Libraries

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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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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OCC Auburn Hills Campus
Clinton Township
Law Enforcement Academy for Seniors
9 a.m.-noon
Macomb Intermediate School District
Rochester Hills
Free teacher workshop
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Oakland University Engineering Center
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Golf leagues for seniors
ongoing
Costick Activities Center
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Fine Art Society spring exhibit and sale
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