Aug 232014

Thursday, Septeform_right_imagember 11, 9:30 am, Arthur Miller Library

Are you interested in finding out more about your family’s history? If so, consider attending our Introduction to Genealogy class where Librarian Cyndi Knecht will teach you how you can start tracing your family tree with tools available through the library. Topics will include:
• The basics of searching
• Using library databases like HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition, as well as other free web sites
• Researching census, vital and military records
• Using computer software to organize your information.
Please note this is a basic beginners class, however more advanced searchers are welcome!

Registration is required for this program. Please call 586-751-5377 to register.

Aug 232014
Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander Family Fun Night: Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

Monday, September 15, 6:30pm, Arthur Miller Library

Cool blues and hot jazz combine in a toe-tapping celebration of jazz, friendship, and pure enjoyment! Every year, the Library of Michigan chooses a great picture book to share with people at schools and libraries around the state. This year’s pick is Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Tim Bowers. Join us for a fun evening with crafts, games, and of course a read-aloud of this swinging story, plus: some feathered friends from the Cockadoodle Doo Chicken Show!

Registration is appreciated, but drop-ins are fully welcome. Please call (586) 751-5377 to reserve your family’s spot

MASK: Family Game DayGame Day

Thursday, September 18, 6:30pm, Arthur Miller Library

Come on in to the library for an evening of old-fashioned fun! Challenge family and friends to play your favorite games, or learn a brand new one! We will have several favorite games available, but please feel free to bring one of your own!

This very special MASK program is open to kids of all ages and their parents. Registration is appreciated, but drop-ins are fully welcome. Please call (586) 751-5377 to reserve your family’s spot. Please note the later time for this program.

Aug 202014

WW2.MI.ManufactureMonday, August 25, 6:30 pm , Arthur Miller Branch Library

If you are interested in learning more about Michigan’s contribution as the “Arsenal of Democracy,” please join us as Wendy Richardson and Chris Causley from the Michigan Military Technical & Historic Society talk about some of the Michigan Made historic items in their 10,000 square foot Museum. This program will be a lively discussion for collectors and non-historians alike. All are welcome!

Registration is required for this event. Please call 586.751.5377 to register.



Jul 112014

 mid section view of a woman cutting vegetablesTuesday, July 15, 10-11:30 AM, Arthur Miller Branch Library

Join us at the Miller Branch for a cooking class with Chef Fran Salvatore, from Pamela’s Catering, as she demonstrates the Science of Cooking while she prepares some summer salads and treats featuring locally grown products. Come taste her creations and learn how to make some fantastic new summer delights!

Registration is required for this program. Please call 586-751-5377 to register.


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)