Libraries

Published March 7, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Bound volumes of 100-year-old popular magazines, 50 pens used by Lyndon Baines Johnson and a historic children’s book collection are just some of the items tucked away in Oakland University’s Kresge Library.

The library is open to all — not just OU students —  and has circulating items available for checkout.

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Published February 28, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Those looking to reconstruct their family tree now have a helpful resource available at the Hazel Park District Library in the form of its subscription to the library edition of Ancestry.com. In addition, the library is planning to launch a genealogy club for like-minded family historians in the coming months. 

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Published February 27, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ready to settle down with a good book?

With the dawn of March Is Reading Month, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the gift of books at the St. Clair Shores Public Library.

Library Director Rosemary Orlando said that the library, of course, always celebrates Reading Month and tries to do so with new activities each year. This year, there will be two monthlong activities for all library patrons to enjoy.

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Published February 25, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In the West Bloomfield Township Public Library’s youth services area, you can find, on any given day, children running to and fro, delighted by the number of things to see and do.

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Published February 14, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville residents approved a millage increase during the August 2016 primary election that is now allowing the Roseville Public Library to provide upgrades for the community, including staying open an extra day. 

The new hours for the library will begin the week of Feb. 27. The library will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays; and now, during the months of September through May, the library will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Published February 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is getting artistic with the beginning of its new artist-in-residence program in January. 

As part of the program, each month the library will display the work of a different local artist.

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Published February 7, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library has been without a permanent director since last August, but the search for one is starting to pick up steam.

The previous director, Jessica Keyser, left the library for the same position at the Grosse Pointe Public Library, and since her leave, Darlene Hellenberg has served in the interim.

Ferndale Library Board of Trustees President Judeen Bartos said the search for a new director is in part being run by Bradbury Miller Associates, a search firm that specializes in libraries.

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Published February 7, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Across the street from Hazel Park High is the Blue Building, home to CityEdge Church and Youth for Christ. In it, CityEdge maintains Chris’ Closet, a food pantry. But all of the food was compromised when a fire broke out the morning of Jan. 6.

Authorities continued to investigate the cause of the blaze at press time. In the meantime, the church has temporarily relocated to Hazel Park Junior High, with service at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Also, several groups have stepped forward to help out with replenishing the pantry.

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Published February 1, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — She’s only been the director of the Grosse Pointe Public Library for about six months, but already Jessica Keyser has made a positive impression with GPPL leaders.

Keyser, who had served as the director of the Ferndale Area District Library since November 2012, succeeded retired GPPL Director Vickey Bloom when she took over the reins Aug. 15.

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Published February 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Far from the hushed atmosphere of a typical library, a room in the youth services department of the St. Clair Shores Public Library exploded with laughter and excitement on a recent Wednesday evening, all because of math.

The Crazy 8s Club, funded by the Bedtime Math Foundation, is meeting weekly at the library Wednesday evenings in January and February for children in kindergarten through second grade, with plans for another eight-week session of Crazy 8s for children in grades 3-5 set to begin in March.

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Published January 18, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — It is still early in the new year, but Eastpointe and Roseville already have packed schedules of events for people to attend.

Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon, best-selling author of “Battling the Storm Within” and founder and CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, will present “A Victim No More: From Trauma to Triumph.” Shannon will tell her story of struggle, healing and restoration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, 16600 Stephens Road. Admission will be by donation.

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Published January 18, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — With what many argue was one of the most vicious political elections behind us, the Rochester Hills Public Library is inviting patrons to embrace the Golden Rule, which dictates that we should treat others as we want to be treated.

The library will host “Civility: The Factor That Binds a Free Society” at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Dr. Lee Meadows will discuss what civility is and how common decency is constantly being challenged by social media and day-to-day stress in modern life.

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Published January 11, 2017

TROY — Certified appraiser Dan Landino, who operates D&J Auction Services with his wife, Judy, said they were tired of hearing stories about people who learned that items they were told were worth nothing by “experts” were much more valuable than they thought. 

The biggest mistake people make in selling estate items, Dan Landino said, is undervaluing jewelry. 

“There was a reason your grandmother kept it all those years,” he said. 

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Published January 11, 2017

TROY — De Witt S. Dykes Jr., an associate professor who teaches African-American history at Oakland University, said he is not sure people realize the extent that students played in the civil rights movement and “transforming America.” 

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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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