New programs and fun available at local libraries

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 29, 2019

 Humans and aliens alike could enter the summer reading club programs at the Roseville Public Library to become eligible for prizes.

Humans and aliens alike could enter the summer reading club programs at the Roseville Public Library to become eligible for prizes.

Photo provided by Pat Eick

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and Roseville Public Library are inviting the public to stop by this August for some fun programs and new opportunities.

Eastpointe

The Friends of the Eastpointe Memorial Library will host its annual summer book and media sale during the first weekend in August. Friends members will get to shop the sale early from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. The sale will open to everyone from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5. Money raised will support the Friends of the Library, and memberships in the organization will be available for purchase at the sale for $10.

The library also has announced some additions to its resources.

“The Friends of the Library are happy to announce the purchase of an Interactive Game Table. Games are educational, family-friendly and encourage collaborative play. The game table should arrive shortly,” Sue Todd, assistant director of the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said in an email. “The Friends (of the Eastpointe Memorial Library) are already fundraising for a new project. They would like to add a table with a chessboard and musical instruments to the courtyard, which is adjacent to the library. Money from the bottle and can collection drive will be used for this new project.”

She added that the Eastpointe Memorial Library will be closed for an in-service period from Monday, Aug. 19, to Thursday, Aug. 22. Patrons who receive hold notifications before the closing are encouraged to pick up the holds by Saturday, Aug. 17. 

Todd also said the local library is a great place for families that are gearing up to go back to school.

“The Eastpointe Memorial Library can help students get ready for school,” she wrote. “If a teacher has given you a reading list, it is best to get started on it as soon as possible. Books tend to get checked out the month before school starts. … We have school readiness books for many grade levels that will help with math, social studies, science, and language arts. Ask the youth services librarian, Abby Bond, for assistance in finding these materials.” 

More information on the Eastpointe Memorial Library can be found at www.cityofeastpointe.net/library or by calling (586) 445-5096.

Roseville

Roseville Public Library Director Jacalynn Harvey said the library has been having a great summer and they still have lots of fun projects and programs for people to check out.

“It’s been a great summer at the Roseville Public Library filled with good books, space programs and alien life forms in the library,” Harvey said in an email. 

The summer reading program ended July 26.

The Roseville library will host a discussion of “The Library Book,” by Susan Orlean, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, a screening of the 2018 film “A Star is Born” will take place. It is an Academy Award-nominated film following the story of two musicians as they chase their dreams despite life’s many struggles. This film is rated R, so the screening is geared toward adults.

 Session two of the Roseville Public Library’s Book Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 5, to Thursday, Aug. 8. Students can improve reading skills during the summer by pairing great books with projects and activities. Enrollment is limited to 20 students who can commit to all days. A permission slip from parents or guardians is required, and the students have to have completed the third grade.

 In keeping with the library’s summer theme of space and exploration, teens and adults can create their own “nebula in a bottle” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. This craft uses sand, glue and other materials. Registration is required.

An adult open craft and coloring night will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Adults can work on a variety of crafts such as scrapbooking, beading, knitting and sewing while enjoying the company of other crafters. Participants must bring their own supplies, but coloring and some beading supplies will be available. Registration is required.

A family craft titled “Out of this World Perler Beads” will be hosted at the library at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Perler beads are beads that are melted together once they’ve been placed together on a pegboard. The library will provide all supplies including the beads, pegboards and patterns. This craft is for all ages, but children under the age of 5 will need an adult helper. Registration is required.

The Youth Lego Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Elementary school-aged children can bring their own Legos or use the library’s Legos to put together some fun creations.

The Caturday Crafts and Conversations program will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. The program will focus on learning sewing and using old shirts to make catnip toys for pets. It is open to everyone.

Harvey said that the library can be a great way to prepare for returning to school.

“It’s a good time to begin thinking about school and locating resources to help with homework and research. The library is a great place to do this,” she said. “You can access Tutor.com from home or from the library to gain access to online tutors to assist with homework, projects and papers. This free service is available to children, teens and adults. All you need is your Roseville library card and PIN. Every Roseville student has access to the Virtual Library Card, which allows you to use your student ID and PIN to access the library’s digital resources. To access the link for this service and more information about the Virtual Library Card, visit the library’s website, www.rosevillelibrary.org, and click on ‘Virtual Library Card.’”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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