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Auburn Hills Public Library Newsletter

January 2012

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  Welcome 2012!  Happy New Year!

 I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.


Although we had a decrease in revenues, we are pleased to continue to be able to provide high-quality programs and services for the Auburn Hills community.
Several Michigan libraries have had to make difficult decisions that impact their library staff and communities.   We all continue to recognize the importance of libraries and the critical need for a long-term, sustainable funding solution.  I commend the Auburn Hills Public Library Board for taking the time to serve the citizens of Auburn Hills and making difficult decisions during these hard economic times.  We can all get through this together and move forward with a positive outlook for 2012. 


The Adult Services Department has been working hard to offer new and exciting programs for 2012.  It is my pleasure to introduce new programs such as: Using OverDrive with your E-Reader, Introductions to Tai Chi and Yoga, The Underground Railroad North of Detroit, Delicious Vegetarian, a successful Writers' Group, and much more.
As always, our Youth Department comes through with exciting adventures such as Game Show Night, Valentine's Nursing Home Visit, Video Game CafĂ©, 70's Retro Party, Rock 'n'Rhyme, and our ongoing  Parent/Child Workshop. As we travel through the new experiences 2012 will bring us, we warmly invite you to visit the Auburn Hills Public Library and to take advantage of its many programs and services.
On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees and Staff,
I wish each of you and your families a peaceful, productive, and healthy year to come. 



Stephanie McCoy, Director 


Bring your Nook, Kindle, iPad, iPod, or other device!


Using Overdrive with Your E-Reader

 Monday, January 9, 7:00-8:30 pm 

With downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, you don't

need to worry about late fees or lost materials. Come learn about Overdrive and how it works with various technologies.  


 Book Bingo

 Thursday, January 12, 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 the second Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:00 pm.


Book Buddies Discussion Group

People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks, 

 Wednesday, January 18, 12:30-1:30 pm

If you enjoy reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles, then join us for Book Buddies.  We meet the third Wednesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 pm in the small meeting room for a casual book discussion. 



Auburn Hills Writers' Group

 Thursday, January 19, 6:30-8:30 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!  We meet in the small meeting room.  



  Murder by the Book Discussion Group

    Aftermath, by Peter Turnbull, 

  Saturday, January 21, 10:30-11:30 am

 If you can't resist a good mystery, then join us for "Murder By The Book," the Library's mystery book discussion group.  We meet on the third Saturday of each month from 10:30-11:30 am in the large meeting room. 



 New Year, New Beginnings

  Tai Chi:  An Introduction

  Tuesday, January 31, 7:00-8:00 pm 


Tai Chi is a Chinese form of physical exercise, used for both meditation and self-defense.  


Game Show Night - Wheel of Fortune


Grades 6-12 

Friday, January 13

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Come experience the thrills and excitement of 'Wheel of Fortune' here at the library!  We can promise fun, laughs and prizes.  Bring some friends to this awesome event!


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





This unique program is held only once each year so plan now to sign up for 2012 dates.   Begun in 2001, it combines free play between parents and children ages 15 months to 3 ½ years with information you need to raise your busy toddler.  Each week features a local professional who is an expert in some phase of child development. After a short formal presentation on their topic, they are then available to answer your burning questions.   We provide lots of "imagination only" toys for you to share with your child on these 5 Saturday mornings.  Each session lasts from 10:45 a.m. until Noon.


Parents register in advance and plan to attend all five weeks.  Following is the list of topics and dates:


January 28:  Dawn Koger, a specialist with Early On at Oakland Schools, will discuss Child Development.

February 4:  Eileen Hohner, a child physical therapist with Avondale Schools will discuss how to keep your children physically fit.

February 11:  Jennifer Antonelli, a speech and language specialist with the Lake Orion Schools, will focus on the development of language in your child. 

March 3:  Susan Wit, an occupational therapist, will talk to parents about the importance of play and give some tips for that valuable one-on-one time with your child.

March 10:  Terry Chase, a nutrition specialist from Oakland County will talk with parents about how to choose foods and other issues related to diet.

 If this sounds like a program for you, please call the Youth Services' Desk  to register at 248-364-6712.  Program is limited to 25 families so sign up today.  One or both parents may attend.




January 16 & 30


This program is for babies under 2 and a caregiver.  ONE CHILD PER LAP, PLEASE!  The program includes organized songs, stories and finger plays followed by a free-play time for parents to chat with others.  Registration is limited to 15 children.  Non-residents may register one week prior to each date if spaces remain.  If less than 8 children register, program will be cancelled.  


Preschool Storytime is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am or Tuesday or  Wednesday evenings  at 7:00 p.m.  This program is 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.  
This year's theme is "Awesome Animals"
January 10 & 11:  Penguins
January 17 & 18:  Elephants
January 24 & 25:  Alligators and Crocodiles
January 31 & February 1:  Hippos and Rhinos 





Thursdays 10:30 a.m.

 January 12-February 16

   Register beginning December 29


 This program is 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.      



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 for residents.  Non-residents may inquire as to available space.


After School Stories:  Tuesdays at 4:45 for kindergarten and first graders begins on January 10  


"Winter Tales/Tails"  


  The North Wind may blow, the snow may pile up, but we'll be warm and snug in the library sharing stories, crafts and more.  


Junior Library Explorers on Thursdays. This program is for 2nd and 3rd graders.  Begins on January 12.


"Animals Around the World"  


Do you know much about animals from around our beautiful planet?  What animals live in Africa or Australia?  What kind of animals live in South America?  We'll explore many fascinating animals-some you may already know about, and maybe some you've never heard of!  Join us for an animal adventure you'll never forget.

Library Explorers on Wednesdays.  This program is for 4th through 6th graders.  Begins on January 11.  


"Oh, The Games We Will Play"  


Tired of gray days with nothing to do?  "Sorry" if the winter blahs "Trouble" you.  "Bingo!"  we have the "Monopoly" on fun.  So come aboard and play lots of old favorites as well as some new.  We'll try team games, pencil & paper games, icebreakers and more!  So, get a "Clue,"  use your "Cranium" and register for this fun hands-on program.  





Adults and children ages 7 and up

Saturdays at noon


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 online at our events calendar.




Family Book Bingo (age 5 and up)

Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m.

If you like to play bingo and win free books, this program is for you! Because this is a family program, children should be accompanied by an adult who will also play and win. Registration will open on January 7.

Friends of the Auburn Hills Public Library

Did you know that the Friends of the Auburn Hills Public Library maintain a used book store in the Library?

It is open the same hours as the Library so please check it out. You'll love the bargains.  

Membership rewards for Friends of Auburn Hills Public Library start now for the coming 2012 year. Membership includes preview book sale days offering you first pick of books before the public sale. To print and send membership/renewal forms, please go to or call 248-276-1258.


Hey, corporate people! The Auburn Hills Public Library offers The Wall Street Journal, Crain's, Automotive News and a large selection of business-related literature and books. If you work in Auburn Hills, come join our Library. Corporate sponsorship is also available in the Friends of Auburn Hills Public Library. Support your local library friends. Memberships are fully tax deductable. Contact us at or call 248-276-1258.

For Your Information


What is Your Library Worth to You? - 

Individualized Return on Investment Calculator


Using Kroger Community Rewards is making a difference. Thank you to all who have signed up with Kroger Community Rewards. Auburn Hills Public Library has a received over $200 since last May because of patrons shopping at Kroger. If you have not registered your Kroger Rewards Card yet, go to: click on Michigan, click on enroll now. You will be asked for your email address and a password in order to create an account. The next step is to type in Auburn Hills Public Library as the organization you would like to support (the website has very clear directions). This is an easy way to contribute to your local Library.


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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