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Libraries

Published April 10, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Need a job? Want a new one? Representatives from the Ferndale office of Michigan Works will be at the Hazel Park District Library, or HPDL, on Wednesday, April 19, holding a workshop that will help people become employed.

“They can give people all kinds of pointers, suggestions and best practices for writing a résumé, writing a cover letter, job search tips and interviewing advice,” said Corrine Stocker, HPDL director, in an email.

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Published April 5, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is inviting the public for a night of thrilling music as it hosts the Phil Hale Jazz Trio.

The trio consists of keyboardist Phil Hale, bass player John Barron and drummer Djallo Djakate, three Detroit-area jazz musicians who have been impressing audiences for several years.

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Published April 5, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — There’s already one at the Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex: a bright red box with a glass door and stacks of books inside, just waiting to be read. You’re free to open the door and take what you want. You’re also encouraged to return books when you’re done. Or if you’re feeling generous, you can even leave new books for others to read.

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Published March 29, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Roseville Public Library and the Eastpointe Memorial Library have a host of activities and events planned for April, including things for kids and teens during spring break next week.

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“We knew kids would be out of school that week, and parents would be looking for some things for their kids to do if they are staying home. Spring recess is from April 3 through April 7,” said Roseville Public Library Adult Services Coordinator Tracy Wilson.

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Published March 29, 2017

TROY — John Kozak said he was compelled to tell his mother’s story of her 1949 escape from Communist-occupied Czechoslovakia with him and his sister when he learned that his mother had started to write her story before her death.

His mother, Rose Kozak, died in 1992 at age 85.

“She had been taking creative writing classes at Wayne State University and had started writing pages,” John said.

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Published March 29, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — During the month of April, the Shelby Township Library will accept donations of nonperishable food in exchange for library fine forgiveness or free DVD/Blu-ray rentals.

The Fines for Food program, a partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, will help feed hungry children, seniors and families in the community.

For every donated nonperishable food item, the library plans to forgive $1 in library fines or give out a coupon good for a free DVD/Blu-ray rental, with a limit of $5 per person. The program starts April 1.

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Published March 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Hills Public Library has a new set of wheels.

The “book bike,” as library staff currently call it, is a custom-made tricycle with an attached trailer that will be stocked with various books.

Mary Davis, the library’s outreach and Community Bookmobile services manager, said she came up with the idea to add the book bike to the library’s fleet after having to frequently turn down requests for the library’s Community Bookmobile to make an appearance at an event.

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Published March 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Friends of the Eastpointe Memorial Library will celebrate their 30th anniversary at the library, 15875 Oak Ave., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 30.

During the Eastpointe City Council meeting March 7, Councilwoman Sarah Lucido read a proclamation to congratulate and thank the Friends.

President of the Friends of the Eastpointe Memorial Library Nancy Sarmaga and Vice President Jessica Cutright accepted the proclamation from the council.

Cutright explained that she became a member of the Friends after receiving an invitation in the mail.

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Published March 15, 2017

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Public Library will host several local artists at its upcoming Meet the Artists and Discover Detroit Art Hotspots event.

The art show will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16. It is being organized by Emily Pitchford-Boeuf, who runs USArt Boutique, an online art gallery that showcases Detroit-area artists.

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Published March 15, 2017

ROCHESTER — Seven experts from the world of the arts, dining and business will set up shop at the Rochester Hills Public Library to spread their wisdom to patrons during “Wine, Wit and Wisdom.”

The fundraiser, organized by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library, is in its fourth year, and event chair Theresa Meegan said community interest has grown each year.

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Published March 8, 2017

TROY — Hundreds of sightings of UFOs are reported in Michigan each year, and approximately 10,000 are reported internationally.

The Mutual UFO Network Scientific Review Board, after investigating, can explain 80 percent of them as misdirected aircraft, meteors, drones or sky lanterns, said Bill Konkolesky, who has served as state director of the network for 13 years. 

But what about the remaining 20 percent? 

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Published March 8, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — With Mother Nature unable to make up her mind, it seems like the only activity you can safely bet on for the next few weeks is kicking back with a good book.

And while your local library hasn’t grown in size since the last time you paid a visit, in a way it really has.

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Published March 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is inviting families to read together as part of its Prime Time Reading program.

The program is designed to bring families closer together while fostering reading skills in children and teaching and analyzing skills in parents.

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Published March 7, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Bound volumes of 100-year-old popular magazines, 50 pens used by Lyndon Baines Johnson and a historic children’s book collection are just some of the items tucked away in Oakland University’s Kresge Library.

The library is open to all — not just OU students —  and has circulating items available for checkout.

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Published February 28, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Those looking to reconstruct their family tree now have a helpful resource available at the Hazel Park District Library in the form of its subscription to the library edition of Ancestry.com. In addition, the library is planning to launch a genealogy club for like-minded family historians in the coming months. 

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Published February 27, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ready to settle down with a good book?

With the dawn of March Is Reading Month, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the gift of books at the St. Clair Shores Public Library.

Library Director Rosemary Orlando said that the library, of course, always celebrates Reading Month and tries to do so with new activities each year. This year, there will be two monthlong activities for all library patrons to enjoy.

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Published February 25, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In the West Bloomfield Township Public Library’s youth services area, you can find, on any given day, children running to and fro, delighted by the number of things to see and do.

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Published February 14, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville residents approved a millage increase during the August 2016 primary election that is now allowing the Roseville Public Library to provide upgrades for the community, including staying open an extra day. 

The new hours for the library will begin the week of Feb. 27. The library will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays; and now, during the months of September through May, the library will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Published February 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is getting artistic with the beginning of its new artist-in-residence program in January. 

As part of the program, each month the library will display the work of a different local artist.

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Published February 7, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library has been without a permanent director since last August, but the search for one is starting to pick up steam.

The previous director, Jessica Keyser, left the library for the same position at the Grosse Pointe Public Library, and since her leave, Darlene Hellenberg has served in the interim.

Ferndale Library Board of Trustees President Judeen Bartos said the search for a new director is in part being run by Bradbury Miller Associates, a search firm that specializes in libraries.

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