40th Anniversary Weeklong Celebration

The Library is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary the week of August 19-24. We will have a variety of activities for all ages that will take a look back to the 1970s. On Wednesday, August 21st, we invite patrons of all ages to come to the Library between 6 and 7:30 p.m. for a 1970s themed Open House and Family Night. There will be activities, events and exhibits for all ages. We will also have light refreshments and prizes. No registration is required for this event.

The Library will also offer several other special events during this week. Teens in grades 7-12 can join us to make Lava Bottles at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 19. Children of all ages can come to the Library at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20 for Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees. Also on Tuesday, adults can join us at 5 p.m. for a special showing of The Sting at the monthly Movie and Pizza Night. On Thursday, August 22 children of all ages can once again join us for a special program about our Favorite Retro Book Characters. Adults can also join us Thursday night at 6 p.m. for a modern take on String Art. To help us finish this exciting week, tweens entering grades 3-6 can make Decoupage Notebooks on Saturday, August 24 at 2 p.m. Registration is required for these special anniversary week events.

The Friends of the Library will also be holding a Silent Auction during the anniversary week. The auction will run from August 19-24 and will feature children’s materials. Stop by the Library to place your bids!

40 Years of Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2013 is coming soon with programs for all ages! Our Summer Reading Kick-Off is Thursday, June 13th from 10am to 2pm. We will have crafts, outdoor games, treats and more at this library-wide event. There will be special prizes for the first 150 children and tweens who register as well as a few other fun surprises.  In addition to our regularly scheduled adult programs, we also have 40 special programs in honor of our 40th anniversary. We hope to see you this summer.

Communities Matter @ Your Library

ImageAs we enter our 40th year of service, the WIxom Public Library will focus on our mission to serve people of all ages with the highest quality services. These programs and material collections actively engage the educational, cultural, informational, business, and recreational needs of the Wixom Community. During National Library Week April 14-20, we will celebrate this year’s theme, Communities Matter @ Your Library, with a special visit from the Wixom Fire Department on Saturday, April 20th.

On this same day we will host a Food for Fines program, where for every non-perishable food item you donate on April 20, $1.00 will be forgiven from your fines with a maximum of $5.00 forgiven per library card. The food drive is a month long, so even if you can’t stop by on April 20th, you can drop off food items anytime during the month of April. This program is a collaborative effort organized by Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan and local libraries.

Teens and adults can also enter our Communities Matter Photo Contest from April 1-20. Submit your favorite photo of Wixom. We will display your photo in the Library and a winner will be selected based on the photo best representing the theme Communities Matter. The winner will also be awarded a prize. Entry forms are available at the Information Desk.

Million Penny Project

The Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Library and a generous sponsorship from Genisys Credit Union, will be launching a million penny campaign beginning in April. This project will run for an entire year and focus on fundraising for new technology in the Library. Improvements include new computers and iPads in the Children’s area, a color printer, scanner, and the purchase of an e-magazine subscription for adults and teens. Every penny, nickel, dime, and dollar count; and with the help of the Wixom Community, we know that we can keep improving library services. Please stop by the Library b to pick up your penny wrappers or to drop off your change. 

Programming Highlight: Women and Art

As part of our mission, we offer programming to meet the cultural and informational needs of the Wixom community. This March, we are excited to offer the program Women and Art: Female Trailblazers. On March 13 at 6pm, the Detroit Institute of Arts will join us to present about female artists who defied gender roles and rose above prejudice to create enduring artistic statements. Artists from various time periods will be discussed, including Rachel Ruysch, Artemisia Gentileschi, Kiki Smith and Glida Snowden. Register online or at the Information Desk.

Spectacular Saturday: Summer Reading Club Reunion

splashmooseAs part of our 40 Year Anniversary, we are celebrating a long and wonderful history of summer reading clubs. Summer reading clubs encourage reading among patrons of all ages and feature entertaining and educational programs throughout each summer. Each year a different theme is chosen – fromMake a Splash – Read and One World, Many Stories to this summer’s upcoming Dig Into Readingtheme. Families with children ages 2-10 are invited to celebrate clubs past at our Summer Reading Club Reunion at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 26. Join friends from past summers, get a sneak peak of our 2013 plans, and take home prizes from previous summers. Register today online, by phone or at the Children’s Desk!