Chesterfield Township Library
• Online learning tools for young children up to adult learners are available with a free library card at chelibrary.org. Residents may also apply for a free card at the website.
• Online streaming and download services are also available at chelibrary.org, including rbDigital, Hoopla, OverDrive/Libby and cloudLibrary for magazines, e-books and audiobooks, TV shows, music and more.
The library is located at 50560 Patricia, Chesterfield Township.
Clinton-Macomb Public Library
• Parents or caregivers of preschool aged children may visit the library at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 for the annual preschool fair. More than a dozen preschools will have displays showcasing their programs and a representative to answer questions. No registration is required, just come by in the morning.
• Reading Challenge for Adults though Dec. 30, 2002. Readers can take the challenge to read six books from eight predetermined categories. Residents who complete the challenge will receive a completion pin and be entered to win a basket full of gift cards for a night on the town courtesy of CMPL. Join the challenge and start logging at cmpl.beanstack.org.
• CMPL is again offering the 1-2-3 program combining one topic, two communities and three age appropriate books that discuss a particular topic. This year is mental health. Programs will be offered throughout the year that focus on the importance of mental health. Books chosen are ‘Ruby Finds a Worry’ by Tom Percival; ‘The Dark Matter of Mona Starr’ by Laura Gulledge and ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone’ by Lori Gottlieb.
• The library is offering various virtual events that all require registration, which can be done at cmpl.libnet.info/events. A valid email address is required to access the events.
• CMPL is still offering usual book discussion groups and trivia nights online each month. Register for events online at cmpl.libnet.info/events or call 586-226-5000.
Eastpointe Public Library
• Author Paul Vachon presents, “Lost Restaurants of Detroit.” He talks about some of the favorite restaurants around Detroit in this program that was filmed at the library. It is available on the website cityofeastpointe.net/departments/eastpointe_memorial_library.php.
• The library is open for curbside service and phone reference service during regular hours. Patrons can place holds on items through the catalog or call to request materials. It is open to the public. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced. Patrons will have access to library materials, computers, and copiers. Materials returned to the library must be placed in the dropbox.
• The library is offering virtual storytimes. Multiple storytimes and book talks for different age groups are set. Themes will change each week and videos will be posted on the Facebook page which is accessible from the library website, cityofeastpointe.net/departments/eastpointe_memorial_library.php. Anyone who comments on a Facebook post will automatically be entered into a biweekly raffle. Raffle prizes are gift cards to local restaurants. Winners will be notified via Facebook message.
• Patrons who live in Eastpointe may call the library with specific requests or a general request of a genre or author they like for librarians to make material selections. Books, movies, music and magazines are available for check out. Contact the library from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 586-445-5096 to make a request. Eastpointe residents who do not have a library card can also contact the library.
The library is located at 15875 Oak, Eastpointe. To contact the library call 586-445-5096.
Fraser Public Library
• Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the library is going back to curbside pickup only. To check out a book or pick up a hold, call the library at 596-293-2055 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• A librarian will assist patrons and staff will get requested items. When arriving at the library, remain in the car and call the library again to tell a staff member you are outside, along with your car model and which pick up spot you are parked in.
• Items will be on a cart pushed by a staff member. Allow them to step at least six feet away before getting out to get materials. Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times.
• Materials brought back to the library must be placed in the drop box before or after the staff member comes outside. Returns will not be accepted on the cart for safety reasons.
• The library is open for curbside pick-up Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patrons who wish to checkout materials should call the library (586-293-2055) to checkout over the phone and then call again when they’re in the parking lot.
• Tutor.com services are available for homework assistance with tutors in a variety of subjects. Visit fraserpubliclibrary.org and under the resources tab, select online databases. Students who don’t have a library card can get a virtual library card from their school that will allow access to online library services, but not to check out books.
Librarians are available from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays to answer questions regarding the library’s online databases. They are available by email at [email protected] or live chat at Google Hangouts with the username [email protected]
The library is located at 16330 14 Mile Road, Fraser.
Harrison Township Public Library
• Storytime Shakeup via Facebook Live at 10 a.m. Wednesdays Jan. 12-March 30 (no storytime Feb. 23). Storytime with books, songs and rhymes for all ages. No registration required.
• Residents can request materials be delivered to their homes. Request materials, once notified they are ready for pickup, contact the library at 586-329-1261 to set up delivery time.
While pickups are not being scheduled for library returns at the moment, returns can be given to volunteers at a scheduled drop-off. Deliveries cannot be left in common areas and residents of apartments and other multi dwellings should schedule deliveries for when they are home to accept them. Volunteers will not enter a home for any reason. Deliveries will be rescheduled during inclement weather for safety of materials and volunteers.
• The library has implemented allowing residents to check out WiFi hotspots, which will provide internet access wherever needed, expanding service beyond the walls of the library. The hotspots will allow those without Internet to check it out from the library. It’s a small device that can be used to access and connect wireless-enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones or tablets. They are portable and are available to borrow for 14 days and will carry a $1 a day late fee if not returned on time. Devices more than 24 hours late will be deactivated.
The library is located at 38255 L’Anse Creuse St., Harrison Township. Register for classes where required at htlibrary.org.
MacDonald Public Library
To sign up for programs or find more events, visit macdonaldlibrary.org and click on “Events.”
To contact the library, send us an email at [email protected] or call (586) 725-0273. The library is open and available for visits Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The library is located at 36480 Main St., New Baltimore.
Ray Township Library
• Friends of the Library and Historical Society has released its 2022 calendar titled ‘Barns of Ray, Romeo, Washington’ which are available for purchase for $10 at the Ray Township offices and library as well as the Octagon House, Romeo Arts and Archives Center and Washington Museum. Proceeds from sales within Ray Township will support Phase II of Procter Cemetery Restoration Project, while calendars sold by Romeo and Greater Washington Area Historical Societies will support each organizations projects and programs. For more information, call 586-749-7130 or visit rayhistory.org.
Roseville Public Library
• SNOW better time to READ winter reading challenge Jan. 17-Feb. 26. Program open to all ages. Everyone who signs up receives a packet of hot chocolate and a bookmark craft project. Read five books or for five hours between Jan. 17-Feb. 26 to earn a prize an an entry into the drawing for a grand prize. Track your reading using Wandoo reader or get paper entries at the library.
• Story Time 10 a.m. Mondays Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 and 14. Join for books, songs, movement and crafts that encourage development of early learning skills. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers with their caregivers. Registration required.
• Computer Class Basics 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Covers the basics of using a computer and usingn the library’s computers. Registration required and begins Jan. 17.
• Library is open regular hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday.
• Masks are no longer required to be worn by the public, though still encouraged.
• Book Bundles for children. Fill in the form that can be found on the website, social media or in the newsletter and choose up to three topics or themes and a librarian will put together five books and place them on hold for you to pick up.
• Book Match Submit a Book Match form that can be found on the website, social media or in the newsletter. More detailed responses will result in better recommendations. After finishing the form expect to receive a custom reading list within 10 business days.
• Homework Help Tutor.com offers live assistance from tutors.
• Librarians are offering chat reference on Facebook at facebook.com/RosevillePublicLibraryMI. Library patrons may continue to ask questions through comments on the library’s Facebook page and via email at [email protected] or by calling 586-445-5407.
The library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave., Roseville.
St. Clair Shores Public Library
• Bad Art Night program for teens 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 15. Freestyle craft event with usual and unusal materials provided. At the completion, participants will have an exhibition and vote for their favorite best bad art. Registration required and starts Feb. 1 and can be done in person, by calling 586-771-9020 or via email [email protected] Space is limited.
• Morning Storytime at 10 or 11 a.m. Mondays the week of Jan. 10 through the week of Feb. 7. Programs with stories and music for children of all ages with an adult. Registration is required and begins Jan. 3. Registration can be done in person, by calling 586-771-9020 or emailing [email protected]
• Evening Storytime at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays for the week of Jan. 10 through the week of Feb. 7. Programs with stories and music for children of all ages with an adult. Registration is required, starting Jan. 3 and can be done in person, by calling 586-771-9020 or emailing [email protected]
• Historical Cooking Demonstration 1-4 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Selinsky Farmhouse Museum behind the library. The demonstration will feature egg-less recipes on the wood and coal burning cook-stove. No food will be served, but copies of the recipes being prepared will be available. Visitors can also learn about the family that lived in the farmhouse and get a feel of what it was like to call the building home more than 150 years ago. Mask wearing is appreciated while inside the museum.
• 1st Stop for Tots will be at 10 a.m. Thursdays via Zoom. To request the Zoom link email the library at [email protected]
• The Youth Services department, with the help of grant funding, has created 14 Explorer packs for children and families to check out. Each pack contains learning tools, non fiction books, activity sheets, identification guides and other manipulatives centered on an outdoor activity. Topics include insects, bird watching, astronomy water, hiking, plants and rocks. To check out an Explorer pack or for more information, ask at the Youth Services Desk.
The library is located at 22500 E. 11 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores.
Shelby Township Library
• Teen Council helps create teen displays, decorates the library and plans teen events. Earn community service hours every month for attending. Meets the first Thursday of every month at Senior Citizen Park behind the library. To join, call the library to request an application at 586-739-7414.
• Afterschool Teen Hangout for those in grades 7-12 at 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Drop by after school to pay some board and party games.
• Technology Time for adults by appointment only. Services such as setting up new devices, downloading Beanstack, learning skills for a future library event and more. Call the library to make an appointment at 586-739-7414.
• Michigan Activity Pass and Library Card Program A library card can be a pass to savings at museums and campsites across Michigan through the Michigan Activity Pass and Go Library Card program. The virtual program takes place at shelbytwp.org/library
• Pick My Books. Fill out a brief form with what you are in the mood to read and what you aren’t interested in and someone will choose three items they think you will enjoy within three days they will be available for pick up at the check out desk. To use this service click on the ‘Pick My Books’ button at shelbytwp.org/library
• Mission Read Challenge. Kids in grades K-3 can take on the mission to read for 1,000 days before grade six by reading whatever they want for as long as they wish. To start, sign up at shelbytwplib.beanstack.org. When the goal is reached, report back to a librarian and there will be a surprise out of this world reward.
• 1,000 Books before Kindergarten. Set a goal to read 1,000 books to your child before they start kindergarten. Earn digital badges as you track your progress at your own pace. Sign up at shelbytwplib.beanstack.org. Children will receive a sticker for every 100 books read and a free book and tote when the 1,000 goal is reached. Show a librarian your digital badges to earn prizes.
The library is located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township.
Sterling Heights Public Library
• Library cardholders can reserve a time to use the Maker’s Space by appointment. Look for Maker Space Lab on the program calendar.
• Biblio Book Box offered for adults and Teen Book Box for teens offered every month. Register and a librarian will will pick a book based on your preferences and include a surprise.
• Toddler Time and Preschool storytimes are both offered at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Registration is required. Check the library calendar for full details.
• PAWS for Reading 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. The first 10 children to check in at the youth desk on Tuesday nights will be able to read to a therapy dog.
• The Upton House is open for self guided tours from 1-4 p.m. every Wednesday and second Sunday of the month. Register up to six people in a household.
For more information or to register, visit shpl.net or call 446-2640.
• Sterling Heights Public Library will continue curbside materials service, phone service, and home delivery/outreach service on Monday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, 24/7 digital library services are available at shpl.net. The library will be returning to virtual programming only.
•The Library has 12 new hotspots that can be checked out for a week at a time with a library card. Hotspots can be reserved by calling 586-446-2665 and pressing 3 for Adult Services or through the online catalog at shpl.net an searching for “SHL HOTSPOT.” Patrons will be notified their hotspot is ready by text, email or voicemail per their library account preference and then can pick it up via curbside service. The hotspots are packaged in protected, handheld cases. Each case includes the hotspot, a charging cable and a set of instructions.
• Residents with children and those staying home with safety concerns can take advantage of contactless deliveries of library materials to their doorstep. To utilize this service, residents can call 586-446-2665 and press 4 for home delivery. A library card is required to use the service.
• Residents may call the library to place holds on items, seek help with digital services, and ask general questions by calling 586-446-2665. The library staff is also ready to receive returns of library materials in our curbside book drop as well as the book drops that are attached to the building.
• Contactless curbside pickup available. Residents can place holds by calling the library or signing into their accounts online. Once available, patrons can drive up and park in one of the designated spaces, call the library and give them your card number and the color and make of vehicle. Then unlock the trunk to have items dropped in without person to person contact.
• Virtual activities and storytimes will also be shared on the library’s Facebook page facebook.com/shpublib.
• Scheduled list of staff-led virtual programs available at shpl.net/610.
The library is located at 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights.
Warren Busch Branch Library
• Grab-and-Go Science at Busch Branch Library has science themed kits available for check out exploring topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with fun and kid-friendly hands on activities. Each kit also contains a related book and instructions. For children, tweens and teens ages six and up, recommended ages vary by kit and activity. More kits will be added to the collection soon. They can be checked out for 21 days and renewed up to two times and must be checked out and returned to the Busch Branch.
The library is located at 23333 Ryan Road, Warren.
Warren Civic Center Library
• You Have (Online) Options with the Secretary of State at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1. A representative from the Michigan’s Secretary of State’s office will visit the library to discuss new branch services, Real ID, how to efficiently access SOS resources and voting.
• Families that are residents of Warren and has a child between the ages of 3-5 is eligible to receive a free early literacy kit to help prepare children for their kindergarten year. Kits include two activity workbooks and an early reader book to practice sight words. Kits are available for pickup at the Warren Civic Center Library and will also be available at children’s programs that are offsite. Children must be present for a kit to be issued.
• The library also has purchased Playaway Launchpads which are tablets that are preloaded with educational preschool games and are available for checkout with a library card.
The library is located at 1 City Square, Suite 100, Warren.
Warren Miller Branch
• During the month of February, children can get a Busy Bag for toddlers. Toddler bag filled with simple activities to keep them engaged at home or on the go. Recommended ages 3-5. This months theme is animals and shapes. Supplies may be limited. Registration required. Kits can be picked up starting Feb. 1.
The library is located at 5460 Arden in the Warren Community Center. To register for programs, call 586-751-5377 or visit warrenlibrary.net.
All Macomb County libraries, as part of the Suburban Library Cooperative, subscribe to RB Digital which over 100 digital magazines that can be checked out immediately. They also offer educational services through Tutor.com, which provides homework help, test preparation and term paper and resume review. Students can use their student ID number to access those services.
— Macomb Daily staff
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