Have you tried out our new Dial-A-Story service yet? You can call the number listed below anytime, 24/7 to hear a wonderful story read aloud to you. We will be updating our selections monthly, adding new content like riddles, jokes, poetry and more. Have something in mind that you would enjoy hearing read aloud? You can call the library or send us a message and we would be happy to consider your request.

New Year, New Teen Programs!

Teen Lit Kits

Perfect for teens in 6th-12th grade. Each month we will be offering a different themed bag of goodies for teens to check out and take home to enjoy. You keep the items and return the book when you are finished reading. Sign up begins on the 1st of the month and closes on the 7th or once all the spots are filled. Each bag will be available for pickup on the 14th of the month.

Sign up here for a kit

Teen/Adult Take & Make Kits

Reserve a monthly craft kit from the library! In February we will be giving you all of the materials you need to make a Macreme Key Chain!

We are also offering Monthly Stress Less Kits! Beat the Winter Blues with a kits specifically curated to relieve stress!

Sign up for Take & Make Kits here

MiLibraryQuest: Mystery Edition

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is to prevent the crime and enter to win a reward.
The Quest begins on January 1 and ends on February 14, 2021.
The Mi Library Quest challenge is made up of public libraries across Michigan and is supported in part by the Library of Michigan.
#MiLibraryQuest #MiWinterQuest #LibrariesOfMichigan

Learn more about the quest here

Winter Reading Challenge

Our Winter Reading Challenge is underway! Beginning yesterday and running through March 12th our community of readers can register to read more diverse titles this winter. We have challenges set up for kids, teens, and adults! You can sign up by heading over to our website or click the Sign up button here.

We encourage readers to read diversely, selecting titles that we have broken down into categories. Readers are encouraged to read a book from a variety of these categories, choosing a different book each time. Participants who complete the challenge will receive a Winter Reading Challenge prize!

To participate, log your reading on the Beanstack site, download the Beanstack app to keep track on your mobile device, or for adults, click here to print a paper log.

Tech Updates at the Library!

Text Messages from the Library

This just in–the library can now send you text messages! Receive up to date information when your holds are ready to be picked up, when checked out items are overdue, and important announcements from the library. Life can be hectic but you can have all of your library information in one quick text message.

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Text messages are sent at 10am when holds are ready to be picked up. You will continue to receive text messages until the hold is picked up, cancelled or expires. Call the library to sign up! It takes less that five minutes and you are instantly connected!

DDL is Fine Free

That’s right! In case you hadn’t heard, DDL no longer charges fines for overdue library materials. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and it’s not always possible to return materials on time. Now you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to deal with pesky fines if you are a couple days late. 

You may wonder why now is the time to make this change. Libraries have long utilized overdue fines to promote responsible borrowing habits. However, research has shown this doesn’t work as well as we thought. In actuality, fines act as a deterrent to library use, and many patrons never return to the library. Overdue fines also unfairly impact individuals with limited financial resources and those who do not have the means to regularly visit the library, such as young people. Ultimately, we hope this decision will serve our overall goal of providing a welcoming space where everyone can access library resources.

That said, keep in mind we and your fellow library users still expect you to return library materials in a timely manner. Visit our website for more information about our policy and additional fine free resources.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

41BzWOZ+NrL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_While many people, myself included, may be enticed to pick up this book because of the author, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Hanks’ writing and thoroughly enjoyed this book.  A series of short stories all united by one object, a type writer, he weaves each entry together into a cohesive narrative. I loved how each story begins with a black and white print of the type writer mentioned in the story. I found myself looking at each print in detail and noticing the intricacies and differences and becoming more intrigued by how each would factor into its story.  Sometimes the type writer would be mentioned in passing to elicit a feeling of nostalgia, sometimes it was the centerpiece of a story functioning as a gateway to a new path for a particular character. I loved how much detail Hanks incorporated into such a brief look at a character’s life. While most of the stories are standalone, there are a few that repeat characters. I really enjoyed the first story in the series, Three Exhausting Weeks, which examined the blossoming of a romantic relationship between two friends who are very different and how their new relationship affects their larger group of friends.  It was full of truth and humor.  I also enjoyed Welcome to Mars which has an entirely different tone.  Focusing on the relationship between father and son, Hanks created characters that had depth and flaws.  I really enjoyed Hanks’ writing.  It was clear and sharp and his stories were heartfelt, meaningful, and relatable.

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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Lucy and Gabe meet in college in September 20lightwelost01. Young and idealistic their futures loom in front of them. This book is about love and the roads taken and not taken. Had it been up to Lucy she and Gabe would have been together forever, except that Gabe had things going on within him, things he felt he had to resolve from his upbringing. At first she thinks they can meld their careers but Gabe feels differently. As a photojournalist he goes to the most dangerous, war-torn areas in the world in the years after 9-11. Lucy stays in New York and pursues her dreams, but thinks and hears about Gabe as social media evolves. During the next thirteen years they lose touch, then reunite briefly even though Lucy marries and has 2 children. The words of this book are those of Lucy’s as she sorts through her memories of the love she cherished with Gabe. She questions her decisions, does a lot of what ifs and ultimately knows at the end, that she will always love him.

Nighthawk by Clive Cussler

cliceNighthawk, by Clive Cussler, is a great story according to my husband, Noah Book. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on their         A-Game as they search for the most advanced aircraft the United States has ever designed. The X-37 vanished somewhere in the South Pacific and both Russia and China have the technology to locate the plane, but the cargo it is carrying could be catastrophic to the entire world. From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of South America, Kurt and Joe race against time and find themselves in life threatening conditions. Check out this action packed book and be prepared to ignore all those chores you need to do!

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