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Money Smart Week

This week is Money Smart Week. Stop by the library to

  • check out books about managing your finances
  • pick up financial literacy literature from our display in front of the reference desk
  • attend Eating Well on $4 a Day (for adults) on Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. in the Senior and Community Activity Center (Registration is required. Call, stop by, or email us to register.) Note: We will hold an additional session on May 11 if this session becomes waitlisted.
  • NOTE: The Money Smart Learning Lab (for adults) scheduled for tonight (Thursday) at 7:00 P.M. is postponed. New date to be announced soon.
  • attend Money Smart Kids Storytime (for children ages 3-5) on Friday at 10:30

    Additional financial information is available on

    Celebrate and honor the Earth — we’ve only got one!

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    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. Recycle or reuse something around your house. Here’s info on recyling electronic items.
    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 Day with a child.
    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!

    National Library Week

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    Celebrate National Library Week with us this week and through the end of April. Discover what our library has to offer you and enter a prize drawing for using any of our resources:

    • Check out a book, magazine, movie, CD, or audiobook from our library or through MeLCat for items we do not own.
    • Reserve an item you would like to read, listen to, or watch that is checked out or on order (or request the item through MeLCat if we do not own it).
    • Check out an ebook or e-audiobook from Overdrive
    • Read a new magazine in the library.
    • Look up a topic of interest in an encyclopedia or other reference book.
    • Explore a website or database available through MeL – general, for teens, or for children
    • Watch an animated book on BookFlix.
    • Attend a program at the library.
    • Sign up for our e-newsletter.
    • Like or comment on our Facebook page.
    • Follow us on Twitter.
    • Purchase an item from the Friends of the Library – books, audiobooks, movies, tote bag, or Milan Public Library mug.
    • Donate books, audiobooks, or DVDs to the Friends of the Library.
    • Explore our genealogy room. See historical photos, yearbooks, newspapers, and more.
    • Explore educational materials in our library – an interactive globe, puzzles, children’s computer games, or computers with internet access.
    • Use a service in the library – use a computer, make copies, or send a fax.
    • Submit a suggestion for purchase for a book, audiobook, DVD, or magazine you would like to see in our library. Forms are available by the library catalog computers.
    • Tell us how the library has benefited you or our community – add a comment in the library, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Enter the prize drawing at the circulation desk for using resources in the library and enter here for using online resources.

    Delicious healthy food on a budget? Why, yes!


    Dates in April and May to be announced
    7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Milan Senior/Community Center

    Learn about eating healthy on a budget — cook and sample delicious, inspiring recipes from Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown. (Participants will receive a free copy of the book!) Presented by MSU Extension Nutrition Instructor Mary Morris-Donaldson.

    Please register at the library OR by calling the Library at 439-1240 OR Aid in Milan at 439-8490 OR emailing

    Poetry Month

    Poetree 2015 April is Poetry Month. Stop by the library to read poems on our Poetree (poetry + tree) and add your own.

    Do you have Lego bricks?

    lego bricksWe are looking for additional Lego bricks to expand our Lego programming at the library. If you have any to donate, we would appreciate them!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.