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Starfish Family Services: Word Play - Rhymes and Reading Acitivities

Join the Starfish Family Services on Thursday, June 7 from 9:45-11:30 AM as they show how to make nursery rhymes interactive and engaging all the while stressing the importance of phonological awareness in preschoolers.  This program is developed for parents, day care providers, and family caregivers and will take place in conjunction with our Thursday morning Family Storytime/ABC Activity time.  Free childcare is offered during this program by Starfish's licensed day care providers. 

Starfish Family Services: Schedules and Routines

Parents, grandparents and caregivers, join the professionals from Starfish Family Services as they discuss the benefits to keeping a daily routine and providing a predictable social frame for your young children. The program takes place on Monday, May 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM. Starfish Family Services also provides licensed daycare providers to watch over your children as you attend the workshop.

NHS Homework Help Ends May 31st

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

*Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too! The last day for tutoring is May 31st.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on Sunday, May 13 at 1:00 PM  in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners welcome.
The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs." For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@woway.com.

Animal Adaptations Slideshow

The Organization for Bat Conservation visited the library on Earth Day to kick-off our Earth Week celebrations. Mr. Chad presented their Animal Adaptations program and brought over a number of furry and feathered friends. Check out our slideshow.

Starfish Family Services: Math Learning in the Home

Parents, grandparents and caregivers, join the professionals from Starfish Family Services as they discuss the importance of math during the preschool years. They will also outline materials from the home that may be used to support math learning. The program takes place on Tuesday, April 24th from 9:30-11:30 AM. Starfish Family Services also provides licensed daycare providers to watch over your children as you attend the workshop.

Honor Flight Michigan - The Legacy Project

Join us in honoring the Legacy of Michigan's World War II heroes and Honor Flight Michigan who provided their trips of a lifetime. The family-friendly documentary will tug at your heart and make you swell with pride for our fathers and grandfathers, a generation of heroes. Please bring Dad or Grandpa along on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM to watch this documentary, hear stories from the people who created the organization and the veterans who lived it.

Living Green in Southeast Michigan

To celebrate Earth Week, we have invited Granton Brooks, the communications specialist from SEMCOG to share the many earth-friendly projects supported by SEMCOG in his Living Green in Southeast Michigan program. Did you know that they declare Ozone Action Days for our region or that they sponsor the Michigan Rideshare program or the studies of water run-off? SEMCOG impacts our community in many ways. Come see how they can help your earth-friendly everyday life on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 PM.

This post is part of our Earth Day 2012 celebration.

Composting and Healthy Lawns

This program has been canceled.

Be the envy of your neighborhood. Have a beautiful lawn and be friendly to our precious earth at the same time. Mary Vangieson of the Wayne County Department of Public Services shares the need-to-know information on Composting and Healthy Lawns and gardens. Join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 PM as we continue our celebration of Earth Week.

Sylvan Saturday: Math and Reading Strategies

Testing can be tough! Come to the library on Saturday April 14, from 1:00-2:30 PM and let the experts from Sylvan Learning Center give you some strategies and tips on math and reading to help boost your confidence on your next test. Appropriate for older middle school and high school students.

"Louder Than A Bomb" Screening

Louder Than A Bomb is a documentary film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It's about the joy of being young and the pain of growing up. It's about speaking out, making noise and finding your voice.

It also just so happens to be about poetry.

Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago schools gather for the world's largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as "Louder Than a Bomb". Rather than emphasize individual poets, the kids work collaboratively with their peers. Come to CPL on Saturday, April 21, 1:00-3:00 PM to view this multi-award winning documentary that follows four teams from Chicago as they prepare for and compete in the competition. This is not "high school poetry" as we think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance.
***This film is unrated and does contain mature language.***

Bats! Owls! Flying Foxes!

Meet and learn about some of Michigan's animals that wake up when you go to bed! The Organization for Bat Conservation will present their program: Animal Adaptations: Bats! Owls! Flying Foxes!. Discover the fascinating features and adaptations of a variety of Michigan's native nocturnal creatures. In this program, learn what adaptations are, how they are formed and why animals develop these amazing tools for survival. Live animals will be present! Join us on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:00-3:00 PM to kick off our Earth Week celebrations.

Earth Day 2012 logoThis post is part of our Earth Day 2012 celebration.

Starfish Family Services: Babysitter's Club

Summer is around the corner. Babysitting is an excellent way to spend your time and possibly make a few extra bucks in the process. On Saturday, April 14th from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM the staff from Starfish Family Services will teach young men and women from 6th-8th grade the basics of babysitting, including safety in the home and caring for infants. Participants will receive certification in first aid. This is an all day event, so don't forget to bring a sack lunch. Registration begins on March 31st at 9:00 AM.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 PM in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners welcome. Note: no chess on April 8 due to the Easter holiday.

Huntington Homework Help

You’re invited to join CPL, Huntington Learning Center and Shooter from the Plymouth Whalers for a free workshop Saturday, March 24th from 2:00-3:30 PM. The workshop will offer you and your child valuable practical advice on how to tackle everyday homework problems and ensure that your children have the right environment and skills for completing assignments to the very best of their abilities. Welcome time, including snacks and a photo op with Shooter, will take place from 2:00-2:30 PM with the workshop to follow from 2:30-3:30 PM.

Read With Me Activity Time

This is an informal gathering time to fill the void between storytime sessions. There will be books for parents to read to their children, the ABC Activity cart and even some tunes.

Activity times will be held on the following Saturdays from 10:00-10:45 AM:
  • March 24
  • March 31
  • April 14
  • April 28

Meet Best-Selling Author, Sandra Brown

Meet award-winning, best-selling author Sandra Brown in person. The lifelong Texan has written over 60 best sellers full of interesting characters, heart-pumping action and clever plot twists. Her newest book, Lethal, is our featured read for Everyone's Reading. Read the book, share the conversation and meet the author. Free tickets are available at our help desk for two appearances in the Metro Detroit area:
  • Thursday, March 22 at 2:00 PM at Rochester Church of Christ in Rochester Hills
  • Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 PM at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills

NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

*Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too!

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

The Girls Scouts of America celebrate 100 years on March 12 marking the anniversary of their first meeting organized by founder Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. As they celebrate a century of leadership, fun, and friendship 2012's Year of the Girl initiative focuses around the cause of girls' leadership. Get involved and don't forget to celebrate with some of the tried and true Girl Scout Cookies!
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Sylvan Saturdays: Writing Workshop

Saturday, March 17th from 1:00-2:00 PM, Sylvan teachers will help teens become more comfortable using the steps of the writing process. Brighten up your writing and engage your audience by learning the techniques used by successful writers.