Spring is in the air! I would like to welcome the warm weather, sunshine and many long walks. We have been very fortunate this year by having a mild winter. Please be aware, however, that tornado season is upon us. Oakland County will sound the tornado drill on April 18, 2012 in recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Once again, we are kicking off National Library Week by offering our patrons amnesty from library fines! From April 9-14, return your overdue (undamaged) AHPL materials to the Check-Out Desk, and we will waive the fine. We do ask that for every overdue item you return, bring us one unopened, non-perishable food item. All donations will go to the Auburn Hills Emergency Food Pantry.
GoGreen@yourlibrary! We at Auburn Hills Public Library continue to strive in our campaign to save our planet's resources by developing innovative ways to conserve and go green. You can assist in this effort by providing your email address to the Circulation Staff, as a way to send you important information about your library account. By doing this, you can receive information about the items you have checked out, including: holds, upcoming due dates, and overdue notices. In Fall 2012, we will be eliminating paper copies of library notices. Also, GoGreen@yourlibrary by telling a friend or neighbor about how to receive our monthly eNewsletter.
On a final note, what better way to combine libraries and spring than to welcome back Michigan's Park and Read Program? This is the free program for Michigan library cardholders to "check out" a one-day pass into any Michigan state park or recreation area, or the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing (new this year). The program runs from April 1-October 1, 2012. Ask for more details at the Check Out-Desk.
Stephanie McCoy, Director
MANGO LANGUAGES IS HERE!
Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language! Learn a language online! This foreign language learning tool offers over 30 different language courses, including German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, French, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese, as well as 15 different ESL Programs, including those for Polish, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese speakers. Please contact the Adult Services Department for more details on how to access Mango.
Lighthouses of the St. Clair River and Surrounding Area
Monday, April 9, 7:00-8:30 pm
Lori Feret, active member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, will take you on an imaginary tour from Detroit to Port Huron, Michigan, looking at lighthouses both past and present.
Thursday, April 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
Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese
Wednesday, April 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, April 26, 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
The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo
Saturday, April 28, 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.
Please register in advance by calling (248) 364-6706,
Meet up with friends and enjoy playing games on our Wii systems and X-Box Kinect!
70's RETRO PARTY
Friday, April 13, 6:00 - 8:30 pm (Note date change)
Come travel back in time to the groovy 1970's! Hang out with friends while enjoying some fun 70's-themed activities. To get into the spirit, wear some 70's-inspired clothes like bell-bottoms, peace signs, or happy faces.
Please register in advance by calling (248) 364-6712,
On March 26, 106 fifth graders on 19 teams participated in our annual Battle of the Books at Avondale High School. Each time brought along their adult team advisor, who acted as a monitor for another team during the battle. The participants read 8 books, and competed to find the team who remembered those books the best.
Congratulations to the winning team from Auburn Elementary: Daughters of Athena.
Two teams tied for second and third place: The Speed Readers from Graham, and the Terrific Tie Dye Readers from Woodland.
Check out the picture of the winning team on our Facebook page!
SATURDAY SPECIAL: AGES 3-7
"A Candyland Storytime with Grandma Nutt"
Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m.
Calling all lollipops! Come to the Library and join fun-loving Grandma Nutt for an exciting hour in Candyland! Spend the hours filled with sugary-sweet stories, a milk chocolatey snack, a magical movie, and a delicious craft. You don't want to miss this treat!
Registration for residents begins on March 31.
ROCK 'N' RHYME
Mondays, 10:30 am, April 9 and 23
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 one another. 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 pm. This program is for children who are age 3 through kindergarten. They must be able to go into the story room without a parent. This is a good introduction to being in a group, practicing 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"
April 10 & 11: Birds
April 17 & 18: Rabbits
April 24 & 25: Frogs
May 1 & 2: Ducks
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 at noon. 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.
SPRING BREAK CRAFTS
Monday, April 2 - Thursday, April 5
10:30 am-7:00 pm
Drop in to make some crafts. Parents must remain with children in the craft room and supervise them.
CAN YOU HELP?
Throughout the year, the Youth Department does many craft programs. If you could help us by donating any of the following items, it would be greatly appreciated!
Boxes from bar soap (or similar boxes)
Wooden craft sticks
Wooden ice cream spoons
Colored tissue paper
White paper plates
Wiggly eyes (not the tiny ones)
Sheets of art foam
During our Summer Reading Program, we give prizes from our treasure chest to children in the preschool program. We accept donations of small toys (like Happy Meal Prizes) all year long. It's a great form of recycling!
Friends of the Auburn Hills Public Library
Did you know that the Friends of the Auburn Hills Public Library maintain a used book store year-round in the Library?
It is open the same hours as the Library, so please check it out. You'll love the bargains, and all proceeds support our Library.
TRAVEL books: 3 for $2.00!
CLASSICS books: 3 for $2.00!
SPRING BOOK SALE (Downstairs Meeting Rooms)
April 18, 2012 5-8 pm (Friends-Only Pre-Sale)
April 19, 2012 10 am-8 pm
April 21, 2012 10 am-4 pm
There will be hundreds of items at bargain prices, including Fiction and Nonfiction Books, Teen and Youth Books, Paperbacks, Videos, DVDs, and Music CDs!
Membership rewards for Friends of the Auburn Hills Public Library include...preview book sale days, offering you first pick of books before the public sale. You can join at the door during the Pre-Sale on the 18th. Support your local library Friends! Memberships are fully tax deductible. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-276-1258.
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 received over $250 since last May because of patrons shopping at Kroger. If you have not registered your Kroger Rewards Card yet, go to: www.krogercommunityrewards.com 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.
New Library Hours
Monday-Thursday, 10 am-9 pm Saturday, 10 am-6 pm
Friday and Sunday, Closed
3400 East Seyburn Drive, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326