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Macomb County library events week of Dec. 19 and beyond – The Macomb Daily

• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• Library 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 with a 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.
• Coding Club will meet on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. through Jan. 2022. This month will feature how to animate your name in the coding platform Scratch. Participants are asked to bring their own computers, but there will be up to eight in library computers available for use. Event well suited for those age 12 and up. Reserve a spot on the online event calendar.
• 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.
• Registration for all events is available under the events tab on the event calendar.
• Events are weather permitting. If rained out check the Facebook page for updates or modifications to events. Registration for events can be done on the website under the events tab and clicking on the event calendar.
• Face masks are optional inside the library for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status.
• Patrons may come in to browse the stacks, choose titles and have access to electronic services.
• A maximum of 27 patrons will be allowed in at one time. Each person entering will take a laminated card that will be at the entry to be sure the library does not exceed capacity. Rigorous cleaning schedule will still be followed and desk surfaces and computers will be disinfected between patrons.
• Computers will be available without reservation.
• Upon exiting the building patrons are asked to place their laminated card in the basket at the circulation desk to be disinfected for the next patron.
• Friends of the Library is selling face masks for $5 each at the library. Handcrafted masks in a variety of patterns and proceeds benefit the Friends of the Fraser Library so they can host programs at the library for the public.
• 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.
• 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.
• Go Library Card discounts. All through December. Show your library card and save at select area merchants and restaurants such as Achatz Pies, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kristina’s Catering, Militello’s Bakery, Sweetwaters Coffee and  Tea and more. Visit GoLibraryCard.org for a full list of participating businesses.
• Year End Clearance: Used Book Sale Dec. 4-30. All items in the used book sore are  Buy One, Get One Free.
• Knitting and Crochet Circle 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 4-25. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. Please bring your own project and supplies.
• Del’s Community Chair Yoga at 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Yoga practice using chairs while enjoying the benefit of the yoga experience. Work on breathing, strengthening, stretching and being in the present moment. Registration is required in advance by calling the library or on the library website so that the library can contact attendees if there is a need to cancel.
• Teen Creator Cafe: Boba Tea! Jan. 7. Stop by the library to grab a Boba Tea kit while supplies last.
• Puzzle on the Double! Puzzle Competition at 1 p.m. Jan. 8. Gather your team and compete to see who can assemble a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle the fastest. Prizes for the winning team. Snacks provided. Register your team of 4 or if you don’t have one, be teamed up with others. Registration is required by calling 586-329-1261 or stopping by the library.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
• True Crime Tuesday at 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Have an interest in true crime? Join as attendees read about and discuss different viewpoints regarding cold and current true crime cases pulled from the headlines. Registration required.
• 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.
• The St. Clair Shores Cultural Committee is sponsoring a free trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts  on Feb. 10 for a self guided tour that includes the exhibit “By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800.” Registration and tickets available at the library starting Dec. 29 through Jan. 25 or while tickets last. Trip includes free bus transportation as well as admission to the DIA. Bus leaves the library at 12:15 p.m. and departs from the DIA at 3 p.m. Masks are required on the bus and in the DIA for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Groups must also practice social distancing in the Institute.
• 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.
• 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 (except Dec. 22). Drop by after school to pay some board and party games.
• Teen Book Box Club for those in grades 7-12. Book boxes contain personally selected books, treats and surprise goodies. Eat the treats, keep the goodies and return the books once read. Register by Nov. 20 for the box that can be picked up Dec. 6.  Registration required.
• 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.
Library events are added regularly. Check calendar at shelbytwp.org/library or follow facebook.com/ShelbyTwpLib
The library is located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township.
• Creative Writer’s Workshop will be held in person at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Share your writing with other authors.
• Senior Book Group at 10 a.m. Jan. 5 at the Senior Center. Check the event calendar for this month’s title.
• Library cardholders can reserve a time to use the Maker’s Space by appointment.
• 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 which 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.
• All electronic services will be available. Visit shpl.net/1264 to access them.  If you don’t have a library card, you can now apply for one at shpl.net/1578.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
* The Suburban Library Cooperative has launched a year long campaign ‘Libraries: Your Bridge to the World’. Each month the campaign will highlight a different library service or event, including the Virtual Library Card program, March is Reading Month, Money Smart week, local history and genealogy resources, technology resources and Summer Reading programs.
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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