Community News

  • Blind Date with a Book
    Friday, January 24 until Friday, February 14
    Franklin Public Library
    32455 Franklin Rd.
    Franklin, MI  48025
    You shouldn't always judge a book by its cover. Put your trust in fate and choose a book without knowing the title, maybe you will fall in love.  Blind Date with a Book flyer to view.

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    Free Open Skate at Detroit Skate Club
    Friday, January 31  7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (C Rink)
    888 Denison Court
    Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302
    All are welcome to this open house.  Instructors will be ready to give free assistance.  There will be free skate rental and free refreshments, while supplies last.  Skating exhibitions will begin at 7:45 p.m.  Registration and skate rental begins at 6:45 p.m.  RSVP is required, rdesk@dscclub.com

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    A Black History Month Program: Black Bottom & Paradise Valle: Detroit's Lost Communities
    Tuesday, February 4  7:00 p.m.
    Franklin Public Library
    32455 Franklin Rd.
    Franklin, MI  48025
    Ken Coleman, an award-winning historian and journalist from Detroit, will come to the Library to talk about the history of the Motor City's leading Black communities during the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Register at (248) 851-2254.  More information on Black History Month

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    Coffee with Senator Rasemary Bayer
    Friday, February 7  1:00-3:00 p.m.
    Franklin Public Library
    32455 Franklin Rd.
    Franklin, MI  48025
    Senator Rosemary Bayer at the Library for Coffee and Chit Chat followed by Community Office Hours. Enjoy a cup of coffee and some casual conversation about issues and concerns in District 12 and around the state; all are welcome. Community Office Hours are by appointment only: call Senator Bayer's Office at (517) 373-2417.

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    Every Brilliant Thing (Theatrical Play presented by Tipping Point Theatre)
    Wednesday, February 12  7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Kirk in the Hills - Refectory
    1340 W. Long Lake Rd.
    Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302
    Every Brilliant Thing is an immersive theatrical experience that speaks openly about depression, mental illness, and suicide.  It's a story that's as heartwarming as it is discussion-worthy, and it'll leave theatre goers better off for having experienced it.  Join the community for this educational and riveting performance that underscores the importance of mental health.  View the Every Brilliant Thing flyer.  Recommended audience - adults and kids grade 8 and up.  No charge; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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    American Girl Frozen Party
    Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m.
    Franklin Public Library
    32455 Franklin Rd.
    Franklin, MI  48025
    We've combined two of our favorite things into one fabulous party. Now that Frozen 2 is out, bring your American Girl doll, or any doll or stuffed animal to our Frozen themed party. We'll create some crafts, read a story or two and have a snack.  Franklin residents may register anytime. All others may register beginning February 1.  More about the American Girl Frozen Party.

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    Birmingham Girls Lacrosse
    Registration is now open for the 2020 Girls Lacrosse Season!  All 1st - 8th grade girls of any skill level are welcome.  Please register for the season.  All practice and game schedules are posted on facebook.  Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com.

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    Birmingham Girls Softball
    Registration now open! Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at
    www.Birminghamsoftball.com. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

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    Baldwin Public Library Activities
    300 W. Merrill Street
    Birmingham, MI  48009
    Monday through Thursday  9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    www.baldwinlib.org
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    Celebrate Black History Month at the Baldwin Public Library
    BIRMINGHAM, MI (January 29, 2020) – Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements made by African Americans throughout our nation’s history. During February, the Baldwin Library, along with the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force, is hosting three programs to commemorate Black History Month.

    Baldwin’s teen book club, Pizza and Pages, will discuss Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds on Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. The book was a Newbery Honor book, Prince Honor book, and the winner of best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards. Long Way Down is a powerful novel written in verse that takes place in sixty seconds; the time it takes Will to ride the elevator down to the ground floor, find the person who he thinks shot and killed his brother, and shoot him. During the discussion, participants will discuss grief, loss, the cycle of gun violence, and decision-making. 

    On Monday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m., Associate Director Rebekah Craft will facilitate a discussion of Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Nickel Boys, at Birmingham Next for the monthly Popular Reads Book Club meeting. The Nickel Boys is the fictionalized account of two boys sentenced to attend a reform school in the Jim-Crow era south and is based on accounts from the Dozier School for Boys that closed in 2011. 

    Acclaimed storyteller La’Ron Williams will perform “The Singing Contest,” on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. His story combines history, humor, and love to teach about our racialized society. This program is specifically designed to promote diversity, foster community building, encourage peaceful conflict resolution and teach a host of “pro-social” skills, including empathy, self-expression and attentive listening.

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    Baldwin Public Library Presents Seed Saving Workshop
    BIRMINGHAM, MI (January 27, 2020) –Visit the Baldwin Library on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. to learn all about seed saving. Ben Cohen, from Small House Farm, will highlight the joys and importance of seed saving, share how to get started saving seeds, and provide tips on garden planning. 

    Seed savers of all levels will benefit from Cohen’s easy to follow explanations on important techniques such as hand pollination, isolation, vernalization, and even basic flower structure. 

    “Cohen is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable advocate for seed saving and his lectures have been well-received at libraries in the area,” said librarian Mick Howey. “Not only is he an author of two books about seed saving, Saving Our Seeds and From Our Seeds & Their Keepers, he is also the founder of the Michigan Seed Library and their One Seed, One State program, a community seed sharing initiative.”

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    Board Seeks Student Representative
    BIRMINGHAM, MI (December 5, 2019) – The Board of the Baldwin Public Library invites interested high school juniors who reside in the City of Birmingham, Village of Beverly Hills, Village of Bingham Farms, or the City of Bloomfield Hills to apply for the position of Student Representative to the Baldwin Public Library Board. This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and instill an ethic of community service, as well as encourage citizen participation in local government. In addition, the Board benefits greatly from having a new perspective on Library planning and services. 

    This one-year term lasts from February 17, 2020 to February 15, 2021. Representatives are expected to attend Library Board meetings held the third Monday of every month at 7:30 pm in the Library, with Wednesday, January 20, 2021 as the only exception. Packets for each Board meeting are available on the Library’s website the Friday prior to the meeting. 

    The commitment to this position requires that the BPL Student Representative review the monthly agenda, minutes, and reports prior to the meeting, which can be found at http://www.baldwinlib.org/staff-board. In addition to participating in Board meetings, the Student Representative will also be required work with Library staff and either assist with a service project or coordinate and implement a teen program during the year. 

    To find application details, visit www.baldwinlib.org/volunteer or click on Application for Student Represntative or High School Juniors and Parents Letter. The completed application, essay, and two letters of recommendation are due by January 10, 2020 to Rebekah Craft at the Baldwin Library, 300 West Merrill, Birmingham, MI 48009 or via email to rebekah.craft@baldwinlib.org.

    “This opportunity is an excellent way for high school students to develop leadership skills and to understand how local government and libraries operate. It also provides a chance for students to prepare themselves for future careers in libraries, politics or business,” said Melissa S. Mark, Library Board of Trustees. 

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    Baldwin Public Library to Launch Curbside Pickup Program 
    BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 3, 2019) – Save time and avoid parking costs with Baldwin Public Library’s new Curbside Pickup program. The new service is set to begin Monday, September 16 and will be available Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

    “While the Youth Room Expansion project is underway and several close parking spots are blocked by construction fencing, we want to offer our patrons a convenient way to pick up Library materials,” said Rebekah Craft, Associate Director. “Due to our downtown location, adding a drive-up window is just not feasible at this time. This is the next best option we can provide to patrons.” 

    To use the service, call 248-647-1700 ext. 0 or email curbside@baldwinlib.org at least 30 minutes before you plan to arrive. Tell the staff member the items you want to pick up. Your items will be held for 24 hours. When you arrive at the Library, pull up to the Curbside Pickup sign located on Chester Street at the Library’s loading dock. Call or text your last name to the number on the sign and Library staff will bring the items out to your vehicle. For more information, visitwww.baldwinlib.org/curbsidepickup

    “The initial responses to our Curbside Pickup plan have been very enthusiastic and we anticipate this to be very popular with our patrons” said Kristen Tait, Circulation Services Coordinator. “Many of our users have young children in strollers, have difficulty navigating the front entryway stairs and ramp, or have limited time in which to visit the Library. This will help to alleviate each of those barriers.” 

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    Baldwin Library Offers Gale Courses: Online Classes for Lifelong Learners 
    BIRMINGHAM, MI (October 2, 2019) – Baldwin Public Library has added Gale Courses, a new online learning resource. With this unique program from Gale, a Cengage Company, cardholders can access instructor-led, online courses through the Baldwin Public Library website. 

    “We are very excited to be partnering with Gale to offer our cardholders the opportunity to explore the many classes on offer through Gale Courses”, said Josh Rouan, Technical Services Coordinator. “Our community has always had a passion for lifelong learning, and Gale Courses gives people the opportunity to learn and acquire new skills in an instructor-led setting. It is the perfect mix of technological convenience and traditional teaching methods.”           

    Gale Courses offer patrons access to more than 350 instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, business management, GED test preparation, and much more. 

    Patrons can enroll at no cost. Courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released weekly, and new classes beginning every month. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. A dedicated college-level instructor coordinates every course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions. 

    Cardholders can enroll and participate in courses from home or use the Library's public computers. For more information about the catalog of courses offered or to enroll in a course, visit www.baldwinlib.org/research

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