Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
Financial Scrapbooking... Organize Your Documents. Friday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m.
Consolidate your financial presence in a single location to help you and your loved ones understand your financial situation for planning and emergencies. Presented by Wayne Titus, AMDG Financial. Sign-up online.
Money Storytime. Saturday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m.
For children ages 2 to 8 and their families. Sign-up for this youth event begins April 15. Call 734.453.0750, ext. 5.
The Power of REAL Food
Saturday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m.
Learn how and why a diet high in whole foods and low in processed foods can dramatically improve the health and well-being of your entire family. Guest Speaker: Christie Banners, BA, NTP, and Lead Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association. Sign-up online. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Low Vision Info Session
Drop-in to our social & informative monthly gatherings (first Thursdays), open to anyone with low vision, and their caregivers, family and friends. We share advice on coping skills and adaptive technologies in a supportive atmosphere. Guest Presenter: Kathy Gargagliano, AbleZone Magnifiers and More Store.
Tabletop Game Day
Drop-in! Spend an afternoon at the Library playing tabletop board and card games for adults, teens, and game-loving kids! Games include Quirkle, Forbidden Island and Ticket to Ride, as well as classics like Scrabble and Clue, or bring your own. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Library.
DIA Inside|Out Plymouth - April 2017
2017 Everyone's Reading...
In April and May, the Plymouth District Library will participate in Everyone’s Reading, the one-book community reading program sponsored by Metro Detroit public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties. Everyone’s Reading promotes public dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book with friends, neighbors, and community members.
This year’s selection is Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss, a 2016 Michigan Notable Book set in 1963 when Detroit was on top of the world. The city’s leaders were among the most visionary in America. It was the American automakers’ best year (think Mustang); the revolution in popular music (think Motown) and progressive politics was under way. Reuther’s UAW had helped lift the middle class. But while the era was full of promise, Maraniss shows that shadows of collapse were evident even then. Before the decades of civic corruption and neglect and white flight. Before people trotted out the litany of rust belt infirmities--from harsh weather to high labor costs--and competition from abroad to explain Detroit's collapse. Detroit at its peak was threatened by its own design.
Read with us – and join the conversation:
There will be two book discussions of Once in a Great City at the Library. The Brown Bag Books Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at noon and the Contemporary Books Discussion Group will meet on May 9, 2017 at 7:30p.m. No registration is necessary to participate. Copies of Once in a Great City can be checked out at the Library; reading guides will also be available.
Meet the Author:
Readers are also invited to hear the author, David Maraniss, speak when he appears at The Community House, Birmingham, on Monday May 22, 2016 at 7 p.m., and Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Southfield, on Tuesday, May 23 at 7p.m. Tickets are free, but in limited quantity, contact the Library at 734.453.0750, ext.4 for ticket availability.
This year, Everyone’s Reading is again partnering with the Detroit Institute of Arts. The DIA will host David Maraniss at 11am on Tuesday, May 23 at the museum. Tickets are free and can be ordered by calling 313.833.4005 or at www.tickets.dia.org
Book & Author Luncheon - May 12, 2017
Friends of the Library Book & Author Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:30 am at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth Twp. Cost is $30 per person and reservations will be accepted through April 28 at 12 noon. Download the reservation form here.
This year's featured speaker is history writer, Robert MacDougall, author of three non-fiction books:
- The Agitator and the Politician -The story of two very different men, the radical abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison, and the conservative politician, Abraham Lincoln, and their very different -- and complementary – roads to the emancipation of the slaves.
- Leaders in Dangerous Times -The story of two very different leaders, Douglas MacArthur and Dwight D. Eisenhower in two world wars and the Cold War.
- American History: It's More Than the Crap You Learned in High SchoolA review of what we all sort of learned about American History in High school and an analysis of how that knowledge might actually be interesting and useful.
Robert MacDougall, graduate of Birmingham Seaholm High School and the University of Michigan, has taught American history at the high school and college level for almost fifty years. He is currently retired and lives in Andover, Massachusetts with his wife Diane.
As a bonus, Brian Anderson, local fiction author and founder of Plymouth Writers group will also give a brief presentation. Brian, a graduate of the University of Michigan, will speak briefly about Plymouth Writers group and his new book,Chip Dip, which is set in Detroit.
English Language Learners (ELL) Conversation Group
Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Drop-in to our informal and friendly group meetings held every Monday, facilitated by native English speakers from the Library and the Community Literacy Council. Friends of the Library provide refreshments.
Michigan Activities for the Family
No matter what season of the year, it's time to start discovering the museums and other activities around the state of Michigan. Just go online and print off free or discounted passes to 425 cultural, historical and outdoor venues across the state including Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia, Chippewa Nature Center in Midland , University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Waterford Historic Village and many others. For more information on the MAP program, and Tickets & More, please visit our Michigan Activity Passes page. For a quick listing of the places included in MAP for 2016, see the new brochures for Lower Mitten, Upper Mitten, and Upper Peninsula activities.
. Visit the Detroit Zoo site for additional information on discounted tickets for library patrons.
Combatting Fake News
Many adults get their news from social media, which is timely and convenient, but we need to be vigilant about the accuracy, credibility, and reliability of every information source. We have created this resource guide to help you learn how to identify "fake news," and also to provide some tried and true links to sources you can trust.
Free Tutorials on Popular Internet Topics
TechBoomers is a free site that offers over 40 short courses on the Internet's hottest websites and topics, from social networks and online marketplaces to information directories and even resources & tools for Internet safety & privacy.
Curious about using Dropbox, Facebook, Skype or Google Docs? This is the perfect place to see step-by-step instructions along with lots of screenshots.
Mouse over Research on the black menu bar at the top of this page and select TechBoomers from the pulldown menu or go to https://techboomers.com to take advantage of this great resourse!
Need to brush up on your computer skills or prepare for college entrance exams? Are you curious about digital photography, planting a vegetable garden or starting your genealogy? Is real estate investing or book publishing a dream you've wanted to pursue? Then take two hours a week and try some Gale Courses (formerlyLearn4Life) classes in these and many other subject areas! The Library now offers over 325 different courses. Take each class entirely over the Internet whenever you want -whether from work, home, school, or elsewhere...24/7, 365 days a year! Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin monthly. Best of all, they are free to Plymouth residents!
All you need is a computer with Internet access and your valid Plymouth District Library card. Just select the Research tab at the top of this page and use the pull-down menu to see the Gale Courses option. Select that link and create a free account. Use this account to get your free passcode used when you register for a class.
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Wireless access is provided using a public, unsecured network.