Both the Eastpointe and Roseville libraries will have puzzle competitions in September in which teams of puzzlers, such as these folks at the Roseville Public Library, will try to complete a puzzle as quickly as possible.

Both the Eastpointe and Roseville libraries will have puzzle competitions in September in which teams of puzzlers, such as these folks at the Roseville Public Library, will try to complete a puzzle as quickly as possible.

Photo provided by Pat Eick

Libraries prepare for the new school year

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 27, 2019


EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — September is on its way and the libraries in Eastpointe and Roseville are both preparing students and families to get back in the swing of things.


The Eastpointe Memorial Library has a variety of resources available that can help students at all education levels get the edge they need to succeed.

“The beginning of the school year is the time of year when libraries encourage parents and caregivers to get their children a library card,” Assistant Director Sue Todd wrote in an email. “The library card is something that can help young people achieve academically. Digital resources we have are accessible at the library and home. One resource that is particularly helpful for students is This database is available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. through our website, Live teachers covering all subject areas for multiple grades are on hand to help students with a homework question.”

She added that there are several other databases available that library patrons might find useful, including the Learning Express Library, which is a complete interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help patrons, students and adult learners succeed when taking academic or licensing tests; the Literature Resource Center, which provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline; and the Encyclopedia Britannica for elementary to high school students.

Several programs and events will be offered by the Eastpointe Memorial Library during the month of September. Garnet Terri, owner of Terri’s Cakes, will talk about different aspects of entrepreneurship at a program taking place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. It will be part of a four-part monthly series on starting and running a small business. Registration is required.

Teams of four can team up to try to complete a 500-piece puzzle in under two hours with a new puzzle program at the library at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. People can join as a team of four or as an individual and be matched with a team. Registration is required and space is limited to 20 people. 

The Eastpointe Library also is inviting people to join one of its five book clubs. There is the science-fiction and fantasy book club, which will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, to discuss the book “Red Rising,” by Pierce Brown. The general adult book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, to discuss “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin. The mystery book club will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, to review “The Highwayman,” by Craig Johnson. 

The youth book club, Pizza and Pages, designed for students in grades three to six, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, to discuss “Matilda,” by Roald Dahl. The younger youth book club, Booked for Desserts, for grades one through three, will read “Monster School: First Day Frights,” by David Keene. The club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

“The library is in the community to educate, entertain and inform patrons,” wrote Todd. “We strive every month to provide programs and materials that do that. We have a survey near the circulation desk so patrons have the opportunity to tell us how we are doing and what kinds of materials and programs they would like to see at the library. Next time you are in the library, please feel free to give us your opinion.” 

For more information or to register for programs, visit the library at 15875 Oak Ave. or call (586) 445-5096. 


The Roseville Public Library is welcoming students to the library for back-to-school programs or to get a new library card during National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

“September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month at the Roseville Public Library,” wrote librarian Sarah Marsack in an email. “From young to old, everyone can enjoy the resources of the Roseville Public Library, so make sure everyone in your family has a library card. It provides access to not only books but movies, music, computers and a variety of digital services and electronic databases.”

She added that the Roseville Public Library also has many digital services and databases to entertain and inform and they just require a Roseville library card number and PIN. The resources include OverDrive, which lets patrons borrow and read free e-books and e-audiobooks; databases, which provide access to a variety of informational databases such as Britannica School, Learning Express Library, Newspaper Source Plus, Novelist Plus, Opposing Viewpoints in Context and World Book Kids; and RBdigital Magazines, which allows patrons to browse, check out and read dozens of magazines on their browsers or download them using a mobile app.

The Booked for the Evening Book Group will discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “Slaughterhouse Five.” It will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

The library will host a Downton Abbey-themed fashion show. Fans of the period drama can hear from curators of “Fashion and the Automobile” Lynn Anderson, Victoria Mobley and Elaine Vermeersch and learn about fashions from the 1910s and 1920s. It will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14. Refreshments will be served. Tickets cost $3 and are available at the library’s circulation desk

The Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society will host a historical presentation called Thumb Fires with Alan Naldrett at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Experts will describe the two fires that ravaged Michigan’s Thumb region in 1871 and 1881.

Adults can drop by the library at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, for the tissue paper flower craft program. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Anthony Lewis from the Macomb County Public Works Office will give a presentation on public works in Macomb County.

Adult Trivia Night will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Teams of four can compete in five rounds of questions. Registration is required and people can join individually or as a team.

Toddler Lapsit will begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, and sessions will take place at 9:30 a.m. It is designed for children 2 to 3 1/2 years old, but they must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. It is intended to provide an introduction to the library through nursery rhymes, fingerplays, songs, puppets and picture books. Classes go through November, and registration is required.

Preschool Storytime will begin on Friday, Sept. 27, and sessions will take place at 11 a.m. It is designed for children ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old. Children can enjoy songs, puppets, crafts and stories. Classes will last through November, and registration is required.

The Roseville Library will host a puzzle competition at noon Saturday, Sept. 28. Registration is required, people can join in groups of two to four people, and all ages are welcome.

For more information or to register for programs, the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., can be reached at (586) 445-5407 or at

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.