Libraries

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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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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