Libraries

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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Published August 31, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — School is back in session for the Eastpointe and Roseville communities, and their local libraries are prepared to assist students and their families for the summer-to-fall transition. This year, both libraries have a new database to aid students of all ages.

Tutor.com provides live assistance from teachers from 4 to 11 p.m. Tutor has a skills resource center with flashcards, videos and recommended websites for all subject areas.

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Published August 29, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Rochester Hills Public Library now has three Little Free Libraries in all three communities within its coverage area.

In an effort to promote literacy in the community, the library installed its first Little Free Libraries at Spencer Park in Rochester Hills and at Bloomer Park in Rochester a couple of years ago. It most recently added one behind the Flagstar Bank on Orion Road, on the Paint Creek Trail in Oakland Township.

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Published August 28, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A library card can now get you even more than limitless books and media rentals. It can get you some pretty sweet discounts around town too.

The Bloomfield Township Public Library has partnered with a dozen local businesses to offer discounts through the month of September in honor of National Library Card Sign-up Month. Library card holders can present their card at the participating businesses and receive various discounts, according to BTPL Assistant Director Tera Moon.

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Published August 28, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb Literacy Partners, a nonprofit organization founded by the Suburban Library Cooperative and Utica Community Schools to bolster adult literacy, has been operating as a one-on-one tutoring service for approximately 33 years.

The group is revamping its model to offer its students a classroom education beginning in September. Each student will be paired with a tutor, and the format will allow for a more standardized curriculum and faster progress.

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — Troy Public Library patrons of all ages read books; downloaded music, magazines and e-books; and attended library programs as part of the summer reading program June 17-Aug. 12. 

Constance Doherty, head of adult information services for the Troy Public Library, said 109 patrons registered in the adult program and a total of 324 activities were logged to qualify for prizes — activities like book reviews, attendance at programs, and downloads of e-books, magazines and music.

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Published August 21, 2017

It had been almost 40 years since the last solar eclipse, and the public was ready for another one.

On Aug. 21, community members from the Grosse Pointes and surrounding areas took to the skies at the Grosse Pointe Public Library Woods Branch, in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Ewald Branch, in Grosse Pointe Park, to watch the much-talked-about solar eclipse.

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Published August 8, 2017

With back-to-school season soon to be in sight, the Sterling Heights Public Library is preparing to wind down this year’s summer reading programming with the Summer Reading Party for kids and families Aug. 26.

Library public relations and programs coordinator Jason Groth said this is the first year that the library has chosen to take its Summer Reading Party to Dodge Park.

“We wanted a little more room because it was a big event last year,” he said. “We are going to have a petting zoo. We’re going to have a bounce house.”

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Published August 2, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — The multicolored neon lights advertising cappuccinos and espressos to Farmington Community Library Main Branch guests will stop glowing pretty soon for good.

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Published July 28, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — We’re at the halfway point of summer, but the Roseville Public Library and the Eastpointe Memorial Library have a host of programs for all ages throughout the community to enjoy.

The Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., will have beads everywhere to make spiral suncatchers at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7. The project involves making a loop at the end of memory wire and headpins and crimping. It is helpful to know how to do this, but help will be available if needed. A $5 kit fee will be due the night of the program.

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Published July 26, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council has approved a change at the public library that lowers its credit card processing fees from 5 percent to 2.75 percent.

The change was made at the council’s July 17 meeting. According to city documents, the library, located at 3155 Coolidge Highway, had been using credit cards as a form of payment for more than a year.

For every bill that was paid with a credit card, a 5 percent service fee was added on, which was used to cover the processing fee and other fees charged by the processing company.

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Published July 26, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Reading a new book is as simple as a stroll around the Rochester Hills Public Library this summer.

The library has installed a temporary Braille Enhanced StoryWalk — an activity that places the pages from a children’s story along a popular walking route in the community — allowing children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.

The installment, made possible due to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services via the Library of Michigan, will be up through the end of August.

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Published July 26, 2017

By Maddie Forshee
Special Reporter

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Public Library has always been a place of learning and information, even more so in the digital age. 

Through innovative programming, the library is teaching its patrons how to navigate today’s technology-reliant world, library officials said.

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Published July 5, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — School has only been out for summer a couple of weeks, and already you’ve overheard your kid utter words like “ain’t” and “dunno.”

Before the summer slump fully sets in, why not head over to Baldwin Public Library July 10 for the “Build a Better World” spelling bee.

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Published July 5, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Hills Public Library is giving patrons a fun way to beat summer boredom this year.

The library recently introduced take-home STEAM kits for youths and adventure kits for adults — STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Library Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley said the program is part of a growing trend among libraries to offer adventure kits, mobile hot spots and other nontraditional library materials along with standard book circulation.

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Published June 28, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Residents from all five Grosse Pointe communities have a chance to “Build a Better World” through the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s summer reading program.

The reading program — which has taken on the theme of  “Build a Better World” — is an opportunity for children, teenagers and adults to enjoy their local library while curling up with a good book as well as other reading materials.

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Published June 28, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham is about 30 minutes outside the heart of Detroit. But 50 years ago, the impact of the riot that ravaged Detroit was felt in the suburbs and beyond.

Baldwin Public Library will take the opportunity this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riot with a variety of presentations to shed light on one of the most historic events in the nation’s history, which resulted in 43 fatalities and 7,000 arrests.

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Published June 28, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Friends of the Harper Woods Public Library are inviting anyone in the community with a talent for creating to join them for their 2017 Artisans Market.

The Artisans Market allows people to sell their crafted goods — including jewelry, ceramics, candles, clothing and woodwork — with profits going to the artists and the costs of the artists’ booths going to the library. 

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Upcoming Events

Troy
Free Brunch and Learn program
9:30-11 a.m.
Troy Community Center
Clinton Township
Breast cancer recurrence prevention class
6:15-8 p.m.
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
Harper Woods
Recipe exchange club
1:30 p.m.
Harper Woods Public Library
Troy
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group
10 a.m.-noon
Troy Community Center
Troy
Troy preschool expo
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Troy Community Center

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