Children's Library - Main Library 
The Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation have joined together with artists Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan and Dani Katsir on a community-based art project to encourage literacy at the Children's Library.  The artists worked with four Detroit schools to create glass mosaic installations to be installed above book shelves of the Detroit Children's Library reading room.  
Students and teachers from Detroit Public Schools worked with the artists for several months to complete the project.
The goal of the project was not only to enhance the décor of the Children's Library with a series of five spectacular glass mosaics, but to provide Detroit students with the experience and pride  of creating a lasting mark in one of the jewels of our community . 
The artists used the images of the students' submitted artwork, drawings and word lists for inspiration to create the glass mosaic designs.  The designs of the 3 x 7 feet installations are based on themes that encourage and stimulate literacy, language skills, creativity, and self-esteem. 
Students and teachers from The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, University Prep Academy High School, Bagley Elementary and Burton International School.
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The Detroit Public Library Author Series Committee 

featuring Angela Flournoy 
Talk @ 
Hubbard Branch 
Monday, May 16, 2016 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Hubbard Branch Library
12929 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48235
Michigan Notable Author and Nation Book Award Finalist 
ANGELA FLOURNOY is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree for 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School and Columbia University.
"Detroit is a city often portrayed as past rescue, irrevocably blighted. But Flournoy's debut novel retrieves it from this through vivid details and equally vivid characters."
-Time Out New York

Comerica Bank Java & Jazz Music Series 
featuring Brandon Williams
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Main Branch

On the music scene since he was 12 years-old, Brandon. Williams' career has been an amazing musical journey. A direct protégé of Grammy and Billboard super producer Michael J. Powell, Brandon Williams is a powerhouse of musical knowledge from producing to arranging and everything in between.  
Known as one of the premiere drummers on Detroit's live music scene, Williams is considered a "go-to" music guy because of his ability to play numerous instruments and his versatile repertoire.  But don't believe us; you just have to experience the musical artistry of Brandon Williams for yourself on the Comerica Bank Java & Jazz concert stage.
2016 Comerica Bank Java & Jazz Concert Series Schedule:
  1. June 21, 2016 - Balance (Marcus Elliot & Michael Malis)
  2. July 19, 2016 -  Maurice Davis
The Battle of the Books 
@ the Detroit Public Library


The Detroit Public Library Children's Teens Services will like to thank the Rosa Parks Youth Program for their enthusiastic  participation  and support for another successful Battle of the Books competition..  The teens were really excited to read and even encouraged classmates to read as well, then discuss the readings to their peers. 
Congrats to all of you, we will see you again next year!!

The Detroit Public Library Honors Two of their Security Officers During Recent Ceremony

      The Detroit Public Library honors Security Guards Ronald Bryant and Bradley Blanks 
                                for an exceptional  job well done in the line of duty. 
On behalf of all the staff and patrons of the Detroit Public Library ... we would 
                                                       like to say thank you!!!   

The Detroit Public Library Author Series Committee 

Talk @ Main Library
featuring Desiree Cooper 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Library - Friends Conference Room
5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism. Using the compressed medium of flash fiction, she explores intimate spaces to reveal what it means to be human. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010, and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.

"This is one of those books that you read through quickly at first to soak in as many of the beautiful descriptions, heart-melting stories and fascinating characters as possible, then read through again slowly, with more thought, to get every nuance you may have missed in the first reading. Deep, thoughtful and so very touching in its realness."
-- Amazon Customer Review

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This year, the African American Booklist honors Judge Damon J. Keith.  
DPL is honored to feature in our 2016 African American Booklist a special biography, Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman. Judge Keith's life story provides a rich context for the history of his times. His recollections of his childhood, his legal and judicial career, and his 53-year marriage to the love of his life, Dr. Rachel Boone Keith, are engagingly captured by Professor Hammer and Mr. Coleman.  

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