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Libraries

Published February 7, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Across the street from Hazel Park High is the Blue Building, home to CityEdge Church and Youth for Christ. In it, CityEdge maintains Chris’ Closet, a food pantry. But all of the food was compromised when a fire broke out the morning of Jan. 6.

Authorities continued to investigate the cause of the blaze at press time. In the meantime, the church has temporarily relocated to Hazel Park Junior High, with service at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Also, several groups have stepped forward to help out with replenishing the pantry.

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Published February 1, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — She’s only been the director of the Grosse Pointe Public Library for about six months, but already Jessica Keyser has made a positive impression with GPPL leaders.

Keyser, who had served as the director of the Ferndale Area District Library since November 2012, succeeded retired GPPL Director Vickey Bloom when she took over the reins Aug. 15.

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Published February 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Far from the hushed atmosphere of a typical library, a room in the youth services department of the St. Clair Shores Public Library exploded with laughter and excitement on a recent Wednesday evening, all because of math.

The Crazy 8s Club, funded by the Bedtime Math Foundation, is meeting weekly at the library Wednesday evenings in January and February for children in kindergarten through second grade, with plans for another eight-week session of Crazy 8s for children in grades 3-5 set to begin in March.

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Published January 18, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — It is still early in the new year, but Eastpointe and Roseville already have packed schedules of events for people to attend.

Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon, best-selling author of “Battling the Storm Within” and founder and CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, will present “A Victim No More: From Trauma to Triumph.” Shannon will tell her story of struggle, healing and restoration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, 16600 Stephens Road. Admission will be by donation.

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Published January 18, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — With what many argue was one of the most vicious political elections behind us, the Rochester Hills Public Library is inviting patrons to embrace the Golden Rule, which dictates that we should treat others as we want to be treated.

The library will host “Civility: The Factor That Binds a Free Society” at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Dr. Lee Meadows will discuss what civility is and how common decency is constantly being challenged by social media and day-to-day stress in modern life.

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Published January 11, 2017

TROY — Certified appraiser Dan Landino, who operates D&J Auction Services with his wife, Judy, said they were tired of hearing stories about people who learned that items they were told were worth nothing by “experts” were much more valuable than they thought. 

The biggest mistake people make in selling estate items, Dan Landino said, is undervaluing jewelry. 

“There was a reason your grandmother kept it all those years,” he said. 

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Published January 11, 2017

TROY — De Witt S. Dykes Jr., an associate professor who teaches African-American history at Oakland University, said he is not sure people realize the extent that students played in the civil rights movement and “transforming America.” 

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Published January 11, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Those looking for something to do before cabin fever sets in might want to check out the various programs offered at two staples in the community.

There are several events coming up at the three branches of the Grosse Pointe Public Library — including those for adults, teens and children — and also at the Assumption Cultural Center.

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Published January 10, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods City Council agreed 4-0 to install a metal roof on the Huntington Woods Public Library within the next couple of months.

The new roof for the library, located at 26415 Scotia Road, was agreed upon at the council’s Dec. 20 meeting, in which Schena Roofing was selected to complete the project for $144,523.

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Published December 28, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents took a day trip to Africa recently without having to leave the comfort of their hometown.

On Dec. 19, the Southfield Public Library hosted the Exploring Africa in Southfield event.  Community members were invited to learn about the continent through presentations, songs and art.

Jennifer Banks, of University High School Academy, presented the event.

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Published December 14, 2016

TROY — While the newly created Troy Public Library Endowment Fund has already surpassed its initial goal of raising $20,000 before the end of 2016, it could double that amount. 

Library Director Cathy Russ explained that the library has raised $20,350 for the fund so far this year. AT&T has pledged to donate $10,000 if the fund reaches $30,000. 

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Published December 14, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Public Library would like you to pardon its dust.

The Main Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, has undergone three projects, including the addition of six study rooms, boiler replacements and backup generator upgrades. The Westacres Branch received a backup generator upgrade.

“Everybody knows the need for the study rooms — so everybody was very pleased to hear that,” Library Director Clara Bohrer said.

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Published December 14, 2016

ROCHESTER — Just in time for holiday travel, the Rochester Hills Public Library is offering a new streaming media service called Hoopla Digital that allows library patrons to download free content at home or on the go.

With Hoopla Digital, library patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free movies, television shows, music, e-books, audiobooks or comics. All content is accessible via Hoopla Digital’s mobile app and online at www.hoopladigital.com.

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Published November 30, 2016

TROY — Members of the Troy Public Library Teen Advisory Board meet every week to share their ideas with teen librarian Olivia Olson.

The TAB started in 2012 with eight teens, and Olson said it has grown to a core group of 15, but has a total of around 35 members. 

“They do all the planning (for teen activities), and they are able to tell me what they want,” Olson said. “Without them, I’d be guessing.” 

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Published November 30, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Growing up isn’t always easy, for both children and parents.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library has joined 400 libraries in 27 states by offering “Grow, Play, Learn” — a program that is part of the Family Place initiative, which emphasizes that literacy begins at birth.

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Published November 22, 2016

WARREN — A brand new Dorothy M. Busch Branch Library will greet patrons near Nine Mile and Ryan about the time the snow and ice begin to retreat in 2017.

Earlier this month, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said construction at the library had been delayed slightly, and that while the city originally hoped to open the razed-and-rebuilt branch by the end of the year, it would likely be early 2017 before it would be ready to greet patrons.

The estimated date of the grand reopening was confirmed Nov. 16 by Warren Library Director Oksana Urban. 

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Published November 21, 2016

FRANKLIN — Piñatas for Christmas? It may not sound like a natural match, but the Franklin Public Library will be leading a class to teach people how to make their own festive, holiday-themed piñatas filled with Christmas treats.

The class will teach attendees how to make trinket boxes in a variety of shapes and styles and fill them with treats.

The program will be led by Helene Dupris-Bonafoux, a Troy resident who created prettylollie.com, a craft site with various crafts and do-it-yourself projects.

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Published November 9, 2016

UTICA — At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, the Utica Public Library is opening the doors of its Gibbing Room to all poets, poetry enthusiasts and those simply curious about the spoken word. The event will not be judged or competitive — organizers are aiming for a laid-back, welcoming environment.

Library Director Marsha Doege said she has been wanting to host a poetry slam for several years, but this year she and library board member Kelly Calandrino made it happen.

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Published November 8, 2016

TROY — Terry Shulman — attorney, author, licensed social worker, life coach and therapist — learned about hoarding disorder when he noticed a change in a relative’s behavior. Shulman said his relative changed from a “neatnik” to someone who saved packing materials and boxes from his son’s toys. 

“It was hard to find a place to sit in his home, due to the clutter,” he said. 

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Published November 8, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library hosted the Japan Society of Detroit Women’s Club for a Japanese tea ceremony demonstration Nov. 3.

Tomoyo Koehler, Satomi Veda, Mika Fujita, Megumi Hoshino and Miwako Maeda taught attendees about the ceremony.

“The Detroit Institute of Arts has a special exhibit, ‘Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate.’ Other organizations were encouraged to plan programming around this exhibit,” said Eastpointe Memorial Library Assistant Director Sue Todd.

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