Roseville Public Library children’s librarian Ashlee McClaughry helps out 2-year-old Isabella Parenteau, of Fraser, as part of one of the library’s reading programs. On Oct. 5, McClaughry taught about sheep.

Roseville Public Library children’s librarian Ashlee McClaughry helps out 2-year-old Isabella Parenteau, of Fraser, as part of one of the library’s reading programs. On Oct. 5, McClaughry taught about sheep.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Eastpointe and Roseville libraries to host Halloween programs

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 9, 2018

 Claire Wheeler, 3, of Roseville, takes part in a youth reading program at the Roseville Public Library Oct. 5 that involved listening to a story and making a craft. It is one of many programs the Roseville Public Library and Eastpointe Memorial Library host each month.

Claire Wheeler, 3, of Roseville, takes part in a youth reading program at the Roseville Public Library Oct. 5 that involved listening to a story and making a craft. It is one of many programs the Roseville Public Library and Eastpointe Memorial Library host each month.

Photo by Deb Jacques

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — October is often a time when local libraries break out their spookiest material and get ready for some Halloween fun. The Eastpointe and Roseville public libraries are no different.

“Halloween is always a fun time of the year,” said Sue Todd, the assistant director of the Eastpointe Memorial Library. “With that in mind, the adult services and youth services department will host four special programs.”

Two of Eastpointe’s Halloween events are geared toward children. There will be a teen program featuring games, tricks and treats that will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, there will be a Halloween party for kids up to those in fifth grade. Registration is required for both programs.

Sandie and Dan Baker will host the fall trivia contest at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Those wishing to participate can sign up individually or as a team. The winning team and champion will win gift cards from local businesses. The library is inviting people to get in the Halloween spirit and dress up. 

The Friends of the Library also will host a Pet Pageant at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. All pets are welcome and ribbons will be given out for cutest, funniest, smallest, biggest, scariest, cuddliest and more. Humans are invited to dress up too.

“Halloween is an exciting time at the Roseville Public Library,” said Annamarie Lindstrom, assistant director of the Roseville Library, in an email. “Have a SPOOKtacular good time at a wide variety of Halloween programs for children, teens, adults and families taking place throughout the month of October.”

Roseville library programs throughout the month will include the teen Halloween party taking place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. It is open to kids in sixth grade to 12th grade and will include a haunted house, doughnuts and cider, and the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Registration is required for the event.

The Roseville staff also is hosting Frightful Folk Tales at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. It is open to all adults and teens. Professional storyteller Loretta Vitek will be reading some of her favorite scary stories. The event is free.

In addition to Halloween, both libraries also will be offering some other programs that are perfect for fall.

“The Eastpointe Library is observing arts and humanities month by having the Detroit Institute of Arts come to the library,” said Todd. “Speaker Loretta Giles will present ‘DIA: The Essentials’ on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. On Oct. 23, we will have a fall craft class. Make a craft with twigs, a vase and fairy lights. Space is limited for these programs, and registration is required.”

Additionally, Eastpointe will be welcoming back Chef Fran Salvatore at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Salvatore will prepare several dishes as she shares tips and techniques. Samples will be given out after the demonstration. Space is limited and registration is required.

The Friends of the Roseville Public Library will bring its autumn used book sale back. It will take place from noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Books, CDs, DVDs and more will be offered. The final day will allow readers to fill up a bag with books for $5.

Roseville will host a presentation called “Lady Lighthouse Keepers of the Great Lakes” with Patricia Majher at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

“Michigan leads the country in the number of lighthouses, and also employed the most female lighthouse keepers during its history,” said Lindstrom. “Fifty-plus women served the sailing communities on Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior, as well as on the Detroit River, for more than 100 years. Everyone is welcome to attend.”

Middle and high school students looking for service hours or who just want to lend a hand are invited to make cat and dog blankets, toys and feral cat houses for two local animal rescue groups: the Macomb County Animal Shelter and the Michigan Humane Society. This will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Lastly, the Roseville Public Library will be hosting a Christmas tree craft program at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Those attending will get a miniature Christmas tree loaded with LED lights to decorate and take home. Christmas treats will be provided, registration is required and there will be a $10 cost for the materials at the time of registration.

To register for Eastpointe Memorial Library programs, call (586) 445-5096. To register for Roseville Public Library programs, call (586) 445-5407.