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Melissa Gilbert-Busfield Reading
Saturday, April 12 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm (Room A/B)

Space is limited, preregistration is required to attend this event. Local author and actress Melissa Gilbert-Busfield will help us celebrate the Month of the Young Child. Melissa will share her new picture book, Daisy and Josephine. A free takeaway craft activity is also included! For children of all ages and their caregivers. Space is limited to 75 participants only. Registration begins March 29th at the Youth Desk or by calling 810-229-6571, ext 223.

Books will not be available for purchase.
This event is held in conjunction with Great Start Livingston's Annual Diaper Drive. We will be collecting diapers at this event and throughout the month of April.
Events in April

For Adults: Books and movies, genealogy, help for businesses and job seekers. All April events for adults are listed here.

For Kids: A Parenting Fair, storytimes and active fun. All April events for kids are listed here.

For Teens: Books and writing, craft and games. All April events for teens are listed here.

Computer Classes: All April classes are listed here.
Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library for supporting Library events.
Brighton ...Naturally Grows
Brighton ...Naturally is growing.  The Library's "Books in a Box" service has been expanded with the addition of eleven Brighton ... Naturally boxes, each filled with carefully selected books, learning toys, and study prints about the natural world.  Perfect for Scout leaders, homeschoolers, or classroom teachers, each collection can be borrowed for 8 weeks with an 8 week renewal option.  Youth Services staff are happy to assist with selection of a topic, from the seasons, gardening, birds, nature projects, and more.
Brighton ...Naturally is the Library's environmental education initiative to connect children, families, and individuals to the natural world.  Longtime educator Joyce Powers provided the leadership gift and environmental education resources which anchor this project.  Recent Brighton ...  Naturally programs have included a presentation on organic farming by Stone Coop Farm and an origami butterfly activity for children led by local artist David Lawra.
Information Literacy
@ the Library

Brighton District Library staff work to provide residents of all ages with information literacy instruction in order to help them use technology more effectively.  Each Wednesday afternoon between 3-5pm Library staff provide a drop-in Computer Lab for one-on-one help with specific computer training and use issues. On the second Wednesday of each month, staff hosts a drop-in eReader Lab to help people use their portable devices with the Library’s free eBook and downloadable audiobook service. In addition to these drop-in sessions, Library staff provides introductory computer classes on topics ranging from browsing the Internet, to using social media sites, to the Microsoft Office Suite. For a full list of upcoming computer instruction sessions, visit
Kathryn Poppy Joins
Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Brighton District Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Poppy to fill the position left vacant by Kristoffer Tobbe’s election to the Brighton City Council.
With college degrees in English teaching and journalism and a background in business management, Kathryn is employed in the Genoa Charter Township Planning Dep
artment and the University of Michigan Undergraduate Admissions Office. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Livingston Love INC Board of Directors.
She states, “Some people believe community libraries are losing their value; but I see libraries empowering our citizenry, generating and incubating ideas, and improving the quality of our nation. Whether you are rich or poor, libraries are a professionally-powered resource, critical for business development and expansion of the mind.
“We don’t just go to the library to get more information; we go to the library to get sturdy information. We go to the library not to access information but to access the power of knowledge.

“The American public library is free to all, a community meeting place providing important cultural and technological connections. And I'm so grateful to live in a community that values education and the advantages of intellectual growth. And I believe that as we live out this great experiment of the Information Age, that a future—where together we celebrate the presence of the local community library—holds much promise indeed.”

Kathryn and her family live in Genoa Township. She is available on LinkedIn. We look forward to the addition of her energy and experience to the Library Board. Welcome!
What Matters To You at the Library?
We are always interested in what you have to say about the Library and our services. Below is a short list of some very broad categories of our services. You can let us know how important these are to you by selecting a rating for each from 1 (I wish you didn't have this at all) to 10 (My whole life revolves around this!)

Book collections

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If you want to offer further comments, our online form is here. Thanks!

Booked for the Evening
Book Jacket Fashion Show

The Booked for the Evening gala was great fun and very successful. We will have many people to thank in our next issue.
Friends of the
Brighton District Library

2014 Spring Book Sale
April 28th -
May 4

Books, DVDs, Videos, Audiobooks & CDs
Click here for details

Support the Friends -
Support the Library

The Friends of the Brighton District Library is vital to our success. The funding we receive each year through gifts from the Friends -- almost $30,000 in 2013 -- pays for author visits, concerts and performances, our Summer Reading programs, the licenses that allow us to exhibit films, and web services such as Online Homework Help and World Book Online. Please consider becoming a member today!

Shamrock Shindig

Livingston Reads
Livingston Reads is a "One Book, One Community" project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney), and is a program to encourage residents to read for pleasure, to create community through reading, and to promote the exploration of ideas, knowledge and a love of Michigan!
The Livingston Reads book selection for 2014 is The Butler by Wil Haygood. Click here for a complete list of BDL Livingston Reads events. Details from all the libraries are at

Robin Schutz of Great Start Livingston, Anthony Ianni, and Carla Sharp, Head of Youth Services at BDL, at the
Parenting Resources Fair

in the Norma Gray Gallery
April 1st - 30th
Student work from
Brighton High School

April 2nd - 30th
Clothesline Project

Teen Craft
Thank you, Donors!
We are grateful for those who generously contribute to the Library throughout the year. Our acknowledgement of these individuals, families, and organizations is on our
2014 Donors Wall.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Library, options and details can be found on our webpage,
Support the Library.

Save the Date!

Our All Ages Spring Celebration and Summer Reading Kickoff will be Sunday, June 8!
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