Published August 31, 2016

FARMINGTON — It might start off with holding onto that receipt at the bottom of your junk drawer just a little too long. 

Or keeping that takeout box in the back of your fridge. 

Eventually, you look around to see stashes of items throughout your home that you can’t seem to get rid of — or even want to.

That is how the downhill spiral of hoarding can start, Terrence Daryl Shulman, founder/director of the Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding, said recently.

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Published August 30, 2016

The Troy Public Library will celebrate Patriot Week with programs about presidential elections and the history of Detroit.

The Learning From the Past Patriot Week programs will kick off at the library Sept. 6 when Bruce Zellers, special lecturer at Oakland University, presents “Electing Presidents: Washington to McKinley.”

Zellers will present “20th Century Presidential Elections” Sept. 20.

Oakland University associate professor De Witt Dykes will present “Detroit History, Rise, Triumph, Decline and Rebirth” Oct. 4.

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Published August 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With five café operators closing down since 2002, the city is looking to make a change in the Friends of the Library Gift Shop and Café space on the building’s east side.

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Published August 27, 2016

HAZEL PARK — As the new school year begins at Hazel Park Public Schools, the district is making several major changes to the way it teaches students. The theme is “engagement,” encouraging students to be active thinkers rather than passive listeners.

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Published August 24, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library hopes to start out young residents’ K-12 academic careers by having them first experience 1K books.

Just in time for the school year, the library is promoting its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to local preschoolers and even younger children. Library staffers say the program will help children become literate at an early age, thus boosting their academic scores and futures.

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Published August 24, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 18, the Friends of the Shelby Township Library awarded two $2,500 scholarships to current library employees who will pursue master’s degrees in library and information science this fall.

Erin Luetz, 23, of Ortonville; and Heather Rochon, 22, of Shelby Township, both plan to attend Wayne State University.

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Published August 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library will be reopening its bottom floor after a flood on July 8, and it is planning several events in the following weeks.

The water affected only the bottom floor of the public library, with water rising less than a quarter of an inch, but it was enough to soak through carpets, ruin tiles and require repainting. Fortunately, none of the library’s rentable materials, furniture or computers were damaged.

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Published August 10, 2016

FARMINGTON — What’s teal and white all over, and reminiscent of an old-school ice cream truck?

The Farmington Community Library Farmington Branch’s Book Bike, of course.

The new bike was rolled out, literally, July 22 and will allow residents to check out books and learn about library events.

Farmington Branch Manager Kelly Siegrist said that she came up with the idea after seeing other libraries — primarily in warmer parts of the country — on her Facebook page unveil their own bikes.

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Published August 3, 2016

Troy Public Library patrons now have a slew of movies, TV shows and music available with a tap or swipe on their smartphones or mobile devices.

The library has partnered with, which allows Troy library card holders to download the free digital mobile app on their smartphones, tablets and computers to download movies, TV shows and music, similar to borrowing an e-book or Freegal music from the library, for a specified length of time.

Returns are automatic.

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Published August 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Patrons of the Rochester Hills Public Library are invited to take a stimulating journey through the senses in the library’s new sensory garden.

Last month, the library’s outreach department added new descriptive metal plaques to its existing north garden — which is known for its statue of a young boy balancing on a ball.

The signs encourage visitors to explore the garden through their senses of touch, smell and even sound, and also to identify and describe different plant species in Braille, as well as standard text.

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Published July 27, 2016

TROY — It’s a worldwide scavenger hunt, not for treasure, but for bragging rights, and there are 3 million objects to find. 

Geocaching started in 2000.

Using GPS coordinates, geocachers search for containers, which can be as large as paint cans or as small as pill bottles, sign a log to prove they have found it, and put it back. 

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Published July 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — The new director of the Grosse Pointe Public Library comes to the position with experience helming other metro Detroit library systems.

Jessica Keyser, who has served as director of the Ferndale Area District Library since November 2012, will become the new director of the GPPL Aug. 15. Keyser succeeds Vickey Bloom, who retired June 30 after 27 years with the GPPL, the last 21 as the director. 

Keyser successfully transitioned the Ferndale library from a public to a district library in 2015.

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Published July 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Friends Library Store at the Rochester Hills Public Library is entirely run by volunteers, and organizers say the shop’s volunteer roster is coming up a bit short these days.

Friends of the RHPL store manager Darlene Tomczyk said volunteers are 100 percent important to the store, and without them, there are days when the store has to close.

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Published July 26, 2016

Sterling Heights Library Director Tammy Turgeon recently gained some encouragement that her work and accomplishments are going in the right direction.

In July, the Michigan Library Association picked Turgeon as its 2016 Librarian of the Year. Turgeon said she found out about the award in mid-July and was excited and honored to receive it from her colleagues. The library board, city management, city staff and residents have congratulated her, she said.

She said she looks forward to attending the MLA’s annual conference in Lansing this October to formally be honored.

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Published July 20, 2016

The space at the library devoted to teens was hard for them to find and not very inviting.

“They would grab things, then go to the kids area to hang out,” said Raagini Chandra, president of the Troy Public Library Teen Advisory Board.

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Five Little Free Libraries stocked with books for children, teens and adults stand ready for reading throughout the neighborhood near Hill Elementary School — and there are four more to come.

Families toured the neighborhood by bicycle to check out the recently finished libraries July 10. 

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Published July 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library soon will be looking for a new director, as the current head will be leaving for a new job at the Grosse Pointe Public Library.

Director Jessica Keyser has accepted the position of executive director at the GPPL and will be leaving the Ferndale library on Thursday, Aug. 11. The library’s head of adult services, Darlene Hellenberg, will serve as interim director until a new director is hired.

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Published July 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library is asking for an extra half-mill in the election Aug. 2. This would cost the average household less than 3 cents a day for the next 10 years. 

Corrine Stocker, the library director, says this will lead to longer library hours, more materials to check out, improved services, and a stronger commitment to the Hazel Park Public Schools, which currently rely on the library as a substitute for their media centers.

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Published July 3, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library is encouraging patrons young and old to put forth an Olympic effort in reading as part of its latest spin on the summer reading program.

Every year, the library runs a campaign that invites adults, children and others to take part in reading activities while offering chances to receive prizes.

At a June 21 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool called the summer reading program “long-established and successful,” and he encouraged people to check out the library’s website for more details.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Over the last 20 years, the Grosse Pointe Public Library has seen massive changes, including new branch library buildings in Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Park. 

During that period, GPPL Director Vickey Bloom has shepherded the library system through a host of physical and technological shifts. But as of June 30, Bloom will close this book and begin a new one, as she retires from a career she started decades ago.

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