Monday, November 7, 2011

November 2011 Newsletter from @detroitlibrary RedFord Branch

Friends of Redford Branch Library: November 2011 - Library News

November 2011 - Library News and Events Around Detroit

Library News

Congratulations to Our Children's Librarian, Dr. Conja Wright!!
Dr Conja Wright and City Council Member Kenneth Cockrel Jr.
 On Tuesday October 12, 2011 Dr. Conja McMichael Wright, Children's Librarian at the Redford Branch Library of the Detroit Public Library System and a recent graduate of Detroit Future Media was awarded the coveted "Spirit of Detroit ".

This was an acknowledgement not only of her participation 2011 Youth Green Task Force Summit but her untiring commitment and dedication to rebuild her city and serve her family and community. Patrons of the Redford Branch are familiar with the innovative and enrichment activities that are provided year long at their community library. Dr. Wright encourages the use of the library by community groups and can often be seen hostessing many of the activities.

To her credit are Stitch-In-Time intergenerational sewing club, Green Thumbs-Up Garden Group, College of Creative Studies Community Middle School Art Classes, Bright Stars Toddlers Group, JUNETEENTH Celebration, Kwanzaa Celebration,Tech Swaggers:home schoolers media class, Parenting classes,to name a few.

Most of all she acknowledges that she could not have made any of these achievements without support of her manager Mrs. Sue Nairn,branch staff and her life mate Michael Wright.

Congratulations Dr. Wright!

Meet the Tech Swaggers
Dr Wright brings homeschoolers together at the Redford Branch Library to enhance their education with digital media technology training.  The students and their parents come to the library twice a month for instruction and hands on work using the library's computers.  They are currently using PowerPoint to create digital book reports.
Are you or do you know someone who is presently homeschooling or thinking about it?  Contact Dr Wright @ 313-481-1822 and find out more details about how you can enhance your homeschooling experience.
This month's meetings will take place on November 3 & 17 from 10:30 - noon.
Check out "What's Coming Up in December,"
the Tech Swaggers are planning an open house and reception.  You don't want to miss it!
See more photos and comments from one of our parents on our Facebook page.  Click the link on the right under Social Networks.


November 2 & 16
6:30 - 8 pm
Toastmasters fosters confidence, the ability to communicate, persuade and lead.


Thursday, November 3 & 17
10:30 - noon
Indoor and outdoor activities and crafts to encourage parent/child bonding and learning.

College for Creative Studies
Art for Middle School Students

Saturdays, November 5 & 19
From 10:30 - 1 pm
For middle school students with a serious interest in art and strong family support. This workshop helps students prepare their personal art portfolio and encourage them to apply to Detroit's quality high school art programs.

Parenting Workshop
November 5
11 - noon
Call the library for more details

Youth Golf Program
Beginning Saturday, November 5, from 10 - noon, children ages 4 to 17 can participate
in a golf training program.  There will be a simulated driving range for practice.
Contact Dr Wright for more details.  313-481-1822

Computer Classes
Our computer classes are held on Saturdays
from 11 - 1 pm

Introduction to Microsoft Word
November 5

Introduction to Email
November 19

November 5
12:30 - 4 pm
Bring your scrapbook projects and meet other scrapbookers.

Stitch in Time Sewing Group
November 5
2 - 4 pm
From beginners to advanced seamstresses or tailors, all are welcome

The Place to Meet
Non-profit organizations and community groups, are you looking for a place to hold your meetings?
The Redford Branch Library may be just the right place for you.  Call in advance to secure your time slot and hold your meetings here.  We have a large and a small conference room that can be booked on a first call, first served basis.  Call 313-481-1822

Adult Tutoring
November 7, 14, 21 & 28
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Assistance with writing research papers, organizing thoughts, facts sentence structure, GED preparation and PowerPoint presentations.  Also specializing in History, Psychology and Business

Basic Finances
November 9 & 30
6 - 7:30 pm
Basic financial planning information about IRA's, stocks, bonds, annuities, college and retirement planning, banking and all types of money matters

Return to Ma'at Study Group

November 19
1 - 2 pm
The group meets monthly to study ancient African History and culture.

Redford Readers Book for November

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Saturday, November 19
11:30 - 1 pm


Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger's great-niece Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over forty years ago.

Starting his investigation, Mikael realizes that Harriet's disappearance is not a single event, but rather linked to series of gruesome murders in the past. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness.
Together they form an unlikely couple as they dive deeper into the violent past of the secretive Vanger family.
Synopsis taken from:

Thanksgiving Craft
November 22
4 - 5 pm

Coming in December

On Saturday, December 3, come out and shop til you drop with our 25 vendors at the holiday bazaar!
You will find one of a kind  gifts to give to friends and family as well as a little something for yourself.
Have an up-to-date photo ID made for your children by the Motown Lions Club for free.  And get involved with a make and take craft.  Mark your calendar.

Healthy Eating

Dr. Weil's Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup

Take some time to cook with your family by coming together for this comforting soup. Make extra and freeze for future dinners.Ingredients

1 large winter squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), such as butternut, buttercup or kabocha; peeled, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tart, firm apples, peeled, cored and quartered
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Red chili powder to taste
4 to 5 cups vegetable broth


Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large roasting pan, toss the squash, onions, garlic and apples with the oil to coat. Season well with the salt and chili.
Roast, stirring every 10 minutes, until the vegetables are fork tender and lightly browned, about 40 minutes.
Put half of the vegetables and 2 cups of the broth in a food processor and puree until smooth. Repeat with the remaining vegetables and broth. Return pureed mixture to the pot. If the soup is too thick, add more broth. Correct the seasoning and heat to a simmer.

Around DetroitVeterans Day 2011. Defending liberty and freedom.

6th Annual Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Day Parade

Saturday, Nov 5, 9:15am
at Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI

The parade will start and end at the Vietnam Vets Chapter 9 headquarters at 2951 Woodward Ave with a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Following the ceremony the parade will march down Woodward Avenue to Campus Martius Park, circle the park, and return to Chapter 9's headquarters.

The Virtual Wall
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors those who died in the Vietnam War. Their relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site. We bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to your home to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families.

Coming to the Redford Theatre

From Here to Eternity

November 4 - 8:00 p.m
November 5 - 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $4.00

Starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr,
Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift
Donna Reed and Ernest Borgnine

Plus the 1942 Terrytoon "Doing Their Bit"

Columbia/1953/1:58/Black and White/Mono/Unrated

Fiddler on the Roof

November 18 - 8:00 p.m.
November 19 - 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $4.00
Starring Topol and Norma Crane

Shout It From The Rooftops!
MGM/1971/3:01/Technicolor/Panavision/Stereo/Rated G

Coming to the Redford Theatre in December!!

Cedric the Entertainer
December 9
@ 8 pm
Tickets available at Ticketmaster

Complete information

WSU Department of Art & Art History

2011 Faculty Exhibition

Faculty members who have studied a variety of disciplines throughout the nation come together in an exhibition that celebrates the full spectrum of areas in art and design. Their talents represent the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, metals, fibers, digital, and photography, along with graphic, fashion, industrial and interior design.

Opening Reception Friday, October 28, 5-8pm
Exhibition runs through December 3

Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center
Poetry Workshop

The poetry workshop taught my Dawn McDuffie. All writers 18 and older are welcome. McDuffie has poetry at the Scarab Club since 1999 and has published two books.

Tuesdays 1, 8 & 15 at 6:30pm Call 248-589-3913 for tuition details.

Charles H Wright Museum of African American History

Dance Theatre of Harlem
40 Years of Firsts

Now - January 16, 2012

Dance Theatre of Harlem has made history in the 40 years since Arthur Mitchell and the late Karel Shook founded the company in 1969. This multimedia exhibit captures the majesty of the choreography, the beauty of the costuming, the dancers who defied gravity and stereotyping, and Mitchell's wide-ranging accomplishments. Focusing on the discipline of dance, he brought ballet to Harlem and Dance Theatre of Harlem evolved from a school with educational programs and professional training into a world-class touring company as its artists became powerful ambassadors for all of America. In 2009, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and Dance Theatre of Harlem exhibited the company's rare costumes, photos and other memorabilia. The California African American Museum has supplemented the exhibit with the staging of costumes and video from four iconic ballets and adding life-sized banners and other imagery to illuminate the 40 years of history during which Dance Theatre of Harlem and Arthur Mitchell have received over 300 official citations for excellence.

The Exhibition is a project of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem and the California African American Museum. The Exhibition was originally developed by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Dance Theatre of Harlem, and subsequently expanded and organized for touring in collaboration with the California African American Museum. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts is sponsored locally by the General Motors Foundation.

Watch this video of the exhibition from its run at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts:

From State Representative Harvey Santana

Michigan law requires Detroit residents to disconnect downspouts from sewer drains. During heavy rain storms, each down spout on your home can deliver 12 gallons a minute to the sewer system, which can contribute to basement backups and sewer overflows. By simply disconnecting a down spout, you can make a difference in keeping excess water out of the sewer system.

But, there's a proper way to disconnect down spouts to avoid problems. Special how-to workshops are coming up.The Greening of Detroit in partnership with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. and SEMCOG are hosting the following hands-on instruction and free materials to participating residents.

Free Downspout Disconnection Workshops

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation
19800 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223
Tuesday,Nov. 15 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Joy-Southfield Community Development Corp.
18917 Joy Road, Detroit, MI 48228
Wednesday,Nov. 2 from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. -11 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

NFL/YET Boys & Girls Club

16500 Tireman St., Detroit, MI 48228
Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Don Bosco Hall
19321 West Chicago St., Detroit, MI 48228
Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dixon Elementary
8401 Trinity St, Detroit, MI 48220
Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

I hope that this information proves useful to you. Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding this or anything else in the city of Detroit by calling (517) 373-6990 or by email at

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