Welcome to the Gift Shop!

We offer a small selection of gift merchandise for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Grosse Pointe Public Library.

We accept PayPal, cash, check, and credit cards. Merchandise is limited and only available as supplies last. For mail orders, a flat $5 shipping and handling charge will be automatically added to orders. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. We do not ship internationally. If you would like to save on the shipping charges, you may purchase and pick up at any of our three library branches. Simply email Jennifer@gplf.org to make arrangements and we will have it ready for you!


Gift Book Program

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Ruth Adler Schnee: a Passion for Color

A beautiful and informative guide to the life and work of legendary designer Ruth Adler Schnee.

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“Ruth Adler Schnee: a Passion for Color,” curated by Ronit Eisenbach and Caterina Frisone, is an exhibition of modern textiles designed by German-American designer, Ruth Adler Schnee, who arrived in Detroit with her family after escaping Nazi Germany. Schnee has devoted her career to the search for and creation of good form, textures and color combinations. Trained in interior architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art under the direction of Eliel Saarinen, Ms. Schnee brings architectural themes to the textile industry. In Detroit, her circle of friends, colleagues, and clients included Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller and Minoru Yamasaki. Since 1995, Adler Schnee has been working with Anzea Textiles to create new designs for woven upholstery cloth as well as reissue, translate and mass-produce her brightly colored hand-printed fabric designs from the ’40s and ’50s. The exhibition opened in Venice in partnership with the Kibel Gallery at the University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where it was originally developed, and was made possible by the generous support of many individuals and institutions including: The Rhode Island School of Design; The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the CADRE Foundation; The University of Michigan Center for Research and Learning and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender; The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation; The Broad Art Foundation and the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation.
Direct from Venice to You! This exhibit catalog, written in English and Italian, features the rich history of Ruth Adler Schnee’s life and work. Paperback, 64 pages.

Price: $40
Only 4 copies available!

This Far By Faith (Signed Paperback Book)

Mitch Albom says, “The world waits for people like Faith Fowler. … This memoir, like the author herself, is funny, poignant, moving, beautifully staged and oozing with a commitment to a simple yet profound idea: that other people are worth the trouble. … Everyone, religious or not, should read these pages.”

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Through reports nationwide, including the Wall Street Journal and TV news, Americans are discovering Faith Fowler’s ideas for transforming lives in Detroit. Known for her deep faith and creative ideas, Faith serves as one of the city’s leading pastors and nonprofit entrepreneur. As a co-founder of a wide array of Cass startups, Faith and her Cass community are turning one of the nation’s most impoverished urban centers into a gold mine of talent and resources. In this book, she shares the best of this inspiring community through stories of lives renewed and transformed. This is the first book published by Faith Fowler’s latest entrepreneurial venture: Cass Community Publishing House. It is the first interfaith publishing house established in the city of Detroit in more than two centuries – since Father Gabriel Richard, a Catholic priest and co-founder of the University of Michigan, hauled the first printing press into Detroit and invited his Presbyterian friend the Rev. John Monteith to publish with him. http://casscommunity.org/
Signed Paperback Book
Price: $20
Only 1 copy! Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Cass.

Burning Midnight (Signed Hardcover Book)

Amos Walker knows Detroit, from the highest to the lowest, and that includes the gangs of Mexicantown. When a friend asks Walker to get his son’s brother-in-law out of one of two feuding gangs, Walker gets in trouble fast. First, dead bodies start to pile up; then come suspicious fires and the bottle bombs. Walker is caught in the middle of a gang war.

Whether or not a middle-aged gringo like him can cool things off between the Maldados and the Zapatistas, he’s got to try; he did promise his friend. Once he gets involved, he realizes there’s something else going on; the specter of an international conspiracy threatens to make this local trouble blow sky-high.

Signed Hardcover Book
Price: $35
Only 1 copy available!

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The Radiant Sun: Designer Ruth Adler Schnee (DVD)

The DVD includes:

  • 58-minute Color, NTSC film
  • 15-minute abridged version of “The Radiant Sun”
  • About the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Video

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The Radiant Sun explores the life and work of mid-century American designer Ruth Adler Schnee, who has been called a “Detroit treasure” and an “American legacy.” Along with her family, Schnee fled Nazi Germany soon after Kristalnacht, and settled in Detroit. An internship with industrial designer Raymond Loewy and degrees from RISD and Cranbrook under Eliel Saarinen prepared her for a design career. With her husband Edward Schnee, she formed Adler-Schnee Associates, a design studio and store that helped bring modernism to Michigan. As a space planner, Adler-Schnee collaborated with noted architects including Yamasaki, Fuller, and Wright. At age 90+, she continues to work as a space planner and textile designer. The film The Radiant Sun adds Adler-Schnee’s story to the growing scholarship on the American Modernist–era and expands knowledge about women designers’ influence on the built environment.

Price: $30
Only 2 copies available!


Pewabic Pottery Library Tile

This beautiful 4x4 tile is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the Library, Grosse Pointe, or Pewabic!
Tiles are expected to be available for pick-up beginning November 10.
Includes gift box and card

Price: $45


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