NEW – TumbleBook Library
We have a new subscription to TumbleBook Library. Thank you to the Greater Milan Area Community Foundation for the grant which is funding this service.
Click on the TumbleBook Library link above to read and/or listen to animated picture books as well as graphic novels, chapter books, books in Spanish, and more. See more information here.
April Crafty Afternoon
Saturday, April 1 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Join us for a crafty afternoon to welcome back Spring! We will be making Curious Bunny Pots, the perfect Spring decoration. Not only are they adorable, but they’re super fun to make! And take home additional ideas for projects!
$3 materials fee ~ Registration required. Please call 439-1240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register!
Please Note: Crafty Afternoons is a program aimed at adults – teens age 15+ may register on the wait list and attend if there is space.
Michigan Activity Pass
You may use your library card to check out free or reduced admission passes to museums, state parks, and other cultural institutions through the Michigan Activity Pass program. See more information here.
Traveling over the holidays or school break?
Looking for a way to stay connected on the road? Check out the library’s Mobile Hotspots!
The Milan Public Library has T-Mobile Wifi Hotspots to loan to Milan card holders over 18 years old. The rental fee (to cover the monthly access charges) is $5 for 3 days, $10 for 7 days and includes unlimited data. Each WiFi Mobile Hotspot supports internet access for up to 10 devices. Get in queue for an available hotspot by clicking “Place a Hold” here.
Or if you need the hotspot for a very specific date range, we also offer reservations for specific dates. Add just $7 to the loan fee to reserve a Hotspot for a family vacation, holidays, or any specific time of year you may need it. To reserve a hotspot for a specific date, click here.
The new year brings two new youth programs: Createapalooza for preschoolers through 1st graders and Buildapalooza for 2nd through 5th graders. Each of these events will be held on the second Saturday of each month and will include a building challenge and free build time with LEGO bricks, Squigz, and more. See details and register here.
The Washtenaw Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries include Milan, Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti.
We have several copies of the book and encourage you to read it during the month of February (it’s a fairly quick read)! Join us for a free community wide event on Tuesday, February 7, 7-8:30 at the Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor. The authors will discuss their acclaimed study of the forms poverty takes in contemporary America, community organizations working to alleviate the effects of poverty will have information tables and a book signing will be included in the evening.
Help the library stretch its budget by sponsoring the magazine of your choice! The Library subscribes to magazines for everyone in the family covering a wide range of topics — cars, humor, cooking, crafts, news, entertainment, sports, science, nature, home improvement and more! Click here for a list of magazines available — scroll down the list for youth magazines!
The average subscription cost is only $20/year and your donation may be tax deductible!
To adopt a magazine, just pick up a brochure at the library, choose from the list, complete the form and turn it in at the Information Desk with your check for $20/magazine! Easy peasy and a big help to the library!
Thank you to the following for supporting our youth Summer Reading Program:
Our library’s patrons who donated to youth programming
The City of Milan for the use of the Wilson Park Pavilion and the Senior and Community Activity Center for programs
The Friends of Milan Public Library
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Hungry Howie’s Pizza
Milan Dairy Barn
The Morning Owl
Zap Zone Fun Center
The Library’s millage was passed! We are so grateful for the overwhelming support of our wonderful community!
Information About the Library’s Millage Request
Student Library Card
Milan Public Library now offers a Student Library Card to kindergarten through 12th grade students who attend Milan Area Schools and do not live in our service area.
If you would like your child to receive a Student Library Card, come to the library with your child, your photo ID and proof of current address, and proof of your child’s enrollment in Milan Area Schools.
With a Student Library Card, students may check out up to 3 print items (books and magazines) and 1 audiovisual item (DVD, audiobook, or CD).
Additional information about receiving a library card at our library is available here.
Youth Internet Policy Change
Milan Public Library’s Board of Trustees has amended the library’s internet use policy. A parent or guardian’s signed permission is no longer required for children and teens to use youth computers with internet access at the library.
The library board and library staff respect parents’ decisions regarding their children’s internet use. We encourage you to discuss your expectations with your children. Your children and the adults who accompany them to the library will be responsible for following your guidelines. Library staff will not restrict use based on age.
The policy change was carefully considered and approved due to many factors including the need for students to use the internet and their Google Drive accounts for school assignments. Everyone under 18 may only access filtered youth computers.
Library Awarded Three Grants
Our library has received three grants from the Greater Milan Area Community Foundation.
One will be used to purchase archival quality, acid free boxes in which to store our fragile paper copies of Milan area newspapers.
The second is designated for a one-year contract audiobook lease which will provide an additional 18 audiobooks that we can switch out throughout the year.
The final grant will support “Play and Learn” programs for preschoolers and other children’s programming at the library with the purchase of Launchpads (preloaded children’s learning tablets), a small puppet theater, and other materials to support our early literacy programming.
Thank you to the Greater Milan Area Community Foundation for their support.
The Milan Public Library, and the community of Milan, lost a treasured friend and community leader this past week. We are deeply grateful for the long life of Marilyn Alexander, her many contributions to Milan and especially for her leadership of the Friends of the Library. A tribute to her life may be found here.