Cruise on over to the Library for a look through your windshield as well as your rearview mirror at the real Woodward Avenue. It started out as a simple but well travelled trail used by Native Americans and early trappers to get between Detroit and Saginaw. Join Deborah Schutt, All American Road Program Manager of the Woodward Avenue Action Association as she guides us along Woodward Avenue from Detroit to Pontiac. This Bloomfield Historical Society Local History/Local Resources program will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 3:00 - 5:00p.m. Everyone is welcome - no registration is required.
Bloomfield Township Public Library - and all public libraries - have a wealth of great books waiting to be enjoyed! Come visit and discover a great book to read. Author Bob Greene has written a wonderful commentary on this subject. Click here to read his opinion.
Please join us on August 11 at 7 pm for our Book Group Fall Preview Open House. Members of any area book group are invited for an open house to see what Bloomfield Township Public Library has to offer you. Multiple copies of over 50 titles are available for extended loan periods. We’ll tell you about sources for reviews, author information, and background on literary genres. Pick up tips to start your own group and how to make your group’s meeting run smoothly. Refreshments will be provided.
Everyone is welcome to attend and no registration is required.For more information, call the Bloomfield Township Public Library at (248) 642-5800 or visit our website at www.btpl.organd click on “Library events.”
The Bloomfield Township Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Joseph Falik to the Board. Mr. Falik is filling a vacancy on the Board created by the resignation of Trustee Lyle Dahlberg. The Library Board unanimously selected Mr. Falik to be appointed to the position of Trustee based on his strong legal, fundraising and volunteer experience. Mr. Falik brings similar assets to the Board as those of Mr.Dahlberg.
Library Board President Judy Lindstrom stated that, “This was a very difficult decision on the part of the Trustees. Any one of the eight candidates would have been a tremendous asset on the Board”.
A long time Bloomfield Township resident, Mr. Falik is an independent mediator and recently retired from his position as General Counsel to a large Detroit area corporation. His expertise in strategic planning and budgeting are especially relevant to the Library in these challenging economic times. Mr. Falik shared that “the Bloomfield Township Public Library is an outstanding institution -- both in the quality of its information services, and in its role in building and sustaining Bloomfield Township as a community. I'm honored and enthusiastic about serving on the Board."
Mr. Falik will be issued the oath of office by Bloomfield Township Clerk Jan Roncelli on August 16, 2011 at 6:30pm, prior to the regular Library Board meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.
The following Bloomfield Township residents have applied for the vacant Bloomfield Township Public Library Board of Trustees position:
Interviews are being scheduled and will take place on Thursday, July 21, Friday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 27 in the Library Board Room. Interviews will be approximately one half hour each beginning at 6:00 pm and concluding at 8:00 pm. on all dates. These interviews are open to the public.
New gardens have "sprung up" on the north side of the Library grounds recently. A generous gift of the Friends of the Library provided the funding for this lovely new landscaping around the north side of the building. Thank you Friends!
Select up to three songs per week and download these for free with your Bloomfield Township Public Library card! Choose from over 100 genres of music. Songs are downloaded in a MP3 format that is compatible with everything. Just save your selected songs to any computer, mobile device or MP3 player, including an iPod. No special sofware is required. Computers at the Library are not compatible with itunes. However, Ipod users can transfer songs from their own computer. To get started, click here.
Bloomfield Township Public Library believes in the importance of sharing resources, and for many years the Library offered nonresidents unlimited borrowing privileges. Historically, nonresidents have represented about 30% of total circulation. This is twice the percentage other area libraries experience.
The Library also recognizes its primary responsibility to Bloomfield Township taxpayers to ensure they have priority access to their investment in the Library. In 2009 and 2010, the Library put a limitation on the number of items nonresidents could borrow. Nonresident circulation now represents about 20% of the total, still a significant amount.
Library revenue continues to shrink. 95% of the Library’s revenue comes from local property taxes. Revenue from property taxes has declined in Bloomfield Township as property values have declined. Unfortunately, our Library has experienced a 20% budget reduction – approximately $1.2 million – since 2008.
The popular Park & Read passes are available at the Bloomfield Township Public Library to borrow. From June 1 through October 1, 2011, a pass entitles you to one free entrance into any Michigan State Park or Recreation area for the day. Many parks have hammocks available to borrow too! Visit your library this summer to borrow a book and a Park and Read pass. Then enjoy a relaxing - and FREE - day of reading in Michigan's great outdoors!
The Bloomfield Township Public Library announces a vacancy on its Library Board of Trustees. Library Board President Judy Lindstrom announced the resignation of Trustee Lyle Dahlberg at the May 17, 2011 Board meeting. Lyle stated that “My resignation comes because I must honor my commitments to my employer. I have enjoyed my time of service and heartily endorse the actions of the Board during my tenure. The Trustees have a true gem in their care and I know they will continue to make it sparkle."
The Library Board of Trustees wishes to thank Lyle Dahlberg for his service to our Library and community. Mr. Dahlberg joined the Library Board in March, 2010. We appreciate his many contributions working on the Development Committee, Bloomfield Hills Liaison Committee and the Cranbrook Liaison Committee. We wish Lyle the best in his new endeavors.
A Library Trustee recognizes the importance of the Library in the community and oversees the funding of all aspects of library services including traditional media and computer technologies. Trustees attend monthly meetings held on Tuesdays of each month at 7:00pm. Each Trustee serves on several committees and is encouraged to be an active participant in Library activities. The role of a Library Trustee is both challenging and rewarding.