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• 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  Hoopla, Libby by OverDrive and cloudLibrary for e-books and audiobooks, TV shows, music and more.
The library is located at 50560 Patricia Dr., Chesterfield Township.
The South Branch is hosting a program on tea at 6Th30 p.m. Oct. 11. Herbal Popular herbalist, gardener and author Bevin Cohen will share the history and folklore of herbal ingredients and show attendees how to brew their own beverages. Participants will enjoy a custom herbal tea blend to  take home. To register, call 586-226-5073.
• The Friends of CMPL are hosting their used book sale Oct. 12-16. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 is Friends only sale, though membership can be purchased at the door for $15. Sale opens to the public noon-8 p.m. Oct. 13; 9:30-5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 and 12:15-3:15 p.m. Oct. 16 is bag day where you may purchase a bag at the door and fill it with books for just $5. Funds from book sales help underwrite programs and activities at the library.
• Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to make leaf and pumpkin shaped chocolates to share with friends and family at 6 p.m. Oct. 17. To register, call 586-226-5022.
• Reading Challenge for Adults though Dec. 30, 2022. Readers can take the challenge to read six books from eight predetermined categories. Residents who complete the challenge will receive a completion pin and be entered to win a basket full of gift cards for a night on the town courtesy of CMPL. Join the challenge and start logging at cmpl.beanstack.org.
• CMPL is again offering the 1-2-3 program combining one topic, two communities and three age appropriate books that discuss a particular topic. This year is mental health. Programs will be offered throughout the year that focus on the importance of mental health. Books chosen are “Ruby Finds a Worry” by Tom Percival; “The Dark Matter of Mona Starr” by Laura Gulledge and “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb.
• 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.
CMPL Main Library is located at 40900 Romeo Plank, Clinton Township. CMPL is North Branch is at 54100 Broughton Road, Macomb Township. CMPL South Branch located at 35679 South Gratiot, Clinton Township. To register for programs, visit cmpl.libnet.info/events.
• 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.
• The 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. It 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 drop box.
• The library is offering virtual storytimes. Those 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 via 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 Ave., Eastpointe. To contact the library call 586-445-5096.
Library is back open and curbside service is still available. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks while inside the building. Masks are available at the entrance if needed.
• For curbside service, 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.
• 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.
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 fraserlibrary@libcoop.net or live chat at Google Hangouts with the username fraserpubliclibrary@gmail.com.
The library is located at 16330 14 Mile Road, Fraser.
• Preschool Storytime 10 a.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 14-December 14 (no storytime Nov. 23 and 30). Those ages 2-5 ca join for fun, stories, rhymes, dancing and more. Drop ins welcome. No registration required.
• Knitting and Crochet Circle 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. Please bring your own project and supplies. Items are donated to charitable organizations and the group is also accepting donations of yarn, fleece or craft store gift cards. Group donates to charitable organizations like Beaumont Little Angels, Project Linus, Compassion Pregnancy and more to give comfort items in times of need. Also accepting donations of Beanie Babies for children  Preneed of comfort.
• Preschool Storytime 10 a.m. Wednesdays Oct. 5-Dec. 14 (no storytime Nov. 23 and 30) For those ages 2-5 to join for fun, stories, rhymes, dancing and more. No registration required. Drop ins welcome.
• Book Page Pumpkin Craft 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 Upcycle a book turning it into a pumpkin for a fun seasonal decoration. All materials will be supplied. Registration required as space is limited. To register, call the library at 586-329-1261 or register on the library website.
• Writers Group 11 a.m. Oct. 8. Visiting writer Jenna Grace will guide as a new writer’s group. Start with some inspiration and guidance for anyone who wants to participate in the November writing challenge known as NaNoWriMo. Group will meet regularly for inspiration and comradery and all levels of writers are welcome. Group will provide writing prompts and exercises to get started, guidance  while writing your novel, poetry, memoir or other writing; a group to share and workshop your writing and a chance to meet with visiting authors.
• Pumpkin Painting Palooza at 1 p.m. Oct. 8. Stop by the library to paint pumpkins and snack on cider and donuts. Registration required. Supplies provided, just bring imagination. All ages welcome.
• Trivia Night at Total Sports at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Tickets are $ 6 in advance at the library or at the door for $7. Arrive with a team or be teamed up. Tickets include trivia, pizza, salad and soft drinks.
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 an email to contactmpl@macdonaldlibrary.org 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 10 a.m. to 5 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 is 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.
The library is located at 64255 Wolcott Rd., Ray Township.
• Booked for the Evening: ‘Before We Were Yours’ by Lisa Wingate 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the library and on Zoom. Join in person at the library in the Erin Meeting Room. Welcome to join even if you haven’t read the book To join on Zoom, use Meeting ID: 824 3372 8798. Registration not required.
• Daddy/Daughter Hair Day 6 p.m. Oct. 11. Reonna From Custom Styles by Reonna will teach fathers three easy hairstyles to use with their daughters. Registration required.
• Stopping Crimes Against Macomb Seniors at 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Presentation discusses the issues of fraud scams, telemarketing scams, foreign solicitations, financial exploitations of vulnerable adults, domestic violence and elder abuse. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s office will provide assistance and answer questions those in the senior community have and further discuss how they can protect themselves and those they love.
• Computer Class: Class #1 Libby/Overdrive at 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Class discusses how to use Libby/Overdrive to access ebooks e-audiobooks, comic books, magazines,  and more using a library card. Bring your own device if you want to follow along, or use one of the library’s Chromebooks, however not required. Paper and pens will be provided for note taking.
• Storytime at 10 a.m. Mondays from Sept. 19-Oct. 10. Join for stories, songs, movement and crafts that encourage the development of early learning skills. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers with their caregivers. Advance registration required.
• 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 rsvlibrary@roseville-mi.gov or by calling 586-445-5407.
The library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave., Roseville.
• Children ages two and up can create two pumpkin crafts to decorate for the season with two Take and Make activities. Bags containing supplies will be available starting Oct. 3 and will be placed in bins under the overhang outside the main entrance doors to the library and are available during library hours while supplies last.
• This library, along with others in the Suburban Library Cooperative  will begin migration to Polaris, a new computer system and online catalog starting Sept. 1. Some services and functions will be suspended during the migration. Starting Sept. 1 patrons will not be able to place holds on items including MeLCat, the statewide borrowing system. As of Sept. 12, the Reading Lounge will be closed until further notice and starting Sept. 14, the library’s current system will be offline. Contact the library or watch the Facebook page for updates. The new system should be live by Sept. 22 and MeLCat fully functional by Nov. 1.
• 1st Stop for Tots will be at 10 a.m. Mondays on the grounds of the Selinksy-Green Farmhouse Museum includes 30 minutes of songs, rhymes and a story. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. To inquire if 1st Stop is cancelled, call the library at 586-771-9020 or check the library’s Facebook page.
• Storytime at 10 a.m. Tuesdays or 10 a.m. Thursdays for children of all ages with an adult starting the week of Sept. 19 through the week of Oct. 17. Programs of stories and music. Registration is required. Space is limited. Registration can be done in person, by calling 586-771-9020 or emailing SCSYouth@libcoop.net.
• Evening Storytime at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays or 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays for children of all ages with an adult starting the week of Sept. 19 through the week of Oct. 17. Programs of stories and music. Registration is required. Space is limited. Registration can be done in person, by calling 586-771-9020 or emailing SCSYouth@libcoop.net.
• 1st Stop For Tots At Home kits. Families with children between the age of birth and age 3 that reside in St. Clair Shores can request a kit. They contain one board book, one Easy book, on shaky egg, once scarf, one set of bells, two rhythm sticks, one Basic Skills Practice Ring set, a rhyme booklet, a Tips sheet and TALK promotional materials for families to keep.  To reserve a kit, call the library at 586-771-9020, stop at the Youth Services Desk or email SCSYouth@libcoop.net.
• 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.
• After school Teen Hangout for those in grades 7-12 at 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Drop by after school to pay some board and party games.
• 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.
• Library cardholders can reserve a time to use the Maker’s Space by appointment. Look for Maker Space Lab on the program calendar.
• Biblio Book Box offered for adults and Teen Book Box for teens offered every month. Register and a librarian will will pick a book based on your preferences and include a surprise.
• Toddler Time and Preschool storytimes are both offered at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Registration is required. Check the library calendar for full details.
• PAWS for Reading 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. The first 10 children to check in at the youth desk on Tuesday nights will be able to read to a therapy dog.
• 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. Registration only required for Wednesdays.
For more information or to register, visit shpl.net or call 586-446-2640.
• 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 that 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.
• All Warren public library branches will be able to offer a telescope for patrons to check out with a valid library card thanks to being selected to be part of NASA @ My Library, an education initiative to increase and enhance science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) opportunities for library patrons. The Warren Civic Center library will offer telescope events throughout the year as well.
• Family Storytime 6:30 p.m. Thursday the week of Sept. 14-Oct. 24. Stories chosen for ages 4-8. Join for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. Registration required. To register, call 586-353-0579 or use the online library program calendar.
• Family Storytime 6:30 p.m. Mondays the week of Sept. 14-Oct. 24. Stories chosen for ages 4-8. Join for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. Registration required. To register, call 586-353-0580 or use the online library program calendar.
• 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.
• The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation author visit 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Author Marney Keenan presents on one of the oldest, unsolved serial child murder cases in the country and the basis of her book The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation. Some are still working to crack the case and bring closure to the victims’ families. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
• PAWS to Read 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays through the week of Nov. 16.  Children of all ages are welcome to read to therapy dogs Desmond and Sashi. New and struggling readers are welcome to read to a certified therapy dog in a non-judgmental  atmosphere to read without correction or interruption to help them learn to read, but to love reading. No registration is required.
• Toddler Time at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Thursdays through the week of Oct. 24 for those ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old with parent or caregiver. Join for stories, songs and a craft. Registration is required. To register, call 586-751-0770 or use the online library program calendar.
• Preschool Storytime at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through the week of Oct. 24 for those ages 3 1/2 to 5 with parent or caregiver. Join for stories, songs and a craft. Registration is required. To register, call 586-751-0770 or use the online library program calendar.
• Family Storytime 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through the week of  Oct. 24. Those ages 2-5 can join for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. Registration required. To register, call 586-751-0770 or use the online library program calendar.
• Music and Movement 11 a.m. Fridays through the week  Oct. 7. For those ages 2-5 with a parent or caregiver.  Join for stories, songs and movement activities. Registration required. To register, call 586-751-0770 or use the  library program calendar.
• Babies Love Books is being relaunched with expanded kits. They are available for families that live in Warren with children  from birth to age 3. Based on the Library of Michigan’s Ready to Read program and will focus on Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play.  Designed to help develop early literacy skills and instill a love of reading in the very young.  Families who return a brief survey included with the kit will be eligible for a second kit with new books and activities.
• 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.
• The 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.
• Baby Lapsit at 2 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 14-Oct. 24 for ages birth to one year and their caregivers to enjoy stories, rhymes and songs .  Registration is required. To register, call 586-751-5377 or use the online library program calendar.
• Book Tots  at 10 a.m. Fridays from the week of Sept. 14-Oct. 24  for ages 1-3 and their caregivers to enjoy stories, rhymes and songs.  Registration is required. To register, call 586-751-5377 or use the online library program calendar.
The library is located at 5460 Arden in the Warren Community Center. To register for programs, call 586-751-5377 or visit warrenlibrary.net.
All Macomb County libraries, as part of the Suburban Library Cooperative, subscribe to RB Digital which has 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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