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.
The Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library will be holding their next gently used books, movies, etc. sale on Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 9:30am - 3:30pm. The first hour is open to Friends members only. Memberships are very affordable and available at the door on the day of the sale.
Our July sale will feature select hardcover fiction for $.50, a special cart of history and biography books and small paperback books specially priced at three for only $1.00! Come join us and find your bargain book, movie or music!
Used computers and other used library equipment will be available for sale at bargain prices this Saturday, June 4, from 10:00am - 12noon at the Library. Bloomfield Township residents only may shop from 10:00 - 10:30am. All items are sold "as is" and all sales are final.
Applications for the Jeanette P. Myers Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted through Friday, June 1.
The Myers Memorial Scholarship provides funds to encourage and support the post-secondary education of past or present employees of Bloomfield Township Public Library or persons who have some relationship with the Library. A total amount of at least $500 will be awarded to one scholarship applicant to use for books, tuition or other relevant expenses to assist in working toward an associate, bachelor or graduate degree or for pursuit of other higher education.
Scholarship guidelines and application forms are available at the Library's Welcome Desk and on the Library's website at www.btpl.org.
Please join us this Friday, May 6 at 7:30p.m. for an enjoyable evening of music performed by talented young musicians from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This is the last concert for the 2010/2011 season.
The May 6 evening program includes Piano Trio in F Major, Op. 80 by Robert Schumann and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield performed by Trio La Vita, with commentary by Christopher Harding, Professor of Piano Performance and Chamber Music.