In November, the Roseville Public Library will offer children a three-part program to teach them the basics of computer coding.

In November, the Roseville Public Library will offer children a three-part program to teach them the basics of computer coding.

Photo provided by Pat Eick


Libraries offer programs for November

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 2, 2018

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — In November, the Roseville Public Library and the Eastpointe Memorial Library will both offer a variety of services and media to let people get a jump start on the holiday season, help complete a project or just have a little fun.

“November is always a good time to come to the library, especially during the holiday season,” Sue Todd, the assistant director of the Eastpointe Memorial Library, wrote in an email. “We have books that can teach new cooks how to make a holiday dinner; we have craft books to get ideas on how to create holiday decorations and gifts; and we have books, music and movies to get you into the holiday mood. Looking for reviews for things you want to purchase? We have Consumer Reports and other magazines that regularly review different items of interest. Last but not least, if you’re looking for a book recommendation, look no further than the library. We have librarians that can recommend books along with BookPage, a monthly book selection guide for new books. The November edition features ‘Holiday gift guide … gifts for everyone on your list.’”

The Roseville Public Library’s highlight for November is three science, technology engineering and math events related to teaching children in grades four to eight the basics of computer programming.

“Classes are taught by retired teacher Cathy Foster, of TechKnowKids, using robots Dot and Dash,” said Pat Eick, of the Roseville Public Library. “Cathy Foster has more than 30 years teaching experience. She was inspired while teaching a computer programming (coding) class using Dash and Dot. Cathy watched children fully engaged in learning, while having fun. She saw the potential in teaching children the fundamentals of coding at an early age. This three-week session is an opportunity to introduce kids to coding who haven’t yet been taught in school or to expand their existing knowledge. Prior knowledge is not a requirement.”

The first class will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and will introduce children to the robots and help them become familiar with the apps that the robots use. The second class will be on Saturday, Nov. 17, and it will expand children’s knowledge of coding and will employ logical thinking in designing and coding a path for the robots to follow. The final class will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and it will allow children to use their knowledge gained from the previous classes to code and play robot games, such as bowling, soccer and basketball. Families must register for all three classes.

“As technology dominates our lives, learning basic computer programming isn’t just a smart idea, it’s an essential skill,” said Annamarie Lindstrom, the assistant director of the Roseville Public Library. “Learning how to create simple games helps kids refine their design, logic and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways.”

The Roseville Public Library will host a Christmas Card Workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in which people can take some time before the busy holiday season to create beautiful, handmade cards. The library will provide rubber stamps, ink, card stock, envelopes, colored pencils, glitter glue and other materials. Registration is required.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Michigan State Police forensic scientist Stephanie Grabowski will discuss a day in the life of her work, share stories of her journey, and help people see if this might be a career they’re interested in. It is only open to adults and mature teens due to the nature of the subject matter.

Adults and teens can also attend the Club Bead craft program and create their own necklace or bracelet for the upcoming holidays. Tools, materials and instruction will be provided for a $5 fee. The program will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, and registration is required.

Students in need of community service hours and those who just want to pitch in and help out a good cause are invited to create blankets, toys and houses for cats and dogs for the Macomb County Animal Shelter and the Michigan Humane Society at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Those wishing to attend must apply and register.

Mickey Switalski, a longtime Roseville resident who has worn many hats — including city treasurer, state senator and journalist — will lead a program discussing the community and his career. A catered dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Registration forms are available at the library and on its website. The cost is $20 per person, and the event will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The Roseville Public Library will show the 1931 classic “Frankenstein” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. There is no registration or cost.

The Roseville Public Library also will host its bi-monthly trivia night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Adults in teams of four will test their mettle in six rounds of questions.

The Eastpointe Memorial Library will host its holiday bazaar 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.

 “Homemade crafts, stocking stuffers, book gift sets and more will be sold to benefit the Friends (of the Library),” said Sue Todd, the assistant director of the Eastpointe Memorial Library. “The Friends group pays for all programming for children and adults. Without the efforts of this group, we would not have programming for adults, children and teens.”