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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 info@milanlibrary.org

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 one to inspire you:

Children, laughs, a book —
It’s the little things in life
that matter the most!


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!


National Library Week is April 12-18!

Stop by the library and use your card, renew your card or get a new card with us! Or, snag an item from (or donate to) the Friends sale, use a library computer, read a new magazine, explore a MEL database, find a book or video to learn a new skill, check out an e-book or e-audiobook, the possibilities really are unlimited! Prize drawings at the end of the week will include a Barnes & Noble Gift Card, a Cheshire Cat Coffee Mug, a Book Journal and more!

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

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The Friends of the Library Annual Blowout Sale will go on all week. Stop by to check out lots of new donations that have arrived in recent weeks. On Saturday, April 18, we’ll slash prices on most items!
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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.

Blind Date with a Book

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Blind Date With A Book has come to an end. Don’t forget to turn in your completed questionnaire to receive a coupon for a free item from our Friends of the Library Book Sale! To read the completed questionnaires and check out the list of titles used for Blind Date With A Book, click here!

Come in From the Cold!

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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.

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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.

No registration required!

Tax Forms

Due to budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service, libraries will not receive as many tax forms as in the past. We have 1040, 1040 A, and 1040 EZ forms as well as some Michigan tax booklets/forms and home heating credit booklets/forms. We will not receive any federal instruction booklets.

To request a form or booklet that we do not have, you may use one of these methods:

www.irs.gov/forms to view and download

www.irs.gov/orderforms to request forms delivered by mail

1-800-829-3676 to request delivery by mail

You may print forms at the library (either from the IRS website or from a binder of reproducible forms) for 20 cents per page.

Online Catalog Update

Our online catalog has been updated. Now everyone – using computers as well as mobile devices – will be able to access the new version of the catalog. Check it out here and let us know if you have any questions.


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

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.



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

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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.


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.

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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!


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!

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