New TNT Program in the New Year
We’re starting a new monthly TNT (Teen & Tween, 6th – 12th grade) event. We’ll meet once a month to do activities you choose – games, art projects, etc. The first event will be on Saturday, January 20 from 1:00 until 3:00. If you can’t stay the entire time, come when you can! See more information, share your ideas, and register here
Let’s Chill Winter Fest
Milan’s annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest will be held on Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3.
Stop by the library any time between 10:00 and 4:00 on Saturday, February 3 to warm up with hot cocoa and crafts for all ages. We’ll have a variety of winter-themed crafts for children, teens, and adults.
Consumer Reports Online!
We currently have access to the online version of Consumer Reports through our membership in the Woodlands Library Cooperative. Log in here. User Name = wlcmichigan and Password = password
Let us know what you think!
TALK – Text and Learn for Kindergarten
TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten is a free text messaging service for parents of children 5 and under in Washtenaw County (and Milan Public Library families – even if you don’t live in Washtenaw County). You’ll receive two text messages per week that will help you prepare your child for kindergarten. Messages suggest quick and easy activities you can do any time—fun ways to talk, read, sing, write, and play with your baby, toddler, or preschooler every day. See more about TALK and sign up here. (If you do not live in Washtenaw County, you may use the library’s zip code (48160) to sign up. )
Did you know that about 3,600 people are currently waiting for a life saving organ in Michigan today? That in the US, 22 people die each day due to lack of an available organ? We are participating in the Michigan Libraries for Life campaign from now until next Monday. We’ll have information about becoming an organ/tissue donor and a quick link to register, if you so desire, on our Express Computer by the front door. Or you can register here.
Bring your recyclable papers to the new Green & Yellow Paper Retrieve Bin, located next to City Hall. The Milan Public Library and the City of Milan have partnered to encourage paper recycling and will each earn money per ton of paper recycled. The bin can take newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail, books, phone books, office/school papers. PLEASE NO: cardboard, plastics, glass, food containers, etc. JUST PAPER!
Recycling saves electricity, water, oil and greenhouse gases! Build a better world by recycling!
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.
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.
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!
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.