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Join us on Saturday, December 9 for our Holiday Open House at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library from 1:00-4:00 pm. We will have the Phil Hale Quartet playing jazz from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, story time with Belle from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, and a visit from Santa from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. We will also have holiday treats, a hot chocolate bar, raffles, and fun crafts for all ages. Help us decorate our Christmas Tree with new mittens, scarves, and hats for the 14th Annual Mitten Tree benefiting First Step Domestic Violence Shelter or donate a new unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots program.

Holiday Open House
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Saturday, December 9, 2024
1:00-4:00 pm

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Give a person in need the gift of warmth this year by helping us decorate the mitten tree at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library. We are collecting new gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats to hang on our tree. All the items that we collect will be donated to First Step, a local domestic violence shelter. Donations are being accepted at either branch of the Dearborn Heights Library. Homemade items will also be accepted. For additional information, please contact us at (313) 791-6050.

14th Annual Mitten Tree
Donations Accepted:
November 13 - December 16, 2023 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
or Caroline Kennedy Library

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Celebrate our 10th year of the gingerbread creations program! The library van will be dropping off kits with instructions and supplies to homes in Dearborn Heights and surrounding communities. Each participant will get graham crackers, frosting, and snacks that can be used to make a house or other creation. All ingredients are halal. The kits are free of charge, but you must pre-register online beginning November 23 using this link. Late registrations will not be accepted as products are limited.

Gingerbread Craft Kits
Online Registration:  November 23 - December 9
Delivery: December 11-21

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Join us for a discussion of this year’s Great Michigan Read selection, Firekeeper’s Daughter. This fiction debut by Angeline Boulley is a captivating and powerful story that explores complex themes such as identity, family, community, and justice. The novel follows the journey of 18-year-old Daunis Fontaine, a biracial tribe member, as she navigates the challenges of her dual identity, the trauma of losing loved ones, and the pressure of being a bridge between two cultures. Copies of the book are available one month before at either branch.

Great Michigan Read Book Discussion

Caroline Kennedy Library
Thursday, December 7, 2023
7:00 – 8:30 pm

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Monday, January 22, 2024
1:00 – 2:00 pm


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The Friends of the Dearborn Heights Libraries are accepting donations for their next book sale at the Caroline Kennedy Library. All books must be in good condition, those items that are in poor condition (e.g., musty, highlighted, torn) will not be accepted. The Friends are no longer accepting donations of the following items:

  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Textbooks
  • Readers Digest condensed books
  • VHS Tapes
  • Magazines

Please bring your donations to the Circulation Desk and staff will review them according to the above criteria.

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The Dearborn Heights Library has free at home Covid tests available at both branches.  They were provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Supplies are limited.  Therefore, we can only provide one two pack of tests per person.


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The Heights Highlights is our quarterly print newsletter that lists all of our upcoming events for a three month period.  Use the link below to download a copy for yourself or you can pick up a print copy at either library. 

Download a copy of the newsletter

To subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter, select the link below to receive an email each month with our upcoming events and other library news.

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Wireless Hotspot

No internet?  No problem!

Check out a mobile hotspot from Dearborn Heights Libraries to stay connected wherever you go.  Our hotspots use T-Mobile's cellular network to provide on-the-go Wi-Fi internet access for up to 10 devices.

For more information, check out our mobile hotspot policy page or talk to a member of our staff on your next visit to the library.

Michigan Activity Pass

Discover hundreds of Michigan's cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card. We've partnered with Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) to provide our patrons with free or discounted admission (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan State and Metro parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, cultural destinations, and more.  Use the link below to access MAP and view a list of destinations.

Michigan Activity Pass


As a member of The Library Network, the Dearborn Heights Library is able to offer discounted tickets to our patrons to the Detroit Zoo at the best value! Just follow the link below to print out discounted tickets and other Detroit Zoo discounts in minutes.

Detroit Zoo 

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Need to print something?

Check out our SmartAlec-powered wireless printing service!  Just enter your library card number and PIN to log in to the site, then upload your documents to SmartAlec.  Then you can visit any TLN member library's copy room and print out your document just as if you'd sent it from one of our own computers.  It's easy!

Talk to a library staff member if you have any questions! 

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