Free Summer Reading Wrap Up Party Aug. 7

Activities for adults and children; celebrate with The Candy Band and author Josh Malerman

DEARBORN – Residents are invited to the Dearborn Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Wrap Up Party at 6 p.m. Aug. 7.

This year, the annual event will feature separate activities geared toward children and toward adults.

The Candy Band, a punk rock band designed specifically to appeal to children, kicks off the event with a performance on the north lawn.

Participants are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for the outdoor concert. In case of rain, the concert will move indoors to the auditorium, but seating will be limited.

At 7 p.m., adults are invited to listen to Josh Malerman, who will be reading from his horror novel, “Bird Box” inside the library in Meeting Room 30. Due to content, this reading is intended for mature audiences. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for a copy of Bird Box autographed by the author.

At 7:30 p.m., the grand prize winners of summer reading will be announced by Mayor John O’Reilly Jr.

All summer reading participants who complete this year’s goal of logging seven hours by Aug. 1 are eligible for the grand prize drawings.

The Candy Band is composed of four Detroit area others who were tired of what they deemed wimpy music for kids. They took a stand, and in 2003 formed The Candy Band, playing punk covers of nursery rhymes, movie themes and other children’s favorites, along with original tunes.

Malerman’s debut novel, “Bird Box,” was published by Harper Collins and is described as an “edge-of-your-seat horror thriller with the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King.”

A Ferndale resident, Malerman is also the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band High Strung.

Go to, or stop by the Henry Ford Centennial Library, Bryant Branch Library, or Esper Branch Library for more information.