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 Brother-sister musical duo “2resound” perform during the Coffee Concerts at the Madison Heights Senior Center in 2018. Francesca Micheletta sings while her brother Matteo Micheletta accompanies her on guitar.

Brother-sister musical duo “2resound” perform during the Coffee Concerts at the Madison Heights Senior Center in 2018. Francesca Micheletta sings while her brother Matteo Micheletta accompanies her on guitar.

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Hazel Park library announces book sale, Madison Heights library preps Coffee Concerts

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published January 24, 2020


MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — The library in Hazel Park is gearing up for a major fundraiser in February, while the library in Madison Heights is teaming up once again with the city’s Recreation Department for a monthlong concert series at the Active Adult Center.

Book sale
The Hazel Park Memorial District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, will hold its annual book sale, organized by the Hazel Park Library Friends, from Feb. 11 through Feb. 15.

Sale hours are Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday is $5 bag day.

“The money helps us to buy new books, update the library, bring in awesome performers, and create new and exciting areas for our patrons, like the new maker space we are in the process of putting together,” said librarian Randy Ernst-Meyer.

The sale will feature more than 2,000 gently used materials. In addition to books, there will be magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, VHS tapes, puzzle books, puzzles, textbooks and more. The sale will be set up in the library’s Monroe Room, the materials displayed on tables and organized into categories such as adult fiction, paperbacks, cookbooks, hobbies, history and more.

“We literally have something for everyone, including board books for babies, picture books for young children, chapter books for kids and teens, and large print and audiobooks for seniors,” said Corrine Stocker, the library director. “Most of the items for sale were donated, but some were discarded from the library collection.”

This event is one of two semiannual book sales. Another fundraiser run by the Friends is the library’s perpetual snack bar, which Stocker said has robust sales. The bar sells such items as chips, candy, suckers, soda, water, coffee and hot cocoa.

“Our patrons love being able to enjoy a snack in the library, especially the after-school crowd,” Stocker said. “We also look to our business community to sponsor programs and prizes for our annual summer reading program.”

Proceeds from the sale will help pay for things the library could not otherwise afford, such as children’s performers, craft supplies for programs, summer reading prizes, and gifts for children who attend the library’s popular Crafts with Santa program.

“I highly encourage people to attend our used book sale for a number of reasons,” Stocker said. “For starters, there are many unique items that would be difficult to find elsewhere. The prices are fantastic — well below what you would typically find at a thrift store. Lastly, it supports a great cause — your community library.  We have programs almost every day of the week that enrich the lives of people in our community, especially children and teens.”

Coffee Concerts
Over in Madison Heights, the Coffee Concerts are back each Wednesday evening during the month of February inside the Active Adult Center (formerly the Senior Center), 29448 John R Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the shows start at 7 p.m., lasting two hours. Admission costs $5, cash only, and snacks and refreshments will be available through the Madison Heights Women’s Club.

The Coffee Concerts are organized by the Madison Heights Public Library and the city’s Recreation Department. The shows include Whistle Stop Revue, on Feb. 5; Blackthorn, on Feb. 12; Matt Watroba, on Feb. 19; and Motor City Brass Band, on Feb. 26.

Whistle Stop Revue is a band fusing elements of bluegrass, blues, rock, country and jazz. Blackthorn is an Irish group singing sea shanties, lively jigs and traditional folk songs. Matt Watroba is a folk singer and guitarist who mixes humor and heartfelt meditations on friendship. And Motor City Brass Band is billed as Michigan’s first competitive British-style brass band.

The venue is cozy, with candlelit tables for most shows. Blackthorn will have theater-style seating due to the large crowds it draws.

“The Coffee Concerts have been a city tradition for so long that it’s hard to remember a time when they weren’t held,” said Roslyn Yerman, the library director. “They originated as an offshoot of the TGIF Lunchtime Concert Series, a youth concert series held in July for many years. Attendance varies from year to year. The biggest challenge is the weather. It can be easy to stay in during the cold winter months when it gets dark early, but those who attend are never disappointed with the opportunity to see quality entertainers in an intimate setting at a fraction of what they would pay to see these artists elsewhere.”

Yerman said Blackthorn and Matt Watroba are series regulars and favorites among guests.

“(Attendees) appreciate the camaraderie of this community event — the opportunity to interact with friends and neighbors while enjoying the music and a cup of coffee and baked goods,” she said, noting that the Women’s Club sells the items for a donation. “People appreciate the opportunity to get out in the middle of the week for this feel-good tradition.”  

For more information on the Coffee Concerts, call (248) 589-2294.