Libraries

Published June 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Visitors to the Eastpointe Memorial Library will see primarily fitness and health-themed programs and events this summer as part of its summer reading schedule.

Assistant Library Director Sue Todd said that for adults, the centerpiece is the summer reading club that starts June 20. Visitors are encouraged to review the books they read — either by writing a review or simply giving it a star rating — which will enter them into a weekly raffle for one of three prizes each Monday, such as free DVD rentals or a gift card.

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Published June 1, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A beloved Southfield landmark now has a new home at the Southfield Public Library.

Officials from the city and the Southfield Public Arts Commission gathered with residents May 23 in the lobby of the library, 26000 Evergreen Road, for the official homecoming ceremony for the “The Boy and Bear” sculpture, by American sculptor Marshall Fredericks.

“We wanted to make sure (the sculpture) stays in Southfield, not auctioned off and lost forever,” Mayor Ken Siver said.

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Published June 1, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library recently joined hundreds of libraries in Michigan as a participant in the nationwide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

The program’s goal is in its name: to have children read 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten. According to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten website, www.1000booksbeforekindergarten.org, the program aims to promote reading in newborns, infants and toddlers, and to encourage parents and children to bond through reading.

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Published May 31, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A pair of iPads in bright blue cases rest on desks in the children’s section of the Roseville Public Library.

Loaded with free educational apps from Khan Academy, PBS Kids and others, the iPads are similar to those that kids — and adults — may be familiar with from operating a smartphone or tablet, Assistant Library Director Annamarie Lindstrom said.

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Published May 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — If you head into the Clinton-Macomb Public Library this spring, you might learn a thing or two about war or organized crime.

The library, located at 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township, is setting the stage for a couple of new programs.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library has announced its summer programs for kids, teens and adults alike, with the aim of keeping residents tuned in to the library.

Teen Librarian Sarah Marsack said there are a variety of events — some requiring registration — that will run from June 17 through Aug. 12. At the center of all this is the library’s summer reading program, which has different prizes and requirements for each age bracket.

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Published May 9, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library is seeking a half-mill millage increase on the August primary election ballot following unanimous approval by the City Council April 26.

Library Director Jackie Harvey said that over the past few years, the library has been forced to dip into its reserve fund — essentially its savings account — to balance its budget. The library has already made cuts over the past few years, she said, and the Library Commission feels that a millage increase is the way to proceed.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The  Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s fifth annual “Taste of the Town” was its biggest event yet.

Library Director Larry Neal said the fundraiser, which took place April 22 at the Main Library, was part of a record-breaking year that drew more than 350 estimated guests and raised about $12,500.

Last year’s event was attended by a little more than 300 guests and raised about $12,000.

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Published May 4, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite tough cuts elsewhere, City Council members said they want to make sure the library has enough money to continue to buy new materials in 2017. 

During the April 27 city budget hearing, Library Director Rosemary Orlando told City Council that they had zero capital requests listed in the budget — which meant that no materials were budgeted to be purchased in 2016-17. 

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Published May 4, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Detroit native David Maraniss was inspired to write about Detroit while he watched a Chrysler commercial with rap star Eminem with the theme “Imported from Detroit” during the 2011 Super Bowl.

Maraniss said the commercial featured “wonderful, iconic” Detroit landmarks and he “got choked up.”

He and his family moved out of Detroit when he was 7. Maraniss grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and his mother was from Ann Arbor.

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Published April 20, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Public Library has slimmed its hours, staff and services in recent years, and Director Marsha Doege said she plans to submit more reductions in her next budget, including taking a salary cut herself and slashing hours further.

“The 2008 debacle hit the library hard, along with the erosion of mills and loss of personal property taxes — just a whole lot of things that made us struggle,” Doege said. “We’ve been in survival mode, but now it’s to the point where we need to request help from the taxpayers.”

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Published April 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — One person’s spring cleaning purge is another person’s treasure.

Or something like that.

The annual Friends of the Baldwin Public Library spring book sale will return next weekend with thousands of books and media items for sale at great prices — and to benefit a great cause.

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Published April 18, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library will hold workshops, seminars and more to help patrons keep their books balanced — particularly their financial books.

The library is again participating in Money Smart Week. The campaign itself, founded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, runs April 23-30 this year, and the library plans to run programs between April 23 and April 28.

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Published April 14, 2016

HARPER WOODS — On April 12, the Harper Woods Public Library celebrated its history and the history of the city as, in conjunction with National Library Week, the library commemorated the 40th anniversary of the founding of its Heritage Room.

Founded by Mary Duchon and Lorry Balchunas, the Heritage Room is a museum of sorts, with artifacts on display ranging from a library card catalog to an old-style piano to the house nameplate of Harper Woods’ first settler, Casper Salter.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROCHESTER — Community members of all ages will come face to face with nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators this month as part of the Authors in April program.

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Published April 5, 2016

WARREN — Increased costs resulting from a protracted timetable to demolish and reconstruct the Busch Branch Library brought Warren’s top library official back before the City Council last month.

After a lengthy discussion on March 8, council members voted to put more money behind the project, now set to begin in April with the demolition of the existing library on Ryan, two blocks north of Nine Mile Road, and to conclude with the construction of a new building now slated for completion later this year.

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Published April 4, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library is bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts, attic treasures and philosophical discussions to its visitors in April, with a trio of events and programs scheduled.

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Published March 30, 2016

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians will come to the Troy library to perform music featured in a best-selling novel set in Michigan as part of a statewide reading initiative.

At 7 p.m. April 7 at the library, DSO flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo and cellist David LeDoux will perform a selection from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mendelssohn, and works by Vivaldi and others mentioned in the book “Station Eleven.”

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Published March 30, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — With the kids off on spring break, the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library are giving area moms and dads the chance to provide a little cheap and educational entertainment.

During the month of April, the Friends will host a couple of used book, media and game sales.

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Published March 23, 2016

TROY — Unleash your inner comedian during a program on the art of improvisation at the library.

Karen Bell-Brege has managed the house troupe at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for 13 years, and holds programs for corporations and teens. She held a program for teens at the Troy Public Library last year, and Connie Doherty, head of adult information services for library, thought Bell-Brege would be a good fit for adults in April, which is National Humor Month.

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