Jun 122014
 

On Saturday, June 7,  an insect that resembled a bedbug was found at the Miller Branch Library. The library was shut down and Mayor Jim Fouts immediately signed an emergency purchase order to hire Griffin Pest Control to inspect the Miller Branch for possible infestation.  The inspection confirmed that the insect in question was a bedbug. None of the city’s other three branches were closed and are open to the public.

Bedbug-sniffing dogs were then brought in to search the library for the possible presence of additional bedbugs.  The highly-trained dogs alerted the handler by sitting down when they found a “hot spot” which alerts the handler to the possible presence of live/dead bedbugs, their eggs, and/or larvae.  Heat and chemical treatments have been scheduled for the Miller Branch to exterminate any possible presence of these pests. The Miller Branch will be closed until these treatments are applied.

On June 11, the Warren Civic Center Library Branch also had an inspection by the canine team.  During the inspection, the dogs alerted the handler to several areas of the library, including several chairs.  While no live or dead bedbugs were found, items that the dogs found have been quarantined, and they will be heat-treated for 3-4 hours at a temperature of 135 degrees by the pest control company. Inspections will also be performed at the Maybelle Burnette and Dorothy Busch Branch libraries.

Library staff is being trained to recognize bedbugs, and staff will be instructed to carefully inspect items for possible infestation when they are returned to the library.  If there is evidence of infestation, the item will be quarantined and disposed of or treated. Additionally, the library is implementing a preventive strategy by developing policies and procedures which will include a thorough inspection policy and limiting bags brought into the library.

Mayor Fouts said he has prohibited any donation of used books to the branch libraries because “bedbugs often hide in used books.” “I am also directing the library staff to be on the alert for visitors who might have bedbugs on them,” said Fouts.

 Link to City of Warren Press Release (PDF format) 

Jun 122014
 

Fizz.Boom.Childrens.Logo.150.150Summer is here, so that means it is time for Summer Reading Club at the Warren Public Library!

Summer Reading Club runs from Saturday, June 14 – Saturday, August 2. This year, there are clubs for babies (0-2 years), children (2- 11 years), teens (12 – 17 years) and adults. All you have to do is register at any Warren Public Library branch and turn in reading forms throughout the summer. Grand prizes this year include iPad Airs for adults, a Kindle Fire for teens, and  for child a bike donated by Macomb Bike & Fitness. To learn more about each club, click here.

Also, be sure to check our Library Program links for exciting Summer Reading programs that are happening throughout the summer!

Happy reading and enjoy your summer!

 

Mar 282014
 

storytimeRegistration for Spring storytimes at the Warren Public Library starts Wednesday, April 2.

This Spring we will have:

  • Baby Lapsit for children up to 12 months (with parent or caregiver) at the Civic Center Library on Tuesdays at 2 pm. Designed for the youngest library users and their parents or caregivers, Baby Lapsit includes singing, clapping, bouncing, listening to rhymes and stories, and a time to play. To register, call 586.751.0770 starting Wednesday, April 2 at 12 pm.
  • Book Tots for children 1 to 2 ½ years (with parent or caregiver) at the Busch Branch Library on Thursdays at 6:30 pm or Fridays at 10:30 am. Book Tots is a short storytime for the very young toddler, and includes stories, rhymes, songs, and a time to play. To register, call 586.755.5750 starting Wednesday, April 2 at 12 pm.
  • Toddler Time for children 2 to 3 years (with parent or caregiver) at the Civic Center Library on Tuesdays at 9:30 am, Tuesdays at 11 am, or Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Toddler Time includes stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft. To register, call 586.751.0770 starting Wednesday, April 2 at 12 pm.
  • Preschool Storyhour for children 3½ to 5 years, is designed for independent listeners. Stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft will be included.
    • Miller Branch Library on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. To register, call 586.751.5377 starting Wednesday, April 2 at 9 am.
    • Burnette Branch Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.  To register, call 586.758.2115 starting Wednesday, April 2 at 9 am.
    • Civic Center Library on Thursdays at 10:30 am. To register, call 586.751.0770 starting Wednesday, April 2 at 12 pm.

This Spring’s storytime session will run from April 14 — May 17.  Warren residents will be accepted first.  For a complete schedule of storytimes including registration information, click here.

We hope to see you there!

Mar 212014
 

Food for Thought Logo - 2014Next time you stop by the library to get something to read, considering bringing something along to help those in need as well.

From March 24-April 30, all Warren Public Library locations will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items as part of the Food for Thought campaign, a regional effort between local libraries and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan. Food banks see a decrease in inventory during the winter and early spring, so donations are needed to help  feed hungry children, seniors, and families in your community!

To participate, bring in nonperishable food items and place them in donation boxes inside the library. For more information, call 586.574.4564.

Feb 092014
 

drseussSaturday, March 1, 11 am, Burnette Branch Library

We’re having our party a day early but it’s never too early to enjoy the wonders of Seussville. Think wacky, wild, and wonderful and you’ll be ready for our crazy and colorful party!

Be sure to register so we can have enough super, silly supplies! Registration begins Monday, February 10. To register, please call 586.758.2115