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Local libraries to host book sale, Halloween events

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published October 11, 2019


MADISON HEIGHTS — A major sale is starting soon at the Madison Heights Public Library, while the Hazel Park District Library is planning some spooky programs.  

Book sale
The sale at the Madison Heights Public Library, 240 W. 13 Mile Road, will be held Oct. 19-23. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Prices range from 50 cents to $1 an item on Saturday, $5 a bag on Sunday, and $3 a bag Monday through Wednesday.

The sale is promoted by the Friends of the Madison Heights Public Library, and in recent years has raised between $1,500 and $2,000. The funds support the summer reading program, the February Coffee Concert series and more.

Roslyn Yerman, the library director, can’t recall a time when the annual sale wasn’t held.

“It is received extremely well each year,” Yerman said. “Salegoers are lined up at the door on both Saturday and Sunday to get in, and it’s initially a matter of opening the doors and getting out of the way. Volunteers are available on sale days to answer questions … and help with checkout.

“This year is the first which will see the sale extended into the following week,” she added. “Shoppers will make their purchase at the circulation desk.”

For more information, call the Madison Heights Public Library at (248) 588-7763.

Upcoming events
The Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, will hold the following free events:

• Enchanted Tea & Tune, 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 19: Kids will learn manners for drinking tea during a tea party with Disney characters, including princesses, and enjoy tea and cookies, frozen drinks, a photo booth, circle dances, line dancing and freestyle dancing.  

• Family Fun Night, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22: This is a special Halloween edition featuring a Night Nature Alliance presentation on bats, including bat skeletons and other items. Mulberry Hill Wildlife will also bring a live pigeon, dressed in costume.

• Trick or Treat at City Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25: After Tiny Tales (10:30 a.m., for kids ages 0-5), children will get to trick or treat in costume at City Hall, next to the library. Afterward, they will paint miniature pumpkins.

• Teen Halloween, 3:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 25-26: This late-night Halloween party for teens features sword swallower Pipsy Pinwheel, of Theater Bizarre, followed by professional makeup artist Russ Van Ness demonstrating airbrush horror makeup techniques. There will also be food, drinks, a live DJ, a costume contest and, at 11:30 p.m., an escape room.

“Zombie makeup will be on hand — bring an old T-shirt,” said Randy Ernst-Meyer, Hazel Park’s adult and teen librarian. “If they’re going to stay up late, they might as well look like the undead.”

For more information, call the Hazel Park District Library at (248) 546-4095.