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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Big week for Baldwin. Library and City to meet Wednesday 3/21 2pm at Baldwin. Library Board meets Monday 7:30 to discuss budgets and millage. System upgrade Wednesday and Thursday.Tuesday Making sense of the Civil War reading and discussion series begins.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Joint Building Committee of the Baldwin Public Library Board
Will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM. In the Board Room at Baldwin Public Library 300 West Merrill Birmingham, MI.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 
possible renovation or expansion of the Library.

Representatives from both the Library and the City of 
Birmingham will be present.

Baldwin Library Board to Meet Monday 7:30 to discuss 
2012-13 and 2013-14 Budgets. Click links below to read.

A meeting of the Baldwin Public Library Board will take place on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tribute and Donor Rooms of the Library.  This meeting will include a hearing to consider the 2012-2013 budget for the Baldwin Public Library.  The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. 

 The Baldwin Public Library will be upgrading its online library catalog and patron database on Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22. During this upgrade, the Library’s online catalog, database resources and downloadable collections will be unavailable for those attempting remote access. eBook holds and downloads will not be possible during the system upgrade. These services will be restored as soon as possible after the upgrade is complete on Thursday, March 22.
Databases, public computers, wireless internet access and printing will be available within the Library building during the system upgrade. Borrowing and return of materials will continue during the upgrade as well.
This system upgrade is one of the capital projects being pursued by the Library this year.
The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street and can be reached at 248-647-1700 or through the Library’s website at  

 The Baldwin Public Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.
Group discussion events will be held Tuesdays on March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1 and May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Library on the following works:
  • “March” by Geraldine Brooks
  • “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson
  • “America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography, and short stories, edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.
Dr. Roy Finkenbine, Professor and Chair of History at the University of Detroit-Mercy, will lead a discussion of the readings at each session. To obtain copies of all program materials and to register for the series, please contact Matt Church at 248-554-4682 or
Baldwin is one of 65 public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support for the series is provided by the Birmingham Historical Museum & Park and the Oakland County Historical Commission.
We are delighted to have been chosen to host this unique series that will allow patrons a chance to discuss the legacy of the Civil War with fellow community members and with the help of a well-qualified scholar,” said Matt Church, Associate Director.
All programs will be held at the Baldwin Public Library at 300 West Merrill Street in downtown Birmingham. For details or to register, please visit or contact Matt Church at 248-554-4682 or   

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