Libraries

Published January 11, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Those looking for something to do before cabin fever sets in might want to check out the various programs offered at two staples in the community.

There are several events coming up at the three branches of the Grosse Pointe Public Library — including those for adults, teens and children — and also at the Assumption Cultural Center.

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Published January 10, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods City Council agreed 4-0 to install a metal roof on the Huntington Woods Public Library within the next couple of months.

The new roof for the library, located at 26415 Scotia Road, was agreed upon at the council’s Dec. 20 meeting, in which Schena Roofing was selected to complete the project for $144,523.

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Published December 28, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents took a day trip to Africa recently without having to leave the comfort of their hometown.

On Dec. 19, the Southfield Public Library hosted the Exploring Africa in Southfield event.  Community members were invited to learn about the continent through presentations, songs and art.

Jennifer Banks, of University High School Academy, presented the event.

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Published December 14, 2016

TROY — While the newly created Troy Public Library Endowment Fund has already surpassed its initial goal of raising $20,000 before the end of 2016, it could double that amount. 

Library Director Cathy Russ explained that the library has raised $20,350 for the fund so far this year. AT&T has pledged to donate $10,000 if the fund reaches $30,000. 

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Published December 14, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Public Library would like you to pardon its dust.

The Main Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, has undergone three projects, including the addition of six study rooms, boiler replacements and backup generator upgrades. The Westacres Branch received a backup generator upgrade.

“Everybody knows the need for the study rooms — so everybody was very pleased to hear that,” Library Director Clara Bohrer said.

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Published December 14, 2016

ROCHESTER — Just in time for holiday travel, the Rochester Hills Public Library is offering a new streaming media service called Hoopla Digital that allows library patrons to download free content at home or on the go.

With Hoopla Digital, library patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free movies, television shows, music, e-books, audiobooks or comics. All content is accessible via Hoopla Digital’s mobile app and online at www.hoopladigital.com.

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Published November 30, 2016

TROY — Members of the Troy Public Library Teen Advisory Board meet every week to share their ideas with teen librarian Olivia Olson.

The TAB started in 2012 with eight teens, and Olson said it has grown to a core group of 15, but has a total of around 35 members. 

“They do all the planning (for teen activities), and they are able to tell me what they want,” Olson said. “Without them, I’d be guessing.” 

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Published November 30, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Growing up isn’t always easy, for both children and parents.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library has joined 400 libraries in 27 states by offering “Grow, Play, Learn” — a program that is part of the Family Place initiative, which emphasizes that literacy begins at birth.

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Published November 22, 2016

WARREN — A brand new Dorothy M. Busch Branch Library will greet patrons near Nine Mile and Ryan about the time the snow and ice begin to retreat in 2017.

Earlier this month, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said construction at the library had been delayed slightly, and that while the city originally hoped to open the razed-and-rebuilt branch by the end of the year, it would likely be early 2017 before it would be ready to greet patrons.

The estimated date of the grand reopening was confirmed Nov. 16 by Warren Library Director Oksana Urban. 

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Published November 21, 2016

FRANKLIN — Piñatas for Christmas? It may not sound like a natural match, but the Franklin Public Library will be leading a class to teach people how to make their own festive, holiday-themed piñatas filled with Christmas treats.

The class will teach attendees how to make trinket boxes in a variety of shapes and styles and fill them with treats.

The program will be led by Helene Dupris-Bonafoux, a Troy resident who created prettylollie.com, a craft site with various crafts and do-it-yourself projects.

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Published November 9, 2016

UTICA — At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, the Utica Public Library is opening the doors of its Gibbing Room to all poets, poetry enthusiasts and those simply curious about the spoken word. The event will not be judged or competitive — organizers are aiming for a laid-back, welcoming environment.

Library Director Marsha Doege said she has been wanting to host a poetry slam for several years, but this year she and library board member Kelly Calandrino made it happen.

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Published November 8, 2016

TROY — Terry Shulman — attorney, author, licensed social worker, life coach and therapist — learned about hoarding disorder when he noticed a change in a relative’s behavior. Shulman said his relative changed from a “neatnik” to someone who saved packing materials and boxes from his son’s toys. 

“It was hard to find a place to sit in his home, due to the clutter,” he said. 

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Published November 8, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library hosted the Japan Society of Detroit Women’s Club for a Japanese tea ceremony demonstration Nov. 3.

Tomoyo Koehler, Satomi Veda, Mika Fujita, Megumi Hoshino and Miwako Maeda taught attendees about the ceremony.

“The Detroit Institute of Arts has a special exhibit, ‘Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate.’ Other organizations were encouraged to plan programming around this exhibit,” said Eastpointe Memorial Library Assistant Director Sue Todd.

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Published November 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Between playing baseball, ice skating and crawling in and out of playscapes, there is always plenty to do at Ghesquiere Park. 

Now residents can enjoy one more activity: reading a good book.

On Oct. 22, the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary and the Grosse Pointe North High School Interact Club held a dedication ceremony to unveil its new Little Free Library.

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Published November 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — What’s better in the fall than cozying up under a blanket with a good book?

How about getting that book at a deep discount?

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Published October 26, 2016

In observance of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, World War II history buff Larry Martin will present an interview with a WWII U.S. Navy veteran who was on the USS Dobbin, moored 200 yards from the USS Arizona when it was attacked by the Japanese Dec. 7, 1941.

Martin will present a DVD interview he did with Werner Klemm — a WWII veteran who died in April at age 94 — in “Remembering Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later” at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Troy Public Library.

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Published October 5, 2016

HARPER WOODS — November is quickly approaching and that means Election Day, Nov. 8, is on the horizon. Among the candidates and issues that Harper Woods residents will get to weigh in on will be a millage renewal for the Harper Woods Public Library.

B. Kristen Valyi-Hax, the director of the Harper Woods library, wants to ensure that voters know this proposal would be a continuation of a previous measure, not a new measure or an increase.

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Published October 5, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Four Rochester-area seventh-graders have teamed up to promote literacy in the community by stewarding a Little Free Library at the Village of Rochester Hills.

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 70430 members Sydney Buchanan, Jillian Carosella, Caroline Herman and Haley Smith recently installed the Village’s first Little Free Library, at Fountain Park.

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Published October 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Public Library’s two-part series on murder in Michigan continues Oct. 18 with guest author Steve Miller discussing his book chronicling the murder of Jane Bashara.

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Published September 29, 2016

The Troy Public Library got a good start on its goal to raise $20,000 by the end of this year for a brand-new endowment fund with $2,500 in start-up donations at the effort’s official launch Sept. 19.

“This is a huge day for the Troy Public Library,” said library Director Cathy Russ at the campaign launch event at the library. “It’s so important to me that there will always be a Troy library.”

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