Community News

  • BAAFN Holiday Mix and Mingle
    Friday, Dec. 13  6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Birmingham School Administration Center - Hawthorn & Sycamore Rooms
    31301 Evergreen Rd.
    Beverly Hills, MI  48025
    Join the Birmingham African American Family Network for a mix and mingle.  A raffle will take place, you must be present to win.  The event flyer can be viewed for more information.

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    Baldwin Public Library 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. 

    The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website www.baldwinlib.org has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.

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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.” 

    The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website www.baldwinlib.org has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services. 

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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

    The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website (www.baldwinlib.org) has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services. 

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