vote imageTuesday, Nov. 4 is an important election day! Be an informed citizen with the League of Women Voters Nonpartisan Voter Guide. We still have some copies and information is also available at here. You can view sample ballots on the State of Michigan’s page. Wear your “I Voted” sticker with pride!

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Top 10 Preservation Mistakes….and How to Avoid Them!

Saturday, November 8, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
 
Do you have family photos, slides or scrapbooks that you want to ensure survive generations to come? Do you have home videos that you can’t play? Learn from the experts how to preserve your family treasures and/or convert them to formats that you can enjoy.
Join us for an educational workshop presented by Ann Arbor’s Priceless Photo Preservation, experts in preserving photos, slides, media and other historical materials.
 
Space is limited; please register by calling the library at 734-439-1240, emailing info@milanlibrary.org or click here.

Congratulations to, and thanks from, Isabelle Schultz!

In July 2014, longtime Milan resident iz  
Isabelle Schultz received the Athena Award for Washtenaw County. This internationally recognized award is presented to a person who is recognized for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their  
attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

To Isabelle Schultz, this award belongs to the entire Milan community. There are a lot of “WE”s in my story, not a lot of “I”s, she said in her speech when she accepted the award. “There’s no grandstanding in small towns… people know each other too well.”

The award and many of the commendations she received are  
featured in an exhibit at the Milan Public Library as Isabelle’s way of saying thank you to the community. We are happy to congratulate Isabelle AND the Milan community for this well-deserved award. Please take a look at the exhibit at the library next time you’re in!

Halloween Programs

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Greater Milan Area Community Foundation awards grants to MPL

We received three grants from the Greater Milan Area Community Foundation: one for four new youth computers, one for large print books, and one for an additional music CD cabinet. We appreciate their support which allows us to add these resources to our library. Click here to check out and “like” their Facebook page. To read an article about all the grants awarded to our community partners by GMACF, click here

Fall Programs

Fall Storytime begins on September 11 and 12.  Toddler Storytime is held every two weeks on Thursday mornings.  Preschool Storytime is held weekly on Friday mornings and monthly on Thursday evenings.  See more information and register here.

Children’s Book Clubs also resume this month.  Book Buddies (kindergartners through 2nd graders), Bookworms (2nd – 3rd graders), and Chapter Chatters (3rd – 5th graders) each meet monthly.  See more information and register here.

Books and Bites for 6th – 8th graders will be held on Thursday, September 25.   See more information and register here.

Michigan Activity Pass Program

michigan activity pass logoThe Michigan Activity Pass program offers free or discounted admission to a variety of local museums and other cultural attractions. The program is entirely online this year.  See the Michigan Activity Pass website for more information about participating locations and to use your library card to check out passes. You may check out one pass per card. Passes are valid for one week and offers vary by attraction.  Click here to see the list of attractions and info on what the activity pass covers.

Michigan Big Green Gym

Big Green Gym TransparentCheck out a Michigan Big Green Gym pass from our library for a free entrance pass into any state park or recreation area.  Choose your state park by visiting the Michigan DNR Parks and Trails Directory.

 

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Adult Summer Reading Program has begun!

Pick up your Periodic Table of the Library and start earning points toward prizes! If you’re looking for a movie about science, check out this list of feature films and nonfiction DVDs. Sign up for our new e-newsletter here!

Adult Summer Programs/ Classes*:

  • Monday June 30th 6pm, Trivia Night
  • Wednesday, July 9th 7 pm, Dangerous Beauty! Great resources, tips, and shopper’s guides on safer beauty products. Plus make your own body scrub!
  • Saturday June 12th 12pm, Pinterest Class
  • Monday July 14th 6 pm, PowerPoint Basics
  • Wednesday July 23rd 6 pm, DIY Craft Night
  • Saturday July26th 12pm, Goodreads Class
  • Monday August 18th 6 pm, eReader Lab

*This list is not comprehensive of all Adult Programs at the Milan Public Library for this summer, stay tuned for information about other upcoming programs.

To register for Adult Summer Reading and Programs/Classes, register online here!

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Learn How to Find and Apply for Jobs at the University of Michigan!

Wednesday, May 14 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Milan Public Library

Looking for a job? Join Anissa Majer, JM Human Resources Office, to learn about searching and applying for jobs at umjobs.org. Learn tips like saving job searches, connecting with Careers at the U on Facebook or Twitter, and subscribing to emails and news feeds. Registration is requested. Call 439-1240 or email info@milanlibrary.org

library week

April 13 – 19 is National Library Week.  This year’s theme is Lives Change @ Your Library.

We invite you to discover everything the library has to offer you and enter to win prizes for using our library’s resources.

You may enter our prize drawing when you:

  • Check out a book, magazine, movie, CD, or audiobook from the library.  See what is available in our catalog here (from most computers) or here (from mobile devices).
  • Borrow an ebook or e-audiobook.  Click here to get started.
  • Attend a program (any time this month).  See our calendar of events here, children’s events here, and teen events here.
  • Like or comment on our Facebook page.
  • Sign up for our e-newsletter here.
  • Purchase an item from the Friends of the Library book sale.
  • Explore a website or database from the “resources” link on our website. There are resources for children and adults. Watch and listen to animated books on Book Flix, do research for school or personal interest, see car repairs on Chilton Library, find reading suggestions, and more.
  • Tell us how the library has changed your life. Forms are at the circulation desk or post a comment on our Facebook page.  We’ll display these in the library.

You may enter our prize drawing for each resource you use.  Entry forms are available in the library or here.

We hope to see you in the library this week and every week!

Identity_Theft_Image_for_Web 122:00 p.m. at the Library      Key topics include:

  • Recognizing and avoiding identity theft.
  • Knowing how thieves steal from you and what they do with your identity.
  • Protecting yourself.
  • What to do if you are a victim.

Sponsored by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office Senior Brigade, this valuable program is open to anyone! Light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested — please call 439-1240 or email info@milanlibrary.org.

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Learn how to make household cleaners with natural ingredients. We’ll make two types of cleaners that you can take home along with recipes and a shopper’s guide for cleaning products. You’ll also learn how to interpret labels on commercial cleaning products. This workshop will be presented by MacKenzie Maxwell of the Ann Arbor Ecology Center. Registration requested! Call 734-439-1240 or email info@milanlibrary.org to reserve your spot.

Be really green! Bring a recylable jar with a lid for your take home cleaning product and be entered in a drawing for a copy of The Imperfect Environmentalist by Sara Gilbert!

Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.

Milan Senior/Community Center

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Free AARP tax assistance will be available February 26 and March 5 through Milan Senior for Healthy Living.  For more information, call 734-508-6229.

The Milan Public Library has a variety of tax forms and booklets as well as tax preparation guides that can be checked out.  Click here for resources on other free tax assistance programs, forms, etc.

It’s February — Time to Share the Love!

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Do you like surprises? Having trouble deciding what to read next? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, have a Blind Date With a Book! Pick any wrapped book from our display, take it home and find our what adventure awaits you. It could be non-fiction, mystery, romance, sci-fi, or even a western! Choose your date from February 10th to the 17th. Return your book with our questionnaire and let us know what you think. Returned questionnaires will be shared on the Website and on Facebook.

Take a look at the book evaluations returned so far!

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Our annual food drive for Aid in Milan is underway! Bring any nonperishable food item to the library during the month of February and receive a sweet reward (decadent chocolate, lollypop or Valentine’s Day pencil). This program been a great success in recent years, with parents and kids bringing in items to donate. We love to contribute to our community coming together to help each other! Let’s make it a great February for Aid in Milan!

Got New Year’s resolutions?  We’ve got help!checklist

 

Stop by the library to pick up a book, DVD, magazine or other resource to help you stay focused on your goals!   Click here for a starter list of possibilities or check out our display at the library.

What could be more fun that giving away free books?

WBN2014_logo_672x652We can’t think of much! Apply to give away free books on World Book Night! Each year on April 23 –Shakespeare’s birthday– tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. The deadline is January 5, and more information and the application can be found here.

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The Bad News:

On December 31, the State of Michigan will discontinue the Michicard program which enables direct borrowing from numerous libraries throughout the state.

The Good News:

On January 1, the MILibraryCard will debut and effectively replace Michicard for those libraries which choose to participate.  The Milan Public Library will be a participating library.  Though the Monroe County Library System is not yet on the list of participating libraries, we anticipate that they will also be part of this new program.

If you borrow from the Milan Public Library as a Michicard holder from another public library in the state, check to see if your home library will be participating in the new program here.  If your library is not on the new list, you may want to encourage them to consider participating in order to continue for you to be able to borrow items from the Milan Public Library.

We will honor your Michicard until it expires in our database.

Reserve On-Order Items!

You can now place reserves on items before they arrive in the library.   Materials that are on-order have brief records in the catalog that you can use to place your name on the reserve list.  As soon as the item is available, we’ll hold it for you and let you know it’s here!

Secretary of State Express Online Service

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The Michigan Secretary of State now has an ExpressSOS online service which is available on Milan Public Library computers.  There is a desktop shortcut on our express workstation and other library computers will have shortcuts available by August 1 (you can get to this website from any computer browser).  You can renew your driver’s license, vehicle tabs, obtain a replacement vehicle title or registration and more!

 Check out our new No Frills Catalog!

Great for mobile devices or dial-up.  We’re testing this access, so let us know what you think.  Click here to get to the No Frills Catalog.

 Break Some New Ground This Summer with the Adult Summer Reading Program!

groundbreakingRead or listen to six books (you can also count 3 magazines as a book) by August 30 to win prizes and be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing at the Celebration Brunch on September 7!

Register here or in the library.

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!

 

Geek the Library Is Here!

Geek/Verb. 1: To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for. 2: To express interest in. 3: To possess a large amount of knowledge in. 4: To promote.

On Saturday, June 23 the Milan Public Library launched its participation in Geek the Library with a day long event! Lots of folks dropped by the Library to learn about this exciting campaign to raise awareness for public libraries plus win prizes and enjoy some snacks at the same time! You can also tell us what you geek…because whatever you geek the Library supports you!

Brought to you by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, with funding by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Book a Librarian! 

Do you have a specific computer task you need to accomplish?  Are you wondering how to research a topic online?  How about learning what job and career resources are available to you at the library?  You can now Book a Librarian for up to one hour of one-on-one help researching a topic, learning specific computer tasks (call to ask what we can help with and/or to schedule an appointment).   Contact us at 734-439-1240 or info@milanlibrary.org   We look forward to helping you