Mar 192015

Shakespeare.Saved.My.LifeThe Big Library Read program is back! From now through March 31st, Warren Public Library card holders will be able to borrow and enjoy the eBook  Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates.

Shakespeare Saved My Life is a memoir of Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates’ time teaching Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life. For a sample, click here.

If you’ve never tried downloading eBooks  from the library, now is a great time to start. They work on a variety of devices, including PCs, Macs, Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and even smartphones! They best part: there are no late fees!

You can download Shakespeare Saved My Life here from our eBooks site. For help with downloading eBooks, click here, or come into any branch. We hope you will take part in The Big Library Read!

Feb 212015

Saturday, March 28, 10 am, Civic Center Library


Join us as we again welcome Gloria Nixon-John, author and teacher, to the Civic Center Library. During this workshop, Ms. Nixon-John will discuss what flash fiction is, why flash fiction is catching on, why it is a worthwhile form that challenges the writer as well as amuses the reader, and publishing opportunities for flash fiction.

Ms. Nixon-John will show you how to create flash fiction from bits of what you already have, or from scratch. This workshop is for beginners as well as seasoned writers. It will delve into both the structure and craft of flash fiction. Poets, essayists, memoirists, fiction, and non-fiction writers alike will benefit from this workshop.

Registration is required for this program. Please call 586.574.4564 to register.

Mar 102015

Thursday, April 16, 6 pm, Civic Center Library

Center.For.MIThe Warren Public Library has volunteered to work in partnership with the Center for Michigan to convene a group of people for a 90-minute discussion to discuss opportunities and hurdles moving from the classroom to a career in Michigan.  Specifically, we will be discussing challenges related to upward mobility. Please consider joining us!  You will be able to share your experiences, priorities, wants, fears and hopes related to getting a job in our state. Community meetings like this are happening all over Michigan.  Make sure YOUR voice is heard!

For more information about this program,  visit To register for this program please call 586-574-4564.

Dec 022014

marketing~~element54We are very happy to announce that Freegal has been added to our electronic resource offerings. With Freegal, you can stream music, as well as download up to 5 songs a week. The downloaded songs are in the MP3 format, and are not checked out: they are yours to keep! Freegal offers over 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. There is no software to download, and downloaded songs are DRM (digital rights management) free. All you need is your Warren Public Library card!

Go to this website to get started using Freegal! For detailed instructions on how to use Freegal, click here.