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Your Monthly News & Updates

Holiday Closings

Veteran's Day

Saturday, November 9 = Main Library

Monday, November 11 = Branches


Thursday, November 28 = All Locations

Friday, November 29 = Main Library

Saturday, November 30 = Branches

Fall Hours

Branches are now open on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Branches are closed on Fridays. Sunday hours at Main Library and Redford and Wilder Branches will resume on October 6, 2019.

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In this issue...

Music at the Library

Fall Author Series


Upcoming Events

Science at the Library

Celebrate Thanksgiving

International Game Week

De-Stress at the Library

Get Ready for the Holidays

Save the Date--Noel Night

Sunday Family Fundays Return!

Sunday schedule continues in 2019 and 2020. Beginning on October 6, 2019 until May 17, 2020, the Main Library, the Redford Branch (serving Westside Detroit) and the Wilder Branch (serving Eastside Detroit) will be open on Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. There will be all regular services plus special programs for all ages.

Main Library

Redford Branch

Wilder Branch

No Fines

No More Overdue Fines...@ Your Detroit Public Library

Beginning September 1, 2019, the Detroit Public Library discontinued charging overdue fines for books and other material. So, if you have overdue items preventing you from checking more items out, just return them and you will be back to borrowing!

No More Overdue Fines @ Your Detroit Public Library

Music at the Library

Second Sunday Sessions

Wilder Branch

Sunday, November 10, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Jacob Schwandt on guitar, Jason Rickett on bass and Virgil Shepp on keys, the Earhustlers will stop at nothing to spread their ramshackle funk tunes.

All Ages

Fall Author Series

Dani McClain

Main Library

Sunday, November 10, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Join us for a conversation between Dani McClain and a Detroit Public Library librarian about Black motherhood, the importance of mutually supportive communities, and navigating power structures.


Dan Ringo

Main Library

Saturday, November 16, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Join us for a book talk with Dan Ringo, author of, Airman to CEO, Boiler Room to Boardroom. Ringo is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools & Wayne State University, Air Force veteran, & much more.


Mark Stryker

Main Library

Sunday, November 17,

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Author Mark Stryker celebrates Detroit’s profound influence on jazz from the mid-20th century through the present day.


Amanda Barratt

Main Library

Saturday, November 23,

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Barratt is a romantic historical fiction author. She is an Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, bestselling author. Join us as she discusses her latest book, My Dearest Dietrich.


Romie Minor

Main Library

Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m.

A historic and entertaining look at the second oldest Thanksgiving Parade in the United States, including a behind the scenes look at the parade through historic photographs and anecdotes from his book, Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Storytime & Storytelling

Native American Storytelling-

Main Library

Tuesday, November 12, 10:30-11:30 am

Join us for an exciting program celebrating Native American stories, songs, music, instruments, languages and dance.

Children & Parent/Child

Starry Night Stories

Sherwood Forest Branch

Tuesday, November 19, 6:00-6:30 pm

Join us at Sherwood Forest Library for Starry Night Stories! We'll share books, rhymes and songs to help wind down your evening. The story time is designed to engage children of various ages.

Infants, Toddlers & Children

Upcoming Events

Herpetology 101: A Wildlife Program with The Little Creatures Company

Duffield Branch

Saturday, November 9, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Learn about cold-blooded reptiles and amphibians. The Little Creatures Company will bring these types of animals to the Duffield Library Branch.

Tweens, Teens & Parent/Child


Middle East Travelogue: Travels With Miguel

Elmwood Park Branch

Saturday, November 9, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Photographer Miguel Pope will give a presentation on his recent trip to Palestine and Israel.

Detroit 48202 - Detroit 48202 Screening and Discussion

Knapp Branch

Saturday, November 9, 2:00-4:00 pm

Join us for a screening of the documentary Detroit 48202 with a panel discussion to follow. Let's talk about where we are, where we have been, and where we are going.

All Ages

Harlem Renaissance Book Series: I'm Black when I'm Singing, I'm Blue when I Ain't - Sonia Sanchez

Main Library

Tuesday, November 19, 6:00-7:30 pm

Join this lively discussion of Sonia Sanchez' work. Sanchez is an award-winning poet and one of the most prominent writers in the Black Arts movement.

Teens, Adults & Seniors


Family Friday Fun Night!

Skillman Branch

Friday, November 22, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Going to the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony? Come warm up with us at the Library! We’ll have hot chocolate, crafts, music, face painting, games and more!

All Ages