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25th Anniversary of the Ruth Hughes Memorial Library

Through the month of April, it’s a celebration at the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library! The library is marking its 25th year with a historical display, an open house, and month long activities.

The library's roots actually stretch back to 1921, when the Imlay City Women's Study Club voted to start a community library. In 1923, they opened a library housed in city hall. It eventually became the Imlay Township Library, and moved several times to different locations as the collections grew. In 1989, construction began on the current building, funded through a very generous bequest from Ruth Hughes, an Imlay City native who went on to a long career in teaching. Ruth Hughes, along with her brother Don, left considerable trusts that were meant to provide educational opportunities for the community’s children.  Thanks to this wonderful gift, and the cooperation and hard work of many civic and church leaders, volunteers, library staff, and trustees, the new building opened to the public in 1990, and was renamed the Ruth Hughes Memorial Library. In 1994, the library went through the final stage in its development, becoming a district library serving the communities of Imlay City, Imlay Township, and Attica Township, supported by a dedicated millage thanks to the generosity of area voters.

In gratitude to all who have supported the library over the years, we have some special thank you activities planned:

  • On April 15 at 6:30 pm, stop by our Open House: we'll have refreshments, cake, party favors, and a historical display.
  • Through the month of April, play our 25th Anniversary Punch Card Game. Pick up a game card at the front desk, and get a punch for each item you check out. When you reach 25, you'll get a special prize. The game is for adults and children, one per person, while supplies last.

Thank you for a great 25 years!

National Library Week
April 12 -18

Celebrate National Library Week with a different suprise each day, our little "thank you" for your support of the library!

  • Monday: get 5 free computer prints or copies
  • Tuesday: pick up a free scratch n' sniff bookmark
  • Wednesday: choose a free pencil and happy face eraser
  • Thursday: get a free pen
  • Friday: Buy One, Get One Free Day at the used book sale
  • Saturday: Fines Forgiveness Day: call or stop in and have us waive your overdue fines! Items must be returned first; does not include fees for lost items or the non-refundable collection agency fee.

Happy National Library Week!  

Fines Forgiveness Day
Saturday, April 18

Got overdue fines? Get them waived and get a fresh start on Fines Forgiveness Day! Call or stop in on Saturday, April 18, let us know you'd like to have your fines waived, and we'll take care of the rest.

Note: items must be returned first; does not include fees for lost items or the non-refundable $10 collection agency fee.

Tax Forms

The IRS budget for forms and publications was significantly cut by Congress. For this reason, we are receiving only tax forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, in limited quantities. No instruction booklets will be provided by the IRS to the library.

You will be able to view and download forms and instructions at, or you can go to to have forms mailed to you. You may also call 1-800-829-3676 to order tax products to be delivered to you by mail.

We will be able to download forms and print them for you at the library for a charge of 10 cents per page.

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Chilton Repair Manuals Online

Between potholes, snow drifts, black ice, and road salt our vehicles have been taking quite a beating over the past few months (and it's not over yet). Some may even need repair or body work or a little maintenance.  Maybe we'd like to tackle the job ourselves and need step by step instructions, illustrations, and specifications.  Or, we don't feel qualified to handle the tasks ourselves but want to be well-informed when hiring a professional and have an idea of what's involved.  Vehicle enthusiasts have long used print versions of Chilton Repair Manuals and fortunately, electronic versions of hundreds of these manuals are available in the MeL database Chilton Library.  Labor estimating, bulletins/recalls, maintenance, and repair are included as are wiring and vacuum diagrams, close-up photographs, and more.  Start out by selecting the year, make and model to see what is available for your vehicle.  Model years 1940 (select makes) to the present, trucks, SUVs, imports and domestic, are all included. 

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