Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
Events in November
Click the links to see complete listings for

     Computer Classes
Thanks to the Friends of the Brighton District Library
for supporting Library events.

Special Needs Collection Helps Develop Literacy and Skills
Laura Ortiz stops by the Brighton District Library regularly to check out vocabulary sight cards for her son who is hearing impaired. The cards are part of the Library’s new Special Needs Collection, which is available to be checked out or used at the Library by anyone in our community.
In Livingston County, approximately 4,000 children with physical or learning difficulties receive special services. Many parents, caregivers, and teachers of these children who struggle, often have a struggle of their own to find current and adequate resources. These resources may include games and technology, specialized therapy or instructional books, DVDs and magazines.
 “The value of having a collection of library materials for children with special needs is that these children and their parents are everywhere. This collection at the library creates a literacy that is accessible by all, thus creating daily breakthroughs and bonds for these special parents and their children,” said Laura Ortiz.
Carla Sharp, Head of Youth Services at the Brighton District Library said, “It is my dream that someday all children with different needs and disabilities will have access to programs, services, materials, and equipment equally and adequately.”
Sharp’s dream began to develop in 2012, as Youth Services staff attended workshops and organized a community focus group to provide the framework for developing a new collection at our Library. In 2013, the Friends of the Brighton District Library adopted the special needs project, and today, thanks to their generous support and commitment, the Library has a Special Needs Collection that is available to the community. 

The collection includes print and audio-visual materials to aid the person with visual and hearing impairments, cognitive challenges, motor, speech or language delays, and emotional-behavioral issues. The therapeutic toy collection offers materials that can be used in the library or checked out and used at home, and the new adaptive technology purchases include four touch screen computer monitors that are wheelchair accessible.
The toy collection includes resources that encourage creativity, conversation and active play. Some build fine motor skills, while others offer tactile stimulation. These toys serve kids with special needs but are also “mainstream” toys which are ideal as learning aids, for example for adults recovering from stoke or other conditions.
For children with visual or speech impairments, the story bag collections are especially helpful. Each bag contains a picture book and an item mentioned in the story for kids to touch and feel while listening. Each piece or part helps give meaning to the words in the story, helping with comprehension and a better enjoyment of the book as a whole.
Audio and Braille books are available to adults and children who are unable to read standard printed materials as a result of blindness, visual disability, or physical limitations, through a partnership with the Braille and Talking Book Library.

For more information, please see the Special Needs Collection webpage, stop in, or contact the Youth Department at 810-229-6571, ext 223.
[Note: as of posting time for this newsletter (Oct 30), technical issues with our website make this webpage unavailable. We expect it to be available again in a few days, and apologize for the inconvenience.]
Featured Resources for Students
All Library electronic resources can be accessed from our website:

World Book is a collection of online resources for all ages, from stories and games for small children, to reference and research portals for elementary and secondary students, or adults. Maps, timelines, and current events all find coverage here. A Library card is required to log in outside of the Library.

Learning Express offers preparation materials for all kinds of examinations, including ACT, GED, ASVAB, GRE, and professional licensing exams. Then add to that skills-builders, computer software tutorials, and more.

The Library makes one-on-one live homework help available to you every evening from 4-10pm. connects you through your computer or mobile device. Your library card is required to create a simple account.
Tina Fleischmann new Head of Technical Services at the Library
The Technical Services Department -- the folks who catalog, process, prepare, and repair all the materials for our collections, manage loans through MelCat, plus a thousand and one related tasks -- has a new Head, but with a familiar face. We are pleased to report that Tina Fleischmann, who has been with the Department since 1998 has stepped into the position left vacant by the retirement of Diana Cunningham. Congratulations, Tina!

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 November 23-29. Details available here. 

Museum Activity Pass
The MAP program has expanded for 2014 to offer Library cardholders free or reduced-fee admission, or other discounts, at more than 100 arts and cultural institutions statewide. You can search the listings and print your passes at the MAP website.

Trustees Election in November
Three of the seats on the Brighton District Library's Board of Trustees are up for election on the November 4 ballot. Please remember to vote!

Michigan Reads - Acoustic Rooster
Thanksgiving Hours:
The Library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday,
Nov 26, and reopen at 10:00am, Friday, Nov 28.

Scott Spitler of Brighton Ford hauls in boxes of books from storage.

The Friends of the Brighton District Library had an exceptionally successful Fall Booksale. Thanks to all who gave their time and talents to the Friends!

in the Norma Gray Gallery
Art at the Library
in partnership with the


Sept 16 - Nov 10
Brenda Ochodnicky (Pastel Abstracts)
Annmarie Stanesa (Glassworks)

Nov 10 - Dec 17
Rich Larson (oil on canvas)
Karen Trzcinski (photography)

Artists Reception
Monday, Nov 17
6 - 8pm (Room A/B)
Public is welcome!

Teen Pumpkin Carving

Farm to Table Luncheon
Saturday November 8,
12:00pm - 2:00pm 
(Stone Coop Farm)

Meet us for lunch at Stone Coop Farm in Brighton. Tour the hoop houses, taste the fall crops, and enjoy the freshest autumn meal available. A $10 participation fee is required with your registration. See more details here.  

Marshmallow Mayhem

Garlic Farming

Red Cross Blood Drive
comes to the Library Friday, November 28, 10am-4pm, in Room A/B. Drop-in or make an appointment at 517-318-7210,
or register online at and use the sponsor keyword: BrightonLibrary

Garden Goings-On
Millie's Garden is being prepared for winter, with the Reading House slated to close for the season on November 1, the Carousel Tiger (above) removed for refurbishing by its creator, artist Sue Sanderson, and the Brighton Garden Club having put the plantings "to bed". Many thanks to the Brighton Garden Club for their maintenance of Millie's Garden, donating over 75 hours of their time and $100 to its
upkeep this year!

Thank you, Donors!

Barbara Megargle, in memory of
Ruth Hasbrouck

♦ Diane Wrobleski 
♦ Shelagh and Dick Davis

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 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.
Your are receiving this email newsletter because you requested it at the Brighton District Library website, or on our in-house form.

Unsubscribe from this list.

Our mailing address is:
Brighton District Library
100 Library Dr
Brighton, MI 48116

Add us to your address book

Copyright (C) 2014 Brighton District Library All rights reserved.

Forward this email to a friend
Update your profile
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp