GPPL books National Library Week April 7-13

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 2, 2019

GROSSE POINTE FARMS/GROSSE POINTE WOODS/GROSSE POINTE PARK — It’s time to curl up with a good book — the Grosse Pointe Public Library will be participating in National Library Week April 7-13.

To observe National Library Week, the Grosse Pointe Public Library will host several events and programs to bring out the bookworm in us all.

There are three Grosse Pointe Library branches. The Central Branch is located at 10 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms. The Ewald Branch is located at 15175 E. Jefferson Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park. The Woods Branch is located at 20680 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Woods.

“National Library Week is always fun. We all get very excited here,” Library Director Jessica Keyser said. “We look at it as another way to highlight the services we offer to the community. Staff has been planning events and programs for several months.”

As a way to say thank you to its patrons, GPPL staff will have “coffee and bagel bites” the morning of April 8 at each branch. The treats, to be ready when the libraries open at 9 a.m., are courtesy of the Grosse Pointe Public Librarians and Support Staff Association.

Also planned — on behalf of the Friends & Foundation of GPPL — are “Cookies With the Friends” Tuesday at Central, Wednesday at Ewald and Thursday at Woods. On April 10, each branch will host “No Fines Day,” which offers a chance for community members to return overdue books and other materials on that day without any penalty.

Patrons also are encouraged to participate in an Instagram social media contest at each branch. The Instagram contest will be held all month from April 1 to 30. When posting photos on Instagram accounts, participants are asked to use the hashtags #THEGPPL and #GPPUBLIBLOVE, as they could win a prize.

And because photo booths have become popular, library staff have created their own version of one for National Library Week. Each branch will have a “Rainbow of Books” photo booth — made from book shelves stacked with various titles — and visitors can take photos in front of the colorful background.

Staff members also invite community members to the following programs during National Library Week:

At 6:30 p.m. April 8, ventriloquist Richard Paul will perform at the Woods Branch. The show is for children of all ages.

Elementary and middle school students are invited to Skype with author Dan Gutman at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at Central.

“Wild Super Powers” with the Howell Nature Center, designed for all ages, will be held from  6:30 to 8 p.m. April 12 at Woods.

And the Cardboard Challenge from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 13 at Central will be for children ages 6 and older to make their own cardboard creations.

To register for programs, visit

According to a GPPL press release, in 2018, the GPPL hosted more than 800 programs in which 39,000 people attended. The programs included early literacy story times, book clubs, puzzle tournaments, author events and more. At each branch, cardholders can download books, movies and music and access different research and learning resources.

According to the American Library Association website,, National Library Week is designed to celebrate the contributions of libraries nationwide and those of library workers, and to promote library use and support.

The theme for the 2019 National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” and  Gates Foundation co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week honorary chair. National Library Week, incorporated in 1958, is sponsored by the ALA, and all types of libraries — school, public, academic and special — participate.