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Library Events for April

Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library for supporting Library events!
Teen Scene
click here for more information and to see all Teen Events To register for Teen events, visit the Information Desk or call 810-229-6571, ext 227. Events are for ages 11-18.

BDL Teen Time
Monday, Apr 1, 3:30 -5:30pm (Room A/B)
Friday, Apr 12, 2-4pm (Room A/B)

If you're looking for a place to study or just hang out with your friends, drop by for BDL Teen Time. Laptops will be available, as well as some games, snacks, and drinks! Drop-in.

Teen Writers' Workshop
Tuesdays, Apr 2 & 23, 6-8pm (Room varies)
Poets, Songwriters, Storytellers, and Dreamers, bring your original work and thoughts about writing. Meet with Mike Ball, award-winning humorist. Drop-in.

Teen After-Hours Movie
Friday, Apr 5, 6-7:30pm (Room A/B)

Bring a friend and check out a newly released movie after-hours at the Library! Snacks and beverages will be provided. This month's movie title and other information is
here. Register now.

William Shakespeare
Tuesday, Apr 9, 7-8pm (Room A/B)

Join Jim Glenn as he presents the history of Shakespeare. This lively and informative talks set the Bard against a rich description of Elizabethan times---surprising and delighting audiences with intriguing details of the author's life and work. Register now.

Starry Skies & Pizza Pies Teen Book Club
Wednesday, Apr 10, 6:30 -7:30pm (Conference Room)

Curl up with an exciting science fiction read, then come out for our fun discussion! Pizza and pop will be provided, so come hungry. This month's book is
Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith. Register now.
Teen Craft -April Edibles
Tuesday, Apr 16, 6:30-7:30pm
(Conference Room)

Treat yourself to some goodies celebrating spring. Hop off with a bunny pop or pluck a gummy flower! No experience is required to participate and the Library supplies all materials. Registration begins Apr 2.

Youth Services Events
click here for more information and to see all Youth Events To register for Youth events, visit the Youth desk or call 810-229-6571, ext 223.

Read To The Beat
Tuesdays, Apr 2, 9 & 30, 10:15-10:45am (Room A/B)
Adults be ready to jump, giggle, and jive with your child while developing their pre-reading skills. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Free ticket available 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited to 45 participants.

April is the Month of the Young Child:
Early Years Are Learning Years™

Friday, Apr 5, 10:30-11:30am (Room A/B)
 Bring your camera and meet Belle of Brighton High School's presentation of Beauty and the Beast. She will share books, songs, and rhymes. Each child will receive a free book. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Free ticket will be available 15 minutes before the program.

Bouncing Babies
Fridays, Apr 5 & 12, May 3, 1-2pm
(Youth Dept)

Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, rhymes, and play time. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies ages 4-12 months and their caregivers. Drop in.

Tiny Tutus
Wednesday, Apr 10, 6:30-7:30 pm
(Youth Dept)

Using elastic strips and knotting tulle, we'll create a simple child's tutu. Show off our tutu fashion and float through the library like a ballerina with a "tutu" fun parade. Music, story, and supplies provided. For children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Register now.

Great Start Livingston Play Group
Friday, Apr 12, 10:15-11am (Room A/B)

This exciting playgroup offers opportunities for parent discussions, child interactions, and information for raising healthy, happy children. For more information, please call Laura Coatsworth at 734-347-1798 or Sarah Smith at 810-523-8770. Space is limited. Free tickets will be available 15 minutes prior to the event.

4th Annual Lego Design Program
Monday, Apr 15 – Saturday, Apr 27
(Youth Dept)

Create an amazing LEGO design for the Brighton District Library's 4th annual design program! This year's theme will be robotics. Entries will be accepted Apr 15-21. Entries will remain on display until Apr 27. All entries will receive a prize.
La Leche League of Brighton
Monday, Apr 15, 7-8:30 pm (Youth Dept)

La Leche League of Brighton offers mother-to-mother support, information, and education to breastfeeding and expectant mothers. Meetings are discussion-based and informal. Babies and children are welcome. Drop-in.

Registration for new participants begins April 15. Registration for returning participants begins April 17.
Read and Rhyme Together
Mondays, Apr 29–May 20, 10-11am
(Room A/B)

Using the Every Child Ready to Read model, toddlers and their caregivers sing, read, write, talk, and play as they build their pre-reading skills. For children ages 24-36 months and their caregivers.
Baby Boogie
Mondays, Apr 29–May 20, 10:15-10:45am (Youth Dept)

Stimulate your active toddler with books, music, and movement. This program is best suited to toddlers who enjoy rolling, creeping, stretching and moving. Play time concludes the program. For children 12 to 23 months and their caregivers.
Alphabet Soup
Tuesdays, Apr 30-May 21, 10:15-11am
(Youth Dept)

Your child will explore the alphabet with hands-on fun as we celebrate a different letter every week through stories, song, rhymes, and crafts. For children ages 4-5 and their caregivers.
Storybook Kids
Wednesdays, May 1-23, 10-11am
(Youth Dept)

Children ages 36-48 months and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and fun hands-on activities designed to develop pre-reading and writing skills.

All Join In
Friday, Apr 19, 10:15-11:30am (Room A/B)

Share stories, songs, and rhymes. Playtime for children and conversation for adults concludes the program. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Free ticket available 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited to 75 participants.

Loom and Finger Weave
Monday, Apr 22, 6:30-8pm
(Conference Room)

Receive a loom and hook and create a unique woven square. The square can be made into a cell phone case, small purse, or potholder. Learn how to finger weave also. For children ages 7-11. Space and supplies are limited. Registration begins Apr 8.
Where's Spot?
Friday, Apr 26, 10:15-11:30am (Youth Dept)

Share stories, music, and fun activities with your favorite book character Spot the Dog. Bring your camera for lots of photo opportunities. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Space is limited. Free ticket available 15 minutes prior to the program.

Celebrate Springtime
Monday, Apr 29, 10:30-11:15am (Room A/B)

Let's go on a nature walk. Share stories, songs, and a springtime craft. For children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Registration begins Apr 15.

A Brighton...Naturally program.

Creatures of the Night
Saturday, May 4, 1-2pm (Room A/B)

Discover the fascinating features and survival tools of Michigan's native nocturnal animals. Meet a live owl, bats, and a flying squirrel and learn how they survive in their nighttime environment. Presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation. For children ages 6 and up. Tickets available 30 minutes before program.
A Brighton...Naturally program.
Adult Services Events
click here for more information and to see all Adult Events To register for Adult events, visit the Information Desk or call 810-229-6571, ext 227.

Drop-In Genealogy Assistance
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2-4pm (Brighton Room)

Join Mark Mullinax, Genealogy and Local History Librarian, for some one-on-one help in your family history search. This event takes place the first Tuesday of each month.

If You Liked the Movie, You’ll Love the Book:
Austen’s Stories in Fact and Film
Tuesday, Apr 2, 7-8pm (Room A/B)

Presented by Barbara Adler. Most film versions of Jane Austen’s novels, while delightful to watch, lack faithfulness to her intentions, characterizations, and narrative style. What are the differences between Austen’s novels and their film adaptations? Register now.

This program is part of the 2013 Livingston Reads series of events.

Sunday Movie at the BDL -Becoming Jane
Sunday, Apr 7, 2-4pm (Room A/B
It is the untold romance that inspired the novels of one of the world's most celebrated authors. When the dashing Tom Lefroy, a reckless and penniless lawyer-to-be, enters Jane's life, he offends the emerging writer's sense and sensibility. Soon their clashing egos set off sparks that ignite a passionate romance and fuel Jane's dream of doing the unthinkable--marrying for love. Popcorn and beverages are provided. Drop-In.

This program is part of the 2013 Livingston Reads series of events.

Brunch Bunch Book Discussion
Tuesday, Apr 9, 11-12:30pm
(Conference Room)

Bring your appetite and thoughts about this month's book selection,
One Good Dog, by Susan Wilson. Copies of the book can be ordered through our shared catalog system. You will be notified as soon as it's available to pick up. Drop-in.

(The Brunch Bunch will be taking a break during the month of May but will be back June through August!)

William Shakespeare
Tuesday, Apr 9, 7-8pm (Room A/B)

Join Jim Glenn as he presents the history of Shakespeare. This lively and informative talks set the Bard against a rich description of Elizabethan times---surprising and delighting audiences with intriguing details of the author's life and work.
Register now.

Business Coaching with SCORE
Wednesday, Apr 10, 5-8pm (one hour block)
Do you  have a business idea and want to know whether it's viable? Looking for funding? New and prospective entrepreneurs can meet one-on-one for up to an hour with
SCORE business coach John Berkaw. Register now.

LegUp! at Cleary University
Apr 10, 6:30-8:30pm
(Johnson Center at Cleary University, Howell)

These monthly meetings offer a casual "kitchen table" communication approach among entrepreneurs. Each session will offer opportunities for networking, announcements, and learning. Current and future entrepreneurs are invited to attend. This event takes place every second Wednesday of the month.
LEGUP! is presented by the local Chambers of Commerce in Livingston County, as well as Cleary University, Livingston County SBTDC, SCORE, Howell Carnegie District Library, and the Brighton District Library.

Sunday Movie at the BDL
Sunday, Apr 14, 2pm (Room A/B)

Join us for a Sunday Movie at the BDL! Popcorn and beverages will be served. Film title and details are

Genealogy Assistance
Monday, Apr 15, 6:30-8:30pm
(Brighton Room)

Join Livingston County Genealogical Society representatives for some one-on-one help with your genealogy research.  Both beginning and advanced researchers welcome.

Adult Book Discussion Group
Monday, Apr 15, 7-8:30pm
(Conference Room)

Join us as we discuss this month's book selection,
The Mirage, by Matt Ruff
. Copies may be available at the Circulation Desk or can be ordered though our shared catalog system.
The book for May 20 will be
The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg.

The History of English Country Dance
Wednesday, Apr 24, 7-8:30pm
(Reading Room)

Join us as Glen Morningstar Jr. provides the history of English country dance. Listen to music from the Regency era and watch as dancers perform and engage audience members! This program is sure to be the talk of the town! Drop-in

This program is part of the 2013 Livingston Reads series of events.

Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography,
by John Comazzi

a Michigan Notable Books event
Friday, Apr 26, 6-7:30pm (Reading Room)

John Comazzi shares his biography of Korab, a great photographic chronicler of American architecture, and one of Michigan's most eminent photographers. Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography, was selected as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. Refreshments will be served 6-6:30pm at this after-hours event held at Brighton District Library, sponsored jointly with the Cromaine District Library. Register now online at

Researching Your Family History:
Where Do I Start?
Monday, Apr 29, 7-8:30pm (Room A/B)

Have you always wanted to learn more about your family’s history but didn't know where to start? Join Mark Mullinax, Genealogy and Local History Librarian, for an informative program on beginning genealogy research.  Register now.

Local Author Showcase
Sunday, May 5, 1:30-4pm (Room A/B)

Join us for a Local Author Showcase! First, hear the authors discuss their newest works in our large meeting room, then visit with them at tables placed througout the library.
If you're a local author who'd like to participate, please download our
 Local Author Showcase Contract.  

Computer Classes
click here for more information and listings for all Computer Classes. To register, call 810-229-6571, ext 227.

Drop-in Computer Lab
Every Wednesday, 3-5pm (Conference Room)

Learn general computer skills at your own pace or come in with your specific computer problems. No registration required!

Introduction to Google Docs
Monday, Apr 8, 2-4pm (Room A/B)

Google Docs is a free, cloud-based suite of tools for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. This class will cover the Documents application, as well as accessing and storing your Docs on Google Drive.
Register now.

eReader Lab
Wednesday, Apr 10, 10:30-11:30am (Conference Room)

Get help with your ereader and the Library's free downloadable books and audio at
Download Destination. Drop-In.

Intro to Skype (video calls)
Monday, Apr 29, 2-4pm (Room A/B)

Skype is a website that allows you to instant message and make voice and video calls to fellow Skype users on the internet for free. Learn all the ways you can share with those who matter to you using Skype. Register now.
The Library will be Closed for Easter, Sunday, March 31.


Lost in Space:
An After-Hours Library Event

Friday, May 3,
6-8pm (Library)
Come out for our first Brighton... Naturally program for all ages and learn the stories behind the Men, Myths, & Monsters of the night sky inside the exciting StarLab planetarium. Register for one 40-minute session (starting at either 6:00pm, 6:40pm, or 7:20pm) beginning Apr 19, at the library, or by calling 810-229-6571, ext.227.

in the Norma Gray Gallery
Exhibits for April
include Student Art from Brighton Area Schools
& the LACASA
Clothesline Project

Brighton District Library's Second Annual gala fundraiser was a great success, with proceeds from tickets and auctions in excess of $15,000. Auction proceeds will benefit the print, audio-visual, and electronic collections
at the Library.


The Library Board of Directors would like to extend its gratitude to Kate Lawrence and
Pam McConeghy for serving as Honorary Co-Chairpersons and to Mike Ball, Emcee.  

Musical entertainment was provided by Ed Rutkowski.  Models and designers for the Book Jacket Fashion Show included Hon. Theresa Brennan, Rich Perlberg, Steven Obeda, Dr. Katherine Lawrence, Erin Gobielle, Gianna Colley,  Andrea Bonomo and consultant, Rose Anna Botorowicz. Dr. Nancy Johnson and Edward Rutkowski represented the BDL Drill Team. Thanks for adding to our enjoyment of the evening.


Special Benefactors:
 Art in Bloom
♦♦ BIG PDQ Imaging & Graphics
Brighton Animal Hospital
♦♦ Brighton Ford
The Courant
♦♦♦ Vincent Doa
The Dental Offices of
  Dr. Thomas Clafllin,
  Dr. Virginia Eike
  Dr. Elizabeth Wyderko
The Marketeer

Sponsors and Donors:
 AAA Muffler & Brakes
Peggy Anthony
Mike Ball
Barnes & Noble
Belle Tire
Bagger Dave’s
Donald Bain
Marieanna Bair
Anne Belser
Bink & Babs
Brenda & Ray Bonomo
Deanne Braidwood
Rosemarie Brennan
Hon. Theresa Brennan
Joan Berry
Abigail Briggs & Brian Palys

Brighton Honda
Brighton Mazda
Brighton Tux Shop
Louise Bungert
Linda Burnham
Canopy Bottle & Gourmet Shoppe
Shirley Cates
Chateau Chantal Winery
Bed & Breakfast
Sue Cherry & Kyle Radcliffe
Ciao Amici’s Restaurant
Christine Claflin
Brenda & Ray Bonomo
Jane Clarke
Adrienne Copp
♦ Jane & Joe Cormier
Susan & Jim Cormier
Coffee Beanery
Coldwater Creek
Cooper & Binkley Jewelers        
Timothy Corrigan,
Corrigan Oil Company
Costco Warehouse
Cracker Barrel Olde Country Store & Restaurant
Larraine Cress
Pamela Currey
Diana Cunningham
Jennifer Cunningham
Dr. Samuel Daniels
Denise Day
Detroit Lions Football
Detroit Pistons
Discreet Decluttering
Rennia Dombrowski
Downtown Main Martini
Bar and Grill
Pauline Druschel
Jeannine Dufault
Erin Erickson
Essential Elegance
Essentials Salon
Loren Estleman
Alan Fahlen
FAO Jewelers
Fifth Third Bank
The Fish Whisperer
Gail Foresman
Kimberly & Bonnie Gaiera
Hon. Carol Hackett
& Steve Garagiola
Mary & Mark Garbacik
Leslie & Philip Garbacz
♦♦ Diane Gasior
Kim Gasior
John E. Gideon,
Buss & Company, P.C.
Lisa Goring
Karen Goss
Gourmet Gardens
Great Harvest Bread Company
Sarah & Jay Grusin
Michael & Linda Gudenau
Ellen Haf
Hair Studio 23
David Hartsook & Linda Burnham
Jeannette & Bob Hill
Holiday Inn Express, Brighton
The Home Depot
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Dr. Mary Hunt
Huron Clinton Metroparks
Hush Intimate Apparel
Jennifer Jamula
Kathy & Tom Janego
Annette Jannon
Candice Jannon
Mary Johnson
♦♦ Dr. Nancy B. Johnson
Ron Jones & Carol Griffith
Phyllis & Alex Kato
Dr. Mary & Sanjay Khunger
Mindy Kinsey
Kathy & Bob Kittridge
Lakelands Golf & Country Club
Sally Lamarra
Kathy Langhorst
Kathleen Lawrence-Camp
♦♦♦ Dr. Katherine
Marsha & Craig Lesley
Bill Lintner & Dorothy Sheet
Susanne & Gene Liskiewicz
Vickie & Alex Lobodocky
Lucky Duck Toys
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors
Jean Mahon
Main Street Cheese Market
Beth Malafouris
Lisa Mancini
Pamela McConeghy
Margaret & Patrick McDonald
Sally McKee
Jane & Mike McManus
Arla McPeek
Dave Mielke
Mondi & Mac Miller
Peggi Mintz
& Michael J. Bourke III
Evelyn Montgomery
Melanie & George Moses
Mark Mullinax
Dana Nowak
Oak Pointe Country Club
Heather & Steven Obeda
Ore Creek Jewelers
Gloria Osborne
Jennifer Osborne
Outback Steakhouse
Heather & Eric Parrell
Jacqueline Patton
Pawsitively Spoiled
Kathy & Rich Perlberg
Jane and Mary Petrie
Trish Petrat
Pi’s Asian Cuisine
Diana Pierce
Plymouth Whalers
Kevin Pollins
Portrait Innovations
The Pound!
Joyce Powers
Prestige Jewelers
Rainbow Auto Wash
Aaron Reed Photography
Jane Reed
Kathie & Virgil Rentz
Cathy & Matt Riesterer
Cheryl Rogers
Carol & Brian Rogoff
Nancy Rosso
Joan Runyan
Nadine Russell
Ed Rutkowski
Linda Sautter
Wendy & Rob Schaller
Jan Schlitters
Pat Schuch
Jim Shadduck
Carla Sharp
Peg Siford
Brenda Slemp
Spirit Rising Yoga
Barbara & Paul Stanko
Starbucks Coffee Company, Brighton
Stillwater Grill
Sandra Stone
Sushi Zen
Wendy & Dave Swanson
Talula Boutique
Kenneth Teschendorf
♦♦ Sara & Rick Thomas
Courtney & Kristoffer Tobbe
Karen Trzcinski
Vantage Construction
Margaret Vergith
Beth & Sara Walker
Vickie Weyand
Jack & Judith Whitehead
Susan & Bernie Willis
Wood ‘n Things
♦♦ The Wooden Spoon
Lee Ann Louis-Prescott, Yoga Center for Healthy Living
Yum Yum Tree
Rick Zahler
Zumba by Joanie

♦ Gifts of $100 or more
♦♦ Gifts of $500 or more
♦♦♦ Gifts of $1000 or more

Thank You, Donors!

Anonymous Donor
♦ ♦ Brighton Towne Square Cinema
Diana Pierce

Annual Appeal

Courtney & Kristoffer Tobbe
♦♦ Gifts of $500 or more

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