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Book Sorting Bee!

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Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

The Friends of the Milan Public Library have a large backlog of donations and need help sorting books into various categories!

If you can help for an hour or two, let us know or just stop by! Light refreshments available all day. 🙂

Fall Youth Programs

Tiny Tales (ages 2-3) resumes on September 29 and will be held every two weeks on Thursday mornings.

Preschool Storytime resumes on September 23 and will be held weekly on Friday mornings.

We’ve added an evening session of Book Buddies (for kindergartners through 2nd graders) in addition to the afternoon session. You choose the time and day that works best for you. This month, Book Buddies will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:45 P.M. and Thursday, September 29 at 4:45 P.M.

Bookworms (for 2nd and 3rd graders) will meet on Tuesday, September 17 at 4:45 P.M. Beginning in October, they will meet monthly on Thursday afternoons.

Chapter Chatters (for 3rd – 5th graders) will meet one Thursday afternoon each month beginning on Thursday, September 22 at 4:45 P.M.

See more information and register for Tiny Tales and Storytime here and for book clubs here.

We’re also celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month throughout September. See more here.

Garlic!

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Join us on Wed. Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Library with Dick & Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm in Dixboro. Learn about the history of garlic, fun facts, planting/growing practices & cooking tips for this “flavor vegetable”.  

Dick & Diana will also have a variety of garlic bulbs for planting during October/November and copies of their cookbook featuring garlic (of course!), Get Going with Great Garlic: Recipes from your Garlic Farmers’ Kitchen, available to purchase. Or hey, maybe you can just win a set of garlic varieties or a cookbook as a door prize!

FREE! Registration is requested — call the library at 734-439-1240, email info@milanlibrary.org or click here to register!

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September is National Library Card Sign Up Month!

This month, public libraries across the United States highlight the value of a library card. What better time than the beginning of the school year to get the card which is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning?

A library card provides free access to borrow books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, music, downloadable e-books, and more. Milan Public Library also provides a spectrum of free services, including local history materials, research databases, help finding information, computer access, internet access, and programs for adults, teens, and children. Although a library card is necessary to check out items from the library, resources at Milan Public Library are available to everyone in our community.

This year’s Library Card Sign-Up Month Honorary Chair is Snoopy, of Peanuts comic strip fame, calling attention to the supportive role libraries and library professionals play in the education, academic achievement, and development of children.

At the Milan Public Library, everyone who signs up for a library card in September will receive a fun Peanuts-themed item. And we’ll celebrate again on October 1 with cake and other refreshments at the library!

See more information about how to get a library card here.

Summer Reading

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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
Bel-Mark Lanes
Clonlara School
Collins Center
Hungry Howie’s Pizza
Kohl’s
Marco’s Pizza
Milan Dairy Barn
Splash Universe
The Morning Owl
Toledo Zoo
Zap Zone Fun Center

THANK YOU!

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

Millage Fact Sheet

Check out the library’s Mobile Hotspots!

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Thanks to the Friends of Milan Public Library, we now offer WiFi Mobile Hotspots for 3 or 7 day loans to Milan card holders over 18 years old. Great for travel, working away from school or home, or internet access anywhere you don’t already have it. 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.

Michigan Activity Pass

map logo 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.

Adopt a Magazine!  

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!

Game Night

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Wednesdays, from 6-8 p.m. – Ages 14+

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Drop in to play a game with friends. Choose from the library’s selection of playing cards or board games or bring your own. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the library, by email at info@milanlibrary.org, or by calling 734-439-1240.

Library Awarded Three Grants

gmacf logoOur 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.

Marilyn Alexander

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.