Programs

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

January 12

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Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story.

Genealogy @ Your Library: FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org is a free searchable genealogical resource sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints. In addition to having billions of searchable records, it also has a vast amount of educational information regarding genealogy.  Join us as we explore this free family history treasure trove.

No registration is necessary.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

 

In case you missed our sharing storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras for sharing your own storytime at home. 

From Storytime

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. Has he learned to share or not?

2017 Family Music Fest!

Research has shown that music improves our health and bonds us together. Music is magical in all of its forms and there are few things better in life than enjoying live music with the ones you love. With that in mind, we are very pleased to announce the line up for our 3rd annual Family Music Fest on Saturday, October 14.

10:00AM - Beverly Meyer - The Music Lady: Beverly Meyer has been creating music for over twenty years. Thru her craft, “The Music Lady” has been capturing the attention and imagination of young people by creating engaging and interactive songs and inspiring kids to be a part of their musical world. For younger patrons and their families.

11:30AM - To Sangana: Out of the Black Theater and Dance program at Wayne State University, To Sangana (meaning “coming together”) celebrates the rich cultural traditions from African heritage as well as the contemporary African-American experience. Expect a visually stunning performance of a constant rhythmical journey featuring dance, music and vocals. For all ages!

2:00PM - The Old Adage: Siblings Mimi and Nino have been playing music together for a long time. In 2012, they made in official by naming The Old Adage. This DIY-pop group out of Detroit blends radio pop with electronic music to create interesting, infectious and dancey pop songs. For all ages!

4: 00PM - The Moxie Strings: This awesome band offers listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best-known instruments (violin and electronic cello) through a young, progressive lens. Backed up by their musical degrees, Diane Ladio and Alison Lynn, compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. For all ages!

Come on in for the hottest FREE show in town.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 14 - 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM Community Room Beverly Meyer - The Music Lady
Saturday, October 14 - 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM Community Room To Sangana
Saturday, October 14 - 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM Community Room The Old Adage
Saturday, October 14 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Community Room The Moxie Strings

 

In case you missed our Grandparents storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own storytime at home. For more information on Grandparents' Day, check grandparentsday.org.

From Storytime

In the red canoe by Leslie Davidson

A multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tribute to the fragile, wild places that still exist. A celebration of the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.

Nonfiction Book Group October 2017

Please join the Nonfiction Book Group to discuss:

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Marc Levinson recounts the global collapse of the postwar economy in the 1970s. While economists struggle to return us to the high economic growth rates of the past, Levinson counterintuitively argues that the boom years of the 1950s and 1960s were an anomaly; slow economic growth is the norm-no matter what economists and politicians may say. Yet these atypical years left the public with unreasonable expectations of what government can achieve. When the economy failed to revive, suspicion of government and liberal institutions rose sharply, laying the groundwork for the political and economic polarization that we're still grappling with today.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 21 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room

Lunch and a Book October 2017

Please join Lunch and a Book to discuss:

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | large print

 Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, but families don't just grow, they grow old. When Aaron dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother's loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy's college days. They didn't count on Joy becoming as willful and rebellious as their own kids. With sympathy, humor, and truth, Schine explores the intrusion of old age into a large and loving family.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 12 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Community Room

Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytimes feature longer books, flannel board and rhymes designed for children ages 3 1/2 - 5. These activities help develop pre-reading and school-readiness skills.  Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, if needed, to help transition their child to this program. All parents must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Friends Activity Room starting Monday, September 11 through Friday, October 20. Please pick a Monday OR a Friday session. Registration begins August 25.

Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m., Register for Mondays

Fridays, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m., Register for Fridays

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 25 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Friday, September 29 - 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Monday, October 2 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Friday, October 6 - 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Monday, October 9 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Friday, October 13 - 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Monday, October 16 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Friday, October 20 - 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.

 

Hey Kids,

You might have heard a little something about the sun going dark on August 21. In honor of this amazing event, we have a few out-of-this-world programs coming up in August: a visit from a traveling planetarium (requires registration) and an eclipse viewing gathering (no registration necessary). To prepare for the big day you can also check out some books on this amazing phenomenon. For more information on viewing the eclipse safely, NASA has answers for you. Happy viewing!

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Provides trivia on the planets, the Sun, and other celestial bodies, including the temperature on the surface of the Sun, why Pluto is considered a dwarf planet, and when and where one can see the next total solar eclipse.

Teen Writers' Studio

Do you love making up stories, poems or dreaming about writing a novel one day? Do you want to meet other teens who share the same passion? Join us for an informal session where you can meet other writers, do a few exercises, talk about how to improve your work and bounce ideas off each other. You will never be required to share your work, but if you'd like to, this is a safe space and judgment free zone. Your stories and poems produced during these sessions will also be bound together at the end of the school year, creating a book or zine of your work. Open to all middle and high school students. 

Untitled by Elizabeth M is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 14 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, November 11 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
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