Roseville library plans events for coming months

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 27, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library has announced its programs and events through April for adults, teenagers and children.

Sarah Marsak, teen librarian, said the first upcoming teen program will be an Un-Valentine’s Day Party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Participants will get to make duct tape black rose pens and mini heart piñatas that they can break open; there also will be games, snacks and unromantic music.

High school students will get a chance to try out the library’s Sphero robots from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in a training session. Marsak said the participants will have the chance to control the little ball-like machines using tablets to maneuver them around an obstacle course.

“The program in February mainly is for (teens) to get used to the controls,” Marsak said. “Then the next Spheros tournament is on April 6. We’re going to have one for the middle school students from 1 to 3 p.m., and one for high school students from 3:30 to 5 p.m.”

In that tournament, Marsak said, teams will compete for points based on how well each member goes through an obstacle course. Winners will get a small prize, she added.

On March 30, a program about April Fool’s Day is scheduled for middle school students from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Marsak said it will be all about the history of the day and some common pranks and tricks to watch out for. And for teens of all ages, the library will have a poetry program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 27, where they will have to unscramble poems to create paper poetry trees.

Registration is required for all teen events. Marsak added that the library also will be hosting several teen community service sessions — on Feb. 12, March 28 and April 8.

For adults, historical programs, workshops and crafts abound for the next few months, according to Adult Librarian Tracy Wilson. The first program will be a class open to adults and teens Feb. 11 on how to make chocolate; participants will get to take home some candy themselves. Wilson said there is a $5 nonrefundable materials fee required when registering, and there are two sessions — 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

On Feb. 22, the library will host a historical program for Black History Month about the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops, an infantry unit mobilized from Michigan in the Civil War. That program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The library will host an adult coloring club program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, where adults can relax with coloring books. Registration is required and opened Jan. 25.

“We did this in December and it was really popular,” Wilson said. “It’s for adults to come, sit, color, relax and chat with people. There will also be treats and music.”

On March 1 at 6 p.m., the library will host a program called “Medicare 101.” Wilson said this is an informational event for adults coming up on their 65th birthdays or who otherwise have questions about the government program and how it works. At 2 p.m. March 11, the library will host a basket-weaving class; registration for that class, which has a $5 materials fee, will open Feb. 2.

The library will be showing the local horror film “Spring Thaw” at 6 p.m. March 22, and filmmaker Mike Stanley will be on hand to talk about making movies. Finally, on April 30, the library will host “Treasures in the Attic” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appraisers will be on hand to gauge the value of antiques; registration will be required to determine how many items to expect.

“There’s a $5 charge per item and items must be easy to carry. People can come in and just listen if you want, and we will have more information in mid-March,” Wilson said.

The historical society has programs scheduled too — Feb. 16 will see a program about Better Made potato chips and that industry’s history in Detroit. A program about Detroit in World War II is set for March 15, and the library will host a program about old-time radio April 19. All of those events start at 6:30 p.m.

For children, the library will hold “make and take” craft programs. The first will be Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will have a Valentine’s Day theme, Assistant Library Director Annamarie Lindstrom said, with a variety of crafts for kids to come in and make, or to take the materials home.

From 5 to 7 p.m. March 10, the library will have an Easter-themed “make and take” craft, Lindstrom said. Neither event requires registration.

The library will host “Frozen Fever” at 1 p.m. April 5, a program based on the popular Disney film “Frozen.” Lindstrom said they plan to have games, crafts and treats related to the film, and they hope to have special guest appearances by characters Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

“Of course, costumes are encouraged for that program,” Lindstrom said. “And that is a registration-only event. You have to register for it, and registration begins two weeks prior to that event. We have got to make sure we have enough supplies.”

The Roseville Public Library also will celebrate March Is Reading Month with a monthlong bookmark design program for kids from preschool age through high school age. The winning bookmarks from each age category will be reproduced in color and distributed through the library, Lindstrom said.

The library also is promoting the “1,000 books before kindergarten” effort, which encourages parents to read a book a day to their children for early childhood literacy. Lindstrom said they will have booklets available with suggestions on how to get started.

For more information, call the library at (586) 445-5407.

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