By STEPHEN FLANAGAN JACKSON
What more incentive do you need for visiting your local library? School’s out and summer’s heat is upon us! Children need something to do and somewhere to go. For an inexpensive option to both of these dilemmas, try visiting the Riverview Library at 10509 Riverview Drive. As for the heat, it will be with us for many months to come, and not only school-age visitors but anyone looking for an air conditioned respite needs to put the library high on his or her list of possibilities.
The Riverview Library is doing its part by coming up with a full slate of activities and programming, in addition to the wide range of resources available there and at all the libraries in the Hillsborough County Library System.
To ascertain what’s going on, inquire at the Riverview Library Service Desk, call 813-273-3652, or go online to hcplc.org. Remember, the Friends of the Riverview Library meets every third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. The Friends’ supports library programming for youth and adults and recruits volunteers to help in the library and to speak for the library at all governmental levels. Friends’ book sales and its honor system bookstore provide funds to support the library, as do donations, all of which are tax deductible.
The Friends also manage two recycling efforts in the parking lot from which the library receives a percentage of the recovery efforts. A cooking oil recycling box in the parking lot also benefits the entire community.
Annual Book Sale Friday, June 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. The sale continues the next day, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for those who can’t make it Friday or want to make a return visit.
On Wednesday, June 12, a special Ice Cream Spirit Night is being held from 4 to 9 p.m. at Kimi’s Ice Cream and Coffees on Boyette Road, next to the Sonic Drive In and not far from the new library site. Purchase and enjoy your favorite treats, and Kimi’s will return a portion of the night’s sales to the Friends’ coffers.
Other Riverview Library periodic programs and activities for adults and all-ages:
The Red Planet in Science and Science Fiction: Monday, June 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The planet Mars has fascinated humans since the birth of astronomy. As scientists learn more about the red planet, science fiction writers continue to weave stories about this mysterious planet. Join stargazer Craig MacDougal, as he traces the history of Mars knowledge and the stories that come from these discoveries.
Khaaaaaaaaan!: Tuesday, June 11, 3 to 6 p.m. Are you a fan of Star Trek? Original or re-boot? Montalban or Cumberbatch? Come enjoy a Star Trek double-feature, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek: Into Darkness, with a brief trivia intermission.
Book Discussion Group: Friday, June 14, 2 to 3 p.m. The Martian. Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and environmental challenges that test his ingenuity. Copies available at the service desk. A look ahead: July – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; No meeting in August; September – Sill Lives, October – Mr. Fox; November – The Grapes of Wrath.
Moon and Stars String Art: Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Use string, nails and wood to create a decorative piece of string art to display or give as a gift. For ages 12 and up, limited to 20 participants, with registration required, this workshop is presented by Ashley’s Art Assembly.
Creative Writing ‘Book’ Camp: Building Sci-Fi/Fantasy Worlds, Saturday, June 15, 3 to 5 p.m. In this book camp you will learn all about creating a world that supports and adds realism to an otherwise made up place in this vast universe. Join best-selling author Kelly Abell for this two-hour book camp as she walks you through the aspects of world building. Limit 15. Registration required. Adults and teens.
Friends of the Library Regular Meeting: Thursday, June 20, 1 to 2 p.m.
Women in Science: Monday, June 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Explore the incredible contributions women have made to science and history. Learn about women who broke barriers, pushed science forward and often received no credit for their work or achievements. Tanja Diederich, a local astronomer, will lead the discussion, which will include fun hands-on science. .
Cookbook Club: Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Be a foodie even during the Zombie Apocalypse! This event borrows the title from Lauren Wilson’s book, The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse and also uses her fandom cookbook, The Walking Dead: Official Cookbook and Survival Guide. Choose a book from the display or one of your own, prepare a recipe and bring it to share with others. Remember to bring your own place setting.
Galaxy Bath Bombs: Saturday, June 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Create a glittery bath bomb for yourself or as a gift. All supplies provided. Limit 14. Registration required. Adults and Teens
3D Print Your Voice: Friday, June 14, 4 to 5 p.m. Record your voice, and create a 3D image of the sound wave. Your message can be 3D printed to make jewelry or a keychain for a meaningful gift. Limit of 12 participants. Registration required.
Getting Started with Social Media: Friday, June 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Introducing four of the most popular social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Information will cover basic functions and terminology, setting up a business page on social media and social media marketing tips.
Facts vs. ‘Fake News’: Friday, June 28. Is that sensational (or scary) story that keeps popping up on your Facebook timeline true? Learn tips and tricks to evaluate articles and news stories and prevent the spread of “fake news” online. Contact for time and registration.
Wonders of Nature Wildlife Education Show: Thursday, June 6, 3-3:45 pm and 4:40 pm to 5:15 pm.
Astro Crafts: Monday, June 10, 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will use a variety of mediums to create cosmic crafts. Presented by library staff for teens and tweens.
Astro Games: Tuesday, June 11, 11 a.m. to noon. Go to space camp without the hassle of packing your bags! This program consists of games, snacks and crafts geared toward preparing participants to be top-notch space cadets. For grades K to 5.
Moon!:Wednesday, June 12, 10:30 to11:30 a.m. Children will learn about Neil Armstrong’s favorite vacation spot through moon-themed books, games, and crafts. Presented by library staff for children ages 3-5.
Bucky and GiGi – To Boldly Go Where No Clown Has Gone Before: Thursday, June 13, 3 to 4 p.m. Professional circus performers combine physical comedy, dance, mime, magic and juggling to amaze and delight. For grades K-5.
Aliens!: Wednesday, June 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children will learn all about aliens through extraterrestrial stories, crafts and games. Presented by library staff for children ages 3 to 5.
Motorized Spacecraft: Monday, June 17, 2 to 3 p.m. Build a motorized spacecraft with Legos. Presented by Bricks 4 Kids. For ages 10 and up, limited to 40 participants and registration required.
Bedtime Stories: Monday, June 17, 7 to 7:30 p.m. Make Reading a family affair. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy for stories, songs and activities during this 30-minute program.
Stars!: Tuesday, June 18, 11 a.m. to noon. Children will explore the stars with crafts and hands-on activities! For grades K to 5.
Galaxy Black Light Art: Tuesday, June 18, 4 to 5 p.m. Create glow-in-the-dark galaxy art. For grades 6 to 12.
Silly Sam’s Instrument Explosion: Thursday, June 20, 3 to 4 p.m.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover in Space: Friday, June 21, 3:30 to 4 p.m. (overnight) and Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. Ever wonder what it would be like to spend the night at the library? Your furry friend has the chance to find out! Bring your stuffed friend to the library at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21 for story time and leave him overnight to enjoy a slumber party with other stuffed animal friends. On, Saturday, June 22, come back at 11 a.m. for a craft and picture review of all the activities your stuffed animal did overnight! Light refreshments will be served. Parents, please make sure your little one can do without his or her stuffed friend overnight. For children ages 3 to 12. Registration required. When registering, include your child’s stuffed animal friend’s name.
AstroEats: Monday, June 24, 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to try snacks that are out of this world! For tweens and teens and registration is required.
Wee Artists: June 26, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Arts and crafts for preschoolers and their caregivers, featuring projects just right for little hands. For children ages 3 to 5.
Super Cool Science: Thursday, June 27, 3 to 3:45 p.m.