• No-Fines Extension

    Until Further Notice

    We 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!
    Photograph of an open book whose pages are bent upward to form a heart shape.
  • Mug Life Mondays

    March 1, 15, & 29 April 12 & 26 May 10 & 24

    Teens, do you ever feel peckish but know you’ll be in trouble if you dirty up the kitchen? Here to save the day are Mug Snacks, tasty favorites like brownies, mac-n-cheese, and cake in a convenient one portion size. The best part is you don’t have to be a Michelin Star Chef to make these, all you need is a microwave and very basic cooking skills! Every other week recipes will be posted on our Facebook page and some pre-bagged dry ingredients will be available at the library.

    Yellow mug  with a chocolate cake baked inside.
  • Weekly Winter Window Auction

    February - March

    Update: 2021 Love Your Library Auction
    Are you ready for some 'auction action'? Our 2021 'Love Your Library' auction will have a bit of a different look this year, but no worries, there are still fun treasures to be found in our Weekly Winter Window Auction! A few items will be presented each week in the outside display case at the Imlay City branch, next to our drop box. Choose your treasure and write the item #, your first name, your phone #, and the amount of your bid on the slip of paper. Then simply put it in the jug outside. Slips will be collected daily and kept safe. Winning bidders will be notified on Mondays, and in case of a tie, a winner will be randomly selected. Look for new items every Monday, and bids for those items will run Monday through Saturday, during open library hours. See our FB page for pictures of current items up for bid, or stop by the library and take a look! As always, thank you for loving YOUR library!

    image shows a red heart with the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library logo in the middle (a blue and white open book with the letters R & H on the pages and the libraries full name below)
  • Dr. Seuss Craft Kits

    Supplies available beginning March 1

    Theodor Geisel (that’s Dr. Seuss’s real name!) has delighted parents and kids alike with his zany phrases and iconic characters for many generations. Today we celebrate his birthday with crafts that highlight his fun style! Thanks for the stories, Doc!
    image is a 2004 stamp featuring Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) and his creations: Cat in the Hat, and the Grinch and others
  • National Day of Unplugging

    Supplies available beginning March 1

    We had never heard of this one but we couldn’t agree more! Did you know that the average American (that’s counting Baby Boomers, Millennials, and Gen Zs) spends more than 5 hours on their phone daily! What could you be doing, instead, with all that time? Read, take a walk, write a letter, reconnect with a hobby or practice, stop at that store you’ve been mean to stop at- who knows but today is the day to find out! Stop by the library to grab your supplies and enjoy the unplug.
    image shows a black and white power plug removed from a power outlet and the words "unplugging day" in fancy script
  • Duct Tape Shamrock Kits for Teens

    Kits available beginning March 15

    Your crafters heart will be screaming Erin go Bragh! (Ireland Forever!) with this fun and simple craft!
    image shows a trailing scroll of shamrocks in shades of green
  • Shamrock Ring Kits for Kids

    Kits available beginning March 15

    Happy St. Patricks Day and Erin go Bragh (Ireland Forever)! DIY bling to wear and so easy to make! These crafts are sure to turn your heart green- but no need to be envious because supplies are free and avaialble while supplies last!
    image shows a Caucasian female hand displaying a ring made of lime green pipe cleaners twisted to form a shamrock shape
  • Magazine Haiku Kits for World Poetry Day

    Kits available beginning March 22

    Did you know that March 21 is World Poetry Day? It’s true, and with these fun Magazine Haikus it’s easy to get in the spirit! Each kit will come with a bag of words cut from magazines for you to arrange in the Haiku style (three lines of poetry, the first and last containing 5 syllables each and the middle one containing 7 syllables). Share your poetry with us on Facebook, we would love to see them!
    image shows the words "can you haiku" in a font that looks like chinese brushwork above a group of 3 animals: a peacock with a 5 on its head, a duck with a number 7 on its head, and a rooster with a number 5 on its head saying "I can!"
  • April Fool's Day Prank Kits

    Supplies available beginning March 29

    Not every prank is mean, sometimes they’re just good fun for everyone involved! These safe and silly pranks are just the ticket to put a smile on your face this April first and guarantee giggles from both the prank puller and the pranked!
    image shows the words "april fool's day" in a font called "jokerman" above a silly face with bugging blue eyes, tongue hanging out and arms on springs
  • Daylight Savings Time: Move clocks forward 1 hour

    March 14

    image shows an old fashioned bell alarm clock surrounded by flowers and the words "Spring Forward" "Daylight Savings Time" in a ring around the clock


Job Opportunity

Library Assistant

The library currently has an opening for a library assistant. This part time position performs circulation tasks at both libraries and serves as the manager at the Attica branch during assigned shifts. Please click here to see the job description and posting. 
 

Job Opportunity

Youth Services Coordinator

The library currently has an opening for a Youth Services Coordinator. This position oversees the Children's and Young Adult sections and is responsible for programming and outreach along with materials selection. Please click here to see the job description and posting. 
 

Notice of Electronic Board Meeting

March 4 @ 6:30 p.m.

 

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING
RUTH HUGHES MEMORIAL DISTRICT LIBRARY BOARD
RUTH HUGHES MEMORIAL DISTRICT LIBRARY
 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
 
THE MEETING WILL BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY.
 
The Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library Board (“Library Board”) will hold its Regular Meeting on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. by electronic conference call.
 
Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act as amended by Senate Bill 1108, the Library gives notice of the following:
 
            1.         Reason for Electronic Meeting.  The meeting is being held electronically because of the capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements set forth in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order of January 22, 2021, issued under MCL 333.2253.  Therefore, the Library wants to ensure participation by the public if the public cannot be physically present.
 
2.         Procedures.  The public may participate in the meeting electronically and may make public comment by:
 
Dial in to the number 978-990-5000. Type in the access code 377655 followed by the # sign. You will be placed into the conference call. Please keep your phone muted unless you are speaking during public comment time to maintain conference clarity. Participants wishing to submit a question or comment before the meeting may do so to the library’s email address: info@ruthhughes.org.  
 
            3.         Contact Information.  For those people who desire to contact members of the Library Board to provide input or ask questions on any business that will come before the public body at the meeting, please contact Tracy Aldrich, Library Director, at (810) 724-8043 or at taldrich@ruthhughes.org prior to the start of the meeting.
 
4.         Persons with Disabilities.  Persons with disabilities may participate in the meeting through the methods set forth in paragraph 2.  Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services in order to attend electronically should notify Tracy Aldrich, Library Director, at (810) 724-8043 or at taldrich@ruthhughes.org within a reasonable time in advance of the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is available by clicking this link.

 
 
Dated:   March 1, 2021                                           
Tracy Aldrich, Director

Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library
211 North Almont Avenue
Imlay City, MI 48444
(810) 724-8043

Pandemic Reopening Stage 4: The "Grab and Go Library" Imlay Branch

February 1, 2021


What’s Open:
Front part of the building and all the stacks (shelves of items)
1 catalog computer
2 laptop computers
Copy machine
Faxing and printing 
Front restroom
Staff available for questions as long as safety and social distancing requirements met
 
What’s Closed or Unavailable Due to Safety Restrictions:
Reading Room
Study Rooms
Downstairs Meeting Room
Computer Lab
Toys & Puzzle Table
Magazines & Newspapers
Comfy furniture, tables and chairs
Drinking fountain
 
What New Limits and Restrictions Are Now in Place:
Masks or face coverings required for entry (except for children under 5)
Hand sanitizer upon entry
12 patrons at one time maximum occupancy, others wait 6 feet apart outside
30 minute visit limit
30 minute computer limit (may be extendable for emergencies)
Returned items quarantined and sanitized before check-in

No book or other material donations at this time  
No in-person programs or events

Staff performing additional enhanced cleaning of shared and high touch items

These changes are all related to protecting the health and safety of our staff and visitors during the pandemic. This includes preventing crowding and large numbers of people in enclosed spaces; shortening the time visitors spend in an enclosed public space; and lessening potential exposure to the virus by removing multiple touch points and high frequency touch items (like toys and magazines.) Using masks and sanitizer helps protect everyone who enters shared spaces like the stacks or touches shared items like books and DVD cases.
 
We are sorry about all the restrictions, but happy that we will get to see you in person once again. Hopefully we can keep safely moving forward toward normalcy sometime in the near future.
Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time!

Elements of the Reopening Stage are subject to change. 
Please see the Reopening Plan available on our website or at the front desk for more details. 

 

No-Contact Curbside Checkout, Printing/Faxing/Copying

All Available Now


Both library branches are now open for curbside service along with limited in person access. Click here for an informational sheet on how curbside works, or call for details (Imlay 810-724-8043 & Attica 810-724-2007.)

You can request items for pickup online through your account, or call and have us place the holds for you. We can also give you suggestions for titles if you tell us what you like, and we will make up a bag full of possibilities for you: just ask us!

We can also provide copying, printing, and faxing through curbside service. 
Please see the instructional document here or call either branch for more details.
 

Pandemic Reopening Stage 4: "The Grab and Go Library" Attica Branch

February 1, 2021

What’s Open:

The stacks (shelves of items)
1 computer
Copy machine
Faxing and printing 
Restroom
Staff available for questions as long as safety and social distancing requirements met
 
What’s Closed or Unavailable Due to Safety Restrictions:
Toys
Magazines & Newspapers
2nd computer

 What New Limits and Restrictions Are Now in Place:
Occupancy limits in place, only 2 patrons at a time, others wait 6 feet apart outside
Masks or face coverings required for entry (except for children under 5)
Hand sanitizer upon entry
30 minute visit limit
30 minute computer limit (may be extendable for emergencies)
Returned items quarantined and sanitized before check-in

No book or other material donations at this time  
No in-person programs or events

Staff performing additional enhanced cleaning of shared and high touch items

These changes are all related to protecting the health and safety of our staff and visitors during the pandemic. This includes preventing crowding and large numbers of people in enclosed spaces; shortening the time visitors spend in an enclosed public space; and lessening potential exposure to the virus by removing multiple touch points and high frequency touch items (like toys and magazines.) Using masks and sanitizer helps protect everyone who enters shared spaces like the stacks or touches shared items like books and DVD cases.
 
We are sorry about all the restrictions, but happy that we will get to see you in person once again. Hopefully we can keep safely moving forward toward normalcy sometime in the near future.
Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time!

Elements of the Reopening Stage are subject to change. 
Please see the Reopening Plan available on our website or at the front desk for more details. 

 

Reopening & COVID-19 Plans


The documents required for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the library's COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, the Reopening Plan, and the Reopening Policy are now available. Please click the links below to see the documents in their entirety. 

Reopening Policy
Reopening Plan
COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan


 

Tax Forms and Instructions

State and Federal

Click here to be taken to the State of Michigan website for state tax forms and instructions. 

Click here to be taken to the IRS website for federal tax forms and instructions. 

The library currently has the following paper tax materials available, while supplies last:

-Federal 1040 and 1040-SR Forms and Booklet (one booklet) 
-Federal 1040 and 1040-SR Instructions (one booklet) 
-Federal 1040(SP) and 1040-SR(SP) Forms and Booklet (one booklet) - (1040(SP)  y 1040-SR(SP) formularios de impuestos federales en español)
-Federal 1040(SP) and 1040-SR(SP) Instructions (one booklet)
 - (1040(SP)  y 1040-SR(SP) instrucciones para los formularios de impuestos federales en español)
-State MI-1040 Forms and Instructions (one booklet)
-State MI-1040CR Forms (Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim) 
-State MI-1040CR-7 Forms and Instructions (Home Heating Credit Claim)

We will keep this updated with any new or current forms. Thank you! 

Seasonal Newsletters

Spring 2021

While the library is currently unable to provide in-person programming due to the pandemic, there are still lots of great activities planned, on a take-home basis. Check out the newsletters for full details. Paper copies of the spring newsletter are currently available at the library.

Please click here to see what's happening this spring.