Madison Heights Public Library announces trial run for Sunday hours

New programs and services also detailed

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published August 16, 2019

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Next month, the Madison Heights Public Library will experiment with hours on Sunday, a day when the library is normally closed. It’s a change made possible with the Madison Heights City Council’s approval of an increase in the library’s part-time personnel budget.  

The trial period will run from Sept. 8 through Dec. 15, with the exception of Dec. 1, open from 1 to 5 p.m. The library is located at 240 W. 13 Mile Road.

The current library hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The library’s three full-time staff (members) will receive compensated time off for Sunday hours worked,” explained Roslyn Yerman, the library director. “During the trial period, Sundays will be staffed by existing staff.”

She said additional substitute staff may be hired if the trial period is a success, and if voters approve Proposal MH on Nov. 5.

Proposal MH is a measure that would increase the city’s general charter millage rate from 10 mills to 16 mills, costing the average house in Madison Heights with a taxable value of $38,020 an additional $130 per year in city taxes. It aims to bolster public safety and improve quality of life in the city of Madison Heights.  

The new hours come at the recommendation of City Councilman Robert Corbett and the Library Advisory Board.

“I have weekly office hours at the library, which is an opportunity for me to meet with residents. Over the years, one of the most frequent requests is for the City Council to consider opening the library on Sunday,” Corbett said. “For many residents who work all or part of six days, Sunday access to the library collections — including books, magazines and digital movies — will be very convenient. … Based on feedback we’ve received from other communities that open their libraries for Sunday hours, we expect this to be a big hit, especially once the word about it gets out.”

Yerman said that library traffic is constant.

“Patrons are waiting to use internet computers and study rooms as soon as the library opens in the morning, and traffic remains steady throughout the day,” she said.

The library also offers a variety of programs. Toddler time storytime is at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and 6:15 p.m. Thursdays. The new storytime begins the week of Sept. 10. The library will soon be offering open play on periodic Saturday mornings for families with children ages 4 and younger, allowing them to drop in for an hour of play.

Heather Hames, the new adult reference librarian, said she is excited about the library rolling out a new online service through tutor.com.

“It is going to be an amazing resource for students and adults,” Hames said. “Tutor.com offers students and job seekers live, one-to-one help from professional tutors online. Any community member with a Madison Heights library card can access the service from the library or right from home from any computer or mobile device connected to the internet.”

She said that the career tutoring, résumé writing and job interview prep service is available every day from 10 a.m. until midnight, and that it also includes English as a second language (ESL) and citizenship test assistance. Tutor.com’s Career Center also includes 24/7 access to resources such as résumé templates, cover letter samples and online job search tools.

Regarding ESL, the library will be starting a monthly ESL Conversation Group meet-up, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 with refreshments courtesy of the Madison Heights Women’s Club, and a different topic each meeting to help people practice speaking English. The group will meet the second Monday of each month, including Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

The library is also looking for people to join its VolunTEEN program, where participants can help move books around during the library’s scheduled carpet replacement project, which is expected to get underway the last week of August. In addition, the library needs volunteers to help with the book sale that begins Oct. 18.

Any teens ages 14-18 who are interested in either of these programs should call Hames at (248) 588-7763 or email her at hhames@madison-hgts.lib.mi.us. The VolunTEEN members will hold a meeting at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 to review upcoming projects, eat pizza, and get more people involved with the #bookfacefriday posts on social media.  

Some other upcoming events include “Tidying Up: The Marie Kondo Method of Decluttering,” featuring a certified KonMari Method consultant, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29; a Downton Abbey Fashion Show at 1 p.m. Sept. 21; an instant pot cooking demo at 6 p.m. Sept. 24; and a presentation by the author of “The Faygo Book” on the history of the iconic Detroit drink at 2 p.m. Oct. 6.

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

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