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Library Events April-May 15

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Adult Services Events

Unless otherwise indicated, all programs are drop-in and free of charge. When registration is indicated, call the Information Desk at 810-229-6571 x227.  Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library for supporting adult programs!

Genealogy Assistance
Friday, April 2  2:00-4:00pm (Brighton Room)
Join Mark Mullinax, Genealogy and Local History Librarian, for some one-on-one help with your family history search!

Two Poets--Rhein and Lynch
Tuesday, April 6  7:30- 8:45pm (Room A/B)
Drop in and enjoy poetry readings from Christine Rhein and Thomas Lynch, as we celebrate National Poetry Month Southeast-Michigan-style!

Blogging for Beginners: Let's Create a Food Blog!
Thursday, April 8  3:30-5:00pm (Room A/B)
Web-logging, or "blogging," can be a very useful tool to get your name, creativity and ideas out on the Internet. In this one session, we will put together a recipe blog to demonstrate how to join the blogosphere. Drop in and learn from Maria Wolff, a blogger and librarian! This 2010 Livingston Reads program is sponsored by the Michigan Center for the Book and the Community Foundation of Livingston County.

Brighton Library Book Discussion Group
Monday, April 19  7:00-8:30pm (Conference Room)
Led by library staff, the book discussion group welcomes everyone and does not require registration. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, will be discussed this month. Extra copies of the book can be obtained through the catalog system.

Heal Often, Comfort Always
Wednesday, April 21  7:00-8:00pm (Room A/B)
Get nutritional counseling from the staff of Natural View Market in Brighton MI, as you sample their comfort-food delicacies for health-conscious people. Adults and teens are welcome to attend this 2010 LIvingston Reads "Comfort Food" program.

Spring Writers' Workshop (2nd of 3)
Thursday, April 22  7:00-8:30pm (Conference Room)
If you write and you'd like to get published, attend these workshops facilitated by Mike Ball, award-winning humorist. Bring a brief sample of your writing for feedback and tips. Drop-ins welcome, but pre-registration preferred. Call the Information Desk at 810-229-6571 x227.

The Sweetness of Sanders
Tuesday, April 27  7:00-8:15pm (Room A/B)
We'll relive sweet memories of Sanders Confectionery with Greg Tasker. Registration begins April 13 at the Information Desk, 810-229-6571 x227. This 2010 Livingston Reads program is sponsored by the Michigan Center for the Book, the Community Foundation of Livingston County, and the Friends of the Brighton District Library.

Genealogy Assistance
Sunday, May 2  2:00-4:00pm (Brighton Room)  See listing for April 2.

Garden Design Made Simple
Monday, May 3  7:00-8:30pm (Room A/B)
Learn how you can transform your garden from dull to fantastic, from ho-hum to "Wow!"
Taught by Michael Saint of Good Earth Landscape Institute LLC.

"Becoming Asian Pacific the Midwest?!! Identities, Cultures, and Communities
Tuesday, May 11  7:00-8:00pm (Room A/B)
Be entertained and informed as Frances Kai-Hwa Wang tells of her adventures living in the Midwest as a second-generation Asian-American.  An editor and mother of two, Ms. Wang writes for several local publications.  Refreshments will be served.

Teen Scene

All events are free. Teens (grades 6-12) are welcome to drop in unless registration is specified. Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library for supporting teen programs!

Teen Writer's Workshop
Thursday, April 1  6:00-8:00pm (Brighton Room)
Meet with Mike Ball, award-winning humorist, to hone your writing skills in a fun and supportive group setting. Drop-ins Welcome! Ages 11-18.

Teen Gaming
Thursday, April 8  6:00-8:00pm (Room A/B)
Star Wars Legos for PS3, Wii Sports Resort, Super Smash Bros. Brawl - we have it all! Snacks and beverages provided. 810.229.6571 x227 for more information. 6th through 12th grade only.

People Who Knit
Monday, April 12  6:30-8:00pm (Conference Room)
Stitch for charity! Bring your own needles or crochet hook and we'll supply the yarn and patterns. Drop-in, grades 6 through Adult.

Teen Writer's Workshop
Thursday, April 15  6:00-8:00pm (Brighton Room)  See listing for April 1.

Teen Movie Night
Friday, April 16  6:00-8:00pm (Room A/B)
April's movie is Sherlock Holmes, rated PG-13. Doors open at 5:45pm - pick-up time is 8pm and, as always, popcorn and beverages will be served. Grades 6-12.

YA.PA.MA. Book Club
Monday, April 19  6:30-7:45pm
A fun book discussion group for teens and their parents (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.). Bring your dinner and we'll supply the dessert. Register at the information desk, 810.229.6571 x227. April's book selection is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Twisted Stitchers!
Monday, April 26  6:30-8:00pm (Conference Room)
Are you looking to work on your knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch or any other needlework while surrounded by friends and great conversation? Bring existing projects or start something new! Teens and adults welcome!

Teen Writer's Workshop
Thursday, May 6  6:00-8:00pm (Brighton Room)  See listing for April 1.

People Who Knit
Monday, May 10  6:30-8:00pm (Conference Room)  See listing for April 12.

Teen Gaming
Thursday, May 13  6:00-8:00pm (Room A/B)  See listing for April 8.

Computer Classes

All computer classes take place in Room A/B. Space is limited and registration is required unless otherwise specified. To register, call 810-229-6571, ext 227. Registrations will not be accepted before 10am on the date listed.

Drop-in Computer Lab
Every Thursday, 3:00-5:00pm (Conference Room)
Learn general computer skills at your own pace or come in with your specific computer problems. No registration required!

Social Networking for Beginners

Thursday, April 8  1:00-3:00pm (A/B Room)
Social networking sites are an easy and free way to stay in touch with friends and family. We will look at several popular social networking sites and discuss ways to stay safe online. Registration begins March 25.

Intro to Photoshop Elements 4.0
Wednesday, April 28  6:30-8:30pm (A/B Room)
Learn how to perform basic editing and enhance your photos using Photoshop Elements. Basic computer experience required. Personal laptops not allowed in class. Registration begins April 14.

Microsoft Excel 2007
Thursdays, April 29 and May 13 (2 part class) 10:00-Noon (A/B Room)
Learn how to create and format spreadsheets, create charts and more in
Excel. Basic computer experience required. Personal laptops not allowed. Registration begins April 15.

Youth Services Events

Register for programs at the Youth Services Desk or phone 810-229-6571, ext 223. All events are free. Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library for supporting Youth programs!

Since 1971, April has been established as The Month of the Young Child across the Nation. Help us celebrate this important month.

1st Annual Junior Art Show
April 1-April 30 (Youth Services Department)
First Steps Preschool and Brighton Head Start.

Keeping Your Child Healthy
Monday April 12,  6:30pm (Youth Activity Room)
Learn the three secrets to preventing diseases in your child. Presented by Dr. Nicole Bittner DC. Adult Program.
Registration begins March 29.

Tuesday, April 13  6:30-8:00pm
(Youth Activity Room)
Share books, songs, rhymes and toys! Let's have fun while exploring language and pre-reading skills. Adult participation required. Free ticket required. Tickets available 30 minutes prior to the program. Limited to 40 participants.

I Don't Understand…..
Thursday, April 15  6:30-7:30pm
(Youth Activity Room)
Explore strategies for building a young child's communication skills, focusing on listening, body language and non-verbal communication. Gina Coopersmith, LMSW Early On Coordinator Livingston ESA. Adult Program. Registration begins April 1.

The Joys of Infant Massage
Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 24  11:00-Noon (Youth Activity Room)
Explore the benefits of massage. For infants 1-6 months and their caregiver. Jeri Lea Kroll, LMSW Therapist and Consultant. Registration begins April 2.

Conscious Discipline
Monday, April 19  6:30-7:30pm (Youth Activity Room)
Leave power struggles behind and turn conflict into cooperation.  Be an example of the person you want your child to become. Presented by Kay Nicholas, Principal at Lindbom Elementary School. Adult Program. Registration begins April 5.

Ready or Not, Here I Come!
Monday, April 26,  7:00-8:30pm (A/B Room)
Explore the stages necessary for kindergarten readiness and future school success.  Presented by  Dr. Mark Bowers PhD, Pediatric Psychologist. Adult program. Registration begins April 12.

Family Fun Day
Celebrating Month of the Young Child
Saturday, April 24 11:00-4:00pm

The Joys of Infant Massage 11:00-Noon
Jeri Lea Kroll, LMSW Therapist and Consultant

Spring has Arrived 1:00-1:45pm
 Stories with Kensington Metro Park. Ages 3 and up. Free ticket required. Tickets available 30 minutes prior to the event, limited to 70 participants.

Safe Kids USA: Child Passenger Safety 1:00-3:00pm
Stop by their booth, ask questions, get answers.

PLAY-FUN-READ! 2:00-3:00pm 
Share books, songs, rhymes and toys! Let's have fun while exploring language and pre-reading skills. Ages 3 - 5, adult participation required. Free ticket required. Tickets available 30 minutes prior to the event, limited to 40 participants.


The Book That Eats People
Saturday, May 8  11:00-11:45am (Room A/B)
In celebration of Children’s Book Week, meet local author John Perry as he shares his one of a kind picture book. Registration begins April 24. Ages 6 & up.
Kite Building Workshop
Saturday, May 15  10:00-11:00
(Room A/B)
Come prepared to build and decorate your own kite. Registration begins May 1. Ages 6 & up.
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Spencer Elementary Students with their new Library Cards

Enjoying "Cooking with Chef Villegas"

From the Director

Loose Springs, or
In Like a Lion

Have you ever had one of those days, when one thing just piles on top of another and you wonder if it will ever end?  On a recent Friday, I was alerted by arriving staff that we had a hole in the parking lot.  A big hole.  While the Building Manager and I were outside checking on that problem, an AT&T repair truck appeared.   “Just checking on your migration from 5MB to 10 MB capacity, ma’am.”  Phew.  As the two of us caught our collective breath and walked back inside, we were greeted by the Assistant Director, holding an 8 foot piece of the building.  He reported that a window valance had come loose when blinds were being raised .  Thankfully, none of the Reading Room “regulars” nor any the furniture were hurt.

Did I mention that it was a Mother Goose Café morning and we had an overflow crowd of young children and their adults in the too-small A/B room?  And that we expected a full house for the two afterhours family book discussion groups that evening?

A call to a local excavating company brought safety barrels, the rest of the building hummed along, and we thought we might have a quieter day for the almost 600 visitors in the building

Until the drinking fountain started to leak …

Dr. Nancy B. Johnson


Reading with a Therapy Dog

From the American Girl Tea

Thank You, Donors!

 Book Honors

In honor of the staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, The Life and Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell, from Dan & Francine Michalek

In memory of Josh Jeffreys, Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli, from Tommy, Patti, Kelly, Sarah & Carley Hamilton

“Hiawatha’s Brothers: a wildife retrospective, from author Louis J. Verme

Commemorative Bricks

In honor of Kristoffer Tobbe by the Brighton District Library

In honor of Sue Rosebrough by the Friends of the Brighton District Library


♦ Anonymous Gift

Richard Bartscht

♦ Borek Jennings Funeral Home

Grant Mc Intosh

Betty Lavigne

Kristen Meyer

Jane K. Petrie

Kenneth Teschendorf

♦ VG’s FoodCenter

♦ Albert & Karen Wirth

April Wyncott

Gary Zizka


♦ Donations of $100 or more