Santa and Mrs. Claus will be dropping by the Eastpointe Memorial Library Wednesday, Dec. 12, to spread some Christmas cheer.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be dropping by the Eastpointe Memorial Library Wednesday, Dec. 12, to spread some Christmas cheer.

Photo provided by Sue Todd

Eastpointe, Roseville libraries to offer fun and helpful holiday programs

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 30, 2018


EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe and Roseville libraries are inviting the public to brave the cold and come in to see all of the free holiday fun they have on tap for December.

Both libraries are offering some special events in addition to their regular programming.


Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the Eastpointe Memorial Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, for photos, crafts and snacks.

“Santa will read a book and listen to Christmas wishes of children in our community room,” Eastpointe Memorial Library Assistant Director Sue Todd said in an email. “There will be a simple craft and snack too. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to spend time with Santa that is not rushed. Don’t forget to bring your camera. Staff will take a family photo with Santa.”

Todd added that the local library can be an especially good resource around the holidays and for when people are looking for help with their New Year’s resolutions.

“As 2018 winds down, we often think about what we will change in the new year. Common resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, save money, get more sleep, start a hobby and make new friends,” Todd stated. “The library is a great place to connect to people and learn something new. We have books, magazines, DVDs and music that can help you succeed in keeping the resolutions you make. Don’t know where to start? Ask a librarian. Want to meet new people in the area? Attend one of our programs. Quite a few friendships have begun as a result of people attending programs. We offer all this and more for free. If you have not visited a library recently, stop in and see what you are missing.”

The Eastpointe Library will be closed Dec. 22-25 as well as Dec. 29-Jan. 1.


The Roseville Friends of the Library will provide its Share the Joy of Reading program at the 32nd annual Christmas tree lighting and singalong, which will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

“The Friends of the Roseville Public Library want to encourage people of all ages to use the public library and share the joy of reading,” Friends of the Library President Pat Eick stated in an email. “For the second year, the Friends will be handing out book bags with a softcover children’s book and other library goodies to children at Roseville’s Christmas tree lighting and singalong. … It’s important for adults to read to children at a young age and for children to read independently as they get older. That’s why the Friends and the Library purchased 300 book bags and softcover books to hand out to children. We hope that these same children will ask their parents and grandparents to take them to the library to check out more books.”

The Roseville library also will offer a gingerbread house decorating workshop at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Staff will supply the materials including icing, a wide variety of candy and edible decorations. Families must register for the event and there is a limit of one gingerbread house per family.

The “.calm Barbershop Quartet,” which says its name sounds like “dot calm,” will perform a holiday concert at the Roseville Public Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. No registration is required.

“Although they are from four cities in Ohio, these four ladies have found an ability to share their love of the barbershop style of singing,” Eick stated in a press release. “The quartet has had the opportunity to sing over much of northern Ohio and also sings and competes with the Sweet Adelines International organization. The quartet loves learning new music and honing their vocal skills and works very hard to be the best they can be, while laughing and sharing a great friendship. No registration is required for this fun musical event so get on the edge of your seats and be prepared to go on a musical journey with Kay, Ruth, Kaitlin and Pam.”

“We had wanted a program that would be fun and help get people into the holiday spirit,” librarian Sarah Marsack said in an email.

Additionally, the Roseville library will host the Battle of the Snacks for teens. It will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and is for youths in grades six to 12. They will go through a variety of snack-related competitions including testing their knowledge of chip flavors, competing in the candy sculpture contest and debating the best type of snacks.

“We have a lot of teens who love snacking, and since they are not usually supposed to eat in the library, we thought they would enjoy a program that involved games and challenges based on the snacks they like,” Marsack stated. “It should be a lot of fun.”

The Roseville Library will also be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas as well as Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s.