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Events in November
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     Computer Classes
Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library
for supporting Library events.
The Library is proposing a millage of 0.22 mills for operations, for a 20 year period.
This is the same amount that the Library Building Bond millage has averaged over the past few years. The bond has been paid off and the millage levy expires in 2015.
The overall level of taxation to support the Library will remain the same.

With this revenue, the Library will be able to:
  • Reopen Thursdays
  • Restore materials budgets to offer a wider variety of new materials, expand our ebook offerings, and reduce waiting periods for popular items
  • Fund much needed upgrades to public restrooms, carpeting, and furniture
  • Budget for longer-term building needs without further cuts to public services
Further details of the Library's proposal are here. You can also contact Dr. Nancy B. Johnson, the Library Director, at 810-229-6571, ext. 203, or

Book Clubs forming for Kids & Tweens
Sharing a book with others brings many new dimensions to reading. Seeing what others found to like or dislike, getting different perspectives on an author's work, or having someone point out a passage or meaning that we had overlooked, all enrich our experience and make us better readers. Book clubs are enrolling or getting starting for kids and teens at the Library right now. Click on the group names for further details. For more information and to register call 810-229-6571, ext. 223, or visit the Youth Desk.
Stuck in the Middle
This new club just for tweens ages 11-13 has its first meeting Tuesday, Nov
10. The book for this month is The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand, and copies are available now when you register at the Youth Desk.
Xtreme Reads for Boys
Has its first meeting for the 2015-2016 school year on Wednesday, Nov 4. This group is for boys ages 9-12 with an adult.
Mother-Daughter Book Club
This group, for girls ages 9-12 with an adult, will have its first meeting for this school year on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Our Stuff and Us
On Monday, November 16 from 7:00 to 8:30pm, Terrence Shulman from the Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding will be at the Brighton District Library to present the Program, "Our Stuff and Us." Mr. Shulman's program will cover what happens when we go from owning our stuff to our stuff owning us and how it can impact our own lives, as well as the lives of our loved ones. Hoarders aren't always like the extreme examples we see on television, but there are some very distinct differences between hoarding and collecting. Stop in to see how you can stop your stuff from owning you.
Mr. Shulman owns and runs the Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding, located in Southfield, MI. He, himself, has been in recovery from addictive-compulsive theft since 1990. In 1992, Mr. Shulman started C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs and Shoplifters Anonymous) and now there are four Metro Detroit chapters, as well as 15 other locations in cities around the U.S. He started C.A.S.A. while in law school, when an arrest caused him to hit rock-bottom. Mr. Shulman has spent the last 10 years counseling hundreds of individuals and helping them learn to overcome their theft, spending, and hoarding compulsions, and impacted thousands more through his work with C.A.S.A.

Registration for this event begins Nov 2, at the Information Desk, or by calling 810-229-6571, ext 227.
Hands Full?
Check out a basket!

Our nifty new wheeled baskets were provided by the Friends of the Brighton District Library for your use in the Library. You can get them at the Circulation Desk.
How do you Prefer your Book?
Thanks to everyone who responded to last month's survey on preferred formats for books. The results were:
57% for "Hardcover, even though the size can be awkward."
24% for "Paperback, even though it's a bit battered."
19% for "eBook, even though I can't turn the pages."
We will be mindful of this as we set budgets and make selections for the coming year!

Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Brighton District Library, we are pleased to offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system. Free to BDL cardholders, and accessible any time through the web or on mobile apps, each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Your library card number is required for access
. Check it out now at

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)
The MAP program continues to grow!
MAP offers Library cardholders free or reduced-fee admission, or other discounts, at over 100 arts and cultural institutions statewide. as well as
state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, and state historic sites. You can search the listings and print your passes at the MAP website. Enter Brighton District Library in the search form to see links for passes.

Teen Pumpkin Carving Contest
The Library will close at 6pm, Wednesday, Nov 25, and reopen Friday, Nov 27.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Michigan Reads - Do Unto Otters
in the Norma Gray Gallery

Art at the Library
in partnership with the

October 19 - December 11
Norma Gray (acrylics)
Students (various)
This special exhibit honors Brighton artist Norma Gray, for whom the Library's gallery space was named. It features her work as well as submissions by her current and former students from around Michigan, who, in Norma's words, "opened their hearts and minds to try
something new".

Thank You!
The October Book Sale raised nearly $7000 for the Friends of the Brighton District Library. Thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to this success, and thanks as well to those who visited the sale to support the Friends and their work supporting Library programs.

MelCat Downtime Upcoming
The MelCat catalog, which makes it possible to borrow materials from public and academic libraries throughout Michigan, will be undergoing an upgrade and server migration. It will not be possible to request materials through MelCat beginning Nov 18. It will be completely offline beginning Dec 2. MelCat should be restored on Dec 11.
Mel Databases and the Library's own shared system catalog will still be available.
Further details are here.

Red Cross Blood Drive
comes to the Library Friday,
Nov. 27, 10:30am-4:00pm, in Room A/B. Drop-in or make an appointment at 517-318-7210,
or register online at and use the sponsor keyword: BrightonLibrary

Talk, Sing, Read, Play Storytime

Cash for Class can benefit Library
Brighton District Library is among the institutions that can benefit from a percentage of your purchases at VGs stores during selected times. The next period will be Nov 22-28.
More details here.

Download digital editions of your favorite magazines through the Library!
Try it out here

Michigan Reads - Do Unto Otters

Thank you, Donors!

Memorial Gifts
Susan and Dick Urban,
in memory of Kim Tath

 Theresa Swiecicki

We are grateful for those who generously contribute to the Library throughout the year. Our recognition of these individuals, families, and organizations is on our 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.
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