There's lots of reading fun going on this week, from special library storytimes to a "meet the author" event at Boswell Books!

12 Monday

Retzer Rangers: Hoppers through the grass: With sweep nets and bug boxes in hand, try to catch and take a closer look at grasshoppers in the prairie. Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Ages 5-7. $4. Registration required. waukeshacounty.gov/retzernaturecenter

Pajama Story Time: Families with young children can come enjoy time sharing stories, songs and rhymes designed to develop early literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. At the same time, there will also be "Musical Story Time", featuring a teacher from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. East Library, 2320 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee. 6:30 to 7 p.m., Free. mpl.org

13 Tuesday

Exploratorium: Explore science, technology, engineering and math using a mixture of recycled materials and equipment. Classes repeat on Sept. 20 and 27. Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee. 4 to 5 p.m. Ages 8-12. Free. mpl.org

14 Wednesday

Rainbow Fairy Party: Hear excerpts from the Rainbow Fairy books and other activities. Marlin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St., Milwaukee. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. mpl.org

Summer's Best Concert Series: Enjoy fine music from the worlds of opera and Broadway performed by Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices. Mitchell Boulevard Park, 5115 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.county.milwaukee.gov

Full Moon Hike: Participants ages 5 and older can learn about the moon during an hour-long walk in the moonlight. Registration is recommended. Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin. 7 to 9 p.m. $10/person. county.milwaukee.gov

15 Thursday

Ballet Story Time: Staff from the Milwaukee Ballet will share stories and demonstrate ballet positions. Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave., Milwaukee. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free. mpl.org

16 Friday

Fall Art Walk: Stroll Downtown Delafield with the entire family, and visit with local artists as they work. Downtown Delafield. Free. visitdelafield.org

I Love Middle Grade Event: Meet children's authors Kelly Barnhill ("The girl who drank the moon") and Brian Farrey ("The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse"). The event is cosponsored by Miss Cupcake Boutique Bakery, and registration is recommended to make sure there are enough cupcakes for everybody! Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. 4 p.m. boswellbooks.com

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