Until Further NoticeWe know it's strange times, and with our new item quarantine procedures, we want to make sure nobody is penalized for factors out of their control. Until further notice, or until returned items no longer need to be quarantined and the circulation process can get back to normal, we will continue to NOT charge fines. Please be aware, however, that lost fees, lost processing fees, and damaged fees still apply. Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding!
August 16 - 21It’s been a long time, but we’re happy to be able to offer book sales again! Please be aware that due to restrictions on building capacity and indoor gathering limits, we may have to limit the number of people browsing the book sale at one time. Sales will run throughout open library hours, with allowances for take down and set up at the beginning and end of each day.
Mini Barn Quilts
Sign Up Begins June 28
Join us in July for a patriotic take home craft: a mini barn quilt. This is a small version of the painted wooden quilt square that is a very popular decoration on the peaks of barns. This barn quilt is actually a 2 ft x 2 ft piece of plywood that you paint with a quilt design. Our pattern will be red, white and blue, in the shape of a star. Sign up starts June 28 and pick up will start July 12. All supplies will be provided, but you may need a yard stick and pencil to draw the design.
Origami Towel Animals
Available Starting June 21Try your hand at making towel animals as part of our Tails and Tales summer reading program. Pick up a free how-to DVD while supplies last (donated by Michigan entertainer John Pullum) and watch for a new video each week on our Facebook page, as John shows you how to make elephants, manta rays, puppies, and more. These origami towel animals are just like the ones adorning beds on cruise ships or at Disney hotels, and ther're fun and easy to make! The DVDs will be available starting June 21.
Second Week of the MonthThe cookbooks continue for all you aspiring chefs! To celebrate National Eat Your Vegetables Day on June 17, grab a vegetable cookbook. Discover new ways to cook those vegetables that will be coming ripe in the garden or at the local farmers market. In July there will be a cookbook featuring MockTails, drinks that are free of alcohol, but fun to sip. August 3 is Watermelon Day, so a cookbook that features fruits will be available. All cookbooks will be available starting the second week of each month. Stop in to pick yours up and get cooking!
June 21 - August 6As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, stop in to sign up and pick up a Break-in Bag. Solve the riddles and open the lock. Once you have the bag open, bring the lock, bag, and the ticket back to the library to receive a bag of goodies!
Children and Teens Craft Kits
July 19-24We have special craft kits available every week during our summer reading program for all ages.
The week of July 19th through July 24th, grab the following kits while supplies last:
1) For ages 0-4: Magic Wands - What fairy tale prince or princess is complete without a magic wand? Pick up a foam wand kit and make some magic!
2) For ages 4-12: STEM Kit - Umbrella Building Kit: This unique STEM activity challenges you to create hte best umbrella using supplied materials including cupcake liners, straws, and sponges, to protect your little herd of dinosaur figures (also provided) from the rain. How will you create the best umbrella using materials from your craft kit?
3) For ages 13-18: Lizard Bead Pets - Have you always wanted a pet but don't have the time to care for it? Pop into the library and grab a lizard bead pet kit to create at home.
Children and Teens Craft Kits
July 26 - July 31We have special craft kits available every week during our summer reading program for all ages.
The week of July 26th through July 31st, grab the following kits while supplies last:
1) For ages 0-4: Animal-Themed Matching Game - Play a new animal-themed matching game with your baby or toddler. No glue or mess required - simply pick up a game sheet, cut out the various animals, then help your child match the tail to the animal.
2) For ages 4-12: Elephant Bookmarks - Who has a long trunk, a couple of tusks, and likes to play in the water? Elephants, that's who! Pick up your elephant bookmark kit to keep your place as you read this summer.
3) For ages 13-18: Woodland Critters Craft Kit - Make your own woodland critters with this fun and easy craft kit. Choose from a fox or raccoon, and craft to your heart's content.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Train Story Time at the Imlay City Gazebo
Join Ms. Lorry at the downtown Imlay City gazebo for a special train-themed story time to celebrate our town's 150th anniversary! Imlay City's history is rooted in that of the railway.
There are two available story times to choose from - either Friday, August 13th at 6:00 PM, or Saturday, August 14th at 1:00 PM.
Young engineers can enjoy stories and songs about trains, then join in a short downtown whistle parade: free train whistles will be given away while supplies last. Toot toot!
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Free Library Card in AugustGet your first library card, or trade in your current card for a free replacement, to memorialize Imlay City's 150th birthday!
This special new library card lists important dates from our town's history, along with that of the library and neighboring area. See how many you can guess, and watch for the answers to be posted on the library's website and Facebook at the end of the month.
This special library card promotion will run the entire month of August.
Tails and Tales - Summer Reading Program 2021
This year's summer reading program will run from Monday, June 21st through Friday, August 6th.
This year's statewide summer reading theme, Tails & Tales, playfully mixes up story tales and animal tails, for a season full of variety. Sign up for the reading program and check the website calendar or our newsletter for accompanying take home craft and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kits for kids, along with some special outdoor events at area parks.
Sign up at the front desk to get started, then fill out a slip for each book you read (or listen to: audiobooks count too)! There will be three grand prize winners drawn from the slips at the end of the program, so the more you read, the more chances you have to win! And we've added something new and fun this year! At sign-up, and all season long while supplies last, pick up a Break-In Bag: solve the riddles, open the lock, and return the bag and lock to the library to receive your loot!
Sign up at the youth services desk to get your BINGO board. There will be small weekly prizes and two grand prize winners at the end of summer reading. In order to be entered for the grand prize drawing, you will need to return your fully completed BINGO board by August 6th.
Both readers and listeners are welcome to sign up at the youth services desk to receive a BINGO board. For each BINGO line filled (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) you'll receive a prize (five prizes max per child) during the weeks of June 28th through July 30th. When the entire BINGO board is full, you'll be entered to win the grand prize (two per age group). Plus, when you sign up, you'll get a plush Reading Buddy stuffed animal who'll read by your side all summer long!
Make sure regardless of what age group you fall into for the summer reading program, you ask one of our friendly staff members about our Origami Towel Animals DVDs (limit one per family).
Summer 2021While the library is currently unable to provide play spaces and in-person programming due to the pandemic, there are still lots of great activities planned, on a take-home basis. This summer we'll also be having two outdoor family events and book sales: our first steps back toward normal! Check out the newsletter for full details.
Please click here for the summer newsletter.
Click here for the summer calendar.