Milan Summer Fest

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Milan Summer Fest is next weekend (July 31 – August 1). Plan to stop by the library for Superhero programs in the afternoon or stop by our table at the Festival on Saturday between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. We’ll have kids books from the Friends Book Sale and face painting! See more information here.

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Thursday, July 30, 7:00-8:30
At the Milan Senior/Community Center

Sponsored by the Milan Public Library and supported in part by the Friends of the Milan Public Library.

Join Vicki and Amanda from the Zilke Vegetable Farm to make and take home jars of fresh summer salsas, pickled veggies and herb dressings all made with locally grown produce!

You’ll go home with a 4 oz. jar of salad dressing, an 8 oz. jar of salsa and a 16 oz. jar of pickled fresh veggies.

$5 materials fee. Space limited — register early!

Register any of the following ways:
*Ask at the Library’s Information Desk
*Call the Library at 734-439-1240
*Email the library at
*Use the registration form here

Touch a Truck

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Thank you to the individuals and organizations who volunteered their time to participate in our Touch a Truck event on Friday: American Red Cross – Monroe County, Huron Valley Ambulance, Milan Area Fire Department, Milan Department of Public Works, Milan Police Department, Milan Seniors for Healthy Living, Monroe County Farm Bureau/Ricky and Janice Kiger/Kiger Farms, UPS, US Post Office – Milan, and Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Pictures from the event are posted here.

Stories with Symons Teachers

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Mr. Wright, Mr. DeSarbo, and teachers from Symons Elementary will read at our library on Thursday afternoons and before some of our library’s events throughout the summer. See more information here.

Summer Reading Program

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Our annual Summer Reading Program began on Wednesday, June 10. Children, teens, and adults are invited to read or listen to books, earn prizes, and attend programs throughout the summer. Themes this summer are “Every Hero Has a Story” for children and teens and “Escape the Ordinary” for adults. See more information about the children’s program here and the teen program (for 6th – 12th graders) here. For more information and ideas for participating in the Adult Summer Reading Program, click here.

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Join us for an Adult/Teen program on Thursday, June 25 at 5:00 at the Senior/Community Center. You’ll learn about the ancient art of henna (temporary) skin decoration — its history, how it’s made and how to apply it. You’ll receive a henna cone and instruction sheet and while you practice, you’ll also get a small henna design applied by the presenter. THIS PROGRAM IS FULL. To be placed on the waitlist, call the library at 734-439-1240, email or click here.
Note: Teens will need a signed permission form which will be emailed to you after you register.

New Library Card Feature

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Have you ever wanted to reread a book but have forgotten the title and author? Or don’t remember where you left off in a series? Or wanted to have a list of what you’ve read from our library?

You can now set your library card account to maintain a list of everything you check out. You can ask us to activate this feature for you or log into your account to activate it yourself.

To activate your circulation history:
Log into your account.
Click on “My Account” in the top right corner.
Click on “Checkout History” in the left column.
Click on “Activate History” on the top right.

Items checked out after you activate your circulation history will be maintained. Previously checked out items will not be included.

If you have any questions, stop by the library or call us at 734-439-1240.

Children’s Book Week


Children’s Book Week is May 4 – 8, 2015. Stop by the library to check out a new book or see how many children’s books you can recognize by their first lines. Pick up a page of opening lines from the library or see them online here for picture books and here for chapter books.

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We’re having so much fun with Hello Haiku that we’re extending it through the whole month of April!

Stop by and pick up a Hello Haiku form to submit your poem or just send us an email at
We’re posting them (without names attached) around the library. (Haiku are traditional Japanese 3 line poems with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 again in the third. But we’re not super fussy).

Here’s another one to inspire you:

Spring is upon us
Birds chirp, flowers bloom, kids play
Sun shines in blue skies.

Children and teens:
See more information and entry forms for children and teens at the library or online here. We’ll post your poems on our Poetree in the library.

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National Library Week is April 12-18!

Children and teens may enter our prize drawing for using any of our library’s resources all month. Check out items, attend a program, download an ebook, watch BookFlix, explore our interactive globe, and more. See more information here.


Celebrate the Earth!

Here are 22 Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day today or anytime!

1. Check out one of our many books on green cleaning, beauty, ecological living or about the earth itself!
2. Plant a tree or some flower seeds!
3. Make some green cleaning supplies.
4. Ride your bike or walk to work.
5. Buy from a local food source!
6. Explore nature.
7. Recyle or reuse something around your house.
8. Take a walk and pick up any litter you see along the way.
9. Make a craft out of something around the house
10. Donate gently used clothing, books, household equipment.
11. Check out a yard sale to see if you can snag what you need without buying a new item.
12. Conserve water by turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth or wash hands.
13. Hang laundry out to dry in warm weather.
14. Use a dish towel rather than a paper towel whenever you can.
15. Hold or participate in a clothing or toy swap.
16. Plan at least one vegetarian meal this month.
17. Share a book about the earth with a child, for example Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
18. Take a reusable bag shopping with you.
19. Do an earth day craft!
20. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
21. Do more laundry with cold water.
22. Organize a community clean up or beautification event!

Hello Haiku!

Help us celebrate National Poetry Month in April by contributing an original Haiku! We’ll post your poems around the library (you can be anonymous!) and offer a prize drawing chance to anyone who enters.

Youth Programs

Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime and elementary book clubs continue this spring.  See more information and register for Storytime here and book clubs here.

Books and Bites (6th – 8th grade) will meet on March 17 to discuss your favorite books, what you’re reading now, and new and popular books in the library.  See more information and register here.

The Milan Public Library is one of many designated warming centers in Washtenaw County. Please keep us in mind if you (or someone you know) is having a problem with heat.

game night

Wednesdays, from 6-8 p.m.Starting February 4th
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.

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!