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Roseville announces fall library program lineup

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 9, 2015


ROSEVILLE — Amid impending cooling temperatures and the start of school days, the Roseville Public Library has unveiled its fall programming schedule for adults, teens and children.

Storytime sessions, crafts, robots and parties abound through December for kids and teenagers, according to Assistant Librarian Annamarie Lindstrom. The storytime sessions are scheduled to begin Sept. 25, she said, with sessions split into two four-week courses. The second is set for Oct. 30.

“You sign up for four weeks and then we’ll have one week off, and then another four-week session,” Lindstrom said. “If you do both sessions, it ends at Thanksgiving. This way, if it works out, you can sign up for another class, and if it doesn’t work out, you’re not committed (for all eight weeks).”

The sessions are all about 30 minutes long and include a story, songs, rhymes and a craft at the end. The library is holding two each day: one for children ages 2 to 3 and a half, and a second for children ages 3 and a half to 5 who are not attending kindergarten yet. People can register at or by calling (586) 445-5407.

The library is holding a series of make-and-take crafts in October, November and December. From 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8, children and their parents can drop by and make a pumpkin-themed craft, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3, they can try their hand at a Thanksgiving-themed craft. No registration is necessary for either craft.

“There’s no school that day (in Roseville),” Lindstrom said, noting that Nov. 3 is Election Day.  “We are now a voting site, so maybe people — because school isn’t in — they’ll need something to do, so they can stop in. Or maybe they’ll be voting and will be in the library and can see what’s going on.”

From 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 4, kids can decorate their own gingerbread house, Lindstrom said. The library provides a house for kids and their family members to decorate with candy and frosting. She said that program will require registration due to a limited number of houses; registration will be opens Nov. 16, and there can be only one house per family.

For teenagers, the Warren Civic Theater will visit the library at 6 p.m. Sept. 30. Lindstrom said the troupe will give teenagers a “behind-the-scenes look” at how it puts on plays. The troupe might do a bit of improv with the audience as well.

At 6 p.m. Oct. 28, the library will host a teen Halloween party, Lindstrom said. Teens are encouraged to come in costume, as there will be a costume contest; the library also is planning a Halloween mask project and games of Zombie Dice.

Lindstrom said there will be an “anime night” Nov. 11 for kids ages 12-17. Starting at 6 p.m., the library will show the Japanese animated program “Hunter X Hunter.”

Finally, for kids in sixth through eighth grades, the library will offer a robot program Dec. 21 and 23. Lindstrom said the robots, called “Spheros,” are little balls controlled using a special app on a smartphone or a tablet.

“You can download an app on your smartphone or tablet, and you can do obstacle courses with these little Spheros,” she said.

Dec. 21 will be the training day, with an obstacle course tournament scheduled on Dec. 23. Registration will start Dec. 1.

The Roseville Public Library is offering community service opportunities this year for kids in ninth through 12th grades. Lindstrom said there are specific dates set aside for community service.

“Oftentimes we’ll have teens who ask to do community service in conjunction with a service organization that they’re involved in, or maybe confirmation,” Lindstrom said. “We have picked a couple of animal rescue groups: the Macomb Animal Shelter and the Michigan Humane Society. We’ll be providing the materials to make fleece animal blankets, cat and dog toys, and feral cat houses.”

There are six specific dates selected for the community service programs: Sept. 23, Oct. 9 and 20, Nov. 5 and 20, and Dec. 9. Contact the library for more information or to register for the service days.

For adults, there are a number of library and Roseville Historical & Genealogical Society programs scheduled for the fall months. Tracy Wilson, adult services librarian, said those start Sept. 15 with a Historical Society program about songwriters Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, who collaborated on music during the big band era. That program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

On Sept. 17, the library will host a Social Security planning program at 6:30 p.m. geared toward new retirees and those about to retire.

“It’s basically explaining all the ins and outs of Social Security,” Wilson said. “How to get the most benefits, how to balance it with your budget.”

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, the library has a historical program scheduled about the loss of the Great Lakes freighter the Edmund Fitzgerald. Steven Mrozak, of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, is scheduled to talk about how the ship sank 40 years ago, taking its crew with it.

The library has a glass-etching craft set for both adults and teenagers at 6 p.m. Oct. 15. Visitors will have the chance to create a footed candy container, Wilson said. Registration is necessary for this program, and there is a $5 materials fee.

There is a book signing for the new Roseville Arcadia history book, by John and Terry Minnis, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. On Oct. 21, the library will host a program all about the food of Michigan.

Wilson said Jaye Beeler and Dianne Carroll Burdick will be talking about food from across the state with photographs and samples, along with bits from their book of recipes. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. Registration is necessary to make sure the program has enough food, Wilson said.

The Historical Society will have its annual dinner scheduled for Nov. 18 — with ticket information and the speaker to be determined — and the library will have a holiday beading program for teens and adults at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Wilson said that program requires registration and has a $5 fee for the project kit, though tools will be available.