BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES WINTER READING CHALLENGE
December 22, 2021
Read books and win prizes with the Bloomfield Township Public Library Winter Reading Challenge, a fun reading program designed to engage all age groups in exploring new ideas, books, and activities. This year’s challenge runs now through January 31, 2022.
The Library uses Beanstack, a free online service that allows readers of all ages to log their reading, participate in activities, read and write reviews, earn badges, and enter prize drawings. Besides logging the books they read, participants can also earn badges by completing activities such as using one of the Library’s downloadable resources, following the Library on social media, or sharing something they’ve discovered about the Library with a friend or family member. For readers who want more variety, there’s an optional additional challenge to help guide your reading and earn extra badges, with activities such as reading a book recommended to you by someone else, reading a book published in 2021, or reading a book that’s been made into a movie or TV show.
Anyone interested in participating in the Winter Reading Challenge can register with Beanstack by visiting btpl.beanstack.org. Readers have until January 31, 2022 to log their activity and enter any prize drawings that interest them.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH PROFESSIONAL LINEBACKER FOR HOLIDAY CHARITY
December 15, 2021
Bay Area Panthers offensive lineman Jeremy Hickey recently partnered with Bloomfield Township Public Library to supply children’s books to a special education classroom at Lone Pine Elementary School. Mr. Hickey, a Bloomfield Hills resident, is sponsoring the classroom for his 2021 holiday charitable giveback.
Mr. Hickey visited the Library on Friday, December 10 to pick up the donated boxes of books and meet the Youth Services staff. The books will help build the Lone Pine Elementary classroom’s reading nook.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY QUILT RECEPTION
November 24, 2021
Bloomfield Township Public Library will hold a reception to unveil a Community Quilt on Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
In spring of 2021, the Library invited patrons to design a quilt panel to depict their unique journeys. Many community members contributed to the project, and the Community Quilt has now been completed thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library.
Attendees can enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, and live music while learning more about the incredible journey of our community. All are welcome at this event.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY INTRODUCES NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
October 4, 2021
Bloomfield Township Public Library recently announced the appointment of Assistant Director Katherine Bryant, who began her new position with the Library on September 7, 2021. Katherine is replacing former Assistant Director Tera Moon, who stepped into the role of Library Director in May 2021.
A Detroit-area native, Katherine has spent the past ten years in the Nashville Public Library system, where she managed the Bellevue Branch and two other branches. An important focus of Katherine’s career has been non-traditional library collections and programs. Under her leadership, the Nashville Public Library created a seed exchange program and a ukulele lending library. Katherine also promoted the library by representing it at community festivals and events. She is committed to customer service, building strong teams, and creating a workplace that people enjoy.
Katherine states, “I am honored and delighted to be selected as Assistant Director. As I settle into my new role, I find myself constantly in awe of the extensive library collection, the beautiful grounds and building, the dedicated staff, volunteers, and Library Board, and the supportive community. I look forward to working with Library Director Tera Moon and the rest of the Library staff to provide first-rate, innovative library service to Bloomfield Township.”
Bloomfield Township Public Library is pleased to welcome Katherine Bryant to the leadership team and confident that her skills and dedication will contribute to a bright future for the Library and the community.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES RETURN OF REGULAR HOURS
September 15, 2021
The Library is pleased to announce we have entered Phase Five of our reopening plan – Cautious Full Service. The following services are now available:
- The Library has resumed its regular operating hours:
- Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon – 5:30 p.m.
- Meeting rooms available for rent by Township residents and Bloomfield Township businesses.
- Masks are strongly encouraged for visitors to the Library, especially in areas where children under the age of 12 are gathered. Masks are required for all Library staff.
The Library may need to temporarily close or reduce capacity and services due to staff COVID-19 infections or public health orders. Information on these changes will be posted on the website and social media and sent via email to library cardholders. Please help us stay open by wearing a mask, keeping your distance from others, washing hands frequently, and staying home if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES MYERS SCHOLARSHIP NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
April 22, 2021
Applications for the Jeanette P. Myers Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted through Tuesday, June 1, 2021!
The Myers Memorial Scholarship provides funds to encourage and support the post-secondary education of past or present employees of Bloomfield Township Public Library, or persons who have some relationship with the Library. A total amount of at least $500 will be awarded to one or more scholarship applicants to use for books, tuition, or other relevant expenses to assist in working toward an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree, or for the pursuit of other higher education.
Scholarship guidelines and application forms are available at the Library’s Welcome Desk and on the Library website at www.btpl.org.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES LED LIGHTING UPGRADES
April 19, 2021
The Bloomfield Township Public Library is pleased to announce it has recently begun making energy and cost-efficient lighting improvements as part of a library-wide lighting conversion project.
This project is expected to span two years, resulting in the replacement of all indoor and outdoor light fixtures with high-efficiency, low-cost LED lighting. Upon completion, the Library anticipates an overall wattage reduction of 67%, increased energy savings, and lower maintenance costs. In addition, all removed fixtures are being disassembled and recycled along with the new fixture packaging, including the fluorescent lamps, electronic ballasts, copper wiring, metal housings, cardboard, and plastic materials.
The Library has been planning and budgeting for this project as part of the Capital Improvements Plan.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCES NEW LIBRARY DIRECTOR TERA MOON
April 8, 2021
After a national search by the Library Board of Trustees, it was announced on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, that Tera Moon was offered and accepted the position of Library Director of the Bloomfield Township Public Library.
Library Board President Judy Lindstrom shared, “I want everyone to know that it was a unanimous choice of the Trustees to select Tera to step into this role created by the retirement of Carol Mueller. The Trustees have every confidence that Tera will maintain the integrity of the Library and bring it to new levels of excellence. We could not be happier about this decision. I applaud the Library Board and staff for being part of this process.”
Tera Moon has been the Assistant Library Director of Bloomfield Township Public Library since 2013. Before that she held several positions at the Southfield Public Library. She will begin her new role as Library Director on Monday, May 3, 2021.
Tera states, “I am honored and thrilled that the Library Board of Trustees has chosen me to lead this already-great library through its next chapter. I look forward to leveraging the skills and ideas of the creative, talented, hard-working staff, Trustees, and volunteers into excellent service to the Bloomfield Township community.”
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES STREAMING CHAMBER MUSIC EVENTS OPPORTUNITY
April 7, 2021
Fans of the Bloomfield Township Public Library’s Chamber Music program series will have the opportunity to view three live-streaming chamber music events this week featuring students from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
On Thursday, April 8, at 8 p.m. viewers will enjoy both modern and classical works written for string quartet and quintet, as well as for clarinet and saxophone quartets. Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. the program includes string duos and quartets, wind and brass trios, and a “Heavy Metal Quartet” featuring euphoniums and tubas, playing works by Nielsen, Mozart, and Schubert. And beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, viewers will be treated to six consecutive live ensemble performances from participants in the prestigious Briggs Competition.
All three events can be viewed online for free, and may be accessed by visiting https://smtd.umich.edu/performances-events/.
The Bloomfield Township Public Library continues to strive to find ways to provide immersive arts experiences with the community. Thank you to the faculty of University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance for sharing these wonderful performances.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY DIRECTOR CAROL MUELLER ANNOUNCES HER RETIREMENT
March 11, 2021
At the December 15, 2020, regular meeting of the Bloomfield Township Public Library Board, President Judy Lindstrom read and accepted a letter of retirement from Library Director Carol Mueller. In part, Carol’s letter stated, “Libraries have always been an important part of my life. As a young girl, I volunteered in both my elementary and middle school’s libraries, and continued working at libraries throughout my college years. When I was hired for my first professional librarian position at the Southfield Public Library, it was a dream come true. Twelve years ago, I had the wonderful privilege of joining the fantastic team at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, which was another dream come true!
This March 2021, I will be completing 43 years in the library profession. These last twelve years at Bloomfield Township Public Library have been the highlight of my career. However, the time has come for me to turn over the leadership of this Library to a new Director, and I will be retiring from my position as Library Director of Bloomfield Township Public Library effective May 1, 2021.
There is something special about the Bloomfield Township Public Library. I believe it’s the people that are connected to this Library that makes this true – the dedicated Trustees, amazing Friends and volunteers, and exceptional library staff. I have been so fortunate to work with each and every one of you, and am grateful to have been a part of the Library’s proud history. I wish all of you the very best in your future endeavors and look forward to hearing about the new ways you make Bloomfield Township Public Library ‘the place to discover.’”
The Library Board began its formal search process for a new Director in January 2021, and will be interviewing Library Director finalist candidates Tuesday, March 30. Interviews will be conducted virtually and are open to the public, with a schedule of times and candidate names forthcoming that will be posted at www.btpl.org. The Library Board plans to have a new Library Director in place by May 3, 2021.