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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the Baldwin Library

BIRMINGHAM, MI (January 3, 2018) – To celebrate, honor, and recognize the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Baldwin Library is hosting historical impersonator Rosie “Miz Rosie” Chapman on Monday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Miz Rosie will impersonate Rosa Parks, who became a close friend of Dr. King during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Chapman’s presentation will teach attendees about Ms. Parks’ life and will give audience the chance to take the roles of bus driver, riders and others.
Donna Smith, Youth Librarian, says, “Young and old alike are swept up in Miz Rosie’s dramatic and energizing theatrical experience. Through her presentations, storytelling becomes a useful educational tool for teaching cultural diversity, history, life skills, conflict resolution and social skills."
This is Miz Rosie’s sixth visit to the Baldwin Library for Martin Luther King, Jr. day. In previous years, she has presented on Madam C.J. Walker, Harriet Tubman, Coretta Scott King, Sojourner Truth, and African folk tales.
In addition to performing across the country and in Australia, Scotland, Germany, and Canada, Chapman offers professional development workshops for teachers, librarians, and major corporations on cultural diversity awareness insights.
The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.

 It was a little over a year ago, when then Mayor Coakley writing in the Hills Highlight  edition #95 touted the City's progress in tele communications  by listing the antenna  facilities popping up in the 
City like mushrooms after the rain. He also mentioned one 

company in particular Rocket Fiber, and wrote , "We (editors note who is we ?) I do not know if the matter  has been  before City Commision  and if not why not ?
Before concluding "with  the Rocket Fiber to bring fiber optic internet cable into our the City". The folks have been very enthusiatic and  entergetic about serving the city and we look forward  to bring them this about  in due 
Almost a year has gone by and now is the winter of our discontent made glorious  summer by the sunny Sun of York (with apologies to Shakespear) Or For that matter anyone  one who wishes to to sell us something
Last weeks did not bring "due course" but it did provide  a  reveation  of what seem to be a done deal. 
when  Commissioner Coakley writing in the Winter 2017 Hills Highlights with has been delivered to  City residents in last week or so wrote  the following"
 "We have been working"The Rocket Fiber people to bring fiber optic cable into the City (of Bloomfield Hills) and we (unamed) look forward  to bring this about in due course. 
They (Fiber Optic?)will first roll fiber optic or wireless optic service ro the more than300 bisinesses in our city and from there branch out to the (neighborhoods)( sic).This will take some time  to implement  but we have taken rthe first to bring the City into the 21st Century. dAs in the case of 
MAYBE MAYBE not but a numbered questions arise. Was there any competitive bidding sought. How many  commissioners besides Mr. Coakley were part of the decision making process.   
 Will City residents be required install Rocket Fiber optic  on their premises or will they make their one internet cable provider. Since Residents have been excluded from the decision making process up to now the future does not look to be rosey.

The Coming of age of Tele communications

In 1959 at the end of a relatively prosperous decade in the City of Sacramento, California in a dozen or so homes that faced a rather large Catholic grade school, half the homes had telephones  but no televisions. and the other half had  TV,s but no telephones.
The latter became painfully apparent when sibllings of absent were sent home  for lunch with notes pinned to their jackets.

Yes dear reader it does get cold even in California in October.
Today  each of those homes  probably homes That have two or TVs and perhaps as many as three telephones. That is the tele communications  revolution.

In 1984 my father retired after a  career in television. At thta time in Detroit Michigan Tv viewers had a choice of programming provided  on three channels, 2,4, and, seven.  They were the network affilates and. Detroiters also had and independent station Channel 50 which broadcast on UHF which newer Television   sets could recieved. In addition. Residents could also get channel 9 in Windsor and even channel 11 in Toledo Ohio.  All of which was Broadcast over the airways. The airways belonged to all and  the mediums that used them had to show cause  when  their liscence came up for  renewal that thy were used for the common good.

A new form on Television was was coming or so everyone said. It did not broadcast over the air but a cable buried in the ground as a result it could carry 100  different channels. The trouble was laying the Cable was expensive  and if a neighbor an over it with a riding lawn mower a sub division could be shut down.

 To off set the expense of Cable communities gave cable companies exclusive rights to a community. In return the residents got Public acces. which filmed  City Government meetings, Founders day parades, high school  and other items of a purely local interest. The cable company would  also teach  residents how  to film events and loaned them the camera or studio space when necessary.

 A factor called low popuation density limited  our  City’ participation in the  the last cable revolution. Still we were of among the first communities to film city commision meetings. Current City Commisioner and former Mayor  Coakley believes  Fiber optics is the cure to what ails us. Is It ? Read on. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Press Release: Baldwin Library Recommends Best Books of 2017

  • Rebekah Craft <>
    Dec 27 at 5:34 PM

    Contact: Rebekah Craft, Baldwin Public Library
    Phone: 248-554-4682
    Email: rebekah.craft@baldwinli

    Baldwin Library Recommends Best Books of 2017 
    BIRMINGHAM, MI (December 27, 2017) – If you’re looking for a great read this winter, check out favorite titles of 2017 recommended by members of the Baldwin Library staff, Library Board and Friends of the Library. 
    For Adults
    Beartown by Fredrick B├Ąckman
    Beartown was riveting and quite timely for me. The book focuses on high school hockey and the quest to be the best no matter what. When a violent act occurs and those involved must face the angst of covering it up. –recommended by Melissa Mark, Library Board
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
    Eleanor struggles with her damaging past, an inability to connect with even well-meaning acquaintances, and trouble dealing with anything outside of her daily routine. But she is also a complex and sympathetic heroine. Her transformation doesn't happen overnight, but her dark humor and survivor spirit make for a character that is easy to care for and a book that is hard to put down.  –recommended by Sarah and Denise, adult librarians
    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 
    Despite Count Rostov’s confinement in Moscow's Metropol Hotel, his life is as rich and full as life can be.  The novel is smart, funny, tender, romantic, historical, relevant, wise, and more. –recommended by Liz, circulation assistant
    The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
    Lyrically written with intensely emotional portrayals of grief and hope simultaneously, this translated-from-French novel describes the story surrounding teenagers on a road trip and a Parisian woman who needs a medical miracle to stay alive.  The book inspired the 2017 French film Reparer les Vivants (Heal the Living). –recommended by Susan, adult librarian
    I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid 
    You won't solve the mystery until it's too late in this psychological horror thriller. –recommended by Dan, adult librarian
    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    This book opens and closes as firefighters are managing an assumed arson at the Richardson’s stately home in the wealthy suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Throughout the course of this mesmerizing, character-driven novel, the author reveals how the lives of three, very different, families are intertwined. --recommended by Rebekah, Associate Director
    A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas     
    An original and inventive re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes and Watson as women in Victorian England, this mystery introduces Charlotte Holmes, a keenly intelligent and surprisingly vain woman who purposely ruins her good name as so to not be eligible for marriage, and instead is assisted by her new employer Mrs. Watson in becoming a private detective. –recommended by Kristen, Head of Circulation
    The Underground Railroad by Colin Whitehead
    This book is a beautifully written page turner. It is an historical novel about a slave escaping and traveling north, full of interesting characters and an imaginative twist on the Underground Railroad. –recommended by Pam DeWeese, Friends of the Baldwin Public Library President
    Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
    Told in five parts from the perspectives of various women affected by 20-something Aviva Grossman's affair with a married Congressman from Florida, Zevin’s riff on the Monica Lewinsky scandal is authentic, insightful, clever and laugh-out-loud funny. –recommended by Maria, Head of Adult Services
    Being Mortal: medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande
    A sensitively written, riveting book on what it means to age, become infirm, and deal with life's end, whenever it comes, Gawande uses personal stories to lend immediacy to his well-researched, thought-provoking book on a topic most put off discussing; this book will get the conversation started. –recommended by Donna, youth librarian
    Birdmen by Lawrence Goldstone 
    This great sequel to McCullough’s The Wright Brothers describes the decade-long battle in the air and in the courts between the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtis to control the future of flight.  It’s a thrill ride through the early days of manned flight, which includes the daring men and women pilots who pushed their aircraft to and beyond their limits and often paid for it with their lives.  –recommended by Jim Suhay, Library Board President
    Darwin's Backyard:  How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory by James T. Costa
    This engaging biography uses anecdotes and personal correspondence to document how Darwin enlisted his wife Emma, their children, various maids and butlers, extended family, friends, and houseguests to help conduct backyard research to support (or sometimes shoot down) various theories. Every heavily-documented chapter ends with a replicable experiment. –recommended by Kathleen, adult librarian

    For Children and Teens
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    This powerful YA book looks at racially-motivated police brutality through the eyes of a 16-year-old black girl named Starr, who sees her unarmed best friend get shot by a cop, and then has to decide if she should stand up for what is right.  –recommended by Elisabeth, teen librarian
    The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
    This is a gripping, fast-paced fantasy novel for teens with an ending that will leave the reader breathless with anticipation for the next in the series. Maxwell's fantasized version of New York pulls the reader in with realistic details and cleverly crafted magical elements that blend seamlessly to create an alternate world.  –recommended by Stephanie, Head of Youth Services
    Nightlights by Paul Paolilli and Dan Brewer, illustrated by Alice Brereton 
    I thought the story was cute, but I fell in love with the illustrations! The family in the book looks exactly like mine! –recommended by H, adult librarian
    Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez 
    This entertaining middle grade chapter book will leave readers cheering for Stella as she learns to ride a bike, make new friends, react to bullies, and start talking a lot more. –recommended by Caroline, youth librarian 
    The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.


    Rebekah Craft
    Associate Director
    Baldwin Public Library
    300 W. Merrill St.
    Birmingham, MI  48009