Upcoming Closures
Tuesday, November 3*
Wednesday, November 25 at 5pm
Thursday, November 26
Friday, November 27
Return slot is CLOSED. No return of materials.

*November 3 Closure - Election Day
Due to the Library being a polling location for Precinct 18 for the Election, the building will be closed for general public use. Precinct 18 is open 7am-8pm.

Services Available, 10am-9pm:
-Drive-Up Window & locker services by appointment
-Available hold pick-up
-Library card sign-up/renewal
-Information Services with a Librarian
-Cafe services beginning at 7am
-Craft Grab-N-Go pick-up

For general information, please call 248-349-0720.
Visit for 60 Minutes or Less!
NPL is currently in Phase 4 -Grab-and-Go of its reopening plan! New services have been added. Starting October 5, guests can check out Book Discussion Kits, STEAM Kits, Early Literacy Backpacks and Special Needs Kits!

Phase 4:
  • Masks required (Executive Order 2020-153)
  • Visits of 60 minutes or less; small groups of 1-2 people strongly encouraged
  • Guests may be given a timer when they arrive
  • Social distancing of 6 ft. guidelines in place
  • Materials returned will be quarantined for 5 days (CDC)
  • Donations are accepted on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
  • Return slot open during regular business hours of operation
  • Printing, scanning copying and computer services available
  • Locker & Drive-Up Window pick-up by appointment
  • Library Café and Book Nook are OPEN
  • Virtual programs at novilibrary.org
  • No meeting or study rooms available
Watch our newest Beyond Books episode! Dana talks about Community Reads and interviews Steve Miller of the Huntington Learning Center of Novi, sponsor of our upcoming free ACT and SAT Practice Tests for teens!
Tips for Keeping Library Materials "Germ" Free:
  • If you are sick, refrain from handling library materials.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling library materials.
  • Refrain from taking your library materials in the bathroom.
  • A disinfecting wipe can be used to wipe the covers and cases.
Voter Guides!
Voter guides from the League of Women Voters will be made available this month at the Welcome Desk. Please call 248-349-0720 before stopping by to check if they are available. Click here to view the guide online.
From the Director's Desk: A Need to Listen…
Since the start of 2020, Novi Library has had experiences where an opportunity to listen has become critical for staying relevant and available to its community.

In January, NPL encountered a flood. For five days the building was closed due to water damage. The NPL team had “to listen” to our building. It told us to evacuate, shut-down operations, and work with a restoration vendor to thoroughly clean, disinfect, and dry-out many spaces that were affected. Then, the NPL team had to carefully plan so that future incidences can be avoided. 

In March, a pandemic erupted. This time, the NPL team had “to listen” to our state and local governments who instructed us to shut-down library operations until proper protocols, screening and testing could be implemented. We continue to listen and follow our governing bodies, and thankfully the library has been able to resume a phased approach for implementing library operations. We are currently in phase 4 – offering 1-hour, “grab and go” service and access to the building with limited computer usage. Virtual programming, the Book Nook and café services are also available. 

The building does look different when a guest enters. There is very little furniture as we are not encouraging group gatherings at this time. Community members are being very respectful of both the mask and social distancing requirements. THANK YOU! Staff have heard from guests that they are happy to have the opportunity to enter the building and access materials both in-person and on-line. We continue to take small steps forward to keep guests and staff as safe as possible.

In late May, great turmoil was felt throughout our nation due to witnessing horrifying acts of social injustice, and that pain reached members of our Novi community as well. Members from our community reached out and asked how NPL would respond to their needs. The Library Board and staff began to actively listen in order to assist those who wanted more equitable actions to be taken. In June, the Library Board took action by beginning to discuss how to respond to the needs of our Black community and approved June 19th as a day of closure annually at the Library. Then, at the September Library Board meeting, the Board updated and approved additional objectives to its current Strategic Plan. These objectives speak to continuous development with collections, programming, outreach, human resources and marketing when considering diversity, equity and inclusion in the organization. 

The Library Board also approved a standing DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Committee to oversee new initiatives for the Novi Public Library and there was support to purchase memberships in library related organizations for the library staff to gain greater knowledge when serving the library’s Black and Asian Pacific residents. In addition, a community listening session is being planned for Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 7:00pm, to gain greater feedback into how NPL can be a driver of connectivity with services and resources for library guests. All members of our Novi community are encouraged to engage in this event!

These actions are just the start to the Library Board and staff’s commitment to continued work and engagement with library users.
We are listening Novi and the Library Board and staff look forward to many opportunities to carry-out its motto: Inform. Inspire. Include.
NPL Cafe - Proudly Serving Starbucks!

You are invited to enjoy 25% off your total bill at the Café - proudly serving Starbucks beverages!

Must provide ID or other proof of birthday. Valid only on birthday. Not valid with any other offer. Email/coupon required. For more information on this offer, please contact the Library Café at 248-869-7249.

Café Hours
Mon-Thu: 7am-7pm
Fri: 7am-5pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Upcoming Community Events

MSU Tollgate Virtual STEAM Series
The Secret Life of Trees - Grades K-12
Follow the Nutrient Trail - Grades 3+
Programs are run by teachers. Teachers can register here.

Sign the Novi Police Car
For a minimum $5 donation, you can sign the pink portions of the vehicle with the name of a loved one or a wish for someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. Click here to see where the car will be located and when!
TeenTober Bingo Challenge

Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to complete three activities throughout this month for a chance to win a gift card to the Library Cafe!

To download the TeenTober Bingo sheet, click here.
Introducing: Auto-Renewals!

Starting Oct. 1, materials checked out on your card will automatically renew before their due date, saving you time and late fees!

Items will auto-renew if:
-The item does not have holds
-The item has not reached its limit of 2 renewals
-Your account does not have blocks preventing renewals
-It is an item that is eligible for renewals

When do auto-renewals occur?
They will occur 3 days before an item's due date. You will receive your full loan period, as the renewal period is added at the end of the original loan.

Will I get a notification if an item has auto-renewed?
No, you will not receive a notification of the successful auto-renewal of items; items that can be renewed will be renewed with no notification. However, if you have opted in to receive checkout and renewal receipts via email, then you will be sent an email renewal receipt when items are auto-renewed.

I already returned my item. Why did the item auto-renew?
If you already returned the item, it is currently in quarantine for 5 days but still on your account. Please allow for one (1) week for the item to come off of your account as it goes through our quarantine process.

What if an item doesn't auto renew?
If an item cannot be renewed, you will receive a due date reminder by your chosen notification method (email, text or phone). Please return items by the due date so that other library patrons can enjoy them and to avoid accruing late fees.

Questions? Call us at 248.349.0720.
Coming Soon! Get Access to Library Materials Safely with Lakeshore Lending Library!

The Lakeshore Lending Library kiosk, the first of its kind in Michigan, will be a contactless way for Novi library cardholders to get access to the materials they love! Opening this fall and located in beautiful Lakeshore Park at 601 S Lake Dr., visitors can quickly park and walk-up to the kiosk to browse and check out up to 5 items using a valid Novi library card. Daily deliveries will be made to the kiosk to ensure that it is stocked with best sellers, DVDs, large print, fiction for all ages and more!

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for when the kiosk will officially open for business!
Explore the Wonderful Virtual Services Available to You During Michigan Library Appreciation Month!

This month is a celebration of Michigan libraries and library staff and all that libraries do to facilitate exploration and discovery!

Show your appreciation and support by checking out the digital services that we offer by visiting our Online Tools and Digital Library pages on our website. Stream movies and music; brush up on job skills, get homework help or explore your family history! It's all free and accessible online from anywhere on novilibrary.org!

Follow us on social media and use the hashtag #MiLibraryMonth and #LoveMILibraries!
Sharing the Memories of the Kent State Massacre

Join Roseanna "Chic" Canfora, Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Kent State, and eyewitness and survivor of the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.

She is a stalwart advocate for May 4 remembrance and for the importance of connecting the lessons of the anti-war movement to emerging movements today.

Join the conversation, ask questions, or just listen in! Register with valid email address to receive Zoom link one day prior to the event.
11th Annual Community Reads ft.
"Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio"

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf, chronicles the harrowing events that occurred at Kent State 50 years ago on May 4, 1970, leaving four students dead.

Copies of the book are available for check-out in the What's New section on the 1st floor.

Watch and participate in a virtual author interview and Q&A on November 12, 2020. Registration is required.
African American Ethnic Cultural Discussion Group

Join us virtually on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30pm as we Inform, Inspire and Include through cultural conversations! This month's program features Earl Lewis, noted social historian, author, former director of the Center for Afroamerican & African studies, and former president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Register here to receive Zoom link.
Introducing a Novi Community Group!

Pride + Joy offers educational resources, advocacy opportunities and mutual support for parents & guardians of LGBTQ+ kids!

Meeting are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Email adriennehaslam@gmail.com with questions.

Join their virtual meeting on Wednesday, October 7 at 7pm. Register here to receive Zoom link.
We would like to thank SpaceXBots, FTC Robotics Team 6294, from the 8th grade at Novi Middle School, for their incredibly generous donation of 400 disposable masks for Library staff and guests.

Your generosity will help keep the Novi community safe!
We are also so grateful to the Tamil Aarvalargal Group, including Sridharan C., Moorthy K., Ananth B., Prabakaran K., Latha R., Ramkumar R., and Kannan B., for donating several hundred Tamil books for NPL's Youth and Adult International Collections. They went above and beyond to ensure that our library would have a fantastic selection of Tamil books.

We are extremely happy and lucky that we have such wonderful people in our community!
Book Nook is Open!
Come browse the Book Nook's excellent selection of books for purchase. Please use the existing Book Nook "hold" process if you would like a book in the glass case and a Friends Volunteer will contact you within one week. Use the Honor Box for payment.
Visit the iCube and work on projects by appointment! To make an appointment to use the technology available in the iCube, please fill out this form and a member of the iCube team will contact you!
New to the iCube: Sublimation Printer - Sawgrass 500
This product allows you to apply custom full-color artwork to specially coated mugs! For more information about this tech, please contact the iCube team at icube@novilibrary.org.
NPL book lists & resources
are here to help!
Not sure what to read next?
Our Librarians have put together reading lists for youth and teens to help guide them to their next favorite read! Adults can also get access to readers advisory resources!
Have you listened to NPL's podcast?
Subscribe and listen on Apple, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor.fm and Radio Public. Episodes feature a wide range of subjects! Listen to our newest episode here, where we interview State Representative Kathy Crawford and learn about her life!
Share your COVID-19 story!
We are creating a collection of reflections on this important historical moment for the Local History Room. All ages are welcome to respond. A submission by anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian give permission for the submission. Click here to learn how you can submit.