life and struggles of basketball superstar, Chris Herren. As a high school basketball standout, his basketball career took him from Boston College to Fresno State and all the way to the NBA. However, it also led him down a 10-year-long spiral of addiction that almost cost him his life. Join us for this film following Herren’s journey through addiction to recovery.

Family Relaxation Night
Thursday, Oct. 15 | 6:30-7:30pm | McKune Room & KidSpot

The whole family is invited to enjoy stress reducers at our first ever Family Relaxation Night. Visit four different stations during the evening and have fun with Breathe Yoga, massage, making anti-stress balls, doing Zen doodling and adult coloring. Our goal for the evening is to provide coping skills for our busy lives.

Hole in My Life - 3Community Read Book Discussion
Monday, Oct. 19 | 7:00-8:30pm | McKune Room
Registration Required

If you read Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos. this is your opportunity to share your thoughts. Join us for light refreshments and discuss with others the them of “avoiding unhealthy substances” in relation to Gantos’ mistakes as a young adult and his ability to recover and become an award-winning author.

PhotoVoice Gallery
Thursday, Oct. 22 | 6:30-8:00pm | McKune Room

The PhotoVoice project created by SRSLY asked Chelsea Middle and high school students to explore and communicate their perceptions and experiences related to underage drinking and illegal drug use. They were challenged to link photography and public service message, resulting in a powerful impact. Join us for a gallery event to view and discuss these thoughtful student images displayed throughout the library, enjoy refreshments and vote on the piece that speaks to you. In partnership with SRSLY.

Additional Community Resources to Help Avoid Unhealthy Substances

Project Sticker Shock | Sept. 21 – 27, 2015DSCN0201
This is a community awareness campaign designed to educate adults who might purchase alcohol and illegally provide it to minors. The project unites youth, business owners, parents, and law enforcement in a partnership striving for a common goal: reduce underage drinking. During Project Sticker Shock, high school volunteers place bright green stickers on cases of beer and wine coolers. The stickers read, “It is illegal to purchase/provide alcohol to minors. Fines are up to $2,500 or 1 year in jail.” This event takes place during homecoming and prom seasons in order to reduce underage drinking in Chelsea youth.

DSC00392Guiding Good Choices
Wednesdays |11:00am-1:00pm | Sept. 23 & 30 |OCt. 7*, 14 & 21
Atrium Conference Room C | St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
775 S. Main Street | Registration Required

GGC is an adult education program that has been proven to reduce youth drinking and drug use. Consisting of five weekly two-hour workshops, the program covers communication, strengthening bongs with kids,  teaching them refusal skills, and empowering them to make independent, responsible decisions. It is ideal for parents and non-parents, including adults working with children or those who have frequent interactions with pre-teens and teens ages 9-14. This intervention will be led by one of the community’s trained GGC Facilitators. To register, call (734) 593-5279.
October 7 meeting from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

SRSLY Anti-Drug Contest | Oct. 23 -31, 2015CMYK SRSLY Celebration_090811_0167
Every year SRSLY likes to celebrate Red Ribbon Week, a national annual alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention campaign, by hosting a Anti-Drug Contest in Chelsea. What’s an Anti-Drug? It’s anything positive in your life that keeps you from using drugs. Family, friends, sports, art, music, pets, hunting and just plain fun are some of the examples shared by kids each year.

The contest invites students to create something that shares their anti-drug in a creative way. We received so many great posters, poems, pictures, movies and other creations.

SRSLY Programs & Resources Go to to find out more.


Dexter 5H Community Events

Dexter District Library | 3255 Alpine Street| Dexter, MI 48130
To register call (734) 426-4477 or visit for a complete listing of programs in your community.

KinderConcert!Dexter _a2soKC-kinderconcert
Saturday, Sept. 26 | 10:00am Lower Level Meeting Room

KinderConcert is a free, 30-minute concert designed especially for children 5 years and younger. Members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra join child movement expert, Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. September will feature Karen Donato demonstrating the violin. This fun, interactive learning environment allows children the opportunity to enjoy music while encouraging learning and creativity. Everyone is welcome.

Rotten Ralph Guessing Contest
Oct. 1-30 | Youth Reference Desk

Kids ages 12 and younger may stop by the Youth Department and look for our Rotten Ralph Display and Guessing Contest. Enter and you have a chance to win a $10 Toys R Us gift card. Winners will be announced on October 30.

Connect with Others Movie Nights
Thursdays | Oct. 1,8,15,22 & 29 | 7:00PM
Lower Level Meeting Room | Drop-In

Stop by the Library for a free showing of a feature film related to the ‘Avoid Unhealthy Substances’ Community Read theme. A discussion of the book and movie will follow the screen and we will adjourn to a local restaurant at the discretion of those in attendance. While everyone is welcome films selected are geared for an adult audience and not suitable for younger children. Films will include: October 1The Days of Wine and Roses starring Jack Lemmon (NR); October 9 – Reefer Madness the cult classic (NR); October 16 – Gridlock’d starring Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur (R); October 23 – Documentary Night featuring Kids on Ice and Legally High (NR); October 30 – The Hijacked Brain by Bill Moyers (NR)

Who Really Uses Drugs in Washtenaw County?
Tuesday, Oct. 6 | 7:00pm | Lower Level Meeting Room

Join Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement and Community Outreach Worker Ashton Marr from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office for a discussion of the state of youth drug use in Washtenaw County. Jackson will also discuss prevention measures that can help parents help their children avoid drugs and alcohol as well as activities that have been successful in steering kids into positive lifestyles.

Game On! @ the Library
Thursdays | Oct. 8, 15, 22 & 29 | 3:30-5:00pm
Lower Level Meeting Room | Drop-In

Kids and Teens in grades 4 through 12 are invited to stop by the Library anytime between 3:30 and 5:00pm and drop-in on a game of your choice. Meet up with friends or make new ones. Ping Pong, Foosball and various board games will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite game to share. Snacks will be provided.

Healthy Sushi with Ming
Tuesday, Oct. 13 | 7:00pm | Lower Level Meeting Room
Registration Required

Chef Ming returns to the Library and will help you learn to make vegetarian sushi rolls. Ming’s recipes will include gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options incorporating tofu, vegetables, seaweed and other tasty items. Bring a small container if you would like to take your sushi roll home. Registration for this program will begin on September 12. Call the Adult Reference at 734-426-4477 to register.

Fearless Parenting
Wednesday, Oct. 21 | 7:00pm | Lower Level Meeting Room

Parenting is a challenge for all of us! When children struggle with attention, temperament, or behavior, parenting can be an especially challenging job. Jewel McGowan, LPC of Mission Assessments & Personalized Services, LLC will introduce strategies and tools to use at home to decrease the arguing, increase children’s compliance, and more importantly, to help kids feel successful.

Grass Lake 5H Community Read Events

Jackson District Library | 130 W. Michigan Ave | Grass Lake, MI 49240
To register call (517) 522-8211 or visit for a complete listing of programs in your community.

Community Read Movie Night: Unguarded
Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 6:00pm
UnguardedJackson District Library Drop-In Rated TV-14

Watch a special ESPN documentary depicting an NBA player’s nightmare descent into drugs. Chris Herren was a “can’t miss” basketball superstar until drug addiction eventually destroyed his career. With the support of his wife and family, Herren struggles to conquer his demons and reclaim his life. The movie has a motivating message that speaks to people. (51 min) Refreshments will be provided.

Community Read Book Discussion
Monday, Oct. 12 | 6:00-7:00pm | Jackson District Library
Drop-In | Adults

Join in a lively discussion of the Community Read book: Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos. The Grass Lake Literary and Chocolate Society will share thoughts about Gantos and his autobiography. Light refreshments will be served, including something delicious and chocolate.

JXN Community Forum: Should Marijuana be Legal in Michigan?JXN COM FORUM GREEN
Thursday, Oct. 15 | 6:30pm Jackson District Library
Carnegie Branch auditorium Drop-In | Adults

Debate the pros and cons of the legalization of marijuana. Discuss the issue with a panel of experts consisting of health professionals, community leaders, and elected officials. This is a joint event sponsored by JXN Community Forum and the 5H Community Read. Light refreshments will be served.

GrassLake_Rotten RalphRotten Ralph “Trick or Treat” Party
Thursday, Oct. 29 | 4:00pm | Jackson District Library
Children 12 and under | Registration Required

Community Read author Jack Gantos also pens a children’s series called Rotten Ralph. Join us for a Halloween celebration featuring this fun-loving cat. Enjoy games, snacks and pumpkin carving. Each child will received their own Rotten Ralph book. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 517-522-8211.

Manchester 5H Community Read Events

Manchester District Library | 912 City Road | Manchester, MI 48158
To register call (734) 428-3772  or visit for a complete listing of programs in your community.

Manchester District Library Community Read Programs
Throughout the months of September and October, the Manchester District Library will be offering programs and events centered around this year’s Community Read theme, “Avoiding Unhealthy Substances”. For a complete listing of these programs and events, please visit or follow them on

Stockbridge 5H Community Read Events

Capital Area District Library | 200 Wood Street | Stockbridge, MI 49285
To register call (517) 851-7810  or visit for a complete listing of programs in your community.

LEt’sGO Bowling – Lego ® -Themed Family-Friendly Party
Saturday, Sept. 26 | 3:00-5:00pm | Stockbridge Bowl
900 S. Clinton St. | Drop-InStockbridge_Lego1

Join us for a fun Lego® themed party that includes free bowling, a movie and healthy snacks. Have fun playing with LEGOs® , board games and puzzles. Enjoy an animated movie — see what happens when the entire town of Bikini Bottom develops an unquenchable craving for Krabby Patties and there are none to be had! You might even win a LEGO®  set or a copy of the LEGO ®  Movie DVD! This program offers fun ways to relieve stress, a known contributor to the abuse of unhealthy substances, the subject of this year’s 5H Community Read.

SRSLY Street Dance & Monster Dash
Saturday, Oct. 22 | 7:00-8:30pm | Stockbridge Town Square*

Get in the spirit by dressing up for this short, family-friendly srslylogorun/walk. It ends at the town square with a DJ and a dance. Healthy snacks, costume contest and prizes round out the evening, which promotes a theme of avoiding unhealthy substances.
Sponsored by SRSLY of Stockbridge, Stockbridge Community Education and the Stockbridge Library, in conjunction with the Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition and the Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Rain site: Heritage School in Stockbridge

Movie Screening: Unguarded
UnguardedThursday, Oct. 22 | 7:00-8:30pm | Stockbridge Library
Film: 7:00-8:00pm | Discussion: 8:00-8:30pm
Rated TV-14 | Drop-In

This powerful ESPN documentary (rated TV-14) of drug addiction and one-day-at-a-time redemption features Chris Herren, a phenomenal basketball player who found himself in a destructive, downward personal spiral even as his pro career flourished. Healthy snacks provided. Those interested in discussion the film or the 5H Community Read book, Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos, are invited to stay afterward.

5H Community Read Book Discussion: Hole in My Life,Hole in My Life - 3 by Jack Gantos
Friday, Oct. 23 | 12:00-1:00pm | Stockbridge Library

Join us for a discussion of this memoir by popular author Jack Gantos about time he spent in prison for his involvement with drugs and drug smuggling. This Michael L. Printz Award Honor title is part of this year’s wellness theme of avoiding unhealthy substances. Health snacks provided.



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