Libraries

Published May 4, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite tough cuts elsewhere, City Council members said they want to make sure the library has enough money to continue to buy new materials in 2017. 

During the April 27 city budget hearing, Library Director Rosemary Orlando told City Council that they had zero capital requests listed in the budget — which meant that no materials were budgeted to be purchased in 2016-17. 

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Published May 4, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Detroit native David Maraniss was inspired to write about Detroit while he watched a Chrysler commercial with rap star Eminem with the theme “Imported from Detroit” during the 2011 Super Bowl.

Maraniss said the commercial featured “wonderful, iconic” Detroit landmarks and he “got choked up.”

He and his family moved out of Detroit when he was 7. Maraniss grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and his mother was from Ann Arbor.

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Published April 20, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Public Library has slimmed its hours, staff and services in recent years, and Director Marsha Doege said she plans to submit more reductions in her next budget, including taking a salary cut herself and slashing hours further.

“The 2008 debacle hit the library hard, along with the erosion of mills and loss of personal property taxes — just a whole lot of things that made us struggle,” Doege said. “We’ve been in survival mode, but now it’s to the point where we need to request help from the taxpayers.”

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Published April 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — One person’s spring cleaning purge is another person’s treasure.

Or something like that.

The annual Friends of the Baldwin Public Library spring book sale will return next weekend with thousands of books and media items for sale at great prices — and to benefit a great cause.

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Published April 18, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library will hold workshops, seminars and more to help patrons keep their books balanced — particularly their financial books.

The library is again participating in Money Smart Week. The campaign itself, founded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, runs April 23-30 this year, and the library plans to run programs between April 23 and April 28.

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Published April 14, 2016

HARPER WOODS — On April 12, the Harper Woods Public Library celebrated its history and the history of the city as, in conjunction with National Library Week, the library commemorated the 40th anniversary of the founding of its Heritage Room.

Founded by Mary Duchon and Lorry Balchunas, the Heritage Room is a museum of sorts, with artifacts on display ranging from a library card catalog to an old-style piano to the house nameplate of Harper Woods’ first settler, Casper Salter.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROCHESTER — Community members of all ages will come face to face with nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators this month as part of the Authors in April program.

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Published April 5, 2016

WARREN — Increased costs resulting from a protracted timetable to demolish and reconstruct the Busch Branch Library brought Warren’s top library official back before the City Council last month.

After a lengthy discussion on March 8, council members voted to put more money behind the project, now set to begin in April with the demolition of the existing library on Ryan, two blocks north of Nine Mile Road, and to conclude with the construction of a new building now slated for completion later this year.

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Published April 4, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library is bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts, attic treasures and philosophical discussions to its visitors in April, with a trio of events and programs scheduled.

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Published March 30, 2016

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians will come to the Troy library to perform music featured in a best-selling novel set in Michigan as part of a statewide reading initiative.

At 7 p.m. April 7 at the library, DSO flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo and cellist David LeDoux will perform a selection from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mendelssohn, and works by Vivaldi and others mentioned in the book “Station Eleven.”

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Published March 30, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — With the kids off on spring break, the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library are giving area moms and dads the chance to provide a little cheap and educational entertainment.

During the month of April, the Friends will host a couple of used book, media and game sales.

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Published March 23, 2016

TROY — Unleash your inner comedian during a program on the art of improvisation at the library.

Karen Bell-Brege has managed the house troupe at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for 13 years, and holds programs for corporations and teens. She held a program for teens at the Troy Public Library last year, and Connie Doherty, head of adult information services for library, thought Bell-Brege would be a good fit for adults in April, which is National Humor Month.

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Published March 23, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library has made many cuts in recent years, such as reducing hours and staff, and slashing the materials and programming budget. With the exception of the replacement of its heating and cooling system, the library hasn’t spent any money from fund balance either. On the contrary, it’s been adding money. 

But it still hasn’t been enough to restore the library to its former self.

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Published March 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library will be holding several programs and events over the course of the next several weeks.

The library, 19601 Harper Ave., will host a book sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, sponsored by the Friends of the Harper Woods Library. People can purchase a book bag for $10, which they then can fill to the top with books.

Library Director Kristen Valyi-Hax said all the books come from outside donations from the community. 

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Published January 11, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Taxpayers will be asked to support the Harper Woods Public Library with a millage renewal that will come to the polls this November.

At the Jan. 4 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously on a resolution to place the millage renewal on the ballot during the Nov. 8 election.

The millage renewal is not a new tax. It is a renewal of the library millage that voters approved in 2010, which expires in 2017.

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Published December 30, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After launching in 1985, the Shelby Township Library’s Afternoon Book Club is still going strong.                                                 

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