Libraries

Published September 29, 2016

Did you know that the murder weapons of choice, usually at the hands of women, in the early 20th century were strychnine and arsenic? Or that one of the worst school massacres of all time occurred in Bath, Michigan, in 1927? Or that there were pirates on Lake Michigan?

Award-winning journalist Tom Carr, who worked at the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 20 years, writes about notorious murders that occurred in Michigan from 1763 to 2016 in his book, “Blood on the Mitten,” published by Mission Point Press.

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Published September 28, 2016

FRANKLIN — Many in the Franklin community gathered at the Franklin Public Library Sept. 10 to cut the ribbon on a much-anticipated expansion to the facility.

Those in attendance included library board members, Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer and project coordinator Gary Roberts.

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Published September 26, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The law-abiding public has a morbid curiosity when it comes to the topic of murder — something reflected in their literary tastes. For example, at the Madison Heights Public Library, the “true crime” section spans roughly 21 shelves. Now the library has booked two authors to speak about their work researching famous murders in the state.

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Published September 21, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Public Library is celebrating the arrival of autumn with a family evening of pure imagination.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the BTPL will mark what would have been author Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with a celebration of scrumdiddlyumptious proportions during the Fall for Dahl event and fundraiser.

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Published September 14, 2016

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — The fall season is approaching, and with it will come some interesting events at local libraries.

The Ferndale Area District Library will be holding a couple of different events in the next month, from an adult coloring night to the return of its Friday concerts, and the Berkley Public Library will be holding a celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek.”

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Published September 14, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — After the Huntington Woods City Commission awarded a bid to a contracting company to replace the roof on the Recreation Center this fiscal year, the city will be working on the library as well.

The city decided to begin planning the roof replacement this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2017, after the library suffered a roof leak that caused some damage to its shelves and CD cases.

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Published September 14, 2016

Want to make sure priceless memories captured on VHS tapes, slides and print photos are preserved but feel intimidated by the number of items you have and how to start?

Rob Hoffman, who founded Priceless Preservation, will break it down at a program titled “Top Ten Preservation Mistakes … And How to Avoid Them,” at the Troy Public Library Sept. 26.

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Published September 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Public Library offers a wide array of programs, many of them about nature, but on Sept. 12, the staffers found themselves caring for an injured critter themselves.

During the afternoon, patrons reported to library staff that a pigeon that appeared to be injured was lingering outside the entrance to the Woods Branch of the library system, said Pat McClary, the Woods Branch coordinator and youth librarian. 

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Published September 13, 2016

As schools tell students to hit the books once again, the Sterling Heights Public Library is hoping that a fresh set of events and promotions could entice more teens to read more on their own.

According to city officials, September is Library Card Sign-Up Month in libraries across the country.

Barbara Petrowski, youth services librarian, said the library encourages people to get their own library cards so they can check out books and other media.

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Published September 7, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Three construction projects have begun at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library. 

During the next three months, library officials said, the projects will cause disruption in the short term, but in the end, the results will enhance library services. 

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Published September 7, 2016

Birmingham resident Kristin Meekhof, now 42, lost her husband of four years to advanced adrenal cancer, just eight weeks after he was diagnosed.

She will talk about her journey and her new book, “A Widow’s Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years,” which she co-authored with psychologist James Windell,  at the Troy Public Library Sept. 14.

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Published September 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Today’s world is more connected than ever, thanks to the internet and the many devices that can access it. But there are still people on the other side of the digital divide — those who aren’t sure how to use a computer.

For those people, the Hazel Park District Library will be holding basic computer skills classes where guests can learn how to use search engines, send emails and open attachments, follow family and friends on Facebook, and more.

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Published September 2, 2016

HARPER WOODS — For those looking for some good reads as the seasons change, the Friends of the Harper Woods Library will be hosting its fall book sale.

The sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Harper Woods Library. A variety of books will be available.

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Published August 31, 2016

FARMINGTON — It might start off with holding onto that receipt at the bottom of your junk drawer just a little too long. 

Or keeping that takeout box in the back of your fridge. 

Eventually, you look around to see stashes of items throughout your home that you can’t seem to get rid of — or even want to.

That is how the downhill spiral of hoarding can start, Terrence Daryl Shulman, founder/director of the Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding, said recently.

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Published August 30, 2016

The Troy Public Library will celebrate Patriot Week with programs about presidential elections and the history of Detroit.

The Learning From the Past Patriot Week programs will kick off at the library Sept. 6 when Bruce Zellers, special lecturer at Oakland University, presents “Electing Presidents: Washington to McKinley.”

Zellers will present “20th Century Presidential Elections” Sept. 20.

Oakland University associate professor De Witt Dykes will present “Detroit History, Rise, Triumph, Decline and Rebirth” Oct. 4.

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Published August 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With five café operators closing down since 2002, the city is looking to make a change in the Friends of the Library Gift Shop and Café space on the building’s east side.

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Published August 27, 2016

HAZEL PARK — As the new school year begins at Hazel Park Public Schools, the district is making several major changes to the way it teaches students. The theme is “engagement,” encouraging students to be active thinkers rather than passive listeners.

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Published August 24, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library hopes to start out young residents’ K-12 academic careers by having them first experience 1K books.

Just in time for the school year, the library is promoting its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to local preschoolers and even younger children. Library staffers say the program will help children become literate at an early age, thus boosting their academic scores and futures.

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Published August 24, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 18, the Friends of the Shelby Township Library awarded two $2,500 scholarships to current library employees who will pursue master’s degrees in library and information science this fall.

Erin Luetz, 23, of Ortonville; and Heather Rochon, 22, of Shelby Township, both plan to attend Wayne State University.

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Published August 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library will be reopening its bottom floor after a flood on July 8, and it is planning several events in the following weeks.

The water affected only the bottom floor of the public library, with water rising less than a quarter of an inch, but it was enough to soak through carpets, ruin tiles and require repainting. Fortunately, none of the library’s rentable materials, furniture or computers were damaged.

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