Learning & Libraries

U-M Frankel Scholars Set Presentation

U-M Frankel Scholars Set Presentation

The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) will host “Israel in the World,” a lecture series featuring scholars from the University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout February. The event, co-hosted by the Jewish Federation’s FedEd, is free and open […]

“A Pitch in Time” by Robert A. Lytle

“A Pitch in Time” by Robert A. Lytle

written by local author Robert A. Lytle 316 pages by Edco Publishing Ben Franklin Award 2003 U.S. & Michigan history, Civil War, Baseball, Time-travel Fourteen-year-old Mac Dugan and his family have moved to Michigan from Atlanta, Georgia, disrupting Mac’s perfect world. His Southern accent makes him the butt of every classmate’s jokes. If he can […]

JCC’s Pitt Child Development Center and Day Camps Earn National Accreditation

JCC’s Pitt Child Development Center and Day Camps Earn National Accreditation

Programs recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center (Pitt CDC) and JCC Day Camps have again been honored with accreditation from two of the country’s leading organizations that advocate on behalf of children. The Pitt CDC received accreditation […]

Mr. Blair’s Labyrinth by Robert A. Lytle

Mr. Blair’s Labyrinth by Robert A. Lytle

Rochester’s local pharmacist, story teller and author, Robert Lytle, has been a hit among the area’s schools. The following is a synopsis of his latest book, “Mr. Blair’s Labyrinth.” In this adventure into the the present, past and future, two teenage brothers visit Grampa at his newly purchased, historical home. Grampa is recreating a labyrinth in […]

Detroit-inspired American Girl doll to be introduced this weekend

Detroit-inspired American Girl doll to be introduced this weekend

American Girl is introducing its new, historical Detroit-inspired doll Saturday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The popular doll retailer spent two to three years researching and developing Melody Ellison and its product line, seeking cultural and historical accuracy, said company spokesperson Stephanie Spanos. American Girl is a Mattel company with a new Michigan […]

Children’s book recalls Detroit Zoo’s last elephants

Children’s book recalls Detroit Zoo’s last elephants

The Detroit Zoo’s last two elephants — Wanda and Winky — made headlines in 2005 when their retirement to a sanctuary in California sparked an international conversation about how elephants fare and sometimes suffer in captivity. Winky was euthanized in 2008 at age 56 because of arthritis complications, and Wanda met the same fate in […]

Bloomfield Hills Father, Son Create Robotic Dining Device

Bloomfield Hills Father, Son Create Robotic Dining Device

A Bloomfield Hills father and his engineer son have developed a robotic dining device, called Obi, that makes dining a more dignified occasion for people who have Lou Gehrig’s Disease and other physical challenges that require them to rely on others to feed them. Jon Dekar and his father, Tom Dekar, spent six years developing […]

Pontiac students experience first Field Day

Pontiac students experience first Field Day

Children experienced their first Field Day at Oakland Family Services in Pontiac thanks to about 25 employees from Eagle Ottawa, an automotive leather supplier located in Rochester Hills. Eagle Ottawa employees planned and volunteered at the event that had children trying new things — like riding a tricycle, sack races and tug of war. Eagle […]

Kevin Deegan-Krause Explains the Ferndale Library Millage

Kevin Deegan-Krause Explains the Ferndale Library Millage

I’ve had the honor in the past of serving on the library board and seeing the library grow and prosper and while I’m no longer on the board, a few people have asked me to explain the library millage and I realized I didn’t know enough myself. I agree with those who say that “taxes […]

Online school gives Detroit adult dropouts diplomas

Online school gives Detroit adult dropouts diplomas

Ron Stefanski wanted nothing more to do with Detroit in 1991, the year his 85-year-old grandmother was brutally beaten and slain in her east-side home by a 14-year-old dropout. “I completely bailed on the city. I didn’t come down to sporting events,” Stefanski said. Twenty-five years later, he’s back, mending deep but fading personal wounds […]

Urbanism conference attendees praise downtown Detroit’s walkability

Urbanism conference attendees praise downtown Detroit’s walkability

Kudos and criticism were wielded by the nearly 1,500 surveyed urban planners and architects who spent up to four days in Detroit in June at the 24th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism conference. Many of the positive comments from the participants from 43 states and 28 countries centered around downtown’s walkability — a fairly […]

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today

Detroit Public Schools was split today into two separate districts. DPS officials began initial preparations months ago, and they’ve been working furiously in recent weeks with state officials, attorneys, turnaround experts, vendors and others to make the transition as smooth as possible. Those efforts will continue through the summer and beyond, with a new school board elected in November that […]

Cooling off: New fountain is popular Detroit Zoo attraction

Cooling off: New fountain is popular Detroit Zoo attraction

A new attraction at the Detroit Zoo is proving popular among visitors during hot days. The fountain is located outside the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which opened earlier this year at the zoo in Royal Oak. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/28IvsiG ) the fountain includes more than two-dozen water jets that blast […]

Detroit Zoo’s new marketing campaign highlights wildlife conservation, sustainability efforts

Detroit Zoo’s new marketing campaign highlights wildlife conservation, sustainability efforts

The Detroit Zoological Society has launched a new marketing campaign titled “The Zoo That Could,” focused on highlighting the zoo’s recent wildlife conservation, energy sustainability and education efforts. Poetry, art and animated videos are used in the campaign, which will also include print, digital and social media elements, according to a release. “This campaign changes […]

Obama heaps praise on Detroit senior at Howard University graduation

Obama heaps praise on Detroit senior at Howard University graduation

At Howard University’s commencement speech on Saturday, Ciearra Jefferson listened while the keynote speaker, President Barack Obama, urged seniors like her to keep advocating for change. Then Obama did something Jefferson didn’t expect: he mentioned her by name, and told the audience about her story growing up on Detroit’s west side. “People like Ciearra are why […]

Vacant lots turned into outdoor education center for Detroit neighborhood

Vacant lots turned into outdoor education center for Detroit neighborhood

Four lots on a corner surrounded by numerous vacant buildings and homes on Detroit’s east side will soon be a green oasis. Volunteers from The Greening of Detroit, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, American Forests and Bank of America started work Friday with children from the Osborn neighborhood on what will become an outdoor education center for […]

Detroit Teacher Honored At White House Returns Home To Find Find Water Shut Off

Detroit Teacher Honored At White House Returns Home To Find Find Water Shut Off

A local teacher who was among those honored at the White House this week returned to Detroit to a house with no running water. Cass Tech dance teacher Mayowa Lisa Reynolds — who was in Washington D.C. being honored along with other educators from around the country — says she had been paying her bill online and admits being late, but says […]

Detroit high school seniors receive 100% college acceptance, fifth consecutive year for Cristo Rey

Detroit high school seniors receive 100% college acceptance, fifth consecutive year for Cristo Rey

  For the fifth consecutive year, seniors at l have received 100% college acceptance. “That actually makes me proud to be a part of the school,” says Jazmine Ellis, senior. “A lot of people give Detroit a bad rep, but it’s making a comeback with this generations,” adds Tyson Green, 17-years-old. The president of Cristo […]

Detroit Cass Tech student earns full-ride scholarship to Juilliard

Detroit Cass Tech student earns full-ride scholarship to Juilliard

If you’ve ever wondered where world-class talent comes from, their stories don’t all begin in Rome, Vienna or New York City. For some – the journey begins in downtown Detroit. Javon Jones already won a Young Visionary Award, and now the 16-year-old from Cass Tech has achieved the pinnacle of dreams –  attending Juilliard this fall […]

Zoo’s penguin center is marvel of high-tech design

Zoo’s penguin center is marvel of high-tech design

The Detroit Zoo’s new home for penguins is billed as the world’s largest zoo display of these zany aquatic birds. Visitors can see more than 80 penguins — waddling, swimming and staring back — from a stunning range of viewpoints. What penguin fans can’t see is the equally stunning effort it took to conceive, design and build this center, […]

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