Pontiac Public Library Booknotes by gabyion


									                                                                                                   60 E. Pike St.
                                                                                                   Pontiac MI 48342

Pontiac Public Library Booknotes                                                                   Circulation 248-758-3942
                                                                                                   Adult Reference 248-758-3943
                                                                                                   Youth Services 248-758-3938

                WINTER 2009
 Serving the city of Pontiac MI                                                                                   January 2009

A letter From Our Director

          Welcome to the first edition of the 2009 Pontiac Public Library newsletter. My first few
months here at Pontiac Public Library have been filled with meeting the Pontiac Community. As the
new Library Director, my days have been filled with ordering new materials, hiring new staff, making
sure all the computers are operational, providing a clean building, setting up educational programs,
answering questions, providing safety in the building, making sure the bills are paid, creating reports
and all the other business of this amazing institution. These efforts are all to ensure that the people
that come through the doors each day, calling on the phone and using our resources from their homes
and offices are well served. I hope that your library and informational needs will be accommodated
by this newsletter but I invite you to come to the building and see our exciting changes.

This newsletter is one of the many changes in store for Pontiac Public Library. The Library Board,
staff and I are committed to bringing Pontiac Public Library back to the greatness it once was. We
are continually evaluating and modifying our services and our collections and programs to offer you       Pontiac Public Library
the services you need. We work hard at providing programs and materials that will entertain and                  Director
educate people of all ages and backgrounds. I am excited about our future, and look forward to              Stephanie McCoy
working with you to build this -- together.

Stephanie McCoy
                                                                                       Join our monthly
                                                                                     Book Discussion Group
What’s new at your Library
                                                                         Last Wednesday of each month at 6pm
The library has several new       Also new to the library are          Please join this new book group at 6pm on the last
and exciting programs to          Playaways. Playaways are             Wednesday of every month beginning in January. We will
offer to the residents of         lightweight, compact, easy to        be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.
Pontiac. In 2009, we will be      use players that are pre-
hosting our first ever Teen       loaded with an audiobook.            January 28 The Untelling, a novel by Tayari Jones
Poetry Slam, Wii Gaming           Recorded Books on Play-
Tournament (for adults and        aways allow patrons to listen        February 25 They Tell Me of a Home
teens) and a book discussion      to their favorite book in a                   A novel by Daniel Black
group for adults.                 self-playing digital format.
                                                                       March 25 Brother I’m Dying, a
In addition, we will be offer-    If it’s been awhile since            memoir by Edwidge Danticat
ing knitting lessons twice a      you’ve visited the Library,
month, once for teens and a       why not drop by today and            For more information about the Book
second for adults.                see what we have to offer.           Discussion Group, please call
                           Pontiac Public Library Booknotes
                           Adult Programs at your Library
                           Wii Bowling Tournament for Seniors
                           Join us for the latest craze in video games. Using the wireless Nintendo Wii video
                           game, we are happy to announce two upcoming Bowling tournaments—just for the
                           seniors in our community. There won’t be any heavy lifting of 8 lb. balls, just use the
                           remotes to knock down the pins.
                           Join us on Thursdays at 10am January 22, February 12, February26, March 12 and
                           March 25 for Wii Bowling.
                           Learn to Knit
                           Interested in learning how to knit? Already working on a project? Please join us for our
                           Adult Knitting Group the second Monday of each month at 10am to knit, chat with other
                           knitters and enjoy refreshments. Please call 248-758-3942 for more information.
                                                                                Pontiac Public Library Board
                           Did you know….?
                                                                            Chairperson - Dr. Deirdre Waterman
                           The Pontiac Public Library now of-
                           fers an email reference service.                             Hubert Price
                           Simply email your reference ques-
    THE MORE THAT          tion to us at pont@tln.lib.mi.us                          Michael Williams
    YOU READ, THE          and we will respond to you the
                           same business day. Just another                         Duryea H. Callaway
    MORE THINGS            useful service provided by your
                                                                      Meetings are open to the public and are held the
                           Pontiac Public Library!                    second Tuesday of each month in the Audito-
                                                                      rium of the library on the lower level.
    LEARN, THE           New Adult Acquisitions
    MORE PLACES        The library now has subscriptions to over 50
    YOU’LL GO.         magazines. Visit the library today and
                       peruse our magazine shelves. We subscribe
       - DR. SEUSS     to periodicals including: Jet, Ebony,
                       Essence, People, ESPN, Forbes, Fortune,
                       Consumers Reports and Sports Illustrated.

                                                                                               of the
                                                                                      Pontia c Public Libra ry

        Adult Resume Workshop
Would you like to create a professional resume? Do you
already have a resume but would like to polish it up?                     Winter Used Book Sale
Please join us for our Resume Workshop and go home
                                                                                  January 30—January 31
with new skills for creating a professional resume.

Thurs Jan 29, Thurs Feb and Thurs Mar 26 from 3pm                                      PPL auditorium
until 4:30pm.                                                              Friday………………………….9am to 5pm
Call 248-758-3942 for more information.                                  Saturday…………………………10am to 2pm

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                                                                                                    Family Dinner Theater
Serving the city of Pontiac MI
                                                                                                    Bring a blanket and your dinner
What’s Happening in the Youth Services Department                                                   and enjoy a movie in the audito-
                                                                                                    rium of your Pontiac Public Li-
                                                                                                    brary. Doors will open at 5:30
The Pontiac Public Library offers programs                                                          and the movie will start at 5:45.
for all children from birth to teenagers. It is
our goal to offer something for every age
                                                  Super Saturdays
                                                                                                    Tue Jan 20 Daddy Day Care
group.                                                                                              Tue Feb 17 Akeelah and the Bee
If you’re the caregiver to a little one under                                                       Tue Mar 17 Night at the Museum
the age of five, we offer weekly storytimes
                                                  Visit your Library on
on Thursdays. Our storytimes include simple       Saturdays for fun and
stories, a song, and plenty of playtime. No
registration is required for storytimes.          exciting programming
Storytimes in English at 10am
Cuentos en español a las 11                       Sat Jan 17– 10am until 1:30pm
                                                           Make your own scrapbook.
                                                  Bring 4-5 photographs and you can create
Storytime dates are Thursdays at 10am:            your very own scrapbook, designed and
                                                  decorated however you want!
Jan 8, 15, 22, 29
                                                             Elementary school age                  More family movies…
Feb 5, 12,19, 26
Mar 5, 12, 19, 26                                 Sat Jan 24-Noon Space and Aliens Pro-         Fri Jan 16...Kung Fu Panda 2pm
Cuentos en español a las 11 Para los niños        gram with Arts & Scraps of Detroit
                                                  Ages Kindergarten through 5th grade           Fri Feb 20...Prince Caspian 2pm
menores de cinco años y sus padres. Ofre-
                                                  Enjoy an out of this world program as you use
cemos cuentos, canciones y actividades.
                                                  recycled materials and craft items to create
                                                  your own space alien. Limited to 20 partici-
                                                  pants. Please call Youth Services department
Libraries and Little Ones Storytime               to register.
Sponsored by the Oakland Cty Child Care           Sat. Feb 14 at 11 am Ron Williams
Council                                           Bring the whole family to see this entertaining   Sat March 27 Benjamin Franklin
                                                  storyteller. Over the past few years, LaRon        At Noon
This six week program is offered once a
                                                  Williams has been steadily earning a reputa-
week for children under the age of five and       tion as one of the finest storytellers in the     Benjamin Franklin will be visiting
their caregivers. Each session includes a         state of Michigan. His trademark gift is his      the Pontiac Public Library to speak
story, age appropriate activity, snack and        remarkable rapport with audiences of all          about his amazing inventions and
parent education. Each child will receive a       kinds. Children and adults respond with equal     his life as a printer, politician and
free, new book to add to his library!             enthusiasm to his warmth and vigor as he uses     “Founding Father.”
                                                  dialect, facial expressions and movement to
                                                  breathe life into tales which transcend the

Teen Poetry Slam!                                 boundaries of class and age.

The Youth Services department is proud and ex-                          Maya the Storyteller returns!
                                                                She’ll return to the PPL with her tales of the African and
cited to host the first ever Teen Poetry Slam. On              African-American experience. Her animated stories and use
Monday January 26th, at 6pm join some of the                     of African instruments will entertain the whole family.
best teen poets and performers from Pontiac. The                      Don’t miss this incredible performer! All ages.
public is welcome to view these amazing teens in                                   Sat Dec 27 at Noon
action. If you would like to be a poet in the slam,                                 Sat Jan 10 at Noon
you must register by calling 248-758-3938.                                          Sat Feb 28 at Noon
                                                                                    Wed Mar 11 at 6pm
This poetry slam is limited to ten registrants.

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Hours of Operation
Mon 9am—8pm
Tues 9am—8pm
Wed 9am—8pm                                                   RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER
Thurs 9am—6pm                                                       ECR WSS
Fri 9am—6pm
Sat 10am—2pm
Sun Closed

Friends of the Pontiac Public Library and Library Board
         This year the Board welcomed 2 new additions to the Library Staff including our new Library Direc-
tor, Stephanie McCoy and our Youth Services Librarian, Heather Raymond. Together they represent years of
experienced library services and bring to their new positions extensive ideas for improving and augmenting
the services at the Pontiac Public Library. We welcome them to the Pontiac community and look forward to
the many improvements they will implement in conjunction with the strategic vision sent by the Library
         The Library continues to benefit from the collaborative partnerships with community organiza-
tions. The Friends of the Library which serves as the volunteer and fundraising partner for the Library, held
its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in July. This was again another successful event which was coordi-
nated with the Pontiac Garden Club’s Annual Garden Tour. With the proceeds from their fundraising ef-
forts, the Friends of the Library donated the funds to purchase a Nintendo Wii system which will attract teen-
agers to the services of the Library. The Friends are also underwriting the cost of refurbishing the Children’s
Reading Room and some of the supplies for children’s programming activities. This group is open to the
public and invites interested volunteers to its meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm.
          Library patrons have benefitted from the installation of all new adult and children’s computers in
the past months. There has been a significant amount of new acquisitions both in popular book titles and
CD’s. The Board has instituted a policy of acquisition by request for any patron who asks for a book title
that we do not currently have in stock.
         We also are seeking to strengthen our ties with the Pontiac School District and find ways we can aug-
ment the Media Services curriculums which have been cut back in the schools due to funding shortages.
         There are many ideas for increased programming and services that we are planning to put in place in
the coming months to better serve the patrons of our Library.

Deirdre Waterman, M.D.
Chairman, Pontiac Library Board

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