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Registration is required for library programs and begins one month prior to the event.  To register, please call the library branch or visit our programs calendar at  Warren residents have first priority.

The Warren Public Library provides accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request.  Please contact us at least five days in advance to discuss accommodations for both online and in-person events.

Summer Reading Fun at the Warren Public Library
June 4 - August 13, 2022
There is still time to join our Summer Reading Club and log books read.  Patrons of all ages - babies, children, teens, and adults - have a chance to win prizes just by reading.  Enter to win tickets for some great prizes and prize baskets, gift cards, and much more.  Again this year, children who finish Summer Reading will earn free books, and teens who finish will earn scratch-off prize tickets.  Stop by your local library branch or visit to sign up and log your reading.  All books read must be logged by August 13.

The Warren Public Library's Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Warren Public Library.

DIA Inside Out
The Detroit Institute of Arts has installed reproductions of classic paintings in 10 locations around the City of Warren.  From now through late November, residents of Warren are able to enjoy a piece of the DIA outside in their own community.  To celebrate, the Warren Public Library has created a puzzle for patrons to solve.  Visit each site, read the description of the art, answer the questions on the puzzle sheet, and then unscramble the letters to reveal a secret phrase.  When you are done, turn in the completed puzzle sheet to any Warren Library location and you will be entered in a drawing to win an Amazon gift card.  Click here for a map of art locations.  Puzzle sheets can be downloaded here and are also available at all Warren Library locations.

The Warren Reading Group
Contact the moderator at 586.939.5619 for more information including the date, time, and location of the discussion.  Discussions will occur in-person, outside when the weather permits.  Book selections are on reserve at the Civic Center Library.  Everyone is welcome.
Upcoming Titles:
August - The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
September - Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Busch Book Group
6:30 pm August 10, September 7, October 5, and November 2
Busch Branch Library

Join us in discussing this month's book.  Copies will be available at the circulation desk one month prior to each discussion.  Discussions will be held in the large community room and will be socially distanced.
Upcoming Titles:
August 10 - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
September 7 - The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne
October 5 - Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
November 2 - The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh

Adult Programs

Please call the library branch or visit our online calendar at to register.

Trivia Night
6:00 pm
Tuesday, August 9
Burnette Branch Library
Register online or call 586.353.0579

Join us for a trivia night at the library.  Teams will consist of 4 adults.  You can register as a team or individually to be placed on a team.  Prizes will vary.

Our Island Jewel: Detroit's Belle Isle Park

6:30 pm Thursday, August 11
Civic Center Library
Register online or call 586.751.0770

Often called the crowning jewel of Detroit's riverfront, Belle Isle has a long and storied history.  The park has hosted world class sporting events, musical performances, and family parties.  It has also witnessed massacre, riot, and military incursion.  But for a few twists of fate, this beloved island might have been a much different place.

You Have (Online) Options with the Secretary of State
6:00 pm
Tuesday, August 16

Civic Center Library
Register online or call 586.751.0770

In this service driven workshop, a representative from the Michigan Secretary of State's office will visit the library to discuss new branch services, Real ID, how to efficiently access SOS resources, and voting.

Adult Scrapbooking Night
6:00 pm
Thursday, August 18

Civic Center Library
Register online or call 586.751.0770

Join us for a fun night of scrapbooking and pick up two summer themed cards to make.  Supplies will be provided for the cards, but feel free to bring your own projects to work on.

Craft Workshop: Herringbone Art
6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 24
Busch Branch Library
Register online or call 586.353.0580

Every home needs a fun and colorful art piece.  We will use simple materials to create beautiful herringbone patterns on canvas.

Summer to Fall Wreath Craft
6:00 pm
Thursday, August 25
Miller Branch Library
Register online or call 586.751.5377

Get ready to transition from summer to fall by making a decorative autumnal wreath.

Computer Classes

Please call the library branch or visit our online calendar at to register.

Beginning Microsoft PowerPoint
9:30 am Wednesdays, August 10 & 17
Civic Center Library
Register online or call 586.751.0770

Learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint.  You will learn how to create presentations with images, different layouts, and animations.  Mouse and keyboard skills are required.  Doors to the computer lab will open at 9:25 am the day of the class.  Please note this is a two-session class.  Please plan to attend both sessions.

Hoopla, Freegal, and More
9:30 am Wednesday, August 24
Civic Center Library
Register online or call 586.751.0770

Unlock the potential of your library card.  Learn how you can get eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies and more with hoopla, music with Freegal, and explore some of our other databases like Mango Languages, Novelist, Consumer Reports, and more.

Tween / Teen Programs

Please call the library branch or visit our online calendar at to register.

WPL Teen Book Box

All Library Branches
Grades 6 to 12

The Warren Public Library is pleased to offer a free book box subscription for teens.  Each box contains 1-2 books and some extra goodies.  Subscriptions are available to teens in grades 6 to 12 with a Warren library card.  Please visit for more information and to fill out a book preference survey to get started.

Geek Club
2:00 pm
Tuesday, August 2
Civic Center Library Teen Room
Ages 12 to 17
Register online or call 586.751.0770

Do you enjoy things like comics, anime, video games, Kpop, or D&D?  Whatever you stan, Geek Club is the place for you.  Join us for a Super Smash Brothers Tournament.

Beach Bash @ Burnette
6:00-7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 3
Burnette Branch Library
Ages 10 to 17
Register online or call 586.353.0579

Join us after-hours for a Beach Bash at the Burnette Library.  We will have a beach themed craft, beachy music, water blasters, and a sprinkler to run through.  Wear clothes you do not mind getting wet and bring a towel.  This is a drop-off program; parents can pick up tweens & teens when the event is over.

Hero Quest
2:00 pm
Saturday, August 6
Civic Center Conference Room
Ages 10 to 17
Register online or call 586.751.0770

Do you have the skills to be a hero?  Compete in a series of mythology themed games, trivia, and activities to find out if you have what it takes to become legendary.

Sailors' Valentine

2:00 pm Tuesday, August 9
Civic Center Conference Room
Ages 10 to 17
Register online or call 586.751.0770

Long ago, sailors would send beautiful shell crafts back to their loved ones at home.  Now you can learn how to make your own shell craft.

Make It!: DIY Comic Coasters
3:00 pm
Thursday, August 11
Busch Branch Library
Ages 10 to 17
Register online or call 586.353.0580

Do you love graphic novels or old comic books?  Learn how to create cool coasters to give as gifts or keep for yourself.

Cookies and Canvas
2:00 pm
Tuesday, August 16
Civic Center Conference Room
Ages 10 to 17
Register online or call 586.751.0770

Paint a beautiful picture while enjoying a delicious snack.

Children's Programs

Please call the library branch or visit our online calendar at to register.

WPL Children's Book Box
All Branches
Grades 3 to 5

The Warren Public Library is excited about our free subscription box program for children in grades three through five.  Each box will contain two library books based on your preferences and one free book to keep.  Boxes will contain fun surprises too.  To sign up you must live in Warren and have a valid Warren Library card.  To sign up for a children's book box, please fill out the online form here.  You will be notified when your box is ready at the library branch you selected.  Happy Reading!

Babies Love Books
Civic Center Library
Under the Age of 2

Pick up a free board book for your little one along with an informational packet of early literacy programs at the library.

Maritime Mondays: Sea Critter Crafts
Monday, August 1
Busch Branch Library

Ages 3 to 9
Register online or call 586.353.0580

Stop by for some ocean animal crafts to make on your own in the children's area or at home.

Terrific Tuesday: Beach Party
6:30 pm Tuesday, August 2
Burnette Branch Library

Ages 3 to 9
Join us at the beach - that is the library - for "fun-in-the-sun" activities.

Painting at the Park
6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 3
Miller Park (14500 Masonic between Schoenherr and Hayes)

Ages 3 to 9
Join us to paint some fun ocean-themed crafts.

Michigan Science Center Egg-POLLO

5:30 pm OR 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 10
Civic Center Atrium

Going Into Grades K to 8
Put your engineering skills to the test as you design a carrier to safely land an egg on the moon.  Learners will boldly go through the engineering design process to create a model simulation of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  Program sponsored by NASA@ My Library.

Clean Out the Craft Room
6:30 pm
Thursday, August 11
Miller Branch Library

Ages 4 to 10
Register online or call 586.751.5377

It's time to clean out our unused crafts.  Join us for a fun evening of "surprise" crafts and supplies.

Reading Celebration Party
3:00 pm Friday, August 12
Burnette Branch Library

Ages 3 to 9
Now that Summer Reading is coming to a close, we will have a party to celebrate everyone's hard work and reading success.  Join us for crafts, prizes, and a sweet treat.


2:30 pm Saturday, August 13
Civic Center Conference Room

Ages 3 to 12
Reptarium will bring an assortment of animals ranging from small to large including snakes, lizards, and turtles.  Attendees will have a chance to hold or pet all of the animals.

Summer Reading Celebration
3:30 pm
Saturday, August 13
Busch Branch Library

Children of All Ages
Register online or call 586.353.0580

Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a craft, a sweet treat, and a chance to win a door prize.

Oceans are Awesome with TechKnowKids
6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 17
Civic Center Conference Room

Ages 6 to 10
In this live program, children will "dive" into some fun hands-on experiments about the ocean.

Play & Learn Tiny Tots: Oceans of Fun
10:00 am
Friday, August 19
Miller Branch Library

Ages 1 to 5
Register online or call 586.751.5377

Little ones will have fun at sensory stations, playing games, and making crafts all with an ocean theme.

End of Summer Craft Night
5:30-7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 24
Civic Center Library

Ages 3 to 9
Drop in to make a fun craft.

Back-to-School Storytime

6:30 pm Wednesday, August 31
Busch Branch Library

Ages 3 to 9
Register online or call 586.353.0580

The end is near - of summer, that is.  Stop by for stories and crafts in celebration of the coming school year.


Please call the library branch or visit our online calendar at to register.

Storytime at the Park (Ages 3 and up)
11:00 am, Fridays
June 24 - August 26
Miller Park (14500 Masonic between Schoenherr and Hayes)
Hosted by the Civic Center Library

Join us for stories and songs.  A craft will be available for pickup each week.

Family Storytime
6:30 pm Mondays, Busch Branch Library
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft.  Children of all ages are welcome, but stories are chosen for ages 4 to 8.

August 8 - Sand
2:00 pm Tuesdays, Burnette Branch Library

The entire family is invited to join us at the library for stories, songs, rhymes, and more.

August 9 - Whale of a Tale

Did you know?

The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its virtual branch.  Visit to:
  • Renew items
  • Reserve/request items
  • Register for library programs
  • Check your library account
  • Download ebooks, eaudiobooks, music, digital magazines, movies and more
  • Use library databases for homework, job searches, business, consumer reports & much more
You may receive text message notifications.
Stop in and register to receive notifications of overdues, holds, and any bill notices through text messages sent to your mobile device.

In a hurry and do not want to wait in line...
  • Civic Center and Miller Branch libraries offer self check stations for your convenience.
  • You may pay library fines online.
Additional services available at your local library:
  • All Warren branches offer fax and scanning services - only $1.00 for the first page and $.25 for each additional page.
  • USB drives are available for purchase at all library branches for $5.00.
  • Earbuds are available for purchase at all library branches for $1.00.
  • Non-resident daily Internet guest passes may be purchased for $2.00 per day with valid identification and can be used at any Warren branch.
  • Mobile hotspots are available for checkout by Warren residents.
  • Laptop computers with mobile hotspot are available for checkout by Warren residents at the Busch and Burnette Branch Libraries.
  • Musical instruments are available for checkout at the Busch Branch Library.
  • Motorized scooter is available at the Civic Center Library for in-house use.
  • Motorized wheelchair is available at the Miller Branch Library for in-house use.
  • Automatic renewals are available on materials checked out.  Renewable items (i.e. materials without holds and non-rental items) will be renewed two days prior to the due date.  Items that will not renew include any item with a hold and rental DVDs.  Warren items will renew two times.  Please check your account online or contact the library for verification of due dates on your items.
  • Materials not available locally from the Suburban Library Cooperative can be ordered through the state-wide MeLCat system at
The Civic Center Library has a World Languages collection featuring:
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
The Busch Branch Library has a World Languages collection featuring:
  • Bengali

Locations & Hours

Library Closures
The Busch Branch Library will be closed Tuesday, August 2 - Election Day Polling Location

Civic Center Library
1 City Square

Mon: 12 pm - 8 pm
Tue: 9 am - 8 pm
Wed: 12 pm - 8 pm
Thu: 9 am - 8 pm
Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
Sat: 9 am - 5 pm

Miller Branch Library
5460 Arden

Mon: 9 am - 5 pm
Tue: 12 pm - 8 pm
Wed: 9 am - 5 pm
Thu: 12 pm - 8 pm
Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
Sat: 9 am - 5 pm

Busch Branch Library
23333 Ryan

Mon: 12 pm - 8 pm
Tue: 9 am - 5 pm
Wed: 12 pm - 8 pm
Thu: 9 am - 5 pm
Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
Sat: 9 am - 5 pm

Burnette Branch Library
23345 Van Dyke

Mon: 9 am - 5 pm
Tue: 12 pm - 8 pm
Wed: 9 am - 5 pm
Thu: 12 pm - 8 pm
Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
Sat: 9 am - 5 pm

Book Bike
The Warren Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of a book bike.  Library staff members will pedal around town this summer to offer storytimes, take-and-make crafts, free books, and more.  For more information about the book bike's schedule, please call 586.751.0770 or visit

A Michigan H.O.P.E. Grant provided the funds to purchase the book bike and other supplies for this new venture.  Funding for these grants has been provided by Michigan Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

Telescopes Available for Checkout

As a NASA@ My Library partner, the Warren Public Library received four circulating telescopes through grant funding and a generous donation from the Grosse Pointe Public Library.  In partnership with the Warren Astronomical Society, the libraries will offer telescope events throughout the year, as well as the opportunity to check out the telescope and use it to view the night sky at home.  Each Warren Public Library branch has a telescope for Warren residents to check out with a valid library card.  A telescope may be checked out to Warren residents ages 18 years or older for 7 days with no renewals.  Each household can check out a telescope once every thirty days.  Visit any Warren Public Library branch for more information.

The Library Telescope program is a national initiative that began in 2008 to give greater access to telescopes and to check them out at public libraries, just as books are checked out.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Warren Public Library's "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" program encourages families to read 1000 books with their children before they begin kindergarten.  Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5 to 6.  Before then parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years.  The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple and very manageable endeavor.  If you read 3 books every night for one year, you will have read 1095 books.  Parents can stop by any Warren Public Library branch to receive a packet of information to keep track of the books that they read to their child.  Participants will earn special incentives along the way as they work towards the goal of 1000 books, such as a tote bag, free book, and stickers.  Children who complete the program will receive an award certificate and get to add their name to the "Wall of Readers".


Laptop Computers Available for Checkout

The Busch and Burnette Branch Libraries have laptop computers that can be checked out by Warren residents FREE OF CHARGE.  Each laptop comes with a mobile hotspot to provide free Internet access and has Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom app installed.  Laptops may be checked out to Warren residents ages 18 years or older for 7 days with one automatic renewal.  A valid Warren library card that was created at least 3 full months prior to checkout and current identification such as a driver's license, passport, or military photo ID are required at checkout.  This project is funded (in part) with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library of Michigan.


Mobile Hotspots Available for Checkout
Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspots are available for checkout at ALL Warren Public Library branches FREE OF CHARGE.  With this easy to use device, you can connect your smartphone, tablet, laptop or other Wi-Fi enabled device and have Internet connectivity wherever you are.  Mobile Hotspots may be checked out to Warren residents ages 18 years or older for 7 days with one automatic renewal.  A valid Warren library card and current identification such as a driver's license or Michigan state i.d. are required at checkout.  Stop by one of our libraries today and ask about this exciting service.

Coronavirus Resources
Due to the unprecedented response to the coronovirus pandemic, we will be maintaining lists of resources to help you find information about COVID-19, educational resources, library resources, and more.  Check our 
website often as these lists are updated as information becomes available.

Electronic Resources

Warren Public Library cardholders are encouraged to use our electronic resources.

Movies, TV episodes, Graphic Novels, eAudiobooks, and more available with hoopla
**You can check out 6 items per month**
With hoopla, you can check out a variety of content, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital music, streaming movies, and digital graphic novels.  The best part about hoopla: there are no holds - if you see something in the catalog, you can immediately check it out.  And like all digital content, there are no late fees.  All of this content is available 24/7 to Warren Public Library cardholders.  
To access hoopla, click here.

Freegal - Streaming and Downloadable Music
Freegal Music is a free music service from your library.  The catalog includes over 16 million songs, millions of albums, hundreds of curated playlists, and the ability to create your own playlists.  In total, the collection is comprised of music from 40,000+ labels with music that originates in 100+ countries.  From today's hottest and newest music to classical and jazz.  Free apps are available in the App Store and Google Play.  You will need your Warren Public Library card number and PIN to access Freegal.  
Click here to go to our Freegal page.​

Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Digital Magazines using OverDrive or the Libby App
Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines to your computer through OverDrive or mobile device using the Libby App.  OverDrive works with a variety of devices including PCs and Macs, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, Nooks, Kindles, and more.  You must have a valid Warren Public Library card to use OverDrive.  
Click here to go to our OverDrive page.​

Databases Available For
Warren Public Library

BookFlix Database for Children
Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic animated stories from Weston Woods with thematically aligned nonfiction ebooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  This engaging digital resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills, and introduce them to a world of knowledge and exploration.  Scholastic BookFlix is specifically created to support non-, beginning, and reluctant readers - it's the perfect resource for independent reading practice at school and at home.  To access BookFlix, click here.

Access subscription-level content from the website of this leading consumer products review magazine.  Includes access to content from and also  You can log into this database at home using your Warren Public Library card.  To access Consumer click here.

Creativebug features thousands of online art and craft classes taught by expert instructors.  Login to Creativebug and create an account with your library card number.  You will then be able to access classes on knitting, quilting, painting, and much more.  Watch the classes anytime, anywhere.  Since the classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace.  No pressure, just possibilities.  To access Creative bug click here.

Global Road Warrior
A comprehensive country cultural database featuring in-depth information on 175 countries such as:  culture and society, food and recipes, music, travel information and advisories, and much more.  You can log into this database at home using your Warren Public Library card.  To access Global Road Warrior click here.

Mango Languages
This award-winning language learning platform engages learners of all levels with the tools necessary to learn languages including vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, culture, comprehension, and retention.  With Mango Languages, Warren Public Library patrons have access to over 70 world languages, more than 20 ESL/ELL courses, listening and reading activities, grammar and culture insights, assessments and chapter recaps, personal review, study reminders, and more.  To access Mango Languages click here.

Did you know? can help you get your homework done, write your paper, or study for your test so that you can get back to your life.  If you are getting frustrated, can help you get unstuck.  Students and parents can get help with any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies, and writing.  Expert tutors work with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and can even help with AP®-level and intro-level college coursework.  Connecting with a tutor is easy.  You just need your library card number, PIN, and any Internet-connected device.  Visit our site today.

Additional databases can be found by
visiting the database page found under the Research tab of the library's website.


The Friends bookstore located at 5961 Beebe Street (north of 13 Mile Road) is open with the following restrictions:

1.  Wearing a face mask while in the store is recommended.
2.  Everyone is asked to respect each other by staying at least 6 feet apart.
Items for sale include coffee, tea, candy, books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and more for all ages.  One weekend per month we have our famous Bookbag Sale, where you pay $10 for the Friends' canvas bag and fill it with books for free.  If you already have a bag, bring it with you and fill it for $7.  Proceeds benefit the Warren Public Library.

Bookstore Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, August 5
Friday, August 12
Friday, August 19 - Bookbag Sale
Saturday, August 20 - Bookbag Sale
Friday, August 26

The Friends have a website:
where you can learn about the Friends, print a membership application, get information about the book store, and read interesting tid bits about reading.  Please visit the site today.

Join the Friends
For a small donation you can become a member of the Friends of the Warren Public Library.  To join, simply click 
here to get the application, fill it out and turn it in at the book store or any of our library branches.

The Friends Kids Club
If you are between the ages of 0 - 13 you can join the Friends of the Warren Public Library for just $1.00 per year. Once you turn in your completed application along with your $1.00, you will be given a special Kids Club card. Bring this card with you whenever you visit the bookstore and you will get up to 12 free children's books a year.  To join, simply click 
 to print the membership form, fill it out and turn it in at the book store or any of our library branches.

The Friends have a Facebook page
Check it out at

Support the Friends of the Warren Public Library by shopping at Kroger or  See instructions below.

You can register your Kroger card and a portion of your purchases will be donated to the Friends of the Warren Public Library.  Your card must be renewed every year.  If you have not done so, please log into your account and renew your commitment.  To register your card, please do the following:
1.  Go to

2. Look for the tab labeled community (at the bottom of the page).
3. Click on community rewards.
4, Follow the prompts to either create an account or login to your account.
5. Make sure you select Friends of the Warren Public Library as your charitable organization.

Amazon Smile
You can support the Friends of the Warren Public Library by using the Amazon Smile program.  Visit the Amazon Smile website at, type in Friends of the Warren Public Library as your charitable organization, select the one in Warren, MI and start shopping.  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Friends.
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