NOVI, MI (March 28, 2017) – A partnership between the Novi Public Library and Fox Run brings free programming, books and technology to the retirement community's residents year-round while enabling them to experience the library's vast educational, cultural and recreational venues.
The partnership started 10 years ago when the library offered a book club at Fox Run. It today encompasses four book clubs and many special literary events, most notably an annual Authors LIVE event hosted by the library at Fox Run in partnership with the Friends of the Novi Library, Fox Run and Fox Run's Y.O.U. (Your Our University), a resident group which helps the library make the decisions about the authors they want to hear from.
Authors LIVE typically hosts guest authors speaking about their most recent title. A wonderful lunch provided by Fox Run's Catering Department is enjoyed and opportunities for book selling and signing follow the presentations. The event, which is scheduled this year for October 11, has welcomed more than 100 guests in attendance each year. Local Michigan authors and more prominent writers from across the country have presented.
"The venue at Fox Run is perfect for this type of community outreach and the library enjoys the opportunity to go to the readers instead of always wanting readers to come to the library," said Julie Farkas, Director of the Novi Public Library. "One of the things I am most proud of is the relationship I have with the residents of Fox Run. They are an amazing group of people who care deeply about the importance of reading and connecting with their friends."
Library staff comes to Fox Run to sign residents up for library cards. The staff does this at Fox Run's annual Expo and at a day program in which all the services that the Novi Public Library provides to residents are explained.
The Fox Run Transportation Department takes residents, at their leisure, to and from the Novi Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. A Thursday Morning Music session is attended by residents who stay after the concert to enjoy lunch and beverages from the library's "Read-a-Latte" Café.
In addition to the four book clubs, a Mystery Book club held once a month is coordinated by the Novi Public Library.
"Fox Run residents love to plan – just like librarians," said Farkas. "I can't think of a better partner for the library."
About the Novi Public Library: The library has been in existence for over 55 years, serving a community of just over 60,000 residents. Its motto is to "Inform. Inspire. Include." On average, the library sees about 1,200 people a day in its building. It checks out 800,000 items each year. In 2016, the library added 3D printing technology for the community to explore and play with, and it has an amazing one-of-a-kind art collection. For more information: http://www.novilibrary.org/