Libraries

Published June 28, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — This summer, when you’re soaking up the sun, bring a book along. 

Through the library’s annual summer reading program — this year themed “Build a Better World” — the community’s youth have a chance to keep their minds and bodies active through Sept. 1 at both library branches.

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Published June 27, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The 21st century version of most libraries offers something for everyone.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library, which has three branches — two  in Clinton Township and one in Macomb Township — is no different. Recently, the library has been touting its Library Things To Go collection.

Jamie Morris, head of communications for the CMPL, said the collection includes items in three subcategories: Tech To Go, Hobbies To Go and STEM To Go, referring to science, technology, engineering and math fields. 

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Published June 27, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe Memorial and Roseville Public libraries have multiple programs for residents to enjoy this summer.

In an email to the Eastsider June 22, Eastpointe Memorial Library Assistant Director Sue Todd urged people to check out the library’s summer offerings.

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Published June 26, 2017

WARREN — The Dorothy M. Busch Branch Library is back in the business of serving patrons in the southwest neighborhoods of Warren.

Capping a project that began in 2010, when voters approved a dedicated 20-year library millage, a group of residents, city administrators and library officials gathered June 22 for a grand reopening celebration for the new 6,700-square-foot library that now features modern amenities like computers, community and study rooms, and a dedicated children’s area.

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Published June 14, 2017

Longer days, vacations and no school mean more time for summer reading, and the Sterling Heights Public Library has plans to make the most of the season with updated programming.

The theme of this year’s summer reading program is “Build a Better World.”

Library Public Relations and Programs Coordinator Jason Groth explained that the summer reading theme will be incorporated into library activities aimed at the various age demographics, such as crafting programs and Legos for younger kids.

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Published June 14, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Local author and poet M.L. Liebler will be performing a reading of his acclaimed book, ”Heaven was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond,” at the Harper Woods Public Library on Monday, June 26.

The book, as well as a second book of poetry called “I Want to Be Once,” was selected to the Library of Michigan’s Michigan Notable Books list for 2017. “Heaven was Detroit” discusses the history of Detroit’s music scene through 50 essays written by local writers, experts and musicians.

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Published June 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — There were Birmingham city commissioners, library board members stacks of books, fresh carpeting, and sharp, modern décor at the Baldwin Public Library June 11 when the ribbon was cut to officially reopen the remodeled adult services section.

There was something else at the party too: light. And plenty of it.

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Published June 7, 2017

UTICA — A quaint wooden Little Free Library is the newest resident of Grant Park in Utica, thanks to book enthusiast Heather Wojcik and her carpentry-savvy husband, Karl Wojcik.

The Wojciks worked together with the Utica Public Library and the Utica Department of Public Works to garner publicity for and install the community bookcase. The motto of the grass-roots movement is “take a book; return a book.”

While the Wojciks are Sterling Heights residents, Heather said she has always enjoyed utilizing the Utica Public Library too.

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Published June 7, 2017

The end of the school year doesn’t mean all of the books get slammed shut until fall.

Summer is prime storytime for growing readers and book fans of all ages. Baldwin Public Library, the Franklin Public Library and the Bloomfield Township Public Library know there’s nothing better than enjoying a good book on a beach blanket or inside to pass the time during a summer thunderstorm.

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Published June 7, 2017

WARREN — The new Burnette Branch Library could be built north of Nine Mile Road as part of a broader plan to construct a multi-use city complex on Van Dyke, between Lozier and Continental avenues.

That was the gist of the information presented to members of the Warren City Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting May 22, where they got a look at renderings and include heard more about how a planned facility set to include an ancillary police station, fire station, playground and city offices could come to fruition.

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Published June 7, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Hills Public Library will soon open the book on its annual summer reading program.

Youth Services Manager Claire Lopiccolo said the program — which has a “Happy Birthday, Rochester” theme in celebration of the city’s bicentennial — challenges participants to read quality literature and learn about community history through a series of programs running through Aug. 5.

“We are proud to be part of Rochester, and we wanted to be part of the bicentennial celebration as well,” she said.

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Published May 31, 2017

HAZEL PARK — When school’s out for summer, many libraries roll out programs to keep people reading and their minds engaged. This year, the Hazel Park District Library (HPDL) will be kicking off its summer reading program with a magician and puppet show.

The theme this year is “Build a Better World!” and the opening attraction is “The Amazing Clark Puppet & Magic Show” on Tuesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. in the library’s Monroe Room.

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For thousands of children across the city, the chant of “no more teachers, no more books” may ring out — at least in their heads — as they end another school year.

But at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, they’re hoping that as many of those children as possible exchange textbooks and assigned reading for the adventures that can be found within the covers of a library book.

Summer Reading Club officially kicks off 6-8 p.m. June 6 at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road. 

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When Joshua Lopetrone spotted a Little Free Library in his neighborhood, he was intrigued. 

He had been looking for a large project to tackle to earn his Eagle Scout designation, and the more he looked into the Little Free Libraries, the more he decided this could be the right fit for him.

“I’ve been planning this for a little under a year,” said Lopetrone, a 16-year-old sophomore at Lake Shore High School. “It’s been a long time planning all of this, researching ideas.”

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Published May 17, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — If libraries open the door to knowledge, people like Clinton-Macomb Public Library Director Larry Neal keep those doors open.

On May 9 at the Chippewa Valley Schools Administration Building, Neal was honored with the Community Partner Award. The award is presented by the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families.

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Published May 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the value of a 1-mill levy for the library declining every year, City Manager Mike Smith told City Council that the general fund may have to subsidize part of the St. Clair Shores Public Library’s budget in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

“The value of that (millage) has continued to drop, and this year, again ... there’s a decrease in the amount of the millage that we can collect,” he said April 25 during City Council budget hearings. “We’re starting the year with an infusion of some funds from the general fund.”

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Published May 3, 2017

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — The summer of 1967 — when people died and businesses burned — changed metropolitan Detroit, and its impact is still felt today. 

Depending on who you are, it was either a rebellion or a riot.

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Published May 2, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — While schools are close to being out for the summer, the Roseville Public Library and the Eastpointe Memorial Library have planned movie days, quiet study sessions and book sales for the community throughout the month of May. 

“Now that the library is able to use revenue from last August’s millage increase, we are increasing the number of programs we offer in a month (May) that is normally quiet because we are preparing for the summer reading program in June,” said Roseville Public Library Director Jacalynn Harvey.

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Published April 26, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library has hired a new director who officially will begin working in her new capacity in June.

The Board of Directors has selected Jenny Marr, who currently works as the director of the Morrill Public Library in Hiawatha, Kansas, as the new head of the Ferndale Area District Library. She will start on Monday, June 5. The job pays $70,000 to $82,000 with benefits.

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Published April 26, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Public Library has compiled its annual report on the library’s performance, highlighting its financial situation, public reception of different programs so far, and current and upcoming projects.

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