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Auburn Hills Public Library Newsletter

November 2011

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Did you know one of the main roles of the Library Board of Trustees is to create, review and approve policies for the Library?  The Auburn Hills Public Library Board and I have been working hard over the past few months, developing and updating our Library policies so they continue to be relevant in an ever changing society and set guidelines for our staff and patrons.   Listed below are the current Library policies that the Library Board of Trustees has been developing and revising.

Social Media Policy:   Auburn Hills Public Library may sponsor blogs, wikis, photo sharing, video sharing, tagged websites and other social networking sites or applications to further its mission to connect library users and community residents to the world of ideas.  Auburn Hills Public Library's sponsored sites are also a place for the public to share opinions about library related subjects and issues. Code of Conduct: To ensure that all patrons of all ages find using the Library a positive experience, it is necessary for basic rules of courtesy and responsibility to be followed.  The Library staff is obligated to enforce these rules so that the facility can be used to the fullest by all patrons.  Patron identification, that is, name, address, and phone number may be requested, if necessary.Suspension of Library Privileges Policy: To ensure uniformity and fairness in dealing with those individuals who willfully violate the posted Code of Conduct, the Library Board hereby establishes the guidelines for suspension of Library privileges with the understanding and recommendation that they may be amended at the discretion of the Library Director on a case by case basis. Appeals Procedure: The Library Board, recognizing that the mission of the Library is to serve people of all ages by actively supporting the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community, thus enhancing the quality of life for its patrons, adopts the Appeals Procedure for patrons who are subject to a penalty under the rules of the Library. Study Room Policy: Auburn Hills Public Library has one study room that will accommodate up to six people.  The study room is used as a site for quiet study for patrons and for Rosetta Stone.  Such use shall at all times be consistent with Auburn Hills Public Library Code of Conduct Policy and used for informal, not-for-profit, non-commercial purposes with the intent to do research, study and reading. 


Please refer to Auburn Hills Public Library website to view these policies in their entirety. 


Stephanie McCoy, Director

Holiday Closings

AHPL will be closed Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11. (This is a furlough day for all AHPL employees.)


The library will also be closed from Wednesday, November 23 at 5:00 pm thru Sunday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Shopping Well on Le$$: Using Coupons to Save Money  -  Monday, November 7, 7:00-8:30 pm  -  Easily save 50% and more on your weekly grocery bill!  Robyn Adams, couponing expert, will show you simple ways to shop sales and use couponing methods to save money.


Book Bingo  -  Thursday, November 10, 2:00-3:00 pm - Play Bingo at the Library to win book prizes, have fun, and make new friends! We meet in the Library's large meeting room.


Living Well on Le$$: Weatherization Assistance Program and Home Energy Conservation  -  Monday, November 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Conserving energy in your home means saving money on utility bills. Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) has simple tips and tools for you to save energy throughout your home. Learn about the Weatherization Assistance Program and eligibility guidelines, a free inspection and home improvement program that increases year-round energy savings.


Book Discussion Groups at the Library 

  • Book Buddies, a book discussion group for those who enjoy reading a variety of fiction and non -fiction titles meets on the third Wednesday of the month form 12:30 - 1:30 pm.
  • Murder by the Book, the  Library's mystery book discussion group meets on the third Saturday of each month from 1:00-2:00 pm in the large meeting room.
    • Saturday, November 19, 1:00-2:00 pm - this month's selection -  "The Informationist: A Thriller" by Taylor Stevens

Auburn Hills Writers' Group - Thursday, November 17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Are you a local writer looking for a "local" writers' group? Interested adult writers, 18 years and older, are encouraged to meet, mingle and discuss their work. Bring your notebook, a fellow writer, and a small portion of the work you wish to share. Support and valuable feedback await you! 


Register by calling (248) 364-6712 or e-mail or online at our events calendar.


Young Adult Activities
6th - 12th Graders
  • Make Kool Stuff Friday, November 18th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm - Come make concoctions like bubble bath and creations like duct tape wallets at this hands-on event. You will leave this program with all kinds of amazing projects to keep for yourself or give as gifts.  Call 248-364-6712 or e-mail to sign up.


Register by calling 248-364-6712 or stop at the Youth Services Desk 



Rock 'N' Rhyme - our program for babies under 2 and a caregiver. The program includes organized songs, stories and finger plays followed by a free-play time for parents to chat with others. Registration begins 2 weeks prior to each date for residents. Non-residents may register 1 week in advance if spaces remain. ONE CHILD PER LAP!

  • Mondays, November 7 & 21, 10:30 am 


Toddler Storytime for children who are 2 years old along with a parent or other adult.  Sorry, no multiple children or siblings, though twins may come with one adult.   Toddler Storytime runs in sessions of several weeks.  Activities that are included are stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Registration is underway with a few spaces remaining.  Registration closes on Novenber 2 or when the maximum number of participants is reached, whichever comes first.

  • Upcoming session:  November 3 - December 8 


Awesome Animals, our Preschool Storytime for children who are age 3 through kindergarten.  They must be able to go in the story room without a parent.  This is a good introduction to being in a group, practice listening and following directions.  The program features books, fingerplays and movement.  Registration for residents and Avondale school district families is ongoing.   

  • Tuesday, November 1, 10:30 am & 7:00 pm - Curious Cats
  • Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm - Curious Cats
  • Tuesday, November 8, 10:30 am & 7:00 pm - Happy Hedgehogs and Prickly Porcupines
  • Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm - Happy Hedgehogs and Prickly Porcupines
  • Tuesday, November 15, 10:30 am & 7:00 pm - Friendly Foxes
  • Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 pm - Friendly Foxes
  • Tuesday, November 22, 10:30 am & 7:00 pm - No Storytime
  • Wednesday, November 22, 7:00 pm - No Storytime
  • Tuesday, November 29, 10:30 am & 7:00 pm - Delightful Dogs
  • Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm - Delightful Dogs 




After School Programs - For school age children we offer 3 programs that begin at 4:45 p.m.  Each runs in sessions of several weeks and will follow a common theme throughout the session.   Registration is ongoing.    






Adventure Campour After School Stories program for kindergarten and 1st graders. If you love to explore and have adventures please join us each Tuesday for stories, food and fun all centered around a different type of adventure each week.

  • Tuesdays at 4:45 pm   

Elves in Santa's Workshop, our Junior Library Explorers program is for 2nd and 3rd graders. We will become elves as we make toys to play with and gifts that bring joy.  Join in the merriment!

  • Thursdays at 4:45 pm  

Abracadabra, our Library Explorers program for 4th through 6th graders. Amaze and baffle your friends as we learn magic tricks in this fun workshop.  Just say the magic words and we'll also have some fun with juggling, disappearing trick and mind games.

  • Wednesdays at 4:45 pm

Please register at the Youth Desk by calling 248-364-6712 or on line at our events calendar.  





Knitting Club - Saturdays at noon - Everyone (kids and adults) age 7 and up is welcome to join in this weekly program.  Whether you already know how to knit or if you'd like to learn, you are welcome to come to the library on Saturday mornings.  A volunteer will be on hand to assist beginners. Parents: come along with your kids and learn too! Please register at the Youth Desk by calling 248-364-6712 or on line at our events calendar



Saturday Specials  


  • Teepee Tales of Thanksgiving with Pocohontas-November 19 at 2:00 pm for ages 3-7 - Calling all pilgrims! You are hereby invited to spend one hour with Pocohontas to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. There will be stories by the teepee filled with adventure, crafts and treats to gobble up! Come to the library to help us celebrate the day of giving thanks and all that stuffing!  Register beginning November 5th by calling the Youth desk at 248-364-6712 or online at our website. 
  • Coming December 3 - Mark your calendar to come in and participate in holiday crafts. More information in the December newsletter
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Homebound Library Delivery Service

Did you know the Library provides a FREE home delivery service to City of Auburn Hills residents who are disabled, or have mobility limitations that make visits to the Library difficult? Please contact the Adult Services Desk at (248) 364-6706 for more information.


The Library has many free resources available to help you improve your English, including Rosetta Stone for English. Call the Adult Services Desk at (248) 364-6706 for more information or to set up an appointment.



Stephanie McCoy, Director
Auburn Hills Public Library

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