Add some fun to the new year with local library programs

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 2, 2018

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The new year is here and the Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library have prepared programs for their communities to enjoy throughout January. 

The Eastpointe Memorial Library, 15875 Oak Ave., will have activities with a space theme. Assistant Director Sue Todd explained the theme to the Eastsider in an email Dec. 27. 

“In recognition of NASA’s InSight Mission to Mars, which is slated to launch May 5, the Eastpointe Memorial Library proudly presents programs with a space exploration theme. Starting in January and running through May 5, patrons of all ages are welcome to join us as we explore space. Crafts, science experiments, movie screenings, (a) trivia contest, space food sampling, panel discussions and more have been planned. To this end, all programs in January with the exception of scrapbooking will have a space exploration theme,” stated Todd. 

Providing a space coloring sheet, crayons and background music, the library will have a Color Me Space Age event at 2 p.m. Jan. 9.

The library will also host a screening of “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the library will be closed Jan. 15. 

A craft class for adults will be held at 2 p.m. Jan 23 to make a nebula jar, which is also known as a cloud in a jar. 

The library’s Thursday night book club will feature Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” at 6:30 p.m. Jan 25. The book is available at the circulation desk for those who would like to read it before the book club meeting.

For more information or to register for an event, visit the library’s website at or call (586) 445-5096.



As the calendar changes from December to January, it’s time to turn from chestnuts to Chess Nuts.

“For those who love chess, we have a recurring drop-in program called ‘Chess Nuts.’ One Saturday a month, we will have chess sets out in the Michigan History Room for you to use. Bring a friend or meet a new opponent here. This program is for all ages and skill levels and will start on Saturday, Jan. 6,” Pat Eick, a librarian with the Roseville Public Library, stated in an email to the Eastsider Jan. 27. 

Teens and adults can join the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., for a hands-on cooking program where attendees can learn to make their own sushi rolls at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Erin Auditorium. Registration for “Ming’s Hands-on Cooking” is required. 

A family-friendly event will be held in the Erin Auditorium at 1 p.m. Jan. 15, as storyteller Mary J. Grant will portray the life and influence of Sojourner Truth. The library’s newsletter states, “Truth was born into slavery, obtained her freedom and became an influential abolitionist and suffragist. Truth was an amazing speaker and singer, but illiterate. All records of her were through others’ recollection, and so it is appropriate that a storyteller speaks for her now, in the 21st century.”

To introduce children to the library, a toddler story time will be offered free for children ages 2 to 3 1/2 years old accompanied by a parent or guardian at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 26. Preschool story time is offered free for children who are independent listeners ages 3 1/2 years old to 5 years old at 11 a.m. Jan. 26. Children can enjoy songs, puppets, crafts and stories. Both events will be held in the story-hour room, and registration is required. 

For more information or to register for an event, visit the library’s website at or contact the library at (586) 445-5407.