Libraries offer holiday fun in December

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 29, 2019

 Both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library will be offering a variety of holiday-themed programs this December, such as Storytime Snowflakes, which is pictured here in Roseville.

Both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library will be offering a variety of holiday-themed programs this December, such as Storytime Snowflakes, which is pictured here in Roseville.

Photo provided by Pat Eick

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — With the Christmas season in full swing, both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and the Roseville Public Library are offering some fun and helpful holiday programs.

 

Eastpointe Memorial Library
“This time of year, it is good to remind people that the library is a place to go to when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, or anytime one needs a place to get away to a pleasant environment,” Sue Todd, of the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said in an email. “Patrons visit the library to go somewhere that is relatively quiet so they can study, read books, magazines and surf the internet. Another benefit is to save money. Patrons borrow material for free, including downloadable books, music and magazines.

“Patrons also save money by making crafts to give as gifts. We have plenty of craft books and CreativeBug, our newest database. This database offers more than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. We also have a running book sale with books in excellent condition that patrons purchase for gifts. If you have not been to a library lately, you don’t know what you are missing.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. Additional holiday treats will be offered for families.

“The library is the perfect place for children to visit Santa, especially if they are shy,” remarked Todd. “Other children, a craft and a snack can warm children up to the man in the red suit. Don’t forget your camera. We have staff that will take your family photo.”

A holiday party for adults will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. Tea, punch and sweet treats will be offered, as well as a trivia challenge and a craft project. Space is limited and registration is required.

The History Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. The group is reading “Silence of the Girls,” by Pat Barker. The Thursday Evening Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Book club members are invited to select any book with a December theme to share with the group. Librarians are available for book recommendations.

Todd added that having a library card can have additional benefits this holiday season.

“Suburban Library Cooperative and SLC member libraries, including Eastpointe, are proud to promote area businesses through an exciting, no-fee promotion program called the ‘GOLibraryCard’ discount program,” she wrote. “Your library card has added value through this program. Discounts to ... movie theaters, area museums, restaurants and events at the Fox Theatre, Little Caesars Arena, the Michigan Opera Theatre and selected Pistons, Red Wings and Michigan State games are available to those who show their library card.”

More information on the program is available at www.cityofeastpointe.net/library by clicking on the “Go Library Card” link for more information. To register for programs or get more information about the Eastpointe Memorial Library, call (586) 445-5096.


Roseville Public Library
The Roseville Public Library will be participating in Roseville’s tree lighting festivities from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, by offering fun inside and outside the library.

“Before or after visiting Santa Claus in City Hall, stop by the library for holiday fun. Although the Roseville Public Library closes at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, the library will open the Erin Auditorium from 7:30 to 9 p.m. for children’s crafts, cotton candy and ‘Christmas Carol’ performing magic tricks and balloon twists,” Pat Eick, of the Roseville Public Library, said in an email. “The Friends of the Roseville Public Library will hand out book bags and softcover books for children on the city plaza during the 33rd annual tree lighting and singalong on Dec. 5 beginning at 6 p.m. Stop by for a free bag of goodies from the Friends.”

An open craft night will be available for adults at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. Those interested can work on their own projects while enjoying the work of others. Coloring and beading supplies will be provided, but all other materials must be brought by participants.

The Booked for the Evening book club will be discussing “A Gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.

People can learn how to decorate holiday cards and ornaments with quilling, which uses rolled strips of paper to create designs, at a program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. It is open to teens and adults, and registration is required.

The Youth Lego Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Elementary school-aged children are invited to build one of several provided kits or to use their imaginations to put together their own creations.

A STEAM-themed Winter Makerspace will take place for students in fourth grade through eighth grade at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. A makerspace is an event where kids can tinker, design, craft, create and explore different aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Registration is required.

One-on-one computer instruction sessions also are available by appointment for those looking for help navigating how to use a new device that they got under the tree.  

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