• Coat Drive @ Imlay City Branch


    If you have spare coats that can be donated to those in need of a little extra warmth this season, please consider bringing in your clean, gently used coats to the library (Imlay City Branch). If you are in need of a coat, these items will be available for free, anytime during open library hours. Take a coat, leave a coat - and we can work together to make this season a little warmer!

  • Happy Birthday Tedd Arnold

    January 20

    Do you have a Fly Guy fan in your home who just can't get enough of Tedd Arnold's books? 

    Drop by to pick up a special birthday kit to celebrate Tedd Arnold's special day, Thursday, January 20th during our open hours from 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM.

    Confetti, colorful balloons, and text that says "Happy Birthday Tedd Arnold"
  • Blizzard of Books

    January 3-31

    Have your kiddos been missing our summer reading program? Do they need a sweet treat to help get through the cold winter?

    Ages 0-18 are welcome to participate in our annual Blizzard of Books program in collaboration with our Imlay City Dairy Queen.

    Pick up a tracking bookmark from either branch, read (or listen to) the required number of books, then return the bookmark for a free blizzard coupon from Dairy Queen (Imlay City location only). 

    Thank you Dairy Queen for your generosity in helping us with this program!

    Falling books in various colors with Blizzard of Books text,
  • Love You to Pieces - Puzzle Wreath

    January 24-29

    Show off your love of Valentine's Day by crafting a heart-shaped puzzle piece wreath, perfect for indoor decorating.

    These are most appropriate for ages 6 and up, but all are welcome to join in on the fun with a little help from an adult.

    Puzzle pieces in background, with pink overlay - text reads "Love you to Pieces Puzzle Wreath. Kits available the week of January 24th: A Valentine craft for all ages."
  • Mini Heartbreaker Pinata

    February 1-5

    Registration is required for this program. Please call us at 810-724-8043 to reserve a space for your teen. 

    Whether you despise Valentine's Day or treasure it deeply, we have a craft for you. Create a mini heart pinata, complete with candy, then smash it with a hammer!

    Kitten popping out of gift box holding a heart. Text reads
  • Virtual Story Time

    February 1, 8, & 15

    Join Ms. Lorry for a live, virtual Zoom story time on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 AM. Watch our Facebook page for the link on Tuesday mornings.

    Upcoming story time dates are January 18th, February 1st, February 8th, and February 15th.

    There will be no story time the last week of February. 

    Little boy looking at book with magical things coming out of the pages such as a car, pencil, dinosaur, musical notes, and animals.
  • Love Bugs On the Go Kit

    February 7-12

    What do you get when you have pom poms, googly eyes, pipe cleaner, and felt? A love bug of course!

    Kits will be available to pick up the week of February 7th from either library branch, while supplies last.

    Lady bug with red flowers, text reads "On the Go craft kit: It's a Valentine Love Bug. Pick up this all ages children's craft the week of February 7th."
  • Library Shelf-ie Day

    January 24-29

    Show off your library pride the week of January 24th by taking a library shelfie (a photo of you in front of our shelves of books), then email your photo to the library for us to share on our social media page (publicuser@ruthhughes.org). 

    Tree branches with orange leaves, and a shelf of various books. The text reads
  • Cross Stitch Club

    A Monthly Adult Craft

    Start the New Year with something new: join our monthly Cross Stitch Club (take-home only for now.) The first kit is available now in limited quantities.  You will receive the pattern, instructions,aida cloth, floss, hoop, and a needle. Save the hoop, needle, and any leftover floss for use in future projects. Those that have signed up for the January pattern and have picked up their kit, will be signed up for February.

    Black fabric with purple and green thread, embroidery hoop-cross stitch.
  • Spice Up your Winter

    Pick Up the Third Week of the Month

    Hope you all enjoyed the cookbooks last year! This season we are offering the chance to "spice up" your winter.  Each month, you'll get a sample of a spice, a fact sheet, and a link or recipes to try. Sign up and spice it up!

    Wooden spoons with a variety of spices.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting Cancelled

January 12, 2022

Notice of Cancelled Regular Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library
Board of Trustees Meeting

Please take notice that the January 20, 2022 regular Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library Board of Trustees meeting has been cancelled.
Date of Next Meeting:                    February 3, 2022
Place of Meeting:                           Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library
                                                       211 N. Almont Ave.
                                                       Imlay City, MI 48444
Hour of Meeting:                            6:30 PM
Telephone Number:                       810-724-8043
Tracy Aldrich, Library Director
The Board of Trustees for the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library meets monthly throughout the year.  Regular Meetings of the board of trustees are subject to:

AN ACT to require certain meetings of certain public bodies to be open to the public; to require notice and the keeping of minutes of meetings; to provide for enforcement; to provide for invalidation of governmental decisions under certain circumstances; to provide penalties; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts.

If you desire to attend a meeting, and require reasonable accommodation, notice must be given by contacting the library within a reasonable period of time prior to the meeting.  Time for public comment is limited to reserved time only.

Temporary Hours Change at Both Branches

Effective Monday December 6, 2021

Starting Monday, December 6, the Ruth Hughes Library will have new temporary hours at both branches, caused by pandemic related staffing shortages. The schedule is expected to remain in place through January, but may be lifted earlier if vacant positions are filled. 
The Imlay branch will be open Monday and Thursday from 12:00 - 7:00 pm, Wednesday  12:00 - 5:00 pm, Tuesday and Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
The Attica branch will be open Monday and Thursday from 12:00 - 5:00 pm, and Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. 
Curbside service remains available at both branches as well. 

Masks Required

January 7, 2022

Due to the highly contagious nature of the Omicron variant and the extremely high and rapidly increasing levels of COVID transmission in the area, we are once again requiring masks in the library, for everyone's safety. Staff may not be able to assist patrons who are not masked.

We are also reinstating some of our social distancing measures. Additionally, there should be no food consumed on the premises. Effective immediately:

Study Rooms: limited to 4 people, with no food permitted. 

Lower Level Meeting Room: no food permitted.

Computer Lab: some stations will be closed to create distance between users. 

We are sorry to have to reinstate these measures, but they are necessary to try and mitigate some of the risk right now, and to keep the library open safely for all.


Curbside Service Still Available

Just a reminder that curbside pick-up is still available at the library: if you would prefer, you are very welcome to get your items and even do copying and printing that way. Just give us a call, we are happy to help!

Seasonal Newsletter

December & Winter 2022

While the library is currently unable to provide play spaces and in-person indoors programming due to the ongoing pandemic, there are still lots of great activities planned, on a take-home basis. Check out the newsletter for full details. 

Please click here for the winter newsletter, and here for the calendar