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Exploring Foster Parenting and Adoption

With over 13,000 children in the foster care system, the State of Michigan is always in need of more loving foster and adoptive families to help provide temporary or parents and childpermanent care for children.  To help bring awareness to the needs of children in foster care, Erin Wright from Ennis Center for Children will present information for families, couples, and individuals who would like to learn more about the Child Welfare System in Michigan.  Topics will include an overview of the Foster Care and Adoption system, the foster home licensing/approval process, foster parent responsibilities, and the process of adopting a child from foster care.  A current foster parent will also be present to give a personal testimony and answer questions.   All are welcome. Registration is requested, either online or by calling 248-618-7694.

Thursday June 4, 7pm 

Learn about essential oils

essential oil bottle and flowerEssential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.  They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.  Essential oils can lift the mood, calm the senses, and elicit powerful emotional responses. They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.  Come and explore essentials in this class with Kim Lally. Please register online or by calling 248-618-7694.

Monday June 1, 7pm in the Community Room

Sensory Garden at the Library with Janet Macunovich Part 2

Tuesday May 19, 4:30-6:30 PM 

Begins with a 30-minute presentation by well-known local gardening expert Janet Macunovich, of photos and an explanation of what a sensory garden is and why/how other public institutions have incorporated them into the landscape. And a recap of what we've done so far and what's to come. Followed by 60-90 minutes out in the beds to be renovated determining what prep work must be done and doing some of it. The beds are at the front of the library; everyone who comes in the library passes by them on their way in. Planning and measuring has begun and there is definitely weeding that needs to be done, as well as selection of the varieties of plants we will use, and we would be happy to have your help with some of that!

Be sure to bring your weeding gear, e.g. gloves, digging tools. We will supply water to keep you hydrated and the fun of working in the earth.

                        

weeding a garden

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Sensory Garden at the Library with Janet Macunovich Part 1

Thursday May 7, 4:30-6:30 PM 

Begins with a 30-minute presentation by well-known local gardening expert Janet Macunovich of photos and an explanation of what a sensory garden is and why/how other public institutions have incorporated them into the landscape. Followed by 60-90 minutes out in the beds to be renovated determining what prep work must be done and doing some of it. The beds are at the front of the library; everyone who comes in the library passes by them on their way in. There is definitely weeding that needs to be done before anything else and we would be happy to have your help with that!

Be sure to bring your weeding gear, e.g. gloves, digging tools. We will supply water to keep you hydrated and the fun of working in the earth.

                         Part 2 of this project will be on Tuesday May 19, 4:30-6:30pm

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An Evening with M.L. Liebler

ML Liebler

Come see and hear poet M.L. Liebler Wednesday April 1 at 6pm in the Library's Community Room.

M. L. Liebler is an internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer, and he is the author of 13 books including the Award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream (Wayne State University Press 2008) featuring poems written in and about Russia, Israel, Germany, Alaska and Detroit. Wide Awake won both The Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence and The American Indie Book Award for 2009. In 2005, he was named St. Clair Shores (his hometown) first Poet Laureate. Read more

Budgeting Class

Could you use a few helpful tips to help you with your household budget?budgeting road sign
We're having a free budgeting class at the library tonight (Wednesday March 18) at 7pm as part of our financial education series.
You are welcome!

 

 

Poetry Open Mic Night

Thursday January 8, at 7pm in our Community Room. Bring your own poetry to read aloud in a supportive atmosphere! 
Local poet and teacher, Glen Armstrong, who facilitates our monthly Poetry Writer's Workshop, will host.

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New movies added this week in the adult department

These new DVDs were added to our collection this week. They are ready to accept your holds!

Begin Again

Expendables 3

If I Stay

A Most Wanted Man

The Hundred Foot Journey

Transformers: Age of Extinction Read more

A Daughter's Search for her Father's Prisoner of War Story

Michigan author Laura Edge will speak about her book On the Wings of Dawn, which is a historical narrative based on the World War II experiences of her father, USAAF airman Lawrence L. Witt and, by extension, his crewmates, fellow POWs and forced march companions. Register to hear Laura speak in our Community Room on Saturday November 1 at 10:30am.

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Financial Education Series


We have arranged a series of experiential workshops on Personal Finance. Unlike seminars from Insurance or Investment companies, these workshops will adhere to the Fiduciary Standard. They are designed to be experiential and a true educational experience with NO SALES AGENDA.  cash and coins

Call the Adult Desk at 618-7694 or click on the title of each workshop to register yourself online.                                       Read more