Traveling Exhibit – Exploring Human Origins

At the Orion Library – Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 22.  Based on a popular exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? explores the process of scientific investigation by shedding light on what we know about human evolution and how we know it. The exhibition seeks to foster a positive dialogue with people from different cultural perspectives and a respectful exploration into the science of human origins.

Exploring Human Origins – Schedule of Events

depiction of cave painting

various humanoid skulls

statue of early man and child

human handprint outline on rock


Bike Bookmobile fundraising

We have created a GoFundMe page to collect donations towards a Bike Bookmobile! This is a bicycle that would go around the community and check out items and issue library cards. For more information, visit

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Orion Community Conversations

As a core community service provider in the Orion community, the Orion Township Public Library believes we play a role in bringing our community together and making it better. We are hosting Community Conversations as follows: Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm Crates Coffee House 1472 Lapeer Rd Saturday, September 10, 2016 […]

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On the Road with Culturegrams

Whether you are looking for information about a place you are going to visit or just want to visit use Culturegrams to find out about famous sites, facts about a city or a state, what kind of food is popular there and more. You can use the kids edition and show your parents how to […]


On the Road to Discovery

Want to read about an animal you have just seen or an event you just learned about and you are not near the library? Try TrueFlix where you can watch a video, read a book, try a project and find links to learn more about whatever you are interested it – animals, disasters, outer space, […]


On the Road with Hoopla

Hoopla, our newest app for streaming can be set to filter for kids.  Go to Settings on your device and flip the toggle to put Hoopla into Kids Mode for your device then tune into movies, music, audiobooks and ebooks just for kids. Find information about Hoopla on our Student Resources page and start streaming […]


On the Road with Stories

Not enough room to pack all the books you want to read on vacation? Use the Tumble Book Library to access more stories, graphic novels, non-fiction, ebooks even create your own playlists. Use the Puzzles and games tab to have some fun when you are taking a break from reading. TumbleBook Library is in Student […]

This Week's Featured Events & Programs

  • Youth
  • Teen
  • Adult
  • Outreach
  • Friends of the Library

Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, July 28 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

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Harry Potter Day

Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: All Ages, Teens, Students

Come and celebrate the magic of the wizarding world at the Library’s first Harry Potter Day. All ages are welcome to drop in and eat snacks, create crafts, enjoy activities, watch a movie, and share in the enjoyment of all things Harry Potter! Come in costume for a chance to win a special prize.

10:00a-12:00p - Youth crafts and activities
10:00a-12:00p - Teen crafts and activities
12:30p-3:00p - Special showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
3:30p-4:30p - Live Owl Presentation - Howell Nature Center

One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, August 1 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

Cook the Book

Monday, August 1 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room B

Audience: Adults

Grab your apron and sign up! You select and make a recipe from the cookbook chosen, bring enough to share, and meet to discuss and sample recipes from that month’s cookbook. This month's cookbook, My Kitchen Year, by Ruth Reichl will be available at the reference desk during July, or can be requested through MeLCat.

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, August 2 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, August 2 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

Human Origins: Build a Beast

Tuesday, August 2 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: Grades 3 - 5

Where will your beast live? What will it need to survive? Explore the art of adaption and learn how animals have evolved based on their environment.

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Geek Club

Tuesday, August 2 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Teens, Students

The Geek Club is a casual hangout night for teens who enjoy anything from Anime to Doctor Who to Video Games or even crazy YouTube clips. Snacks always provided and new faces always welcome!

Roaming readers Walking Club

Wednesday, August 3 from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Location: Off Site

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

We will meet at the back of the library parking lot to walk the Polly Ann trail for 30 minutes and talk about books as we walk! You don’t have to read any particular book to participate, the informal discussion will be about books you are currently reading and what your favorite books are. Enjoy the health benefits of a regular walking routine, socialize with fellow book lovers, and take home recommendations of what to read next!

Human Evolution and Environmental Change

Wednesday, August 3 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Adults, Teens, Families

The evolution of humans is deeply connected with changes in their surrounding environment. Climate changes over the past few million years have affected hydrological and seasonal cycles and influenced the distribution of humans and other species used as food by ancient hunters and gatherers. Lead by Oakland University's Dr. Fabia U. Battistuzzi, we will explore these past trends and see how they apply to future challenges.

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