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Businesses offer discounts to library cardholders in September

By: Sara Kandel | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 14, 2011

 Roseville Public Library and Eastland Memorial Library are both members of the Suburban Library Cooperative, so cardholders from either library can receive discounts throughout the month from participating businesses.

Roseville Public Library and Eastland Memorial Library are both members of the Suburban Library Cooperative, so cardholders from either library can receive discounts throughout the month from participating businesses.

Photo by Sara Kandel

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ROSEVILLE — Whether it’s covered in dust in the back of a junk drawer or ready at a whim in a wallet or purse, pulling out your library card has an added incentive this month.

September is National Library Card Month.

To celebrate, the Suburban Library Cooperative has partnered with businesses across Macomb County to promote the value of being a library cardholder. Folks who carry an SLC library card, or who sign up for one, will be privy to discounts and/or freebies at participating businesses.

“The cooperative wanted to increase awareness during the month so they contacted local businesses about offering discounts to library card holders,” said Library Director Rita Valade. “Unfortunately, I was unable to work for a portion of the summer and didn’t reach out to Roseville businesses myself.”

No Roseville or Eastpointe businesses are participating in the national month-long celebration, but library cards from either city still qualify for discounts at participating businesses in the metro area. The locations, contact information and discounts offered are outlined on a list at the librarian’s desk at the Roseville Public Library and available online at www.libcoop.org.

The purpose is to get people excited about having a library card, explained Valade, but she said, “the biggest perk to having a card is the access to information.”

“People tend to think libraries are just about books,” she said, “but we also have a good collection of magazines, some newspapers, access to the Internet, DVDs, CDs, books on CD and even some computer games, which are really popular here, all for free as long as you return them.”

As an SLC library, Roseville shares an online catalogue with all the other libraries in the co-op, increasing their resources by sharing inventory. More than just information, entertainment and Internet access, the libraries in Roseville and Eastpointe also offer a variety of activities.

“We’ve planned something for every age group,” Valade said. “We have book clubs and teen nights and story time.”

Right now at the Roseville library, teens are encouraged to make an “I geek (blank)” poster for a contest with four winners that will be chosen in October.

“We wanted to get teens involved in the library and give them a chance to say what gets them excited about the library,” said Youth Services Librarian Annamarie Lindstrom.

Entry information is available online at www.rosevillelibrary.org. The winning submissions will be made into posters and displayed in the library.

The library also features historical programs and displays — right now a collection of old yearbooks and memorabilia from high schools in Roseville are on display near the north-facing entrance — as well as book sales, festivities around the holiday, tea luncheons and murder mystery dinners.

To obtain a library card, individuals must bring in a Michigan driver’s license or state identification card with their Roseville address. If their ID does not have a Roseville address, they must bring an official piece of mail with their name and Roseville address, in addition to a photo ID.

All new library card applicants must fill out a short application at the library. The process takes only minutes, and a card is rendered on the spot. Parents or guardians must accompany applicants under the age of 18 when applying for a card.

“We don’t have any sort of age restriction on cards,” said Valade. “Once a parent thinks their child is ready for one, they can get one.”

Whether it’s the books or DVDs, programs or Internet access, with more types of media available and a growing variety of activities, having a library card has never offered more than it does now — especially in September, with local merchants treating cardholders to added discounts.


Businesses steppin’ up

A variety of businesses surrounding Eastpointe and Roseville are participating in National Library Card Month by offering discounts to library cardholders from all Suburban Library Cooperative libraries. Here are a few:

• Abel Electronics, at 27201 Harper in St. Clair Shores, offering 10 percent off in-store purchases.

• Fraser Coney, at 16651 14 Mile Road in Fraser, offering a free brownie or rice pudding with purchase of any dinner special.

• CJ Reindel True Value Hardware Co., located at 32916 Utica Road in Fraser, offering 10 percent off non-promotional items.

• Chicken Shack, at 4040 11 Mile Road in Warren, offering a deal where customers can buy one four-piece chicken dinner get second chicken dinner 50 percent off.

• Schmiddy’s, at 33050 Utica Road in Fraser, offering 10 percent off meals.

• Hof-Brau Bar, at 16650 14 Mile Road, in Fraser, offering a free non-alcoholic beverage with any purchase.

• Ram’s Horn, at 30500 Dequindre in Warren, offering 10 percent off entire bill for any card holder.

• Space Walk of Center Line and Bounce House/Inflatable Rentals, at 8075 Sterling in Center Line, offering 10 percent discounts.

• Juliano’s Restaurant, at 27380 Van Dyke in Warren, offering 10 percent off food and drink.

For a complete list of participating businesses, visit www.libcoop.org.

 

Upcoming events and activities at Roseville Public Library

Friday, Sept. 23
• Lapsit, 9:30 a.m. (pre-registration required)
• Story time, 11 a.m. (pre-registration required)

Wednesday, Sept. 28
• Teen movie night, featuring Anime movie “Phantom,” 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6
• Booked for the evening, discussing Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13
• Friends used book sale, 5:30-7:30 p.m., lower level

Monday, Oct. 17
• Friends open house, public is invited for cider and doughnuts, 2-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
• Teen night, featuring Halloween costume contest, games and more, 6 p.m.
 

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