The Roseville Public Library is inviting people in for its Blind Date with a Book program, in which patrons can pick out a mystery book based on a vague description.

The Roseville Public Library is inviting people in for its Blind Date with a Book program, in which patrons can pick out a mystery book based on a vague description.

Photo provided by Pat Eick


Libraries offer Black History Month, Valentine’s Day activities

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 1, 2019

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Whether it’s a snow day home from school or trying to escape the winter blues with a good book, the Eastpointe and Roseville libraries are welcoming in residents and offering a variety of wintertime resources.

The Eastpointe Memorial Library will host local business owner Terri Gullet, of Terri’s Cakes to discuss entrepreneurship and owning a small business. The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. She will be sharing tips for success and serving her famous cupcakes.

At 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, and Tuesday, Feb. 26, the library will host Darolyn Williams Brown and Corey Anthony Wright in readings of the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Judy Garvey, a docent from the Detroit Institute of Arts, will present “In Our Own Voice: African American Art” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The program will educate people about the creative contribution of African-American artists from the 19th century through the present.

“The library has consistently provided programs throughout the years to enlighten a community rich with diverse ethnicities and cultures,” Sue Todd, the assistant director of the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said via email. “In February, we will have dramatic readings by Darolyn Williams Brown and Corey Anthony Wright celebrating the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Detroit Institute of Arts docent Judy Garvey will present ‘In Our Own Voice: African-American Art.’”

The Eastpointe Memorial Library also is celebrating Black History Month by emphasizing the life of Martin Luther King Jr. It is inviting patrons to help build the “I Have a Dream” wall on the library bulletin board. Paper squares are available at the adult and youth services desk. Residents are invited to stop by and share their dream in words and/or pictures.

Additionally, the Friends of the Eastpointe Memorial Library will host its annual Cloverleaf Fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 , at the Cloverleaf Restaurant, 24443 Gratiot Ave. in Eastpointe.

“All patrons have to do is tell their server they are there to support the library, and the Friends of the Library will receive 20 percent of the receipt between 4 and 9 p.m. on February 12,” explained Todd. “There will be a 50/50 raffle and a themed basket raffle.”

The Roseville Public Library will be offering an escape-room experience themed after the popular Netflix show “Stranger Things.” Adults and teens are invited to help solve clues and find Eleven in the Upside Down before she is eaten by the monstrous Demogorgon. The program will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Food and drinks will be provided.

The Roseville library also is offering a special program for the month of February with its Blind Date with a book program. Library visitors can check out a mystery book to get the chance of discovering a gem they never would have considered otherwise.

“Let the library set you up on a blind date with a book. In February, a selection of books will be wrapped in brown paper with brief descriptions on the outside,” explained librarian Tracy Wilson in an email. “You can’t judge these books by their cover! So come to the library and take a chance on a book and enjoy a blind date with a new read. We include a variety of books for all types of readers, and all books were recommended by a staff member.”

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