Eastpointe library has fitness theme for summer programs

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 1, 2016

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EASTPOINTE — Visitors to the Eastpointe Memorial Library will see primarily fitness and health-themed programs and events this summer as part of its summer reading schedule.

Assistant Library Director Sue Todd said that for adults, the centerpiece is the summer reading club that starts June 20. Visitors are encouraged to review the books they read — either by writing a review or simply giving it a star rating — which will enter them into a weekly raffle for one of three prizes each Monday, such as free DVD rentals or a gift card.

There will be bigger prizes for the finale week, Todd said, though that had not been finalized by press time.

The library will host yoga and Zumba classes weekly in June and July. Todd said the yoga classes will be held June 21, 29 and July 5, while Zumba will take over July 12 and 19. All of those will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will run for an hour; registration is required since space is limited.

On June 30, Fran Salvatore, of Pamela’s Catering, will demonstrate a few recipes, though Todd said she had not yet been told what specific things Salvatore is making as of May 25. Registration is required.

“Usually in the summer it’s summer fare, like summer salads,” Todd said.

At 2 p.m. July 11, the library will host a talk on the history of the Mount Clemens farmers market, as well as the value of purchasing local produce. Following that, at 2 p.m. July 21, Barbara Warren will be coming to the library to talk about the gardens of England and France.

“The talk is called ‘Beauty and Bloom,’” Todd said. “I’m very excited to have her even though it’s not really a fitness thing. But when you garden, it’s kind of a stress reliever — it relaxes you — so it kind of fits in.”

Local “Jeopardy!” champion Sandie Baker and her husband are scheduled to host a trivia contest at the library at 6:30 p.m. July 28, with some of the categories being related to health and fitness, Todd said. The contest will be split into four teams of four to five people, she added, so registration is required.

The library will also will be holding its normal array of adult programming. At 6:30 June 9, the library will host its monthly Plato’s Exchange discussion, where people can come in and exchange their ideas and views; that session’s theme is gun control and firearms, Todd said.

The library’s book club turns into the “book and movie” club in the summer months, Todd said, where visitors can watch a movie at 4 p.m. and then discuss both the book and the film version afterward. The first session, focused on “The Joy Luck Club,” is scheduled for June 16.

Watching the movie is not required; she said discussions typically begin around 6-6:30 p.m.

Monday movies are going to take place each week at 2 p.m. In June, those films will include “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Seven-Year Itch” and “Adventureland.”

Youth Services Librarian Abby Bond said the summer reading club for kids and teens will run from June 20 through Aug. 5, with weekly events for kids on Wednesdays and for teens on Fridays or Saturdays.

“They can read for prizes and have fun at library programs,” Bond said in an email. “This year, the library has some great special guests during Wonderful Wednesdays.”

The library will host the Fourth Wall Theatre Company on June 22, Innergetics on June 29, and a water fun day July 6. Each of those programs will begin at 2 p.m.

On July 13, the library will be visited by Animal Encounters at a special time of 3 p.m., and the Library Olympics program will take place July 20 at the regular time of 2 p.m. Closing out the Wonderful Wednesdays will be Mr. Inflation and his Balloon Creations at 2 p.m. July 27, Bond said.

Bond did not provide a list of teen programs by press time.

For more information, call the library at (586) 445-5096. The library is located at 15875 Oak Ave.