Libraries

Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Five Little Free Libraries stocked with books for children, teens and adults stand ready for reading throughout the neighborhood near Hill Elementary School — and there are four more to come.

Families toured the neighborhood by bicycle to check out the recently finished libraries July 10. 

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Published July 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library soon will be looking for a new director, as the current head will be leaving for a new job at the Grosse Pointe Public Library.

Director Jessica Keyser has accepted the position of executive director at the GPPL and will be leaving the Ferndale library on Thursday, Aug. 11. The library’s head of adult services, Darlene Hellenberg, will serve as interim director until a new director is hired.

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Published July 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library is asking for an extra half-mill in the election Aug. 2. This would cost the average household less than 3 cents a day for the next 10 years. 

Corrine Stocker, the library director, says this will lead to longer library hours, more materials to check out, improved services, and a stronger commitment to the Hazel Park Public Schools, which currently rely on the library as a substitute for their media centers.

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Published July 3, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library is encouraging patrons young and old to put forth an Olympic effort in reading as part of its latest spin on the summer reading program.

Every year, the library runs a campaign that invites adults, children and others to take part in reading activities while offering chances to receive prizes.

At a June 21 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool called the summer reading program “long-established and successful,” and he encouraged people to check out the library’s website for more details.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Over the last 20 years, the Grosse Pointe Public Library has seen massive changes, including new branch library buildings in Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Park. 

During that period, GPPL Director Vickey Bloom has shepherded the library system through a host of physical and technological shifts. But as of June 30, Bloom will close this book and begin a new one, as she retires from a career she started decades ago.

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Published June 22, 2016

Troy Public Library staff will offer popular favorites and new programs, as well as prizes, for patrons of all ages in the summer library programs.

The youth summer program has a new twist this year. In order to qualify for prizes, young patrons can read a book or magazine, listen to an audiobook, try an e-resource, attend a library program or watch a DVD or Blu-ray.

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Published June 22, 2016

Did you know that some date the start of baseball in the U.S. as early as the 1770s?

And that the game migrated to the South after the Civil War?

Davison resident Keith “Hatchett” Jacobson, a member of the the Detroit Early Risers Vintage Base Ball Club, whose home field is at historic Fort Wayne in Detroit, will talk about the difference between vintage and modern baseball rules and will show vintage uniforms when he visits the Troy Public Library to present “Take Me Out to a Vintage Baseball Game” at 7 p.m. June 27.

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Published June 15, 2016

People can learn ways to reduce the effects of climate change at a program offered at the Troy Public Library next week.

Gerald Hasspacher, of the Sierra Club, Southeast Michigan Group, will talk about rising ocean levels, loss of biodiversity, weather changes, energy sources, fracking, hybrid cars and greenhouse gases during his program, titled “Climate Change and You: An Environmental Awareness,” at 7 p.m. June 21 at the library.

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Published June 15, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Summer’s for soaking up the sun, and possibly, a good book.

The Harper Woods Public Library’s summer reading program encourages children, teens and adults to dive into a book, or a few books, from June 6 until July 15.

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Published June 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Whether you are 4 or 74, a fun part of summer is reading. From beach reads to “War and Peace,” now is the time to grab a book and some friends and visit your local library for some summer fun and programs.

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Published June 15, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Books closed. Pencils down. 

School’s out for summer — almost — and the West Bloomfield Township Public Library is preparing to launch its annual summer reading program, designed to keep kids, and even adults, engaged throughout those months when information learned during the school year has a tendency to slide out of the brain. 

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Published June 14, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Baldwin Public Library is one step closer to having a revamped adult services section.

At its June 6 meeting, the City Commission voted 6-0 to approve the final plan for the renovation, which is the first of a long-term renovation plan for the library building overall. Mayor Rackeline Hoff was absent.

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Published June 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Visitors to the Eastpointe Memorial Library will see primarily fitness and health-themed programs and events this summer as part of its summer reading schedule.

Assistant Library Director Sue Todd said that for adults, the centerpiece is the summer reading club that starts June 20. Visitors are encouraged to review the books they read — either by writing a review or simply giving it a star rating — which will enter them into a weekly raffle for one of three prizes each Monday, such as free DVD rentals or a gift card.

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Published June 1, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A beloved Southfield landmark now has a new home at the Southfield Public Library.

Officials from the city and the Southfield Public Arts Commission gathered with residents May 23 in the lobby of the library, 26000 Evergreen Road, for the official homecoming ceremony for the “The Boy and Bear” sculpture, by American sculptor Marshall Fredericks.

“We wanted to make sure (the sculpture) stays in Southfield, not auctioned off and lost forever,” Mayor Ken Siver said.

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Published June 1, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library recently joined hundreds of libraries in Michigan as a participant in the nationwide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

The program’s goal is in its name: to have children read 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten. According to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten website, www.1000booksbeforekindergarten.org, the program aims to promote reading in newborns, infants and toddlers, and to encourage parents and children to bond through reading.

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Published May 31, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A pair of iPads in bright blue cases rest on desks in the children’s section of the Roseville Public Library.

Loaded with free educational apps from Khan Academy, PBS Kids and others, the iPads are similar to those that kids — and adults — may be familiar with from operating a smartphone or tablet, Assistant Library Director Annamarie Lindstrom said.

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Published May 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — If you head into the Clinton-Macomb Public Library this spring, you might learn a thing or two about war or organized crime.

The library, located at 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township, is setting the stage for a couple of new programs.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library has announced its summer programs for kids, teens and adults alike, with the aim of keeping residents tuned in to the library.

Teen Librarian Sarah Marsack said there are a variety of events — some requiring registration — that will run from June 17 through Aug. 12. At the center of all this is the library’s summer reading program, which has different prizes and requirements for each age bracket.

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Published May 9, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library is seeking a half-mill millage increase on the August primary election ballot following unanimous approval by the City Council April 26.

Library Director Jackie Harvey said that over the past few years, the library has been forced to dip into its reserve fund — essentially its savings account — to balance its budget. The library has already made cuts over the past few years, she said, and the Library Commission feels that a millage increase is the way to proceed.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The  Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s fifth annual “Taste of the Town” was its biggest event yet.

Library Director Larry Neal said the fundraiser, which took place April 22 at the Main Library, was part of a record-breaking year that drew more than 350 estimated guests and raised about $12,500.

Last year’s event was attended by a little more than 300 guests and raised about $12,000.

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