Delicious healthy food on a budget? Why, yes!


Wednesday, February 17
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

Blind Date with a Book is Back!

heart mosaicDo you like surprises? Would you like help deciding what to read next? Are you distracted by cover art that inaccurately portrays the content of a book? Let us take away the trouble of a decision and set you up with a date. Go on a Blind Date with a book!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day (From February 1st-15th), we’ll select a variety of books, wrap them all up in ‘oh so secretive’ wrapping paper and you won’t know the ‘identity’ of your blind date till you get it home. Will it be fiction or non-fiction? Funny, informative, a mystery, true-crime??? You may choose any wrapped book in our “Blind Date with a Book” display.

Let’s Chill Winter Fest

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Milan’s first annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest will be held on Saturday, February 6. See the schedule of events here.

Drop by the library between 10:00 and 3:30 for hot cider, popcorn, and winter activities. We’ll have winter crafts for children and teens from 10:00 until 1:00. Games for all ages and winter themed coloring pages for adults will be available all day. The Friends of the Library will also host a big book sale.

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Help us celebrate Michigan Statehood Day!

Saturday January 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

We’ll be making buttons & magnets to celebrate Michigan’s 179th Birthday! Drop in and make a button and/or a magnet celebrating our beautiful state! No registration required. All ages welcome (parents may need to help kids under 8). Make up to 5 buttons/magnets!

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!

We join our country in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his enduring legend.

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.

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!

Warming Center

warming-centerThe 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

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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.

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What is Giving Tuesday? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. If you’d like to support our library on Giving Tuesday, see our Donations page for ways you can donate to our library.

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.

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Milan Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to encourage our community to sign up for and use library cards.

To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month, Milan Public Library is offering a prize drawing for receiving and using library cards throughout the month. Entries may be earned for
– signing up for a new card
– renewing an expired card
– checking out items from the library (You may enter once each day you check out items.)
– checking out e-books or e-audiobooks (You may enter here once each day you check out e-books or e-audiobooks.)
– submitting a photograph of your library card for our display

Your library card can take you anywhere (through the books you read and movies you watch). Where have you taken your library card?

The library is creating a display of where our library cards have been. You are invited to take a picture of your library card at the park, at a coffee shop, or anywhere else interesting you have taken your card and submit the photo to the library for the display. Everyone who submits a photo will also receive an entry in the prize drawing.

See more information about Library Card Sign-up Month here, about receiving a library card here, and about what you can do with your library card here.

Summer Reading Program

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Our youth Summer Reading Program concluded on Saturday, August 29. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Program this year, the Friends of Milan Public Library for their support, the City of Milan for the use of space for programs, our community businesses who donated prizes:
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Basil Boys Pizza
Collins Center
Friends of Milan Public Library
Hungry Howie’s
Marco’s Pizza
Milan Dairy Barn
Nagle’s Market
Nicola’s Books
Splash Universe
Zap Zone
and the individuals and organizations who participated in our Touch a Truck event:
Huron Valley Ambulance
Milan Area Fire Department
Milan Department of Public Works
Milan Police Department
Milan Post Office
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living
Monroe County Farm Bureau/Kiger Farms/Ricky and Janice Kiger
Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross,
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office

Adults may continue to collect points for prizes and enter the prize drawing through Saturday, September 5.  For more information and ideas for participating in the Adult Summer Reading Program, click here.

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.

Stories with Symons Teachers

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Mr. Wright, Mr. DeSarbo, and teachers from Symons Elementary have read at our library on Thursday afternoons and before some of our library’s events throughout the summer. The final “Stories with Symons Teachers” will be held this Thursday, August 20 at 2:00 P.M. in the library. Ms. Lawver will read and you’ll be able to make corner bookmarks after the story. Registration is not required; just drop in Thursday at 2:00. See more information here.

Make Your Own Buttons and Magnets!

FREE, no registration required! Teens and Adults are welcome to drop in anytime from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 to make your own buttons and/or magnets with our new super spiffy machine! Bring your own decorative paper, pictures from magazines or other graphics; we’ll also have a selection on hand. Make up to ten buttons or magnets.POW

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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.

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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.

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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.