Get into the spring of things with library activities in Eastpointe, Roseville

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 29, 2021

 The Roseville Public Library is letting kids create their own pool noodle lightsabers for some “Star Wars” summer fun.

The Roseville Public Library is letting kids create their own pool noodle lightsabers for some “Star Wars” summer fun.

Photo provided by Jason Novetsky

 Crafters can take home a bird feeder to paint and use from the Roseville Public Library.

Crafters can take home a bird feeder to paint and use from the Roseville Public Library.

Photo provided by Jason Novetsky

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Although much of the world is still working from home and communicating remotely, the Eastpointe Memorial Library and Roseville Public Library are both working to make sure community members still have fun and engaging programs to take part in this spring.

 

Eastpointe
Eastpointe Memorial Library Director Suzanne Todd said there are a variety of opportunities for people to get involved with through the library, even if they don’t want to leave their home.

“The Eastpointe Library continues to do programming in the virtual world,” she said in an email. “Every Thursday, the youth services librarian, Abby Bond, has a new story time session. Join Abby as she reads books using a different theme each week. There are make-and-take craft kits available for kids each month. Just come to the library and pick up your kit, or if you do curbside service, request a kit to be added to your bundle. Craft kits are available while supplies last.”

There also will be virtual book clubs. The Thursday Evening Book Club takes place the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., the Historical Fiction Book Club happens on the third Saturday of each month at 2 p.m., and the Mystery Book Club is held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. Books for each book club are available to check out at the library or in Overdrive.

For each book club, those interested can call the library at (586) 445-5096 or visit the library website, cityofeastpointe.net/library, to get the title and author. The Zoom meeting ID for the meetings is 574 703 3654.

Additionally, a recurring virtual game night is being planned but has not been finalized yet.

“Virtual game night happens monthly,” wrote Todd. “Host Sandie Baker rotates between three games: Trivia, Spin the Wheel and Library Feud. In May, we will be playing Library Feud. As of press time, the date and time have not been set. Please call the library or visit the website for this information.”

She also noted that the Eastpointe library is now offering fax service. The cost per page to fax is 50 cents.

The Eastpointe Memorial Library is located at 15875 Oak Ave. It can be reached at (586) 445-5096. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There is a two-hour limit for visitors, and masks and social distancing are required. See the website for more information.

 

Roseville
The Roseville Public Library is kicking off spring by embracing the Force and celebrating “Star Wars” with a “May the Fourth Be With You” craft.

Young sci-fi fans can drop by the library on Tuesday, May 4, to pick up supplies to make their own pool noodle lightsabers.

“This project is very easy and fun for your little Jedis! Pool noodle lightsabers are lightweight, colorful and perfect for safe and exciting dueling,” Community Relations Librarian Jason Novetsky said in an email. “The pool noodle lightsaber program is a simple take-and-make craft consisting of a foam pool noodle and some tape, which becomes the handle of the lightsaber. Instructions will be included, as well.”

A valid Roseville library card in good standing is required. Pickup is available at the circulation desk or at curbside.

Those looking to pitch in and help their community are invited to take part in a community service project to make “plarn” — plastic yarn — blankets and mats for the Macomb Feeding the Need nonprofit.

“‘Plarn’ is plastic yarn made from plastic shopping bags cut into long strips that can then be combined into even longer strips, which are then wrapped up into balls,” wrote Novetsky. “The plastic yarn balls are then donated to Macomb Feeding the Need, and they use it to make sleeping mats for the homeless. Instructions for how to make plarn will be included, as well.”

This event is for teens in grades nine through 12, and registration is required.

Crafters can bring home their own take-and-make projects with paintable bird feeders. Those interested can pick up the completed bird feeders on Tuesday, May 18. There is no cost, and those interested can pick up the bird feeders at the circulation desk or at curbside.

The Booked for the Evening reading group will discuss “The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah, for its May reading selection. Discussion of the book will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6, on Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID is 922 3801 4432.

“Join in on a lively discussion about a different book each month from the comfort of your own home!” Novetsky wrote. “You are welcome to join us even if you haven’t read the book. Need a copy? Call us or check our catalog.”

The Roseville Public Library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave. For more information or to register for programs, call (586) 445-5407. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Visitors are limited to two hours, and masks and social distancing are required. The website rosevillelibrary.org has more information on COVID-19 protocols.