Chef Fran will drop by the Eastpointe Memorial Library Thursday, May 16, to share some recipes and cooking tips.

Chef Fran will drop by the Eastpointe Memorial Library Thursday, May 16, to share some recipes and cooking tips.

Photo provided by Sue Todd

Eastpointe and Roseville libraries offer programs for May

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 7, 2019


EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library will each be offering a variety of programs for the month of May.


The Eastpointe Memorial Library will host a program in honor of Memorial Day. 

Called “In Honored Glory: American Cemeteries Overseas,” historian Steve Mrozek will return to the library to highlight the United States soldiers who were killed in action during World War I and World War II. It will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

The Eastpointe Memorial Library evening book club will discuss the book “Lilac Girls,” by Martha Hall Kelly, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16. Inspired by the life of a real WWII heroine, the novel follows the stories of women who survived women’s concentration camps in Nazi Germany. The book is available at the circulation desk. 

Chef Fran will return to the Eastpointe Memorial Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, with three new recipes. Participants can hear Fran share cooking tips and other food-related stories while preparing the recipes. There will be samples after the presentation. Space is limited and registration is required.

“A quote by Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme sums up why we have Chef Fran come three or four times a year: ‘I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I’m always excited about learning new things about food,’” Sue Todd, assistant director of the library, said in an email. “Whether you are a personal chef at home or a professional chef, we can always learn new cooking techniques and new ways to cook with ingredients that are common and not so common. Chef Fran tells the audience how to economize without sacrificing taste and where she buys her spices, vegetables, and meat while preparing the recipes. The best part of the program is when we serve the samples of what she has made.”

The Eastpointe Memorial Library can be contacted at (586) 445-5096 for more information or to register for programs.


In addition to its May programs, the Roseville Public Library has added a new collection. 

“In order to recognize and encourage writers in our community, the Roseville library has started a local author collection,” Pat Eick, director of the Roseville library, said in an email. “This collection includes books for all ages written by authors from the community. It’s currently a small collection, but we would like to add to it. Local authors of all ages are encouraged to submit their books for consideration to be added to the collection. … Want to check out what your neighbors are writing? Come check out a book by a local author.”

The Friends of the Roseville Public Library will host its annual meeting and Chocolate Friendzy from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, to discuss upcoming Friends projects and programs.

“Join us for a Chocolate Friendzy at the library,” said Eick. “We will have chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! Friends members are free. If you are not a Friends member, the cost is $10, which includes a one year Friends membership. At this program we will have the annual Friends meeting and election of officers along with the chocolate goodies.”

Those looking to make a handmade Mother’s Day craft can create their own felt heart pin at the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Participants younger than 5 are advised to have an adult assist them. No registration is required.

The 2018 film “Mary Poppins Returns” will be screened at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Families with children of all ages can attend, and no registration is required.

John Meredith Jr., the president of Cannabis Used for Research and Education, will host a program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, to explore how medical marijuana may benefit certain health conditions, including the alleviation of pain.

A presentation on Detroit’s Polar Bear soldiers of WWI will be hosted by Mike Grobbel, of the Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. He will share stories of the 5,200 U.S. soldiers who were engaged in bitter fighting in northern Russia with the Bolshevik Red Army in 1918 and 1919.

People can play with their food and eat it too at the “All About the Oreos” program that will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Kids in grades six through 12 can create treats, play games with them, and taste test different flavors. Those interested must register with the library.

The Roseville Public Library will host its adult trivia night at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23. People can register alone or in groups of up to four to face five rounds of trivia questions.

The Roseville Public Library can be contacted at (586) 445-5407 for more information or to register for programs. 

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.