2011 One Book, One Community

March 9, 2011

There are many free events in the Detroit area this month revolving around the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, this year’s One Book, One Community selection.   This year’s partners are the Detroit Public Library, The American Cancer Society, Wayne State University, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, HAP, Wayne County Community College District and the Detroit Science Center.

Go to a book discussion at a Detroit Public Library Branch.  Click here for Branch Addresses and more information.
Conely Branch, Sat. March 12, Noon to 2 PM 
Parkman Branch, Wed. March 16, 5: 30 to 7 pm
Chase Branch, Thurs. March 17, 6 to 7 pm
Mark Twain Annex, Thurs. March 17, 6 to 7:30 pm
Redford Branch, Thurs. March 17, 6 to 7:45 pm
Sherwood Forest Branch, Thurs. March 17 6 to 7:45 pm
Elmwood Park Branch, Sat. March 19, 11 AM to Noon
Duffield Branch, Thurs. March 24, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Stop by the Cancer Awareness Health Fair on Wednesday March 16 from 2 to 6 PM at WCCCD’s Northwest Campus Welcome Center, 8200 W. Outer Drive, Detroit.

Attend “What Have We Learned: A Candid Community Conversation” sponsored by the American Cancer Society on Thursday March 24th at 6:30 PM at Detroit Public Library’s Main Branch.  This community-wide panel discussion will focus on key topics covered in the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, including the critical health issues facing our community, evolution of research ethics and progress, and the resources available to help patients and families navigate a potential health crisis.

Hear author Rebecca Skloot discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” on Saturday March 26th at 2 PM in the Friends Auditorium of Detroit Public Library’s Main Branch.  This event is free and open to the public.  A book signing will follow.

Follow these links for more information:


Cultural Preservation at DPL

October 27, 2010

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the Detroit Public Library will present a daylong program,  Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation, on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 10 AM to 4 PM at DPL’s Main Branch. The event is free.

Attendees will be shown how to identify and preserve items of importance including photographs, military uniforms, farm tools and wedding dresses.   There will be presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

If you would like to have a professional consultation about an item, you must reserve a spot in advance by e-mailing treasures@si.edu or by calling toll free (877) 733-9599.  Reservations are not required for those not wishing a one-on-one consultation.   For more information about consultations and about the program, click here.

U.S. Census History at DPL

January 5, 2010

The History of the United States Census

Wednesday, January 13, 2009
6:00 –7:30 PM

Explorers Room of the Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward, north of Warren in Midtown Detroit

Learn about the history of the U.S. Census and how you can use this valuable data.
This is the first in a three part series. Free and open to the public.
Information at 313-833-1440

4th Annual Automotive Authors Day

October 14, 2009

The Fourth Annual Automotive Authors Day, sponsored by The Friends of the National Automotive History Collection, will take place at the Detroit Public Library’s Rose and Robert Skillman Branch located at 121 Gratiot Avenue.  The event will occur on Saturday, November 21 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public; street parking and area lots are recommended. For a complete listing of participating authors, please visit the NAHC website at www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/nahc.

Community Foundation Challenge

August 5, 2009

Arab American National Museum, the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation, The Detroit Institute of Arts and The Henry Ford as well as other Detroit area cultural institutions are participating in a fundraising effort called the Community Foundation Challenge – Arts & Culture. 

On August 18th at 10:00, donors are asked to make their contributions of $25 – $10,000 via http://www.cfsem.org/.  Matching funds will earn each institution an addition 50% of the gift’s value.  Each participating institution has the potential to earn up to $200,000 in matching funds.  The money will help with much needed support of operating costs for institutions.

Donors will be asked to select the institution(s) they wish to donate to using a drop-down menu.  Click here for a list of participating institutions.  Matching funds will go fast, so be ready at 10 AM on August 18!

For more information: 

Abe Lincoln Grows a Beard

March 27, 2009


“…All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President…”

“…As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?”

The Library of Congress exhibit “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition” is on display in Washington D.C. until May 9, 2009.  Among its features are the letters that Grace Bedell and Abraham Lincoln wrote to each other in 1860 discussing the possibility of a beard for the presidential candidate.  Grace Bedell’s original letter to Lincoln is on loan to the Library of Congress from the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public LibraryLincoln’s response is on loan from the Benjamin Shapell Family Manuscript Foundation.

Click here for photographs and more information.

February Events at DPL

February 2, 2009

Kick-off your African American History Month at the Detroit Public Library!  For all the info, visit www.detroitpubliclibrary.org!

Fred Hart Williams Genealogy Society African American History Month Program
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(formal program followed by reception)
Location: Main Library – Old Fine Arts

World Market
Saturday, February 7, Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Come to the Detroit Public Library’s World Market where you’ll find wonderful arts & crafts, sample delicious ethnic foods, and enjoy live entertainment.
Main Library – Adam Strohm Hall

Heart Healthy History Hunt
Get involved and discover history through this exciting scavenger hunt experience at the Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Historical Museum. Join the fun by getting your Heart Healthy History Hunt questions from the American Heart Association’s table at the World Market in Strohm Hall.

Also, keep in mind these events:

Main Library

Flick Night: Stomp the Yard
Friday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
H.Y.P.E. Teen Center

College Saturday: African American Greek Organizations
Saturday, Febraury 7, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
H.Y.P.E. Teen Center

Musical Heritage Journey – African American Sing-A-Long
Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Audience sing-a-long with PowerPoint lyrics led by DPL’s Lyrical Librarians.
Music and Performing Arts

Hollywood in Black & White
Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
A historical look at the world of cinema through the contributions of African Americans.
Hackley Reading Room

African American Genealogy on the Web
Saturday, February 21
Part 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Part 2 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This two-part program introduces basic African American genealogy and advanced specialized databases available for research.
Burton Historical Collection

Afternoon @ the Movies: Antwone Fisher Story (PG-13)
Saturday, February 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Popular Library

Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series Kick-off
Tuesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m.
Join us as we welcome Allan Barnes and Giant Step to the 9th season kick-off of the Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series.
Old Browsing

65th Annual E. Azalia Hackley Collection Concert
Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for An Evening of Jazz & Blues featuring two outstanding pianists: Johnny O’Neal and Geri Allen. Tickets required: $15.00 & $30.00. For more information call 313 833-4042.
Friends Auditorium

Field Trip: Detroit Institute of Arts
Friday, February 20, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
H.Y.P.E. Teen Center

Paradise Valley/Black Bottom Poets
Saturday, February 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Lecture and discussion by Wayne State University Professor Melba Joyce Boyd and Marygrove College Professor Frank Rashid.
Art & Literature Department

Know Your History: Quiz Challenge
Saturday, February 21, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a “Jeopardy style” quiz for teens. Teams compete for prizes.
H.Y.P.E. Teen Center

History Forum with Seniors of Hannan House
Friday, February 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
H.Y.P.E. Teen Center

Game Wars with Seniors of Hannan House
Friday, February 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
H.Y.P.E. Teen Center

Urban Fiction Book Club
Saturday, February 28, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Popular Library

Bowen Branch

Black History Heroes and Sheroes Puppet Show & Games
Thursday, February 5, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Watch an exciting puppet show about African American History @ the library.

Movies @ Bowen – Their Eyes Were Watching God
Saturday, February 21, 2:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Campbell Branch

Black History Story Hour
Wednesday, February 18, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate African American History Month with great stories @ the library. For children ages 4-9 years old.

Black History Month Book Club for Adults
Saturday, February 28, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Chandler Park Branch

Black History Heroes and Sheroes Puppet Show
Saturday, February 14
3:00 – 4:00 p.m

Stories from the Underground Railroad presented by Tanya Dallas
Saturday, February 28, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Chaney Branch

Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, February 11, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Hear stories, make music and create crafts from African stories.

Chase Branch

Civil Rights Sports Movies Film Festival
Monday, February 23 – Thursday, February 26, 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Movies & popcorn @ the library.

Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs
Saturday, February 28, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Learn and relive history through audience participation as we present the famous Rosa Parks Bus reenactment.

Conely Branch

Black History Heroes and Sheroes Puppet Show
Saturday, February 21, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Duffield Branch

31st Annual Albert H. Mallory Black Heroes Oratorical Essay Contest
Saturday, February 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Students in grades 3-8 present their prize-winning essays.

Edison Branch

African American History Movies
Saturday, February 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Family friendly films will be shown @ the library for African American History Month.

Elmwood Park Branch

Video Day
Saturday, February 7, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Join us as we watch the movie Nightjohn and enjoy refreshments @ the library.

Franklin Branch

African American History Month Family Program
Saturday, February 7, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Hubbard Branch

Saturday, February 7, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Stories told in the African tradition along with quilting

African American Folktales, Poems & Songs with Madelyn Porter
Saturday, February 21, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Knapp Branch

Celebrating Black History with Jazzy Musical Melodies
Wednesday, February 11, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Love jazz? Stop by the Knapp Branch and experience a jazzy musical treat with the Renaissance High School Jazz Band.

Lincoln Branch

African American Book Discussion Club
Saturday, February 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Books by African American authors will be discussed.

Black History Heroes and Sheroes Puppet Show
Wednesday, February 11, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Puppets featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman and many more.

Movie Night @ Lincoln – The Great Debaters (PG-13)
Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Movie time for all ages at the library.

Mark Twain Annex

Black History After School Fun
Tuesday, February 3, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Black History Movie and Craft Day
Saturday, February 7, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Black History Coloring Contest with Prizes
Tuesday, February 10, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Children color for prizes!

African Jewelry Making Fun
Saturday, February 21, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Black History Heroes and Sheroes Puppet Show
Saturday, February 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Monteith Branch

Madelyn Porter Presents… Life is Fine
Saturday, February 21, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Sherwood Forest Branch

African American History Celebration
Saturday, February 21, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
African storytelling and Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs with Joyce Kinniebrew. For children ages 5 and up.

Skillman Branch

Compuware presents Noontime Concerts
Wednesday, February 18 , Noon
Join us as we welcome the Evan Garr to the Skillman Branch Library.

Wilder Branch

African Cooking
Saturday, February 7, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
African dishes demonstrated at the Wilder Branch Library.

African Drums & Dance
Saturday, February 14, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Baba Shomari and Roland Matthews present an inspiring program of African drums and dance.