Libraries

Published December 15, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In January, the computer tutoring program will be revamped with the addition of Lynda, a database of videos on many different topics, like business and photography, that patrons can use to teach themselves. 

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Published October 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Offering everything from books to music, DVDs to online magazine rentals, admission to local museums and more, it can seem like these days the library is the place to get everything.

Now, it’s also offering free online tutoring — available without ever leaving home.

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Published September 27, 2017

TROY — Author Paul Vachon will talk about Detroit history when he presents a program based on his book, “Lost Restaurants of Detroit,” at the Troy Public Library 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3. 

The book is published by The History Press, part of Arcadia Publishing. 

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Published September 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Smell the sweet scent of history when the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society dives into the history of essential oils and aromatherapy at an upcoming event.

The GWBHS will host a seminar on the history of essential oils and their use on Wednesday, Sept. 27. 

The event, to be held at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, will start at 7 p.m. 

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Published September 25, 2017

UTICA — The Suburban Library Cooperative and Utica Community Schools recently entered into a partnership that will allow all of the district’s 28,000 students the opportunity to, at no cost, become virtual library card holders.

The ConnectED initiative allows each student to access a variety of online content, including downloadable e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music, personal tutor services and more, at the click of a mouse or touch of a finger.

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Published September 22, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, was recently awarded the first Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership promoting libraries in Michigan.

Brandenburg was recognized during a reception held at the Chesterfield Township Library on Sept. 8.

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Published September 18, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — As far as female trailblazers go, the city of Birmingham has one of the best.

Back when Birmingham was still a village, Martha Baldwin was a force to be reckoned with. She founded the public library, became a public servant in a male-dominated realm, and created a Village Improvement Society that advocated for the installation and beautification of sidewalks, which included a ban on spitting chewing tobacco in public — a ban she personally enforced.

Oh, and she refused to wear a corset too.

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Published September 13, 2017

The Sterling Heights Public Library is hoping to boost brainpower and wireless internet access for its patrons with the help of two new programs.

At a Sept. 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, Library Director Tammy Turgeon talked about her facility’s Exercise Your Brain program, along with the new circulation of Wi-Fi hot spots for residents.

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — Does time get away from you? Do you find yourself spending time on things you don’t really care about? 

People can learn how to manage their time effectively and to make intentional choices on how to spend their time when Bridget Murray, an accredited life coach with the International Coach Federation, presents “Designing Your Perfect Schedule” 7-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Troy Public Library.

Anna Barlow, adult services librarian, said she knows Murray from a group they both belong to comprising people who used to live in Shanghai. 

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Published September 11, 2017

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Public Library will host its own Oktoberfest celebration complete with German food, beer and music next month.

The celebration will serve as a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Franklin Public Library. Tickets cost $35 prior to Monday, Sept. 18, and $40 after that until the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase at the library. The ticket cost will cover the price of beverages, food and a complimentary mug.

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Published September 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Everyone is invited to a super celebration this weekend at the library.

The Super Star Sunday Celebration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at 222 E. 11 Mile Road to bring attention to two happenings: the 20th anniversary of the Star Dream Fountain featuring Marshall Fredericks’ sculpture, and the addition of Sunday afternoon hours at the library.

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Published September 5, 2017

TROY — Did you know that the founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernest Thompson Seton, wanted to make the skunk the national emblem? 

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Published September 5, 2017

The Sterling Heights Public Library set a new program into flight Aug. 24 — a new drone program for youths ages 11-17.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the drone program follows a $2,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He said the grant is being used to promote the library’s programming dealing with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Penna’s of Sterling
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Downtown Rochester winter farmers market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rochester Fire Department
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'The 1940s Radio Hour' performances
8 p.m.
University Liggett School auditorium
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