Libraries

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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Published April 26, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The dogs are back by popular demand.

In “Read to Rover,” a program returning to the Hazel Park District Library, patrons will be able to read books to therapy dogs, who are perfectly docile, patient and well-trained. And the dogs won’t think anything of it if someone struggles to read.

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Published April 26, 2017

TROY — Some American Indian cultures and myths speak to the existence of animal totems, or spirit guides, that guard human spirits throughout their lives. 

Reiki master, teacher and animal communicator Leslie Cirinesi will offer a “very lighthearted, casual look, for entertainment purposes only” at animal spirit guides at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Troy Public library.  

“The theory is that the animals you need will come to you,” she said. “You don’t pick your (animal) spirit guides. They pick you.” 

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Published April 19, 2017

TROY — U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, surprised Troy Library Director Cathy Russ April 12 with 50 new books from the U.S. Library of Congress.

Trott presented the fiction and nonfiction books to the Troy Public Library to commemorate National Library Week April 9-15. He obtained the books through the Library of Congress’ surplus book program.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLAWSON —  New cards were revealed last Monday as just one of a few debuts during National Library Week April 10-14 at the Blair Memorial Library.

The new full-sized and keychain cards feature a photo of the library on North Main Street, bringing a fresher look to its predecessor. The photo includes an outside look at the library and was taken by youth librarian Kristen Church.

“In honor of National Library Week, we thought we would just go ahead and launch them,” said Blair Memorial Library Director Jenni Gannod.

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Published April 12, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS/ ROCHESTER/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The magic of books will be highlighted throughout the community this month as part of the Rochester-based Authors in April program.

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Published April 10, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Need a job? Want a new one? Representatives from the Ferndale office of Michigan Works will be at the Hazel Park District Library, or HPDL, on Wednesday, April 19, holding a workshop that will help people become employed.

“They can give people all kinds of pointers, suggestions and best practices for writing a résumé, writing a cover letter, job search tips and interviewing advice,” said Corrine Stocker, HPDL director, in an email.

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Published April 5, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is inviting the public for a night of thrilling music as it hosts the Phil Hale Jazz Trio.

The trio consists of keyboardist Phil Hale, bass player John Barron and drummer Djallo Djakate, three Detroit-area jazz musicians who have been impressing audiences for several years.

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Published April 5, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — There’s already one at the Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex: a bright red box with a glass door and stacks of books inside, just waiting to be read. You’re free to open the door and take what you want. You’re also encouraged to return books when you’re done. Or if you’re feeling generous, you can even leave new books for others to read.

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Published March 29, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Roseville Public Library and the Eastpointe Memorial Library have a host of activities and events planned for April, including things for kids and teens during spring break next week.

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“We knew kids would be out of school that week, and parents would be looking for some things for their kids to do if they are staying home. Spring recess is from April 3 through April 7,” said Roseville Public Library Adult Services Coordinator Tracy Wilson.

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Published March 29, 2017

TROY — John Kozak said he was compelled to tell his mother’s story of her 1949 escape from Communist-occupied Czechoslovakia with him and his sister when he learned that his mother had started to write her story before her death.

His mother, Rose Kozak, died in 1992 at age 85.

“She had been taking creative writing classes at Wayne State University and had started writing pages,” John said.

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Published March 29, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — During the month of April, the Shelby Township Library will accept donations of nonperishable food in exchange for library fine forgiveness or free DVD/Blu-ray rentals.

The Fines for Food program, a partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, will help feed hungry children, seniors and families in the community.

For every donated nonperishable food item, the library plans to forgive $1 in library fines or give out a coupon good for a free DVD/Blu-ray rental, with a limit of $5 per person. The program starts April 1.

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Published March 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Hills Public Library has a new set of wheels.

The “book bike,” as library staff currently call it, is a custom-made tricycle with an attached trailer that will be stocked with various books.

Mary Davis, the library’s outreach and Community Bookmobile services manager, said she came up with the idea to add the book bike to the library’s fleet after having to frequently turn down requests for the library’s Community Bookmobile to make an appearance at an event.

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