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Events in December
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Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library
for supporting Library events.
From the Director...
Thank you so much for your support!
The Brighton District Library – and I – thank our community for your strong support of the Library’s millage proposal. We look forward to keeping our promises to expand hours and to enhance our services.
The Library will return Thursday hours beginning January 7, 2016 and will return Summer Sundays in June. We are excited about restoring our deeply cut materials budgets, in order to offer a wider variety of new materials, to expand our ebook offerings, and to reduce waiting periods for popular items. Planning has begun for long-delayed renovations of public restrooms, public seating, and other building needs. We will be able to budget for longer-term standard infrastructure replacements, such as roofing and the parking lot, without cuts to public services.
This summer, I announced my plans to retire. My last day at work will be December 31. The departure is bittersweet, as there are so many exciting projects on the horizon. But retirement calls, after almost 45 years as a librarian. My immediate plans include a long overdue renovation of my own home and a return to my kitchen, especially to baking and canning. Michigan is a very special place to live and I’m looking forward to exploring it at my leisure, rather than tearing down the highway to get to a meeting. I will be in the Brighton area frequently as I continue service with the Livingston County United Way, the Livingston County Literacy Coalition, and the Rotary Club of Brighton’s monthly shift at Gleaners. Ed Rutkowski, the Library’s Assistant Director, will assume his new role as Interim Director beginning January 1. A search firm will assist the Board in selecting the new Library Director.
Again, thank you for your support. I joined a great team when I came to Brighton in 2007, and I know that the Library will continue to connect individuals to the world.
-- Dr. Nancy B. Johnson

Local Authors to Present Their Work
Sunday, December 6, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Authors Susan Ciolek, Ann DeChellis, John Farkis, Donovan M. Neal, Beth Rodgers & Lori Taylor will be on hand to present their recently published books. The Library is pleased to work with local authors through this exciting program. By bringing together local authors in one event, thrice annually, we strive to help authors make connections with each other as well as the community. Come out and support the great talent we have right here in our neighborhood!

New Roles and Staff in Youth Dept.
We are pleased to welcome Laurie Walters and Stephanie Lyon to the professional staff in the Youth Department. Laurie, who has been a substitute librarian at BDL since 2013, has her Masters degree from the University of South Carolina, and rich experience in public and school libraries. Stephanie is a recent graduate of the Masters program in librarianship at Wayne State, and has worked at public libraries around SE Michigan. We look forward to having Laurie and Stephanie bring their skills to building and strengthening Library services and collections. Welcome!

MelCat Downtime Upcoming
The MelCat catalog, which makes it possible to borrow materials from public and academic libraries throughout Michigan, is undergoing an upgrade and server migration. Materials requesting has been suspended, and MelCat will be completely offline beginning Dec 2.
Service should be restored on Dec 11.
Mel Databases and the Library's own shared system catalog will still be available.
Further details are here.

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.

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.

At the Livingston County Community Baby Shower

The Library will be closed December 24 & 25,
December 31 & January 1

Holiday Open House
Sat, Dec 5, 11am-3pm

Get into the holiday spirit at our annual Holiday Open House! With music, Santa, treats, and crafts, there’s something for everyone.
Click for Detailed Schedule.

Crazy Eights

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".

in the Norma Gray Gallery

December 18 - January 4
Original drawings and prints
by children's illustrators,
from the collection of
Joyce Powers

Annual Halloween Parade

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

Support your Library!
Please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Library during this season of celebration and renewal.
Click here for details.

New Reading Room Chairs
made possible by donations to last year's Annual Appeal

Thank you, Donors!

Annual Appeal
Pat & Frank Ducato
♦ Suzanne & Gene Liskiewicz

 Brighton Room
Bethany Waterbury

♦ Anonymous gift
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Livingston County

♦ Gifts of $100 or more

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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