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Library Events for February

Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library for supporting Library events!

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.

Bright Start Play Group
Every Friday, 10-11:30 am (Youth Activity Room)

Bond with your baby through books, music and play. Let us suggest great books for your little one. Infant to age 2. Drop-in.

Family Movie Day
Saturday, Feb. 5, 1 -2:30pm  (Room A/B)

Get cozy and enjoy a movie, craft and story. Blankets and pillows welcome. Ages 3-7. Register now.

Reading with Rover
Saturday, Feb 12, 2-2:45 (Youth Activity Room)

Share a book with Sonny, a Labrador Retriever certified by  Bright and Beautiful Therapy Inc. Therapy dogs make reading enjoyable and relaxing. All ages. Drop in.

Challenge Your Senses
Monday, Feb 21, 10:30-11:15am  (Room A/B)

Exciting games and activities to challenge each of your five senses. Ages 5-7. Registration begins 2/7.

Handmade by You!
Monday, Feb 28, 6:30-8pm  (Room A/B)

Decorative fleece scarves and hats. Fun to wear or give as gifts! All materials supplied. Ages 9-12. Registration begins 2/14.

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.

Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Exploring Underwater Treasures
Thursday, Feb 3, 7-8pm (Room A/B)
To mark the kick-off of Livingston Reads for 2011, this presentation by Dossin Great Lakes Museum staff offers great photographs and underwater video that examine the world of those ships committed to the Great Lakes deeps.
Speed Dating @ the Library
Tuesday, Feb 8, 7-8pm (Room A/B)
Men and women age 21-45 are invited to the library's first speed dating event. Have 5 minutes to chat before moving on to the next table.  Register now.

Icebound! : The Ordeal of the S.S. Michigan
Thursday, Feb 17, 7-8:30pm  (Room A/B)
Noted diver/author Valerie Van Heest, presents a multifaceted tale of an 1885 shipwreck. Hear how the survivors made it to shore, as their vessel sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan.
Decorating Trends and Tips: Living Rooms
Thursday, Feb 24, 7:45-8:45pm, (Room A/B)
Drop in to hear Stephanie Neumann of JCPenney talk about 2011 decorating trends for your living room.

Careers in Transition
Tuesday, Mar 1, 7-9pm  (Room A/B)
Do you really need to change careers? Will the cost result in greater employability down the line? How can you align yourself right now to your new career? Patty Sudbay, of Livingston Co. Michigan Works!, helps you work out the answers.

Teen Scene
click here to see all Teen Events

To register for Teen events, visit the Information Desk or call 810-229-6571, ext 227.

Teen Writer's Workshop
Thursdays, Feb 3 & 17, 6-8pm (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.

Anime-zing Evening
Wednesday, Feb 9, 6:30-8pm (Room A/B)
Watch some anime on the library’s big screen, talk manga, and enjoy some Asian snacks! Cosplay contest for those who come dressed like their favorite characters! Register now. Ages 11-18.

Teen Gaming
Thursday, Feb 10, 6-8pm  (Room A/B)
Stop by for the newest and coolest games around. Snacks and beverages provided. Drop-in. Ages 11-18.
Teen Craft - Chocolate Delight
Tuesday, Feb 15, 6:30-7:30pm (Conference Room)
Make a sweet treat for you or a Valentine. We supply all materials. Registration begins 2/1. Ages 11-18.
Teen Movie - Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (PG)

Friday, Feb 18, 1:30-3:30pm (Room A/B)
Take advantage of a day off school to check out a newly released movie at the library. Complete with a pizza lunch, you’re sure to have a great afternoon!
Ages 11-18.
Computer Classes
click here for more information and listings for all Computer Classes
All computer classes are held in Room A/B. 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, 3-5pm (Conference Room)

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

Microsoft Word 2007
Thursdays, Feb 3 & 10, 12:30-2:30pm (Two Part Class)
Basic computer experience required. No personal laptops. Register now.

Facebook for Beginners
Tuesday, Feb 8, 1-3pm
Social networking sites are an easy and free way to stay in touch with friends and family. We will look at several popular sites and discuss ways to stay safe online.
Register now.

Microsoft Excel 2007
Thursdays, Feb 10 & 24, 10am-noon (Two Part Class)
Basic computer experience required. No personal laptops.
Register now.

Securing your Computer
Wednesday, Feb 23, 4-5pm

Learn how to protect your computer and your identity online.
Registration begins 2/9.

Downloading Digital Photos
Thursday, Feb 24, 1-3pm

Learn how to load and organize pictures from camera to computer. Personal laptops welcome, bring your camera and cables to class. Registration begins 2/10.

Download Destination Demonstration
Thursday, Mar 3, 1-3pm

Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks from the Library.  Bring your device to class and we’ll try it.  Registration begins 2/17.

Advanced Gmail and Google Calendar
Wednesday, Mar 9, 7-9pm

Basic knowledge of email, and an active Gmail account required. Registration begins 2/23. 
Microsoft Excel 2007
Wednesday, Mar 16 & 23, 2-5pm (Two Part Class)

Basic computer experience required. Registration begins 3/2.
Microsoft Word 2007
Mar 17 & 31, 10am-Noon (Two Part Class)

Basic computer experience required. Registration begins 3/3.

I have become a firm believer in the power of planning. Hope does keep us motivated. Especially during tough times.
As I write this, snowflakes cover the ground outside my office window. 
Yet, daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips, sure signs that warmer weather is coming, were in the grocery store this morning. The value of those green shoots is amazing.
Right now, the Library is full of planning and hope, growing, underground, just as the spring bulbs do before they bloom. Growing despite the realities of reduced revenues and unsure times; growing because of the generosity of our donors and our volunteers.
As noted in media reports, the Library’s 2010-2011 budget reflects a 6% reduction in anticipated revenue. Saturday hours have been reduced to just 1pm-5pm, and Sunday closings now match the Brighton Area Schools summer vacation calendar. We continue to find economies in the building, including modest changes in the heating and cooling settings. The Books and Materials line has been cut  and staff wages are frozen for the second year. 
But, there are also bright spots. We look forward to the installation of 15 new computer workstations, funded from general and grant dollars, in collaboration with Brighton-based and nationally-renowned library designer Alyce Riemenschneider. We will continue energy-savings activities with Lindhout Associates Architects, including the planting of shade trees along the western side of the property. The exciting re-branding of the Library comes in response to Strategic Planning Task Force recommendations.
Watch for those green shoots that signal growth.
They are everywhere.

Tony Gramerwill present on Great Lakes Shipwrecks,
Feb. 3 at 7pm

Library's Annual Appeal a Great Success, Thanks to You!
We are gratified to see how our community values the services Brighton District  Library provides. In the final tally, $11,590 was contributed to the Library’s Annual Fundraising Appeal.  This is by far the strongest response this appeal has ever received.  Our only regret is that there is not enough space to list these donors in this newsletter.  We have created a page on our website for that list.
You can find it here.

  Thank you very much for your support of our mission to connect individuals to the world’s cultural and information resources.

Teen Gaming, Jan. 2011

Art Though the Ages

Say Yah to Pasties!

Brighton District Library hosts the Livingston Reads Pasty Making Contest, March 8, 7:30pm.
Contest details here.

Thank You, Donors!


In memory of Wanda Orzcyk
by Mary Lou Clark & Staff Members of the BDL

In memory of Youth Services Librarian, Sandra Schneidewind
by the Staff Members of the BDL

Book Honors
♦ In memory of Rachel Anne Reyhl Mather,
Children’s Books from Robbin Behnke

In memory of Nancy A. Alles,
Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing from Diana Cunningham

In memory of Sandy Schneidewind,
Knitsimple magazine from Diana Cunningham

20th Century Costume Jewelry, by Aikins& Katie Joe
from the Ore Creek #262 Questers

Commemorative Bricks
In memory of Rachel Anne Reyhl Mather
by Robbin Behnke

In honor of the Brighton District Library
Best Wishes, Carlo Martina & Marie Pulte

 Wish List Donors

Nelson and Janis Eddy
for construction paper

Charles R. Spinale Insurance Company

for pencils

Click here to see our complete Wish List

Tyler Law Firm, PLLC
Gus’s Cary Out, Brighton
VG’s Grocery

♦ Donations of $100.00 or more
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