News & Notes - 9/6/23 Warren Weekly

Warren Weekly | Published September 8, 2023


September is Library Card Sign-up Month
WARREN — September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.

With a library card, patrons can borrow books, e-books, and audiobooks. They can also get help with their homework, learn new skills, or attend a book club or story time. Games, telescopes and mobile hotspots can also be checked out with a library card. According to librarians, a library card helps everyone do more of what they enjoy.

Free courtesy library cards are issued to patrons who work in Warren with proof of employment. There’s something for everyone at the Warren Public Library and signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement for students and lifelong learning. There will be prize drawings all month long. Current patrons can get a free replacement card in September.

To sign up for a library card, stop by the circulation desk at any of the four Warren Public Library branches for details or visit


‘PAWS to Read’
WARREN — The Warren Civic Center Library will host “PAWS to Read” from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Civic Center Library. Children of all ages can read to therapy dogs named Desmond and Sashi.

The PAWS program welcomes new and struggling readers to read to a certified therapy dog. The goal is to provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere in which kids can read without correction or interruption and learn not just to read, but to love reading as well.

This program will be held in the story time room at the Civic Center Library, on the ground level of Warren City Hall, east of Van Dyke Avenue and north of 12 Mile Road.


Stories of Exile Reading Group
WARREN — The Warren Public Library is one of about 30 libraries that has partnered with the Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Groups for Public Libraries project.

The group holds events and book discussions exploring themes of immigration, dispossession, diaspora, the refugee experience and home through the lens of Yiddish literature.

The “Stories of Exile” program aims to foster conversations about appreciating diverse cultures that may be different from one’s own while recognizing people are part of one human family.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Warren Civic Center Library.  The program is open to anyone 16 and older.

Visit the circulation desk to check out a copy of “In the Land of the Postscript,” by Chava Rosenfarb. There will be a guest speaker from the Zekelman Holocaust Center who will give further context to the selected stories.


The Warren Garden Club supports Associated Country Women of the World
WARREN — The Warren Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 13, at the Warren Community Center, located at 5460 Arden Ave. Come and enjoy great refreshments and featured speaker Kay Englehart from the Associated Country Women of the World, a women’s empowerment group founded in 1929.

According to ACWW, their projects are a crucial contribution to a safe, sustainable, progressive future for rural women and communities worldwide. The Warren Garden Club and the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association are longtime financial contributors to the ACWW, which is represented in 80 countries around the world.


‘Be a Game Changer’ with Cornerstone Community Financial
CENTER LINE/METRO DETROIT — Cornerstone Community Financial invites its members to join in its eighth-annual Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month toy drive in September.

Cornerstone Community Financial is encouraging members, as well as the community at-large, to purchase and donate any gaming item from the online wish list created by the team at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Items vary from puzzles to PlayStation game consoles to card games and games children can carry and hold in their hands.

With items available as low as $5, the public gift registries are available online through Amazon, Target and Walmart throughout September. Cornerstone Community Financial will match every public game purchase item for item, so all donations are automatically doubled.

The “Be a Game Changer” gifting program plans to donate and deliver at least 500 new games to patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan locations in Detroit and Troy.  The games will be distributed to inpatient units, playrooms, waiting areas and patient gift closets.

For more details about the “Be a Game Changer” outreach, visit To view the wish lists of gifts, visit, and from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. Cornerstone Community Financial is located at 7291 Bernice in Center Line.