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SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 @ 6:30 pm --MEET DALE CARLSON
Architectural Historian, Photographer and Author of: 


Kahn’s Detroit: A Field Guide to Albert Kahn Designs of the Metro Area

ALBERT KAHN: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
 
From 1929 to 1932 Albert Kahn, Inc. oversaw the design and construction of over 500 factories in Soviet Russia. Many of these plants were converted to munitions production during World War II. The Chrysler Tank Arsenal and Willow Run Bomber Plant notwithstanding, without Kahn’s unintended contributions to the Russian war effort, there is arguably no decisive Allied victory over the Third Reich, and no complete liberation of Europe, making these adaptive renovations among the most influential to ever be applied to Albert Kahn, Inc. designs. Carlson considered the gravity of Kahn’s bearing on world history and asked, “What unique and significant adaptive renovations and reuses of Kahn designs might we find here in the Motor City if we went looking? Exactly how far might Kahn’s influence posthumously and unintentionally extend into Detroit’s future? Which reuses might exhibit the greatest degrees of versatility and unintended consequences?” Dale’s investigations intrigued us, as we hope they will you.

Join Dale on the evening of ThursdaySeptember 15th at 6:30pm for a countdown/reveal style presentation, with accompanying Keynote lecture and fine art photography, showcasing what Dale believes Kahn himself would consider the most wildly unpredictable renovations and reuses of his buildings in Metropolitan Detroit (including one right here in Flat Rock). Bring your own stories of imaginative repurposing to share during a post-lecture Q&A with discussion. We look forward to seeing you there.

Dale A. Carlson was born and raised along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan where, as an adolescent, he developed a fascination with the city of Detroit. Throughout the 1990s Mr. Carlson studied art, journalism and graphic design at four Michigan colleges including Michigan State University, while simultaneously migrating closer and closer to the Detroit Metro Area. In 2004 he made southeast Oakland County his permanent home, and in 2019 he earned an associate degree in photographic technology from Oakland Community College. He serves on the City of Berkley’s Historical Committee and is the author of 
Corrado Parducci: A Field Guide to Detroit’s Architectural Sculptor and Kahn’s Detroit: A Field Guide to Albert Kahn Designs of the Metro Area. He credits his late wife, Carolin Venegas Jones, whom he married in 2014, for inspiring his ventures into publishing and photography.

JANUARY 20, 2022, 6:00 pm-- MICHAEL HODGES 
Author of  Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit 
Offered via ZOOM -- Link to follow!

Industrial architect Albert Kahn was a giant in Detroit’s heroic age, the visionary who invented the humane “daylight factories” that helped birth both modern manufacturing and modern architecture. In this lecture and slideshow, Detroit News reporter Michael H. Hodges — author of “Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit” — will review Kahn’s local legacy, his vigorous defense of Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry," and his role helping the Soviets beat the Nazis in 1941-42.

 Until his retirement in 2021, Michael H. Hodges was the longtime art critic for The Detroit News. "Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit" is Hodges' second book on local architecture, and won the American Institute of Architects' Balthazar Korab Award for 2019. His first book, "Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations," was named a 2013 Library of Michigan "Notable Book." Hodges blames his architectural enthusiasms on the picturesque Rochester Hills dairy farm where he grew up, and the six years he spent as a student at the Cranbrook School for Boys.

 

BOOK CLUB - MONTHLY
Follow LINK for details  

*PLEASE NOTE: 
THE READING SELECTION FOR JANUARY HAS BEEN CHANGED TO: 
ANXIOUS PEOPLE - BY FREDERIK BACKMAN
JAMES MICHENER'S ALASKA IS NOW THE SELECTION FOR APRIL 2022


PAST LIBRARY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS, PROGRAMS & MORE

DECEMBER 13, 2021 --Decorate a Gingerbread House!
Youth, ages 4 and older, can make a gingerbread house from pop-tarts!  Registration is required.

DECEMBER  2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm -- MEET BARRY LEVINE

Author of Michigan Aviation: People and Places that Changed History (2021) 

NOVEMBER 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm --MEET DALE CARLSON
Architectural Historian, Photographer and Author of

Corrado Parducci: A Field Guide to Detroit’s Architectural Sculptor


NOVEMBER 2021 -- Thanksgiving craft
Various Thanksgiving themed crafts for ages 2-18.


PHONE A STORY & TAKE HOME CRAFT:  
 

Call the library  and choose option #4 to listen to a story. Drop by the Library to pick up your craft! Ended 10/31/21

OCTOBER 25, 2021 -- PUMPKIN PAINTING TIME
Registration required.  Pumpkin painting fun


SEPTEMBER 2021-- 9/11 Memorial Exhibit:
14 poster exhibit that tells the personal stories of people who witnessed and survived the attacks on the twin towers in New York City.  The images are from New York’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and offer a look at how terrorism has impacted lives and communities since Sept. 11, 2001.
 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd@ 6:00 p.m.
Author and Photographer Jeff Morrison
will be presenting his book:Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City in the Activity Room at the Flat Rock Public Library. 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH @ 6:00 p.m.

Author Darren Wilkinson will be discussing his book:  ONIATEN BOOK 1:  The SHALLOWS  In the Activity Room at the Flat Rock Public Library.  

SUMMER READING 2021!  "TAILS & TALES"

Begins June 14th.  Youth, ages 2 - 12th Grade, are invited to participate in the "Tails and Tales" Summer Reading program.
Register will be available online or in person beginning June 14!(Paper logs will be available)


STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEP OVER!
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Friday, June 25th from 3-6 p.m. you can drop off your stuffed animal friend at the library for a sleepover.  When you drop him or her off, we will have you fill out a name tag and a permission slip for your animal.

Then, on Saturday, June 26th from 10-12 p.m. come and pick up your stuffed animal along with pictures of their activities at the sleepover. 

One animal per child please.
If you have any questions, please give us a call.

WINTER STORY TIME 2021
A
ges 2-4, Each Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday @ 10:15 a.m.
Ongoing  thru Thursday, May 13th, 2021.  Only 7 children per session.  Masks are required.  Only one adult per family.  

SEED BOMBS ANYONE?
Monday May 17, 2021 -- Ages 5 and up!

BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK
May 2021 -- Select a book title to read by genre!  Title unknown!

APRIL IS POETRY MONTH:
Monday April 26, 2001 @ 6:00pm

To celebrate, Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers can join us
to try their hand at some Blackout Poetry & a Poem
for Poem in Your Pocket Day!

LADIES OF THE LIGHTS (w/Dianna Stampfler):
Tuesday April 20, 2021 @ 7:00pm  

They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights make up this presentation. The program includes readings from newspapers and autobiographies.

READ WITH US:   Tuesday March 23, 2021  Gather the children for a live virtual reading with State Senator Erika Geiss  & Library of Michigan State Librarian Randy Riley.

BOOK TASTING:  Monday March 22, 2021  Rotate around library and "taste" a variety of different book genres.  Grades 4-8.

WACKY WINTER VIRTUAL SCIENCE SHOW:  Monday February 8, 2021
A virtual Wacky Science Show with MAD SCIENCE of DETROIT

MICHIGAN LIBRARY QUEST:
January 1 - February 14, 2021
Teens, we need your help! A master thief is going to steal a Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. Can you identify the thief before then?

MAP Program

OverDrive  

Giraffe