Friday, June 1, 2012

News from Auburn Hills Public Library


Auburn Hills Public Library Newsletter

June 2012

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  What's Happening at the Library...


2012 marks the fifth and final year for the Museum Adventure Pass program.  Information on pass availability, checkout and printing now take place online.  Follow the instructions at to begin your summer adventures!  


The Library staff would like to remind patrons to refrain from bringing food into the building, particularly nut products.  This is to protect the health of all patrons, and the quality of the building and its materials.  The Library Code of Conduct states:  


"No person shall bring food into the building, except in connection with events catered or sponsored through the Library in approved locations. Covered beverages are allowed except in posted areas."


The Library Board has recently approved a revision of the Exam Proctoring Policy: 


"Proctoring services for persons that live or work in Auburn Hills will be available for a fee of $15.00 per examination. Proctoring services for all others are available for a fee of $30.00 per examination.  Payment by cash, check or money order must be made prior to the exam being administered for proctoring services (at least seven days in advance)."   



Finally, there will be an upcoming vacancy on the Library Board.  Candidates should submit a letter of interest to:  


President, Library Board of Trustees

3400 East Seyburn Drive

Auburn Hills, Michigan  48326


Letters will be accepted until June 29, 2012.  This position will be appointed until the next general election in November 2013, for a term that ends November 2015.  All candidates must be a resident of the city for at least one year, be a duly registered elector in the city, and have attained 21 years of age.  Regular board meetings currently occur once a month, on the fourth Tuesday at 4:30 pm, here at the Library.  We hope a wide variety of citizens will consider this opportunity.  Thank you.  








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 Book Bingo

 Thursday, June 7, 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

Will Be Going on Hiatus Through The Summer



Auburn Hills Writers' Group

 Thursday, June 21, 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

  "Coroner's Lunch" by Collin Cotterill

Saturday, June 23, 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.  




Adult Summer Reading Program

Monday, June 18-Saturday, August 18

Registration for the Adult Summer Reading Program will begin on June 18.  The program is open to Auburn Hills card holders age 15 and up.  Prize drawings will be held on Saturdays at 4 pm.   



Please register in advance by calling (248) 364-6706, 
or online at our Events Calendar at


Young Adult/Teen



Young Adult Summer Reading Program

June 18-August 18, 2012

For Readers Entering Grades 6-12

Auburn Hills Residents and Avondale School Students


We're celebrating summer this year with an Own The Night theme.  For every book you finish, earn one chance to win a prize in the raffle.  Plus, you can earn milestone prizes for reading three, six, nine and twelve books.  In addition, you can join in on any of our exciting summer activities listed below.  


In-person registration for the Summer Reading Program begins June 4 and ends June 30.  



Friday, June 22, 6:00-8:30 pm

Join us for some frightful fun as we enjoy ghoulish games and munch on spooky snacks.  Don't miss this monstrously good time!



Wednesday, June 26, 2:00 pm

Bring a 100% cotton item (maybe a pillowcase!) and create a masterpiece of tie-dye art.  We'll meet under the Parks and Recreation Pavilion.  



Wednesday, July 11, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

The Library is the place for GAMES, GAMES, GAMES!  Come play the Wii and other fun games while snacking on delicious treats and mingling with friends.  



Please register in advance by calling (248) 364-6712, 


 or online at our Events Calendar at 








Open registration June 4-30 

Parents may register their families 

IN PERSON ONLY Monday-Thursday 10:30 am-8:00 pm Saturday 10:30 am-5:00 pm

Register for our popular summer reading program filled with reading, games, prizes and activities for all ages. Please plan to stay for at least 20 minutes to complete the process.  Youth Summer Reading Program is open to Auburn Hills residents, Avondale students, and anyone who attends a school located in Auburn Hills.  



Little Listeners is for children who are 2 years old, or will be 2 by August 18.  Parents read five books of their choice per week to their children.  Children have a sticker chart at the Library and receive one prize per week as they visit.   


Read-To-Me is for children 3 years of age through those entering first grade.  Children listen to to books in five general categories each week, then come to the Library to complete a sticker chart and earn a trip to the "Treasure Chest."  


The Daydreamers Group is for children who are entering 2nd or 3rd (or 4th) grade.  The Starcatchers Group is for children in grades 4 and 5 (and grade 6 if they choose this option), and will feature higher expectations than the Daydreamers.  Fourth graders will be allowed to choose either option.  In both groups, children choose books from many categories, answer questions, and earn "Dream Dollars" to spend in our store.  Sixth graders may choose between Starcatchers and our Young Adult Program.  


Read -To-Me, Tuesdays 10:30 am/Thursdays 7:00 pm

This features our storytime format some weeks, but also includes some weeks of entertainment by outside performers.  It lasts 35-40 minutes.  


Daydreamers and Starcatchers, Thursdays 7:00 pm

This activity will be different each week, and will be related to our "Dream Big, Read!" summer theme.  This program lasts 1 hour.  


Parents:  You may also want to join in our Parent Reading Challenge.  Details will be available when you register your family.  


Family Crafts, Saturdays 10:30 am-5:00 pm/Mondays 10:30 am-7:30 pm BEGINNING JUNE 23

Each weekend during the program and throughout the entire week of July 2-7 (except Wednesday and Friday), we will offer drop-in crafts for parents and children to share. Exact times will be included in registration materials.  


Vikki Gasko, Ventriloquist, will be visiting the Library on Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm.  This will replace the Read-to-Me, Daydreamers' and Starcatchers' activity that week.  


Call Youth Services at 248.364.6712 or visit our website at for more information.  




Monday, June 4, 10:30 am (last date until September)

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.  




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.



Throughout the year, the Youth Department does many craft programs.  There are some items we use all of the time.  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)

Glue sticks

Tacky glue

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!


In addition, we can use anything you consider to be a "white elephant."  Prizes are given during the summer to everyone from children through adults.  Gift cards are always appreciated.  


Friends of the Auburn Hills Public Library


Our Spring Book Sale was the largest in the history of the new Friends Group.  Remember that we maintain a used book store room year-round in the Library, so keep shopping there!  It is open whenever the Library is open. We accept tax-deductible donations on the burgundy cart next to the stairway.    All proceeds support our Library.








October 3, 5-8 pm (Friends-Only Presale)

October 4, 10 am-8 pm

October 6, 10 am-4 pm


We are always looking for new members!  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. Support your local library Friends!  Memberships are fully tax deductible. Contact us at or call 248-276-1258.


For Your Information


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Using Kroger Community Rewards is making a difference. Thank you to all who have signed up with Kroger Community Rewards. 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). Our organization number is 82790. 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


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