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April 2012

TopThe Grosse Pointe Public Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 9-14, 2012. National Library Week began in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up & Read". It was conceived as an effort to get people to use their library and spend more time reading. While that still holds true, we offer many other services in addition to books. We have put together a wonderful series of programs which highlight the many roles of the Library in our community. We at the Grosse Pointe Public Library are so happy to serve our entire Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods community! Please join us as we celebrate all the wonderful things your Library can do for you!
National Library Week, April 9-14, 2012
Kirtland's Warbler
The Kirtland's Warbler
Monday, April 9: We'll start the celebration on Monday morning, with giveaways at all three branches (while supplies last). And while you're here, don't forget to submit an entry for our annual Restaurant Raffle! We always feature one of our fine local restaurants, and this year we're giving away three $50 gift certificates to City Kitchen in The Village.


Tuesday, April 10: Local Author Book Talk: Bill Rapai on The Kirtland's Warbler. Grosse Pointe's own Bill Rapai, author of a new book called "The Kirtland's Warbler: the story of a bird's fight against extinction and the people who saved it." Mr. Rapai will talk about his book and his writing process. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 
7:00pm - Woods Branch - Register Here 


Wednesday, April 11: No Fines Day at all GP Libraries!


Hugo: An orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. 

2:00pm - Woods Branch - Register Here


Job Resources @ Your Library: Assistant Director James Moffet and Librarian Danis Houser will outline the wide variety of job hunting tools and resources that you can find at GPPL.  7:00pm - Ewald Branch - Register Here



Thursday, April 12: Introduction to the Nook eReader & the Library's Downloadable eBooks. James Robertson from Barnes & Noble will introduce us to the Nook eReader and demonstrate how to access GPPL's free downloadable eBook collections for the Nook. 

7:00pm - Ewald Branch - Register Here



Friday, April 13: Friday the 13th won't be unlucky at all if you're thinking about renting a movie from our extensive (and super-inexpensive) collections! We will be giving out a Free Video Buck with any DVD rental that day (one per cardholder please).


Saturday, April 14: To wrap up the week, we will be drawing our winners for the Restaurant Raffle on Saturday morning. Winners will be notified by phone.


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Senior Symposium 2012 

Please join us for our annual Senior Symposium lecture series, held in the Ewald program room on the first three Wednesdays in May.

Refreshments available at 1:30pm

Lectures begin at 2:00pm

Come join the fun!


Wednesday, May 2: Laughter? The Best Medicine
Harry J. Smith, M.A., LLP, Mental Health Therapist of St. John Eastwood Clinics
Learn ways to laugh deep and from the heart and all is well. Learn about the relationship between humor and health.
Register Here - Registration begins April 2
Wednesday, May 9: Advanced Directives: Courageous Conversations
Marianne Garacia, LMSW, Social Worker of St. John Hospital & Medical Center
Learn how to have a voice now in medical decisions, documenting your choices, selecting a health care advocate, rather than risk a future burden on those you love.
Register Here - Registration begins April 2
Wednesday, May 16: Big Band Memories
Professor William Hart
Professor William Hart returns for an encore performance playing your requests and fond memories on his trumpet.
Register Here - Registration begins April 2
Youth Programs
Storytime Bears 
OrigamiOrigami Workshop for Children

Learn the beautiful art of Japanese Paper Folding!

Saturday, April 14, 2:00pm - Ewald Branch

Register Here - Registration begins April 1.


Raleigh the Police Dog

Meet Sgt Mike Almeranti of the Grosse Pointe City Department of Public Safety and his canine partner Raleigh.

Wednesday, April 18, 4:00pm - Ewald Branch

Register Here - Registration begins April 1.



Story Time for children 2-5 years of age with books, flannel board and props, music and fingerplays. Wear your pajamas and bring your bed-time buddy (stuffed animal or doll), pillow or blanket.

Monday, April 23, 7:00pm - Ewald Branch

Register Here- Registration begins April 1.


Tech-Savvy for Kids Workshop

Learn about all of the great tech resources available at the library, including databases, MUZZY,, e-reader downloads and more. This program is for children. Parents are welcome to attend with their children.

Tuesday, April 24, 4:00pm - Ewald Branch

Register Here - Registration begins April 1.

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History of the National Park Service 
Pictured Rocks Our Global Kids & The GPPL Present 

The History of the National Park Service with David Kronk, National Park Ranger at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Ranger Kronk will give a visual presentation of some of the National Park Treasures with a special look at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There will be Junior Ranger Badges and other fun items for kids.

Tuesday, April 3 - 7:30pm - Woods Branch - Register Here

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Kroger Community Rewards Program 

Kroger Community Rewards

After April 1, participants in the Kroger Community Rewards program must re-enroll the Grosse Pointe Public Library (90224) at Kroger's secure website, in order to continue earning rewards on your Kroger Plus Card for the library in the coming year, May 2012 - May 2013.

It's easy to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards. Just visit, click on "Michigan" and click on "Enroll" to register for the first time and "Re-enroll" to re-register. All participants must have a valid online account at and must sign up online to participate.

Thank you to all who have signed up with Kroger Community Rewards!

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Friends of GPPL
ClassicsBooks Lecture Series for 2012 
Each lecture is presented by award-winning professors who will ignite your enthusiasm for the classics with their knowledge, wit and passion.
Ford Madox Ford's "The Good Soldier"
with Dr. John Whittier-Ferguson
Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm
Grosse Pointe South Library
Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
with Dr. George Bornstein
Thursday, May 3, 7:30pm
Grosse Pointe South Library
Admission at the door
Friends' Members: Free
Non-Members: $10.00 per lecture
Students & Teachers: Free with identification
There are no presales
Save the dates! Friends
Friends Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 15
More details to come!
May 2012 Used Book Sale - Woods Branch
Wednesday, May 16 - Saturday, May 19
DIA Inside|Out
We are pleased to announce that the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has installed reproductions of its most famous masterpieces from its collection in the Grosse Pointes, pleasantly surprising and delighting residents from April through June, 2012. Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 2012 is the third year of the DIA's installation of their popular project, Inside|Out, where they bring framed reproductions to the main streets and landmark outdoor spaces in Southeast Michigan.

Visit the DIA Inside|Out website, for further information and a complete listing of participating communities and downloadable detailed city maps to find the reproductions.

Art at Central Library: Reeds and Cranes - Suzuki Kiitsu

Art at Woods Branch: The Merrymakers - Carolus-Duran


Join us for our DIA Inside|Out inspired Origami Workshop for Children

Learn the beautiful art of Japanese Paper Folding!

Saturday, April 14, 2:00pm - Ewald Branch

Register Here - Registration begins April 1.

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In This Issue
National Library Week
Senior Symposium
Youth Programs
History of the National Park Service
Kroger Community Rewards
Friends of GPPL
DIA Inside|Out
Hours & Locations
Now Showing
Book Discussion
Volunteers Needed
Friends Down Under Bookstore
Board Meetings
Hours & Locations 

Central Library

10 Kercheval Avenue


Mon.-Thurs. 9am-9pm

Fri. & Sat. 9am-5pm

Sun. 1pm-5pm


Ewald Branch

15175 E. Jefferson Avenue


Mon.-Thurs. 10am-9pm

Fri. & Sat. 10am-5pm

Sun. Closed


Woods Branch

20680 Mack Avenue


Mon.-Thurs. 10am-9pm

Fri. & Sat. 10am-5pm

Sun. 1pm-5pm

Now Showing
Woman in the Window 
Woman in the Window
Starring Edward G. Robinson & Joan Bennett.
A professor of criminology is the pawn in a shocking crime thriller with a surprising twist.

Tuesday, April 17
Woods Branch

Book Discussion 
Tragedy of  Arthur 
by Arthur Phillips
Thursday, April 26
Woods Branch
Volunteers Needed

GPPL has launched STEP
Enrichment Program) at the Woods Branch on school days, during the hours of 3:30-5:30pm. We offer homework resources, computer workshops & other enrichment programs.


We are looking for

Literacy Tutors: assist students one-on-one or in small groups to help them read and comprehend material in their grade level.

Homework Help Tutors: provide assistance with projects and assignments


If you would like to volunteer, please contact Patricia McClary

313-343-2072 ext 205


This is perfect for:

~Certified/Retired teacher

~College student currently enrolled in education programs

~Adult with literacy training and/or experience

~High School Student



Friends Down Under
Friends Down Under Bookstore 
Operated by the

Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library 

Store Hours

Tuesday 6pm - 8pm

Saturday Noon - 4pm


Woods Branch

Lower Level

Board Meetings

All Board of Trustee

meetings are held the

fourth Monday

of each month.


They are open to the public and begin at 7pm

at the Ewald Branch

15175 E. Jefferson

Grosse Pointe Park


Upcoming meeting

dates include:

April 23, 2012

May 21, 2012
June 25, 2012
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