Auburn Hills Public Library Newsletter

December 2011

In This Issue
Holiday Closings
Friends of AHPL
For Your Information
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Changes in Library Hours for 2012


Due to continuing decreasing revenue, the Auburn Hills Public Library will be shifting and reducing service hours as part of a budget balancing strategy.


Beginning January 2, 2012 the new hours are:


  • Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm (Extended Hours)
  • Sunday: Closed


The Library Board carefully examined budget options this year. It was not an easy decision to reduce service hours, but in order to balance the budget, it was necessary. The most notable change for the library patrons is the reinstatement of extended Saturday hours. The Auburn Hills Public Library Board and Staff are committed to providing the best possible service to the residents of Auburn Hills and are hopeful that these are temporary changes that will be reversed in future years as property values again increase and return Auburn Hills Public Library to its former revenue level.



Stephanie McCoy, Director

Holiday Closings

AHPL will be closed  Friday, December 23--Monday, December 26 as well as Friday, December 30--Monday, January 2.



"Powering Up!" by Anne Doyle


Wednesday, December 7, 7:00-8:30 pm--Join us as Auburn Hills City Councilwoman and author Anne Doyle discusses her book "Powering Up! How America's Women Achievers Become Leaders." Ms. Doyle has been both a pioneering television sports journalist, and a global communications executive with Ford Motor Company. "Powering Up!" contains stories from Anne's own experience, as well as those from other influential women.


Book Bingo


Thursday, December 8, 2:00-3:00 pm--Play Bingo at the Library to win book prizes, have fun, and make new friends! We meet in the Library's large meeting room.


Auburn Hills Writers' Group


Thursday, December 15, 6:30-8:30 pm--Are you a local writer looking for a "local" writers' group? Interested adult writers, 18 years and older, are encouraged to meet, mingle and discuss their work. Bring your notebook, a fellow writer, and a small portion of the work you wish to share. Support and valuable feedback await you!


Murder by the Book and Book Buddies discussion groups are both taking a break in December, but look for them to return in January 2012!



December YA program:  Grades 6-12 

Deck the Halls

Friday, December 16, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Get into the holiday spirit while making all kinds of fun gifts for your family and friends. Bring a favorite dessert or holiday cookies to share.
Our teen events are open to anyone in grades 6 - 12.
Call AHPL at (248) 364-6712 or
email teens@auburn-hills.lib.mi.us to register.



SATURDAY SURPRISE: "December Diversion"


Take a break from your holiday preparations and join us at the library for an afternoon of crafts.


Saturday, December 3, 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Crafts for the family will be set up. Drop in anytime. Parents must accompany children and remain with them throughout the program.


Register for all youth programs by calling 248-364-6712, in person, or by going to our online events calendar. 



Rock 'N' Rhyme Monday, December 5 at 10:30 am. This program is for babies under 2 and a caregiver. The program includes organized songs, stories and finger plays followed by a free-play time for parents to chat with others. Registration begins 2 weeks prior to each date for residents. Non-residents may register one week in advance if space remains. ONE CHILD PER LAP! 



Toddler Storytime for children who are 2 years old along with a parent or other adult.  Sorry, no multiple children or siblings, though twins may come with one adult.   Toddler Storytime runs in sessions of several weeks.  Activities that are included are stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Registration is underway with a few spaces remaining. 



Next session begins Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 am. Residents may register beginning December 29. Non-residents may register on January 5 if spaces remain. 




Awesome Animals, our Preschool Storytime for children who are age 3 through kindergarten.  They must be able to go in the story room without a parent.  This is a good introduction to being in a group, practice listening and following directions.  The program features books, fingerplays and movement.  Registration for residents and Avondale school district families is ongoing.    



  •    November 29 & 30:  Delightful Dogs
  •    December 6 & 7:  Beary Christmas!


Sorytime will resume on January 10 & 11 Those who are currently registered should let us know if they are coming back.






For school age children we offer 3 programs that begin at 4:45 pm Each runs in sessions of several weeks and will follow a common theme throughout the session.   Registration is ongoing.


We will be taking a break from these programs from December 7 until January 10.  



After School Stories on Tuesdays beginning January 10. This program is for kindergarten and grade 1. Topic to be announced.



Junior Library Explorers on Thursdays beginning January 12 "Animals Around the World"



Library Explorers on Wednesdays beginning January 11 



 "Oh, the Games We Will Play" 






KNITTING CLUB: Adults and children ages 7 and up on Saturdays at noon



Whether you already know how to knit or if you'd like to learn, you are welcome to come to the library on Saturday mornings.   A volunteer will be on hand to assist beginners. Parents: come along with your kids and learn too! Please register at the Youth Desk by calling 248-364-6712 or on line at our events calendar.


Save the date: Our Saturday Surprise for January will be on January 21. Watch for more details next newsletter and on our bulletin board.




Friends of the Auburn Hills Public Library

Did you know that the Friends of the Auburn Hills Public Library maintain a used book store in the Library?

It is open the same hours as the Library so please check it out. You'll love the bargains. Get great Holiday gifts and all proceeds support our Library.


Membership rewards for Friends of Auburn Hills Public Library start now for the coming 2012 year. Membership includes preview book sale days offering you first pick books before the public sale. To print and send membership/renewal forms, please go to friendsofauburnhillslib@gmail.com or call 248-276-1258.


Hey, corporate people! The Auburn Hills Public Library offers The Wall Street Journal, Crain's, Automotive News and a large selection of business-related literature and books. If you work in Auburn Hills, come join our Library. Corporate sponsorship is also available in the Friends of Auburn Hills Public Library. Support your local library friends. Memberships are fully tax deductable. Contact us at friendsofauburnhillslib@gmail.com or call 248-276-1258.

For Your Information


What is Your Library Worth to You? - 

Individualized Return on Investment Calculator


Using Kroger Community Rewards is making a difference. Thank you to all who have signed up with Kroger Community Rewards. Auburn Hills Public Library has a received over $200 since last May because of patrons shopping at Kroger. If you have not registered your Kroger Rewards Card yet, go to:  www.krogercommunityrewards.com click on Michigan, click on enroll now. You will be asked for your email address and a password in order to create an account. The next step is to type in Auburn Hills Public Library as the organization you would like to support (the website has very clear directions). This is an easy way to contribute to your local Library.


Homebound Library Delivery Service

Did you know the Library provides a FREE home delivery service to City of Auburn Hills residents who are disabled, or have mobility limitations that make visits to the Library difficult? Please contact the Adult Services Desk at (248) 364-6706 for more information.


The Library has many free resources available to help you improve your English, including Rosetta Stone for English. Call the Adult Services Desk at (248) 364-6706 for more information or to set up an appointment.




Stephanie McCoy, Director
Auburn Hills Public Library