Hazel Park library lines up winter programs, fundraisers

Patrons wishing to help can also check out ‘Library WishList’

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published January 23, 2013

Hazel Park Memorial Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road: All offerings listed below are free unless otherwise specified. For more information,
call (248) 546-4095.

• Wednesdays (3 p.m. — call library for dates): Gravity Falls Club: Watch the popular animated series and create art.

• Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20 (3-5 p.m.): Lego League: New this winter, participants will build Lego constructions and play Lego-related games.

• Jan. 24, Feb. 7, 14, March 7, 28 (6 p.m.): Stitch ‘N Knit, for adults and teens. Learn to knit or revive old skills. Crocheters welcome. Snacks provided.

• Jan. 25 – May 17 (Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.): Tiny Tales, for preschoolers, siblings: Stories, songs, flannel board presentations, crafts, snack and musical parade.

• Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 27 (3:30 p.m.): Divas Design: New this winter, participants will learn how to make cupcakes Jan. 25; how to sew totes for phones or IDs Feb. 22; and hair and makeup tips March 27. For fifth through 12th grades.

• Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26 (6-8 p.m.): Teen/Tween Video Game Night: Play titles like “Super Smash Bros,” “Mario Kart,” and more on two Wii systems. Pop and chips served. For ages 10 and older; limited to first 20 people. 

• Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27 (6-8 p.m.): Adult Book Club: “Wuthering Heights,” Emily Bronte, Jan. 30; “Mudbound,” Hillary Jordon, Feb. 27; “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin, March 27.

• Feb. 2, 9, March 2 (2-3:30 p.m.): Yoga with certified instructor Darcia Cheeks, for adults and teens. Bring towel or mat.

• Feb. 5, March 5 (1 p.m.): Adult Book Bingo: Includes snacks and book prizes.

• Feb. 5, March 5 (6-8 pm.): Family Game Night: Wii games, board games and snacks.

• Feb. 6, March 6 (3 p.m.): Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament: Use provided cards or use your own.

• Feb. 8, March 1 (3:30 p.m.): Manga Club: Draw and read manga, watch anime, enjoy tasty Japanese treats and make crafts.

• Feb. 12 (6-8 p.m.): Pizza and Movie: “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”

• Feb. 13 (3 p.m.): Movie Lover’s Book Club: Discuss the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the original movie adaptation, and make Valentine’s Day candy.

• Feb. 13, March 20 (6:30 p.m.): “Your Well Being” Health Series: Expert speakers from Beaumont Hospital. “Chronic Pain” Feb. 13; “Healthy Food in a Hurry” March 20.

• Feb. 15, March 8 (3:30 p.m.): Teen Advisory Board: Seventh- to 12th-graders are invited to earn volunteer hours planning library programs and recommending materials.

• Feb. 16, March 9 (1-3 p.m.): Family Movies, for all ages: “ParaNorman” Feb. 16, and “Life of Pi” March 9.

• Feb. 19, March 19 (6-8 p.m.): Family Fun Night: Crafts and dinner, sponsored by the Early Learning Communities of the United Way.

• Feb. 21, March 21 (6 p.m.): Adult & Teen Crafts: Jewelry making Feb. 21, and mosaic mini-wall mirror March 21. Each has a $5 non-refundable material fee at sign-up.

• Feb. 23 (noon to 4 p.m.): Flea Market: Sellers rent tables for $10, non-refundable, pre-paid at registration. Proceeds from this treasure sale benefit the summer reading program.

• March 13-14 (noon to 8 p.m.), 15 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 16 (noon to 4 p.m.): Winter Friends’ Used Book Sale: Books, CDs, videos and more, as low as 10 cents. Friday and Saturday are “bag days”; fill a bag for only $3. Bake sale is noon to 4 p.m. March 16.

• March 23 (1-2:30 p.m.): PTA Reflections Art Gallery, for all ages: Various types of art from Hazel Park students of all ages will be displayed.

— Andy Kozlowski

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park Memorial Library has established itself as a community hub with a quarterly calendar full of events both fresh and familiar.

For the winter season, there is a mix of popular staples, like free yoga, gaming sessions and film screenings, but also new fare, including health and wellness workshops, and new activities for the kids.

With the new year comes a new start. Experts from Beaumont Hospital will be visiting the library for the ongoing “Your Well Being” Health Series. “Chronic Pain” is the topic Feb. 13, and “Healthy Food in a Hurry” will be discussed on March 20. Both events are at 6:30 p.m., free and open to the public.

“They (Beaumont Hospital) offer a wide variety of topics, and we choose those we think will be most relevant to people in the community,” said Corrine Stocker, interim director at HPML.

She noted that winter takes its toll on the body, so the first session is important, since it teaches people how to manage chronic pain without resorting to addictive drugs. And “Healthy Food in a Hurry” is relevant, she said, because it comes at a time when people may be weakening in their New Year’s resolutions to eat right. 

There are other forms of constructive behavior at the library — literally so, in the form of the Lego League, new this winter. Aimed at school-age children, the group meets from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 23, Feb. 20 and March 20.

The idea came about with a change in the students who frequent the library. A number of regulars left when the Michigan Math and Science Academy relocated to Center Line last year. The new group of kids who took  their place has a strong interest in building things out of the colorful toy blocks.

“I don’t have a lot of Legos, but the kids are actually bringing some in, which will help,” said Chris Walny, teen librarian and Lego League creator. “But if anyone wants to donate Legos, please, that would be great! You know how it is with Legos — you could always use more.”

Separate tables will have different activities: you might construct things at one table and play Lego-related games at another.

Variety is part of another new program addition this winter: Divas Design. Aimed at school-age girls and designed by teens from Hazel Park, the club meets at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and March 27.

Participants will pick up new skills and knowledge, including how to make cupcakes, under the guidance of a professional baker at the Jan. 25 meeting; how to sew special totes for phones or IDs at the Feb. 22 meeting; and hair and makeup tips from a professional cosmetologist at the March 27 meeting.  

“I was discussing these ideas with different girls separately — some kids said they wanted to cook or bake; others said they wanted to sew. So we put it all under the same heading,” Walny said. “So far, the experts are friends of staff, volunteering their time.”

Volunteer work, along with donations of books and other materials, is always appreciated at the library. Those who visit the HPML website can peruse the Library WishList, a feature accessible by clicking on the star icon. The list details items currently needed at the library, as well as volunteer opportunities.

“This is something Jessica Keyser (former HPML director) set up before she left,” Stocker said. “I think it is an excellent opportunity to inform people who are interested in helping the library of what our needs are — things that are above and beyond our limited budget but that we could use, if we had the opportunity. People are frequently asking how they can help.”

One of the most important ways people can help is by participating in the various fundraisers the library holds. First up is the Flea Market, from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, where sellers can rent tables at $10 each, non-refundable and pre-paid at registration. All proceeds from the treasure sale benefit this year’s summer reading program, paying for prizes.

“Liz Colombo, the reference librarian, helped start the adult reading program, which we’ve done now for a couple years,” Stocker explained. “The two of us would spend many hours contacting restaurants and other businesses in the area, trying to solicit donations for prizes, like merchandise and gift cards, but it was very time-consuming. So, we’re giving ourselves — and the businesses — a break, so to speak, and pursuing fundraising for this in a different way.”

And then there’s the Winter Friends’ Used Book Sale, noon to 8 p.m. March 13-14; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15; and noon to 4 p.m. March 16. March 15 and 16 are “bag days,” where patrons can fill a bag with books for $3.

No matter when you come, prices go as low as 10 cents, and it’s not just books, but CDs and DVDs, as well.

“It’s the Friends’ biggest fundraiser, in terms of making money,” Stocker said. “They support the library, paying for things like programs that we otherwise couldn’t afford.”

The Hazel Park Memorial Library, 123 E. Nine Mile, can be reached at (248) 546-4095. To view the Library WishList and find what the library currently needs, visit the website at http://hazel-park.lib.mi.us.