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Full schedule on tap for fall at St. Clair Shores Public Library

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 13, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Back to school and back to winter hours means more on tap at the St. Clair Shores Public Library this September.

“Summer Reading Club is over, so now we focus a little bit more on other fall activities,” said Library Director Rosemary Orlando.

With cultural events, trips and storytimes scheduled, there’s plenty to keep residents busy in the next few months at the library, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road.

The St. Clair Shores Cultural Committee is sponsoring a free program at the library on the D-Day invasion of World War II at 7 p.m. Sept. 23, featuring Steven Mrozek, former assistant curator of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

Orlando said that Mrozek is “very entertaining and informative. People really enjoy his presentation.”

Residents should pop on over to the library at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 for author Joe Grimm’s presentation on his latest work, “The Faygo Book,” detailing the story of the drink, the Russian immigrants who created it, and the city that still loves it.

“Everybody relates to that because everybody has a Faygo pop story or tradition,” Orlando said.

For those wanting to investigate their own roots, the library is hosting a presentation and discussion of the U.S. Census. Participants interested in researching their genealogy can learn how the census has changed over the centuries and how it can be useful to their research. The free presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Local History Center in the lower level of the library.

The St. Clair Shores Cultural Committee is sponsoring a free bus tour to the Detroit Institute of Arts at noon Oct. 10 for visitors to experience “Humble and Human,” an exhibition of art from the impressionist era. Tickets are free and include bus transportation, museum admission, a docent-led tour, and a reception with tea, coffee and cookies. The tickets are available at the library.

The Friends of the Library will host several book sales this season, beginning with a paperback book sale, where all pocket paperbacks published in 2016 or earlier will be on sale for 15 cents, or five for 50 cents.

“They’re trying to eliminate their stock,” Orlando said.

In October, the Friends will host their Fall Book Sale, one of their big fundraisers of the year, she added.

The Fall Book Sale begins 2-8 p.m. Oct. 9, continues from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 10 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 11, and finishes up from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 12. The sale includes children’s books, classics, books on hobbies, fiction and nonfiction.

“The Friends are also looking for volunteers, specifically, to help with the donated books that they sift through and then package,” Orlando said, adding that they are also looking for board members.

Anyone interested in being a member of the board or volunteering with the Friends of the Library can call Mary Lou Britton at (586) 779-8974 or email

Orlando said that men, high school seniors who need community service hours, or others who can help with moving and carrying boxes would be especially helpful.

Orlando said they are also encouraging residents to sign up for a library card if they haven’t done so already. More than half of the city’s residents already have a card, but plenty more people can get one if they wish, including students who attend school in the city and any employee who works at a business in the city.

September is Library Card Signup Month, and any new card applicants will be put into a drawing for a Target gift card, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Youth Services Department of the library also has storytimes and other programming scheduled for fall. Family storytime is open to people of all ages and begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 24. No registration is needed for that or for preschool storytime, which begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 23.

Children can practice their reading skills with Paws for Reading every Saturday at 11 a.m. A trained therapy dog will be on-site to comfort the children as they read books to the dog.

There will also be a Lego Block Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 and a Dino Party sponsored by 313 Presents with dinosaur-themed songs, crafts and snacks at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5. Registration is required for the Dino Party.

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