Thursday, August 30, 2012

EVENT: MOTOR CITY BLACK AGE OF COMICS 2012 #MICHLIT Sept 29th via @urbanstylecomix

7375 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202

When: Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:00am until 6:00pm

MOTOR CITY BLACK AGE OF COMICS (MCBA) has been established as Detroit's premier comic book convention that features Independent creators such as Andre Batts (creator of Urban Style Comics Dreadlocks) and others of the Genre. Books that you may not find at a comic book store, you will find at the Black Age .MCBA is an event that promotes literacy and art through the medium of Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Animation and much much more...

Special guests include::::

MSHINDO I:::: Black Ox Exhibit

KENJJI::: Witch Doctor Comics



MARK DUDLEY::: Detroit Trade Crafts

BRIAN MARK WILLIAMS::: Raven Comics/ Lucious Hammer

ERIC CLEMENTS::: Captain SaveAhood/ Ghetto Comics

and much MUCH more!!!

this, as ALWAYS, is a FREE EVENT!!

Bring the ENTIRE family!

Celebrate the HERU in YOU!♥

for vending applications and info,
please contact Maia Crown Williams:


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Check out @CromaineLibrary News & Events, 8/26/12 - 9/10/12


Cromaine News & Events, 
August 26 - September 10, 2012
Upcoming Events @ Cromaine Library
This Week's Events!
Author Visits in September!
Dear Sylvia,

Thank you for being part of Summer Reading 2012!  Our fall events will begin on September 4, the first day that you can register online. Take a look at our calendar or our newsletter and get ready to sign up!  
Cromaine District Library
Upcoming Events!
Click the Event Title to go straight to our Calendar for easy registration!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Music, food, games, prizes - Total final celebration of summer! For teens in grades 7 through 12. Drop-in - Village South Lawn. Rain location - Village Community Room. 
Both Locations will be closed September 1, 2 & 3 for the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. We will return on Tuesday, September 4 at 9:00 am.
Online Registration begins Tuesday, September 4 at 9:00 am! - Calendar link
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Home Schooling Open House!, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Where & When:
When Registering online, please note event location & start time!
Village: 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353
Crossroads Branch: 1788 N. Old US-23, Howell, MI 48843
Please call for registration if online is unavailable: 810-632-5200






8 1/2x11" black and white, line drawings of Ravens

Teens are encouraged to attend Drawing Graphic Novels held October 11 & 18 before preparing drawings for submission.



Maximum 1500-word short stories, poems, memoir, script

Poe genres include detective, mystery, horror, and romance (love poems)

Adults and teens are encouraged to attend Cromaine Writers held each month before submission.



Three cash prizes for each contest; no age category prizes.

Entry guidelines will be posted at and in Cromaine libraries.  


DEADLINE: DECEMBER 21, 2012      

big read 2012

Cromaine District Library
Village: 3688 N. Hartland Road, PO Box 308
Hartland, Michigan 48353
Crossroads Branch: 1788 N. Old US-23
Howell, Michigan 48843

Newsletter - Marketing and Re-Marketing: Trying to Sell an Old Book via @bloggingauthors

Burke E. Strunsky

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The Humanity of Justice: Lighting Even the Darkest Path Toward Justice 

Nonfiction, True Crime

Read review of The Humanity of Justice

Jennifer Hummer

Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Girl Unmoored 

Fiction, Young Adult, Novel 

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Book Giveaway Contest 

11 Titles, 23 books 
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August 27, 2012 Newsletter 


Marketing and Re-Marketing: Trying to Sell an Old Book

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Reader Views Literary Award Winners 

Honorable Mention Gay/Lesbian 

Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story

by Joseph Dispenza 

Read review of Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story 

First Place General Fiction 


by David Paul Collins  

Read review of Shanghaied 

The Inside Secrets to Book Marketing and Promotion #prcoach - Aug 29,2012 via @pamperry

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Check out @WestlandLibrary September 2012 Newsletter

Westland Public Library

September 2012 Newsletter

NEW Hours

Tues: 10am - 6pm
Wed-Thurs: 12pm - 9pm
Fri-Sat: 10am - 5pm

6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185 | 734.326.6123 | |  | 

Library News

Special Thanks to Westland Voters!

Thank you to all the voters, volunteers, library patrons and those who supported the Library Millage. We are grateful for your show of support. We look forward to many more years of providing exceptional service to our community.

Though changes will not be immediate, we are excited that the library will not have to wait until the start of the next budget year (July 2013) to increase our services. Once winter taxes are collected we will be able to start increasing staffing, hours and services so we can provide you with the materials and programs you have come to love.

For more information about these changes and the state of your Library, please visit or come in and talk to us!

- The Library Staff

Read Build PlayNominate Your Library...and support those unsung heroes of story time!

Help promote early literacy by logging on Lego's website and nominate our library. The winning library receives $5,000. The top 200 get innovative early literacy toolkits. Nominations are accepted through October 1,2012. Thanks for your support!

Friends Book Sale

Wednesday, Sep 5 | 4 - 7 pm

Preview Sale: Friends Members Only!

Thursday, Sep 6 | 12 - 6 pm & Friday, Sep 7 | 10 - 4 pm

Get books for great prices! Your proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

Saturday, Sep 8 | 10 am - 3 pm

$4 Bag Sale Sunday Only!

Adult Programs

Westland Writers Workshop*

Wednesday, Sep 19 | 7 pm

The Writers Workshop critiques individuals' writing in a workshop setting. All genres accepted. We will tell you what is working with your piece, as well as what needs improvement.

Writers Club*

Thursday, Sep 27 | 7 pm

Do you have stories, poems or ideas you would like others to hear, but not critique, in a casual atmosphere? Led by Cheryl Vatcher-Martin

Special Programs

Debt Management*

Wednesday, Sep 19 | 7 pm

Lean about how to stay out of debt or how to manage the debt you alread have. Presented by GreenPath Debt Solutions

Senior Health*

Tuesday, Sep 11 | 3 pm - 4 pm

Join the good folks from Garden City Hospital for a new, monthly talk designed specifically for seniors in our community. Refreshments provided.

Open Mic*

Thursday, Sep 13 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Open Mic at the library is back for the fall! Singer-songwriterDavid Boutette emcees the night's festivities with the usual array of strumming, singing, and poetry reading. If you do any of those (or something else performance-related), it's your turn at the mic. If you like to listen to fine live music and poetry, please join us as well. Refreshments served.

Saturday Matinees

Refreshments and snacks provided.

The Hunger Games

Saturday, Sep 15 | 1 pm

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Saturday, Sep 29 | 1 pm

ESL Class Registration

Friday, Sep 7 | 10 - 11:30 am

Register in-person for an 8-week ESL (English as a Second Language) class with Diane and Richard Goers. Classes held on Fridays from 9/14 through 11/9 from 10 am - 11:30 am. Students with children are welcome!

Monthly Book Clubs*


Wednesday, Sep 19 | 7 pm

Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas


Tuesday, Sep 25 | 12 pm

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Sep 26 | 7 pm

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Look for these Programs Every Month:

Computer Classes*

A variety of free, hands-on computer classes are offered every month at the library. Space is limited, so sign up at the Reference Desk.

Chess Club

Thursdays | 6 pm

Saturdays | 1 pm

Like to play chess? Come to the Westland Chess Group and hang out and play a couple of games. Bring your own board or use one of ours. Novices to chess masters are all welcome.

Job Seekers Lab

Tuesdays | 10 am - 1 pm
Fridays | 1pm - 4 pm

A librarian will be available to assist you in filing for unemployment, creating and uploading a resume and other job-related tasks.

eReader Support Group

Wednesday, Sep 19 | 2 - 4 pm

Do you have an eReader? Want to learn more about it? Join us for a brief presentation on free ebook sites starting at 2pm, followed by our usual drop-in session. Come and meet with other eReader users, share your eReader expertise, or learn some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your device.

Teens Only!


Wednesday, Sep 19 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you passionate about the library? Join our Teen Advisory Board. We'll talk about teen programs, books, and book displays in the Teen Area. Pizza is served at every meeting.

Teen Book Club*


Thursday, Sep 27 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

This month we will be reading Feed by M. T. Anderson. Book Clubs will meet in the Teen Area on the last Thursday of the month at 7pm.

Thanks to everyone who submitted Teen SRP Art Contest entries!!

Anyone who submitted an entry can pick up their art from the Reference Desk. Please collect your entries by September 30.

Congratulations Teen SRP Winners!

Grand Prize:

Tess Desjardins

High School Art:

Abmay Kommana (1st), Angela Butterbaugh (2nd)

Middle School Art:

Matthew Jones (1st), Bhruga Patel (2nd)

High School Poetry:

Kayla Dempster

Middle School Poetry:

Alyssa Reid

High School Short Story:

Kayla Dempster (1st), Nicholas Reed (2nd)

Middle School Short Story:

Autumn McGuffie (1st), Alyssa Reid (2nd) 

Check out all the winning Poetry, Short Stories and Art on the library's Teen web page

Kids' Happenings

Weekly Storytimes

Toddler Tales

Tuesdays, Sep 11, 18, 25 | 10:30 & 11:30 am

This is an interactive program between parents/caregivers and their children ages 18 months to 3.5 years. Enjoy 30 minutes of theme-based stories, songs, signs, and vocabulary building with your little ones.

Preschool Storytime

Fridays, Sep 14, 21, 28 | 10:30 am

Preschool story time is designed for an independent child 3 1/2 to 5 years old, not yet in kindergarten, who is ready to sit and listen to stories, learn finger plays and sing songs. Storytime runs approximately 30 minutes and introduces early literacy concepts.

Baby Storytime

Saturdays, Sep 15, 22, 29 | 10:30 am

An interactive storytime which includes stories, songs, rhymes, and games geared especially to babies (birth to 24 months, with a caregiver). Older siblings are welcome too!  Storytime is followed by a playtime with interactive learning toys, puzzles, and music.

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Wednesday, Sep 19

It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day! We're inviting children to come to the Children's Department, make a pirate eye patch, talk to us like a pirate and get a bit o' pirate booty. "Aaargh matey!"

NEW Computers!

The four new computers in the Children's Department are ready to use! The new computers, labeled A - D, are for Internet use and school work. Children age 4 to 12 can log in with their library cards just like they do on the regular adult computers.


Get Up and Move!*

Ages 5 - 7 | Sep 20 | 6 pm - 6:45 pm

Ages 8 - 12 | Sep 20 | 7 pm - 8 pm

This program is all about getting up and moving around.  We will play different games, some you may already know and some new ones too.  Please wear clothes that are easy to move in and come ready to have fun!!

My Book Buddy

Friday Sep 7 & 21 | 3 pm - 4:45 pm

Do you love to read books? Would you like to read a book to a new buddy? Stop by the Children's Department on Friday, Sep. 7th from 3:00 to 4:45 pm for a chance to read to BUDDY, a certified therapy dog. Buddy will not care if you mess up, but he might be sad if you forget pet him! This is a drop-in program; no registration required.

2012 Michigan Reads

Moose on the Loose

Come to a storytime in September and hearMoose on the Loose by Kathy-Jo Wargin

Book Clubs

Registration for the 3rd/4th Grade Book Club opensWendesday, September 12

Registration for the 5th/6th Grade Book Club opens Thursday, September 13

Book Clubs will resume in October. See you then!


*Stop by or call the library to register for any of these programs, or sign up online on the Library's website.

OverDrive service is here!

Wondering what to do with that new eReader? We now have OverDrive downloadable content for Westland residents interested in downloading audio book or eBook files to their home computer, eReader or mobile device. For more information, visit Download Destination website.

Reading Help Available for Adults*

The Westland Public Library offers literacy tutoring to adults interested in improving their reading skills. If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please call or visit Kristy in the Reference department.

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Funding for all library programs provided by The Friends of the Westland Public Library.

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