Library promotes card sign-up, Sunday hours

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 14, 2015

 Jen Gonzalez, of Sterling Heights, reads to her daughter, Alena, 3, and Kadience Peterson, 4, Sept. 10 at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

Jen Gonzalez, of Sterling Heights, reads to her daughter, Alena, 3, and Kadience Peterson, 4, Sept. 10 at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

Photos by Sean Work

Advertisement

The Sterling Heights Public Library is celebrating September by encouraging people to get signed up to gain access to the facility’s resources while perhaps winning a prize in the process.

According to SHPL Public Relations and Programs Coordinator Jason Groth, the library is participating in the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up Month campaign as a way of promoting the benefits of card ownership.

“It’s great to have a library card,” Groth said. “They’ll get access to not only our print materials, but they’ll get access to our digital materials, computers and online research databases.”

Through the generosity of the Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library, library staff will give September’s new library card enrollees a small prize of Bookstore Bucks, which are redeemable at the Friends’ bookstore inside the building, Groth said.

“They get a prize every time they sign up from the get-go,” he said.

The library will hold periodic random drawings that will give both new and longtime cardholders opportunities to win prizes such as gift cards for restaurants or iTunes, he said. But he said the criteria for the random drawings could vary.

Library cards are available to Sterling Heights residents who have a city address on their driver’s license or state ID. A registrant may either be an adult or a minor accompanied by a parent.

According to Groth, this year’s promotion has had an impact on card sign-ups.

“All of last year, the daily average was about 10 per day,” he said. “These days, in library card month, it’s about 12 per day. So it’s about a 20 percent increase.”

Sept. 13 marked the celebration of the library’s expansion of its hours of operation, which means that the library will be open on Sundays again. The general schedule — barring some holiday weekends — now has the library open between 1 and 5 p.m. on Sundays, and that will continue until Memorial Day.

Groth said the last time the library had Sunday hours like that was prior to May 2009, and he credited the City Council with restoring enough funding to expand the library’s hours. On April 28, the City Council unanimously voted to devote around $68,000 in the 2015-16 budget toward restoring Sunday library hours.

“They’ve been very generous in their support of us, and they’re trying to give back to the community more,” Groth said. “They recognize that supporting the library is an important step.”

At a Sept. 1 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool announced that a Sept. 13 ribbon-cutting ceremony would take place at the library. The ribbon cutting was planned to be a prelude to a scheduled afternoon concert by boogie-woogie piano player Matthew Ball.

“So we look forward to seeing everyone there, and we’re really excited to have Sunday hours resume again — special thanks to the mayor and the City Council for approving the funding that was necessary to restore Sunday library hours,” Vanderpool said.

Find out more information about the Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights, by visiting www.shpl.net or by calling (586) 446-2665.

Advertisement