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Libraries

Published November 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Between playing baseball, ice skating and crawling in and out of playscapes, there is always plenty to do at Ghesquiere Park. 

Now residents can enjoy one more activity: reading a good book.

On Oct. 22, the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary and the Grosse Pointe North High School Interact Club held a dedication ceremony to unveil its new Little Free Library.

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Published November 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — What’s better in the fall than cozying up under a blanket with a good book?

How about getting that book at a deep discount?

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Published October 26, 2016

In observance of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, World War II history buff Larry Martin will present an interview with a WWII U.S. Navy veteran who was on the USS Dobbin, moored 200 yards from the USS Arizona when it was attacked by the Japanese Dec. 7, 1941.

Martin will present a DVD interview he did with Werner Klemm — a WWII veteran who died in April at age 94 — in “Remembering Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later” at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Troy Public Library.

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Published October 5, 2016

HARPER WOODS — November is quickly approaching and that means Election Day, Nov. 8, is on the horizon. Among the candidates and issues that Harper Woods residents will get to weigh in on will be a millage renewal for the Harper Woods Public Library.

B. Kristen Valyi-Hax, the director of the Harper Woods library, wants to ensure that voters know this proposal would be a continuation of a previous measure, not a new measure or an increase.

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Published October 5, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Four Rochester-area seventh-graders have teamed up to promote literacy in the community by stewarding a Little Free Library at the Village of Rochester Hills.

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 70430 members Sydney Buchanan, Jillian Carosella, Caroline Herman and Haley Smith recently installed the Village’s first Little Free Library, at Fountain Park.

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Published October 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Public Library’s two-part series on murder in Michigan continues Oct. 18 with guest author Steve Miller discussing his book chronicling the murder of Jane Bashara.

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Published September 29, 2016

The Troy Public Library got a good start on its goal to raise $20,000 by the end of this year for a brand-new endowment fund with $2,500 in start-up donations at the effort’s official launch Sept. 19.

“This is a huge day for the Troy Public Library,” said library Director Cathy Russ at the campaign launch event at the library. “It’s so important to me that there will always be a Troy library.”

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Published September 29, 2016

Did you know that the murder weapons of choice, usually at the hands of women, in the early 20th century were strychnine and arsenic? Or that one of the worst school massacres of all time occurred in Bath, Michigan, in 1927? Or that there were pirates on Lake Michigan?

Award-winning journalist Tom Carr, who worked at the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 20 years, writes about notorious murders that occurred in Michigan from 1763 to 2016 in his book, “Blood on the Mitten,” published by Mission Point Press.

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Published September 28, 2016

FRANKLIN — Many in the Franklin community gathered at the Franklin Public Library Sept. 10 to cut the ribbon on a much-anticipated expansion to the facility.

Those in attendance included library board members, Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer and project coordinator Gary Roberts.

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Published September 26, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The law-abiding public has a morbid curiosity when it comes to the topic of murder — something reflected in their literary tastes. For example, at the Madison Heights Public Library, the “true crime” section spans roughly 21 shelves. Now the library has booked two authors to speak about their work researching famous murders in the state.

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Published September 21, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Public Library is celebrating the arrival of autumn with a family evening of pure imagination.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the BTPL will mark what would have been author Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with a celebration of scrumdiddlyumptious proportions during the Fall for Dahl event and fundraiser.

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Published September 14, 2016

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — The fall season is approaching, and with it will come some interesting events at local libraries.

The Ferndale Area District Library will be holding a couple of different events in the next month, from an adult coloring night to the return of its Friday concerts, and the Berkley Public Library will be holding a celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek.”

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Published September 14, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — After the Huntington Woods City Commission awarded a bid to a contracting company to replace the roof on the Recreation Center this fiscal year, the city will be working on the library as well.

The city decided to begin planning the roof replacement this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2017, after the library suffered a roof leak that caused some damage to its shelves and CD cases.

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Published September 14, 2016

Want to make sure priceless memories captured on VHS tapes, slides and print photos are preserved but feel intimidated by the number of items you have and how to start?

Rob Hoffman, who founded Priceless Preservation, will break it down at a program titled “Top Ten Preservation Mistakes … And How to Avoid Them,” at the Troy Public Library Sept. 26.

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Published September 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Public Library offers a wide array of programs, many of them about nature, but on Sept. 12, the staffers found themselves caring for an injured critter themselves.

During the afternoon, patrons reported to library staff that a pigeon that appeared to be injured was lingering outside the entrance to the Woods Branch of the library system, said Pat McClary, the Woods Branch coordinator and youth librarian. 

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Published September 13, 2016

As schools tell students to hit the books once again, the Sterling Heights Public Library is hoping that a fresh set of events and promotions could entice more teens to read more on their own.

According to city officials, September is Library Card Sign-Up Month in libraries across the country.

Barbara Petrowski, youth services librarian, said the library encourages people to get their own library cards so they can check out books and other media.

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Published September 7, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Three construction projects have begun at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library. 

During the next three months, library officials said, the projects will cause disruption in the short term, but in the end, the results will enhance library services. 

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Published September 7, 2016

Birmingham resident Kristin Meekhof, now 42, lost her husband of four years to advanced adrenal cancer, just eight weeks after he was diagnosed.

She will talk about her journey and her new book, “A Widow’s Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years,” which she co-authored with psychologist James Windell,  at the Troy Public Library Sept. 14.

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Published September 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Today’s world is more connected than ever, thanks to the internet and the many devices that can access it. But there are still people on the other side of the digital divide — those who aren’t sure how to use a computer.

For those people, the Hazel Park District Library will be holding basic computer skills classes where guests can learn how to use search engines, send emails and open attachments, follow family and friends on Facebook, and more.

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Published September 2, 2016

HARPER WOODS — For those looking for some good reads as the seasons change, the Friends of the Harper Woods Library will be hosting its fall book sale.

The sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Harper Woods Library. A variety of books will be available.

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