Lois Sprengnether Keel and her husband, Tom Keel, will present a dramatized reading about the life of Liberetta Lerich Green, a child living in a home that was part of the Underground Railroad, at the Eastpointe  Memorial Library on Monday, Feb. 10.

Lois Sprengnether Keel and her husband, Tom Keel, will present a dramatized reading about the life of Liberetta Lerich Green, a child living in a home that was part of the Underground Railroad, at the Eastpointe Memorial Library on Monday, Feb. 10.

Photo provided by Sue Todd

Libraries offer fun and education for the winter months

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 27, 2020

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Libraries can be the perfect place to beat the wintertime blues. Both the Eastpointe and Roseville libraries are offering a variety of programs to help get people through the cold months.

Eastpointe Memorial Library
The Eastpointe Memorial Library has some fun Black History Month and Valentine’s Day activities alongside its regular options for entertainment and education.

“This is the time of year when people might want to learn something new, and the library is the perfect place to do that,” Assistant Library Director Sue Todd said in an email. “We have plenty of new books, magazines to read, movies to watch and music for your listening pleasure. You don’t even have to come to the library if you have a library card.

“The library has downloadable books (Overdrive), magazines (RBdigital) and music (Freegal). We have a new database called Creative Bug that has thousands of award-winning arts and crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Go to www.cityofeastpointe.net/library to access our digital collection and databases.”

At 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, the Eastpointe Memorial Library will feature storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel, who brings to life the story of Liberetta Lerich Green, a child living in a home that was part of the Underground Railroad network before and during the Civil War. Using music, letters and stories, Sprengnether Keel will educate people of all ages about the Underground Railroad and what life was like more than 100 years ago.

The Eastpointe Memorial Library’s Thursday Evening Book Club will discuss “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, the 2016 National Book Award winner. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The book is available in multiple formats at the circulation desk.

A Valentine’s Day celebration will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. Tea and sweet treats will be offered along with a trivia challenge. Space is limited and registration is required.

The library’s February movie matinee will be “Lady Sings the Blues,” starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams. It will be shown at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Snacks will be provided.

To register for programs or to inquire about the Eastpointe Memorial Library, call (586) 445-5096.

Roseville Public Library
The Roseville Public Library also has several programs on tap for February.

“Tired of winter? Need to get out of the house? Want to connect with new people? Come to the library!” Pat Eick, of the Roseville Public Library, wrote in an email. “We can’t do anything about the weather, but we do have programs and activities for all ages.”

A Valentine’s Day-themed STEM Makerspace will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, for kids of all ages. Children can build a candy tower, experiment with candy chromatography, and design and make a candy catapult. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The Booked for the Evening book group will discuss “The Nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.  

Toddler Lapsit is for children 2 to 3 1/2 years old and takes place Fridays at 9:30 a.m. It is intended to provide an introduction to the library through nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs, puppets and picture books. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Preschool Storytime is for children 3 1/2 to 5 years old who enjoy songs, puppets, crafts and stories. It takes place at 11 a.m. Fridays. Registration is required for both.

An Adult Open Craft Night will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. Attendees can bring their own projects while enjoying the company of other crafters doing projects such as coloring, scrapbooking, beading, knitting and sewing. Participants may bring their own supplies, and registration is required.

Renee Pokoj, from Organic Stepping Stones, will show people how to make their own reusable essential oils fabric rice bag. She also will share how and why to use it. This program will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Registration is required.

Kids of all ages can join in on a Valentine’s Day-themed crafting event where they’ll learn how to make love bugs using pompoms, pipe cleaners, felt hearts and googly eyes. Registration is required and all ages are welcome, but children under the age of 5 will need an adult helper. It will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day.

Kids ages 4-12 can join their own Zumba fitness class, which combines dance and fitness moves. It will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes.

A murder mystery night will be hosted for teens and adults at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Those interested can join the library staff for this interactive murder mystery, in which they will try to solve the mystery while mixing and mingling with others in a fun 1920s theme. Dressing in 1920s fashion is encouraged but not needed. Registration is required.

“It’s the 1920s and you’ve been invited to the biggest party of the year,” Eick stated. “The dancing and dinner were going great until the sudden death of the host. Could it have been the result of a family quarrel? Did one of the guests find an opportunity to rid themselves of a rival? Would the staff have taken a chance to get revenge on their employer?”

Celebrate the leap year with an event all about amphibians called Leap Year, Cold-Blooded Creatures. Discussions will include information on amphibian habitats, populations, diet and adaptations for survival, and will feature hands-on activities, audience participation and meeting some amphibians face to face. It will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29.

To register for programs or to find more information about the Roseville Public Library, call (586) 445-5407.