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The Zen of Origami

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Saturday, July 30, 1:30-3 p.m. Register here!
Tuesday, August 3, 10:30-noon Register here!

At the Milan Public Library
Calm your mind with origami! You’ll leave with three origami creations and instructions and supplies for three more to take home. This program is free and adults and teens are welcome! Registration requested to ensure space/supplies. Register with a link above or by calling the library at 734-439-1240.

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Program!

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Thursday, July 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Milan Public Library
Presented by Suzanne Awan, Drops of Nectar

Curious about all the buzz around essential oils? Looking for more natural ways to enhance your wellness? Come learn about the incredible benefits of adding therapeutic essential oils to your health and well-being toolbox. 

You will learn about some of the most commonly used essential oils and how you can easily make them a part of your everyday wellness routine. We will discuss how you can help your body & mind help itself with a more natural approach. Free! Registration Requested to ensure space. Register here or by calling the library at 734-439-1240.

Election Day is August 2!

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Stop by the library to view sample ballots for Monroe and Washtenaw County.

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.

Summer Reading

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Our Summer Reading Programs for all ages – children, teens, and adults – begin on Thursday, June 16. Everyone is invited to read or listen to books, participate in other reading-related activities, earn prizes, and attend events at the library the summer.

See information about our children’s program here and our TNT (Teen and Tween) program 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.

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.

Summer Reading Program


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Our Summer Reading Program will begin on June 16. The children’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” and the TNT theme (Teens and Tweens/6th – 12th grade) is “Get in the Game: Read!”

The Friends of the Library will sell t-shirts with our Summer Reading Program themes this year. See additional information and preorder 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.

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.