Local libraries, including the Roseville Public Library, seen here, are taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they can offer safe and effective service to their patrons.

Local libraries, including the Roseville Public Library, seen here, are taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they can offer safe and effective service to their patrons.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

Eastpointe, Roseville libraries offer online programming during pandemic

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 7, 2020


EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Despite the COVID-19 quarantine limiting what public libraries can offer, both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library are reminding their patrons that they are open and have some fun and engaging activities to join in on.


The Eastpointe Memorial Library
The Eastpointe Memorial Library will host a virtual book club on Thursday evenings, the next one to take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. They will review “The Jane Austen Book Club,” by Karen Joy Fowler. The meeting will take place via the Zoom app, and the meeting ID number is 414 456 0744.

The library’s Mystery Book Club will similarly meet online at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 via Zoom. The meeting ID number is 414 456 0744. They will discuss “The First Eagle,” by Tony Hillerman. The Historical Fiction Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, on Zoom. It will have the same meeting ID number. They will discuss “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” by Ayana Mathis.

The Friends Friday Book Sale will continue each Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 25, in the library community room. Books, movies and music will be sold to benefit The Friends of the Library, an organization that helps support the library. The Friends also will host a bottle and can drive throughout the month of August. Empty recycling-friendly bottles and cans can be brought to the library, and the funds from their return will go toward purchasing musical instruments for the library and a table with a chess and checkerboard inlay for the courtyard.

The library staff also wants to remind the public that other resources are available, such as curbside pickup for library items, ancestry databases that can be accessed from home and programs that let people access material remotely.

“Beanstack is a new software program we purchased so patrons can log their reading using a computer, tablet or phone,” Assistant Director Suzanne Todd said in an email. “Go to our website to register or have a librarian register you. The program is for all ages. Families can register together or individually. Readers earn badges which will give them virtual tickets for a grand prize drawing in August. Children and teens will earn prizes throughout the summer as well as the grand prize drawing. Adults will have one grand prize and smaller prizes awarded at the end of the program.”

The Eastpointe Memorial Library is located at 15875 Oak Ave. and can be reached by calling (586) 445-5096. More information can be found by going to www.cityofeastpointe.net/library.


The Roseville Public Library
Even though the quarantine is limiting what many libraries can do, many are still working to ensure there are fun and enlightening activities for the public.

“Programming for the library during the pandemic has been a challenge unlike any we have experienced before,” Community Relations Librarian Jason Novetsky said in an email. “We were closed for several months, and even now that we are open, we cannot offer the types of in-person programming we are used to. Thankfully, virtual programming has allowed us to continue to reach out to our community with fun and engaging activities and programs. We are using Zoom and Facebook for interactive programs as well as pre-recorded videos that we hope you enjoy. In some cases, we are combining old and new approaches, such as Take & Make crafts you pick up at the library accompanied by tutorial videos we post online. Though it has been a challenge, it has in many ways been fun to explore new ways of doing things. We hope that you’ll join us for some of the programs we have coming up next!”

From Monday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 26, Roseville Public Library patrons can submit entries in the Lego Master Builder of Roseville competition. Winners will be selected in three categories — child, teen and adult — and they will be displayed at the library and on social media. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 12.

The Booked for the Evening book club will discuss “Love in the Time of Cholera,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, on Zoom. The meeting ID number is 925 9127 1110.

The library’s first virtual bead program will show participants how to make a crystal sun catcher. A YouTube video will be posted to the Roseville Public Library’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and there will be instructions and kits that can be picked up at the library. A pair of pliers will be needed for this project.

Rick Forrest and Vic Dorer will discuss birding in the backyard and local parks on Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Topics will include where and when to look for birds, bird feeding, bird landscaping and tips for taking good pictures of birds. The Zoom ID number is 955 2608 9309.

Country and blues expert Leonardo Gianola will share music and stories from the 1920s and 1930s, highlighting the golden age of American songwriting. His presentation will take place at Roseville’s City Hall plaza outside the library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Beckoning Butterflies program will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. People can learn about different types of butterflies and how to attract them with gardener Jean Persely. The Zoom meeting ID number is 938 1948 9446.

Teens can take home a craft to make at home and create their own stress balls. The supplies will be available Wednesday, Sept. 9, and the craft is open for teens in grades six to 12. Registration is required and will start Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Crafting fans can learn to make their own pony bead pencil that can be used as a keychain or backpack decoration. Those interested can register online and pick up the kit, which includes supplies and instructions, from the library. The materials will be available Thursday, Aug. 27. Registration is required.

Kids can make their own Kool-Aid rock candy with an edible craft available at the Roseville Public Library. Those interested can pick up a kit with instructions and supplies starting Friday, Sept. 4. Registration is required.

The Roseville Public Library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave. and can be reached by calling (586) 445-5407. Registration and additional information is available at rosevillelibrary.org/wordpress.