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Pontiac Public Library Booknotes Hours of Operation Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm Fri-Sat 10am-5:30pm Sunday Closed

Phone: 248-758-3942 Fax: 248-758-3990

60 East Pike Street Pontiac, MI 48342

Serving the City of Pontiac



Increase your Computer Literacy @ Your Library More and more, computers are in our everyday lives. Computers are used for everything from applying for assistance or college to requesting a marriage license or death certificate. Many employers have moved the job application process online and if you are not comfortable using computers, it can become a great hindrance to your job search. So isn’t it wonderful that your local library has free classes to teach you about computers in the form of the following classes: Mousing 101, Beyond the Basics, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Email 101, & Final Draft Script Writing Software. With some patience and commitment, you can go from a novice to the person who teaches family and friends how to use the computer! You can improve your computer literacy at the Pontiac Public Library. We have a new lab with 14 brand new stations dedicated entirely to our computer classes! There are classes virtually every day this season to serve our patrons.

AWARDS, GRANTS & PARTNERSHIPS American Heart Association The Pontiac Public Library is a proud recipient of the American Heart Association’s Community Action Grant, written by Public Services Librarian Jacqueline. With these funds, the Library will introduce a new collection entitled "American Heart Association Educational Collection," which will include materials for checkout (such as CPR kits!) and CPR training sessions. United Way Facilities Planning-Monies to plan our move ALA CSK Grant– We were given the Coretta Scott King award winning books from the American Library Association

Oakland County Childcare Council Partnership Story-Time Grant– Story times were hosted at the Library OLSHA Lunch & Read– Summer 2011 we provided lunch, crafts & readers advisory for children 17 years and under Kaiser Corporation Literacy Walk-A-Thon Host– We hosted their first annual literacy walk-a-thon.

Broadband Technology Opportunities Computer Center Grant Program– We received 14 new computer stations for a instructional lab.

Final Draft Software Licenses– Our script writing lab is possible through the donation of the software.

What’s New At the Library? Instructional Computer Lab Gleaners Cooking Matters Class AHA Educational Collection Haven Donation Drive Food 4 Fines Drive

IN THIS ISSUE: Youth Programming . . . 2 Special Events ... 3 Adult Programming . . . 6

Computer Classes . . . 4 Chairman’s Corner . . 8

Please register for all programs beginning two (2) weeks before the program by calling 248-758-3938

Literacy Learning Play Group Learn techniques to get your child ready to read! There are fun crafts and exercises in this play group for ages 0-3 yrs old. Child must be accompanied by caregiver. Fridays 10:30am-12pm 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9 & 12/16

Youth Craft Days Fridays 3-4:30pm September 16-December 16 Children ages 6+ will learn to make all sorts cool stuff!

Teen Advisory Board Wednesdays 5-5:30pm 9/21, 10/19, 11/16 Teens that would like to join the Teen Advisory Board please fill out a form or come to the meetings. The Teen Advisory Board is to promote teen participation in teen activities in the library. Any teen ages 13-17 that would like to join is welcome to come to the meetings.

 Early Literacy Tip: Babies are likely to crumple, shake, and chew books just as they do with other things. Look for soft cloth or vinyl books that can be washed. Choose books with simple, large pictures or designs set against a solid background on each page. Ask your librarian to suggest books for babies, and look for children's books in good condition at yard sales.

Youth Gaming Days Saturdays 4-5pm Look for Wii Gaming in the Youth Reading Room on these dates:

9/17 , 10/15, 11/19 & 12/10 College Preparatory Tip: At the start of Senior Year, you should gather college applications and note admission, scholarship and housing deadlines. Line up people who actually know you for letters of recommendations. The letters should be sincerely written not generic. You should look at your top three choice schools and know the admission criteria. The earlier you apply to these schools, the better chance you will have to get accepted. Please make sure that you leave enough time to retake the SAT/ACT if necessary. In Mid-Fall check with your counselor about local scholarships and get the applications. Check back periodically for an updated list. Make sure that you have reviewed scholarship information; most deadlines are due before Christmas. Start applying to colleges if you haven’t already. Keep in mind that you should apply for Financial Aid soon after Jan. 1; you will have a better chance of receiving it.

Teen Non-Fiction Book Club 6-7pm 9/28 Simeon's Story : An Eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till by Simeon Wright

This is the gripping tale about the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955, told by his cousin who was an eyewitness to the event.

10/26 Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-YearOld GI by Ryan Smithson This is an account of the motivations and life of a contemporary soldier. He experienced 9/11 in high school and soon after enlisted in the army.

11/30 Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos The author uses great candor in this autobiographical account of his teen years, including some dealings with drug trafficking and doing time in prison.

Costume Party @ The Library Monday, October 31, 3-7:30pm Treats, Wii Gaming, Movie Wear a fun costume to the library. Get a few treats & prizes! 5:30pm Showing a ‘Not-So-Scary’ Movie!


Please register for all programs beginning two (2) weeks before the program, by calling 248-758-3943

Gleaners Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Class Every Thursday 5:30-7:30pm, October 6-November 10 A chef and nutritionist volunteer their time to lead this course, which runs for six weeks. Participants will receive food, recipes & more. Cooking Matters course participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families. Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods® Foundation and Walmart. Call 248-758-3943 to register; space is limited. One registration can cover all sessions. Call for details.

Donation Drive for HAVEN– Oakland (in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

October 1-29 Bring any items from the following list: Items must be full size & unopened. African American Hair Products Liquid Hand Soap Infant Baby Bottles Body Lotion (unscented) Baby Wipes Baby Powder Conditioner Toilet Paper Deodorant (men or women) Thermometer (pediatric) Tissues (individual sized packs) Socks (all sizes) Toothpaste Cell Phones (new or used)

Mark Rothman Author Visit October 10th, 6-7:30pm Rothman is a noted and credited writer best known for having been involved with the creation and production of Laverne and Shirley. He was also the head writer and show runner of numerous other shows including Happy Days and The Odd Couple. He will be promoting his book, Mark Rothman’s Essays: Many About Show Biz and All About Life. Copies will be available for purchase.

Domestic Violence Awareness October 6, 6-7:30pm In one out of three Michigan families, someone is hurting someone else. One in one of us is a witness, and we can do something to help. Come learn about the dynamics of domestic violence, the tactics batterers use, and how to help. HAVEN resources will be available.

Autism Awareness: October 4, 6:30-7:30pm

Ryan Ennis, Educator & Author of The Thursday Surprise Since the early ’90s, the number of cases of individuals identified with autism has risen at an astonishing rate. Ryan R. Ennis will be presenting key inforThe Civil War: A Hometown Story November 14, 6-7pm mation to help others understand autism. He will 2011 is the sesquicentennial (150 year anniversary) of the beginning of the also provide strategies that support children with Civil War. Come hear a fascinating presentation on such a significant historautism at home and enable them to achieve sucical event! Presented by Ray Henry, a Pontiac native and a graduate of the cess at school. University of Michigan. Mr. Henry is on the Board of Directors of the Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society

Introducing Bankruptcy Presented by Moran Law Offices September 20 6-7:30pm October 15 3-4:30pm November 21 6-7:30pm Free informational seminar on the complex area of law known as Consumer Bankruptcy and Debt Relief.

Social Security For Boomers September 26, 6-7pm This informative seminar covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits. Presenter: Marcella A. Evans - AXA Advisors Great Lakes Branch


Computer Help @ the Library (You must register for each class separately, in person, or by phone, beginning 2 weeks before the class) Mousing 101: Learn basic computer skills, no prior computer knowledge is necessary.

Please register for all classes beginning 2 weeks before the class by calling 248-758-3943

Mondays: 9/12 1-3pm, 9/19 5:30-7:30pm, 9/26 1-3pm, 10/3 5:30-7:30pm, 10/10 1-3pm, 10/17 5:30-7:30pm, 10/24 5:30-7:30pm, 10/31 1-3pm, 11/7 1-3pm, 11/14 5:30-7:30pm, 11/21 1-3pm, 11/28 5:30-7:30pm, 12/5 1-3pm, 12/12 5:30-7:30pm Beyond the Basics: Introduction to Internet & Microsoft Word 9/13 4:30-5:30pm, 9/24 10-11am, 10/8 10-11am, 10/11 4:30-5:30pm, 10/22 1011am, 11/1 4:30-5:30pm, 11/15 4:30-5:30pm, 11/22 4:30-5:30pm, 12/3 10-11am, 12/6 4:30-5:30pm, 12/17 10-11am

Microsoft Word Learn how to use this

Power Point for College

1-on-1 Computer Help

Saturdays, 1-2pm Many students know how to use 9/10, 10/1, 11/5 & 12/10 PowerPoint, but that 9/13 5:30-6:30pm, 9/24 11am-12pm, 9/27 5:30 During these doesn't mean you'll -6:30pm, 10/8 11am-12pm, 10/11 5:30sessions, you get an A! Join us on 6:30pm, 10/22 11am-12pm, 11/1 5:30will receive the following dates 6:30pm, 11/12 11am-12pm, 11/15 4:30help with Mito learn how to use 5:30pm, 11/22 5:30-6:30pm, 12/3 11am-12pm, crosoft Suite PowerPoint to make quality 12/6 5:30-6:30pm, 12/17 11am-12pm presentations and what your pro- or Internet searching, among other Microsoft Excel Learn how to use fessors expect from your Power subjects. this popular spreadsheet program! Please note: We cannot offer assistance Point projects. with processes involving confidential, 9/13 6:30-7:30pm, 9/24 12-1pm, 9/27 September 21, 6-7pm personal information or downloading. 6:30-7:30pm, 10/8 12-1pm, 10/11 6:30-7:30pm, October 19, 1-2pm Other restrictions may apply. You 10/22 12-1pm, 11/1 6:30-7:30pm, 11/12 12must specify the focus of your one-onNovember 16, 1-2pm 1pm, 11/22 6:30-7:30pm, 12/3 12-1pm, 12/6 one session when you sign up. 6:30-7:30pm, 12/17 12-1pm popular word processing program!

Script Writing Lab Thursdays, 6-7pm 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15 Patrons will be able to learn how to use the Final Draft Software which is the film industry standard for script formats. We will also provide instruction on writing for film, television and plays! This lab was made possible through a donation from


Email 101 Email is required to apply for many jobs these days. It is also a convenient way to keep in touch with friends and family that don't live next door. During Email 101, students will learn how to set-up and use an email account. September 14, 1-2pm , September 28, 6-7pm, October 12, 6-7pm, October 26, 1-2pm, November 9, 6-7pm, November 23, 1-2pm, November 30, 6-7pm & December 14, 12pm

Online Research (& Bibliographies) "You can find anything online!" How wrong this statement is! This class will focus on sorting through all of the information online (which does NOT include everything) during research. We will also cover the basics of bibliographies and the best sources to use before handing in your final paper.

October 5, 6-7pm

November 2, 1-2pm

& December 7, 6-7pm

September 2011 Sun








2 Play Group 10:30am-12pm


8 Sr. Wii 10am12pm Final Draft 6-7pm

9 Play Group 10:30am-12pm

10 1-on-1 1-2pm Writers 3-4:30pm

Library Closed


5 Library Closed

6 7 Cross Stitch 6-7pm Story-time 6-7pm


12 Mousing 1-3pm

13 Beyond Basics 4:30-5:30pm Word 5:30-6:30pm Excel 6:30-7:30pm Story-time 6-7pm

14 Email 1-2pm eBook Club 6:307:30pm

15 Final Draft 6-7pm

16 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

17 Knitting Club 2-3pm Wii Gaming 4-5pm


19 Mousing 5:307:30pm Photo 6-7:30pm

20 Bankruptcy 67:30pm Story-time 6-7pm

21 TAB 5-5:30 Power Point 67pm

22 Sr. Wii 10am12pm Final Draft 6-7pm Parenting 67:30pm

23 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

24 Beyond Basics 10am Word 11am-12pm Excel 12-1pm


26 Mousing 1-3pm Social Security 67pm

27 Bey. Basics 28 Email 6-7pm 29 4:30pm Teen Book 6-7pm Story-time 6-7pm Chess 6-7pm Final Draft 6-7pm Word 5:30-6:30pm

30 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

October 2011 Sun






Sat 1 1-on-1 1-2pm




3 Mousing 5:307:30pm Writers 6-7:30pm

4 Story time 6-7pm Ryan Ennis 6:307:30pm

5 Online Research 67pm

6 Sr. Wii 10am12pm

10 Mousing 1-3pm Rothman 6-7:30pm

11 Story time 67pm Cross Stitch 1-2pm Beyond Basics



Email 6-7pm

Cooking Class 5:30pm


18 Story time 6-7pm eBook Club 6:307:30pm

19 Power Point 1-2pm TAB 5-5:30pm

25 Library Board Mtg 6:30pm

26 Email 1-2pm Teen Book 6-7pm

Mousing 5:307:30pm


24 Mousing 5:307:30pm


7 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

8 Beyond Basics 10am Word 11am-12pm

14 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

15 Knitting 2-3pm Bankruptcy 34:30pm

20 Sr. Wii 10am12pm Cooking Class 5:30pm Final Draft 6-7pm

21 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

22 Beyond Basics 10am Word 11am-12pm Excel 12-1pm Photo 3-4:30pm

27 Cooking Class 5:30pm Final Draft 6-7pm

28 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm


Cooking Class 5:30pm

Haven Drive ends

31 Mousing 1-3pm Costume Party 3pm


American Heart Association Educational Collection The Pontiac Public Library is a proud recipient of the American Heart Association’s Community Action Grant, written by Public Services Librarian Jacqueline. With these funds, the Library will introduce a new collection entitled "American Heart Association Educational Collection," which will include materials for checkout (such as CPR kits!) and CPR training sessions.

eBook Club: Classic Books 6:30-7:30pm

Food 4 Fines November 1-8, 2011 1 unexpired canned food item= $1 off of your late fines. $10 limit; no refunds or credits Food will be donated to Local Forgotten Harvest

Cross Stitch Hour Come learn how to cross stitch or bring your own project to work on as you relax with other cross stitchers. The Pontiac Public Library will offer this opportunity with our "Cross Stitch Hour" once a month. This is great way to get an early start on your holiday gifts!

Parenting 411 Series D.I.S.C.I.P.L.I.N.E. 9/22 6-7:30pm Frustration Toolkit 10/22 3-4:30pm Parent/Child Relationships 11/17 67:30pm Emotional & Social Challenges 12/15 6-7:30pm

Digital Photography 9/19 6-7:30pm, 10/22 3 -4:30pm, 11/15 6-7:30pm, 12/10 34:30pm Learn how to take better photos with your digital camera. Also learn about managing & sharing your collection

September 14, O Pioneers! - O Pioneers! tells the story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish immigrants, at the turn of the 20th century. The main character, Alexandra Bergson, inherits the family farmland when her father dies, and she devotes her life to making the farm a viable enterprise at a time when other immigrant families are giving up and leaving.

October 18, Moby Dick - October 18, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of Moby Dick, first published in 1851 by American author Herman Melville. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab (the ship's captain) seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg; Ahab intends to take revenge.

November 16, The Grapes of Wrath - Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California .

Knitting Club Saturdays 2-3pm December 14, A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol tells the story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideo9/17, 10/15,11/19, & logical, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and 12/17 Trade knitting secrets! Bring your materials & meet other knitters.

Yet to Come.

Mexican Independence Chess Club Wednesdays 6-7pm

Tuesday, 9/6, 6-7pm Tuesday, 10/11, 1-2pm Monday, 11/7, 6-7pm Monday, 12/12, 1-2pm

9/28, 10/26, 11/30 Library has boards but you can bring your own!

Writer’s Workshop Meet other writers; learn techniques and resources to get your work out there. September 10, 3-4:30pm, October 3, 6-7:30pm, November 5, 3-4:30pm December 5, 6-7:30pm


All titles available for free; call 248-758-3943 for details

Check out what we have planned to celebrate Mexican Independence @ the Library! Ver lo que hemos planeado para celebrar la Independencia de México @ la biblioteca!

Senior Wii Bowling Thursdays, 10am-12pm September 8, September 22, October 6 & October 20

November 2011 Sun







1 Beyond Basics 4:30pm Word 5:30-6:30pm

2 Online Research 12pm

3 Cooking Class 5:30pm

4 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

5 1-on-1 1-2pm Writers 3-4:30pm

7 Mousing 1-3pm Cross Stitch 6-7pm

8 Story Time 6-7pm

9 Email 6-7pm



Cooking Class 5:30pm

Library Closed

12 Beyond Basics 10am Word 11am-12pm

14 Civil War 6-7pm Mousing 5:307:30pm

15 Story time 6-7 Beyond Basics 4:30pm Word 5:30-6:30pm Excel 6:30-7:30pm

16 Power Point1-2pm TAB 5-5:30pm eBook Club 6:307:30pm


21 Mousing 1-3pm Bankruptcy 67:30pm

22 Story time 67pm Beyond Basics 4:30pm

23 24 Email 1-2pm Library closes early Library Closed

28 Mousing 5:307:30pm

29 Story time 67pm Library Board Mtg 6:30pm

30 Email 6-7pm Teen Book 6-7pm

Food 4 Fines Nov. 1-8





18 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Final Draft 6-7pm Youth Craft 3Parenting 6-7:30pm 4:30pm 25

19 Knitting 2-3pm Wii 4-5pm


Library Closed

December 2011 Sun










1 Final Draft 6-7pm

2 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

3 Parade Day

7 Online Research 67pm

8 Final Draft 6-7pm

9 Play Group 10:30am-12pm Youth Craft 34:30pm

10 1-on-1 1-2pm Photo 3-4:30pm Wii 4-5pm

Beyond Basics 10am Word 11am-12pm Excel 12-1pm

5 Mousing 1-3pm Writers 6-7:30pm

6 Story time 6-7pm

12 Cross Stitch 1-2pm Mousing 5:307:30pm

13 Story time 6-7pm Library Board Mtg. 6:30pm


15 16 Play Group Final Draft 6-7pm 10:30am-12pm Parenting 6-7:30pm Youth Craft 34:30pm


Email 1-2pm eBook Club 6:307:30pm






Beyond Basics 4:30pm Word 5:30-6:30pm Excel 6:30-7:30pm


Beyond Basics 10am Word 11am-12pm Excel 12-1pm

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Chairman’s Corner The Library Thrives on Partnerships The Library enjoys all types of partnerships that provide support for everything from our programs to day-to-day operations. Our most important relationship is, of course, with our patrons. Our partnerships – with schools, churches, non-profit organizations, local businesses, community groups and vendors – enable the Library to continue to provide our patrons with quality services, a growing collection and first-rate programs. The Library is always open to partnerships that allow us to offer resources and opportunities that enhance our patrons’ lives. In a recent example, the Pontiac Library partnered with OLHSA: A Community Action Agency to offer Lunch and Read, a free, summer lunch program serving children from birth to age 19. The very first session attracted more than 50 children, eager to take part in craft projects, play games and share books. The record number of young participants is attributed to great community partners-- such as the Pontiac Cooperative, Catholic Social Services/Hispanic Outreach, churches and non-profit organizations-- that posted flyers and encouraged families to attend the events. We’re on the move! Imagine-- for a moment-- being able to visit the new Pontiac Library where you can drop off your children in an impressive Youth area for an arts and crafts event hosted by the local art center, while you have your taxes prepared in the computer lab by the Accounting Aid Society. Afterwards, you visit the Library’s Career Center where Michigan Works is providing a free workshop on résumé writing. Imagine you and your family then coming together in the Library’s Early Literacy Center for Story Time with a local author, hosted by the Oakland County Child Care Council. These are just a few of the opportunities that the Pontiac Library and its community partners plan to offer in the new library building. We recently completed space planning for the new Pontiac Library under the guidance of the nationally-recognized firm, Fanning Howey Architects. With experience and expertise, Fanning Howey designers considered patron input from the Library’s community survey report and successfully moved those suggestions to the next level. Library staff and the Board of Trustees were pleased to learn from the space planning process that the new building will enable us to offer the community a Library that has a state-of-the-art Youth area with a touch-and-feel miniature town for babies and toddlers; a Teen Corner with an outdoor activity court and sound-proof tutoring rooms; a Career Center with an electronic jobs board and classrooms for training; a dedicated computer center, in addition to computer stations dispersed throughout the new building; a café for casual meetings and conversation; an historical archive room for rare books, artifacts, newspapers and magazines; and a Community Room with modern technology and a raised stage for meetings and performances. Partnerships = Success The key ingredients to the success of the Library’s relocation project are: 1) patron support; 2) sound planning; and 3) strong partnerships. We are proud to report that the Library is moving forward with all three elements firmly in place. We will continue to share more details in the newsletter as planning continues. In the meantime, patrons can look forward to upcoming opportunities to participate in the planning process. Patron support is essential to the Library’s success. After all, you are our most important partners of all! Sincerely, Deirdre Holloway Waterman, M.D. Chairperson, Pontiac Library Board of Trustees

Please note the library will be closed: Saturday, September 03, 2011 Labor Day Weekend Friday, November 11, 2011 Veterans Day Thursday, November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving Day Winter Holiday Closings: Saturday, December 24, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011 Labor Day Wednesday November 23, 2011 close @ 5:30pm Friday, November 25, 2011 Thanksgiving Weekend Monday, December 26, 2011 & Saturday December 31, 2011

Pontiac Public Library Booknotes  

This newsletter covers the events and services at the Pontiac Public Library from September-December 2011.

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