Local libraries prepare for holiday season

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 27, 2017

 Emily Escutia, 4, of Eastpointe, left, colors with youth services librarian Abby Bond during PJ Storytime at the Eastpointe Memorial Library Nov. 22. The library has a host of December programs for adults and children.

Emily Escutia, 4, of Eastpointe, left, colors with youth services librarian Abby Bond during PJ Storytime at the Eastpointe Memorial Library Nov. 22. The library has a host of December programs for adults and children.

Photo by Sean Work

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The holiday season is usually the busiest time of the year, and the Roseville Public Library and the Eastpointe Memorial Library have a host of programs for adults and children throughout the month of December.

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by decorating a gingerbread house? The gingerbread house decorating workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 is in the Erin Auditorium at the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave. The library will supply the gingerbread houses, icing, and a wide variety of candy and edible decorations. This year, the library has individual houses to decorate. The event is for kids ages 2-15. Everyone must register in order to participate.

TechKnowKids will present winter science fun for elementary school-age children, who will complete science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) challenges and experiments related to winter in a hands-on class inside the Erin Auditorium from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Registration is required.

“STEM programs such as this spark children’s creativity and problem-solving skills. We will continue to offer STEM Saturdays for the children in the new year,” said Annamarie Lindstrom, assistant director of the Roseville Public Library.

Adult open craft and coloring night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Erin Auditorium. The library is calling all crafters to register for the event. People can work on their projects while enjoying the company of other crafters. Participants must bring their own supplies. There will be coloring supplies and some beads available.

For more information on programs at the library or to register for an event, visit www.rosevillelibrary.org or call (586) 445-5407.

Eastpointe Memorial Library Assistant Director Sue Todd said there’s more than one reason to visit the library this month.

“As the year winds down, one resolution that is often made is to stay within one’s budget. Libraries have always been budget friendly. With the exception of newer DVDs, all materials are free as long as patrons bring them back on time. In fact, borrowing (four) books a month will save patrons on average $80. Borrowing music CDs or downloading free music through Freegal can save you $25 or more a month. We have magazines at the library and through RBdigital Gateway that can be borrowed or downloaded for free, saving you even more money,” Todd stated in an email to the Eastsider Nov. 20.

She also enumerated five reasons to visit the library. Here they are in her own words:

1. Check out a movie or join us for one of four movies being shown for children, teens and adults. Snacks (will be) provided.

2. Get crafty. We have craft classes for children and adults.

3. Take a family photo at our annual Santa visit.

4. Attend one of our book clubs. We have (four).

5. All programs are free.

Christmas is the theme of the month, according to the library’s newsletter, for its Monday Movies at 2 p.m. “The Holiday,” starring Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black, will be played Dec. 11 at the library, 15875 Oak Ave. The PG-13 movie is about two women who switch homes and discover what they are missing.

“The Christmas Card,” starring John Newton, Alice Evans and Edward Asner, is a wartime love story. The television movie will be be played Dec. 18 at the library.

Taking time out of his busy schedule, Santa Claus will make his annual visit to the library to listen to Christmas wishes from children in the community room from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Families are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the moment with Santa.

The community can participate in scrapbooking at 2 p.m. Dec. 14; participants will create a two-page spread. The library will provide the supplies.

Creativity can flourish during the craft class for adults at 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Participants can create a holiday present or something special. There is limited space, and registration is required.  

Booked for Dessert, a monthly book club for children, will be hosted by the library at 6 p.m. Dec. 20. The kindergarten through second-grade club selects books to read at home. Dessert is served while the kids talk about the book they read.

For information on more programs at the library, visit www.cityofeastpointe.net/library or call (586) 445-5096.