At the February 19, 2013 Library Board meeting, Karen Kotulis-Carter announced her plan to retire as Bloomfield Township Public Library Director, effective August 1, 2013. The Library Board reluctantly accepted her letter of retirement while wishing Karen all the best in her retirement. President Judy Lindstrom stated, “On behalf of the Library Board, please accept our sincere appreciation for your outstanding service to the community and Bloomfield Township Public Library. You have been an inspirational role model to all staff with your strong commitment to the Bloomfield Township community and in providing excellent library service.”
During her 26 years at the Library, Karen has shown a tireless commitment to public service. Karen joined the Library in 1987 as Deputy Director, a position she held for 10 years. As Deputy Director, Karen immediately began work assisting on an expansion project that added the Community Room and much needed space for the growing collections. In August, 1997, Karen was selected to become the fourth Bloomfield Township Public Library Director, the position from which she will retire this summer.
During her tenure as Library Director, Karen managed a larger Library Improvements Project from 2005 - 2008 that added our Teen Center, Study Rooms, Terraces, Library Shop, Vending Café, Computer Center and wireless access to Bloomfield Township Public Library while enhancing and upgrading the infrastructure and interior design. The greatest feat was keeping the library open throughout the multi-year project. Her foresight and vision of preserving Bloomfield Township local history led her to form the Bloomfield Historical Society in 2003 and to create an Archive to preserve Bloomfield history. Special partnerships were begun with Cranbrook and the Detroit Public Library Burton Historical Collection. Karen also forged a unique partnership with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance that brought Chamber music to Bloomfield Township through a concert series,one of the most popular programs at the Library.
As Director, she focused on strengthening the library’s financial foundation, conservatively managing the budget, and building six endowments for the library. Karen shared that, “I am most grateful to have been a part of the history of Bloomfield Township Public Library. It is a proud history and I am aware of the small role I have played. My life and the Library are inexorably intertwined and will always remain so. For the past two and a half decades I have also been fortunate to be a part of creating its future as well.”
Everyone is invited to express their best wishes personally to Karen at any one of three informal farewell open houses. These are planned for Thursday, June 13, 1 – 2p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 6 – 7p.m. and Thursday, June 27 from 10 – 11a.m. and will be held in the Library’s Board Room.
For further information, call the Library at (248) 642-5800. The Library is located at 1099 Lone Pine Road (at Telegraph Road), Bloomfield Township, MI, 48302.
2013 Summer Reading Program – Beneath the Surface
June 17 through August 9
Dive beneath the surface of things during our summer reading program. Investigate a subject you have always wanted to learn about, or discover a new author or reading genre. Both teens and adults register to receive reading lists and program information all summer. Read at least three books and submit the reviews online for a chance to win our Grand Prize, a Kindle e-reader! Registration for Adults and Teens begins Monday, June 17.
Beneath the Surface of Folk Music: Those Were the Days with San and Laz Slomovits
American folk music of the 1960’s was an underground music scene of protest and counterculture themes. On Friday, June 21 at 7:30p.m., return to your roots with the classic songs from Pete Seeger to Joni Mitchell.
Beneath the Surface of Investing: My Money and Me
This four part seminar held on Mondays, June 17 and 24 and Wednesdays, June 19 and June 26 at 7p.m., will help young adults learn the ins and outs of managing money. This program is open to all patrons, but registration is required.
Our regular monthly programs offered include our Coffee & Conversation, and Knit ‘n Stitch. For a complete program schedule
and more information visit our website
4th Wall Theatre Workshop
On Tuesday, June 18 from 6:30 – 7:30p.m.,
young actors of all abilities, ages 6 – 12 years, are invited to learn the basics of the theatre and participate in theatre games/activities. Kids will learn to sing, dance, and act through interactive music and movement therapy techniques and participate in a performance at the end. This workshop is inclusive of children with special needs. Workshop instructors are from the 4th
Wall theatre Company (www.4thwallkids.com
). Registration begins June 1.
MAD SCIENCE – HORRIBLE HARRY
Readers and scientists ages 7-9, along with a favorite adult are invited to join us on Thursday, June 20 at 1p.m., for a book discussion with a scientific twist. Read and discuss “Horrible Harry Bugs the Three Bears” by Suzy Kline and then conduct our own scientific experiments. Registration begins on May 23.
READ TO SEED: Pizza Garden on the Surface
Young gardeners of all abilities are invited to help us plant a garden! Come by on Thursday, June 27 at 11a.m., and listen to some plant tales and then get your green thumbs ready to plant some veggies on the terrace. Participants will then choose what week(s) they would like to sign up to be the “gardeners of the week,” and help keep our plants watered and weed free throughout the summer. We will then have a “Harvest Party” in September. This program is inclusive for ages 6 – 12. Registration begins June 1.
The Youth Services Department will offer many fun drop-in programs this summer such as Lego Club and Terrace Tales. Look for complete details in May. Click here
for a complete program schedule and for more information.