AT THE LIBRARY: National Library Week celebration underway | Life

Area libraries are continuing to offer services ranging from curbside pickup and limited in-person browsing to various virtual programs and take-home activities. Here’s a look at what’s planned in the Anchor Bay area.

Chesterfield Township Library

The Chesterfield Township Library is open at 50% capacity. Face masks are required. Curbside pickup is available by calling the library.

In celebration of National Library Week, children, teens, adults and parent/child teams may drop off entries for the library’s annual Peeps Diorama Contest from April 5 to 9. Completed entry forms must be attached. The display must fit inside a box the size of a shoebox and must be based on a book or have a literary theme. All characters must be made using Peeps. Limit one entry per person or team. Entry forms can be found online at

Aspiring writers can meet virtually for the “Write Here” session from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 8. To register, visit the library’s website.

Elementary school students can participate in the library’s “Build a Buggy Challenge” via Zoom from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 13. Participants will engineer a way to make the buggy move. Supplies will be available for pick-up a week before the workshop. Registration is required.

“Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels” is set for 6:30 p.m. April 13, where adults can learn more about capturing water and how to install and maintain green infrastructure tools at home to mitigate flooding and utilize runoff. Registration is required.

The “Real Reads” nonfiction book group will discuss “The Way I Heard It” by Mike Rowe in the library’s John Hebert Meeting Room from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 15. To register, visit the library’s website.

In partnership with the Chesterfield Township Parks & Recreation Department, “Stories in the Park @ Pollard Park” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 19 through May 24. Preschool and school age children accompanied by a parent or caregiver are invited to this free, drop-in program. Stories will be followed by a craft at the blue gazebo. Participants are required to follow the appropriate social distancing protocols.

“Teen Night DIY Mini Terrarium” is set for 6 p.m. April 19 for grades six to 12. All supplies will be provided. Masks and strict social distancing will be enforced. Participants are welcome to pick up supplies to make a terrarium at home.

The library board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 21.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

On demand story times and book reviews are available on the library’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

The Chesterfield Township Library is located at 50560 Patricia Ave. For more information, call the library at 586-598-4900 or go to

MacDonald Public Library

The library is offering Grab N’ Go service. Patrons are able to enter the library for in-person pickups or to browse. Face masks are required, along with shorter visits and social distancing. Curbside service is also still available.

Children can make pet toys via Facebook Live at 11 a.m. April 9. Registration is required by calling the library and supply kits can be picked up a week before each event.

The fiction book club will discuss “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini at 10:30 a.m. April 13 outdoors, adjacent to the library. If the weather does not permit the outdoor event, the meeting will take place over Zoom.

Books on Tap will meet virtually via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. April 15. The reading selection is the second half of “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss.

Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 8 and 22 at Walter and Mary Burke Park.

A Teddy Bear Picnic for all ages will take place at noon April 23 at Walter and Mary Burke Park. It will include a story, songs and a snack of Teddy Grahams.

The nonfiction book club will discuss “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy” by Sonia Purnell at 10:30 a.m. April 27 outdoors, adjacent to the library. If the weather does not permit the outdoor event, the meeting will be over Zoom.

The library board is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. April 28.

Virtual story times for children will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursdays on Facebook Live.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

MacDonald Public Library is located at 36480 Main St. in New Baltimore. For more information, call the library at 586-725-0273, or go to or

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