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GDL reading challenge

FLINT — The Genesee District Library (GDL) will kick-off its Summer Reading Challenge on June 11 with the theme Get in the Game: READ. Patrons may visit one of GDL’s 19 branches to pick up their log sheets and sign-up prize.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is great because kids can take part in enrichment and learning, even during their lazy time in the summer,” said Katie Badgley, Genesee District L ibrary Children’s Librarian.

Until August 6 participants can earn prizes for hitting reading benchmarks. To support the local economy the Genesee District Library purchased dozens of prizes from Genesee County businesses. At the end of the challenge participants will earn a free book. They may also visit their library each week to put their name in a drawing for bigger prizes, including bowling parties, Kindles, Amazon gift certificates, tickets to Longway Planetarium, NCG Theaters, Detroit Tigers, Michigan Adventure, Cedar Point, and more.

Last year over 5,200 kids participated in the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is funded in part by proceeds from the Black History Month Brunch held in February. It is also sponsored by Cumulus Media, Townsquare Media, Bowl Flint, NCG Theaters and Rainforest Cafe.

Details: Visit — G.G.

Mott-Warsh Collection opens art gallery in Flint

FLINT — The growing arts scene in downtown Flint is getting a major boost with the opening of the world-class MW Gallery. The new gallery will feature works by artists of the African diaspora and those who reflect on it from the distinguished Mott-Warsh Collection. The gallery will be located at 815 S. Saginaw (the old IRS building), with the gallery’s inaugural opening taking place June 10 from 6-9 p.m. during the 2nd Friday ARTWALK. Everyone is welcome to attend this special opening during ARTWALK.

The Mott-Warsh Collection (MWC) is a private fine art collection that comprises over 600 artworks by more than 185 artists working in varied media and stylistic approaches. Artists represented in the collection include post-World War II masters, such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis, and Charles White to contemporary innovators, such as Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Hank Willis Thomas.

MW Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

The gallery will be open until 9 p.m. on the second Friday of each month for Flint ARTWALK.

The gallery is located on the corner of S. Saginaw Street and E. Court Street with the entrance located on E. Court Street. Please call 810-767-3989 or visit for more information. — G.G.

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