Through End of 2020We 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. So we are extending our 'no fine' policy through the end of 2020. Please be aware, lost/damaged fees still apply, and we ask that items are still returned in a timely fashion.
Mug Life Mondays
Every other Monday beginning September 21Teens, 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.
12 Days of Christmas Cookie Cookbook
December 7Do you love making Christmas cookies, but find yourself tiring of the same old recipes? Then take a look at our 12 Days of Christmas Cookie Cookbook for some fresh new ideas! Cookbooks will be available for pickup starting December 7, so you will have plenty of time to bake, to give, or to keep before the holidays!
Fines Forgiveness Day
Thursday, January 7Start the year out right with a clean slate for your library account! Call either branch or stop in (if applicable) to get your fines waived. Please note: items must be returned first, and fines forgiveness does not cover fees for lost or damaged items, nor does it cover the $10 non-reffundable collection agency fee.
National Bird Seed Day
January 5Get instructions on how to make a birdseed wreath!
National Sticker Day
January 13Pick up some free sticker swag!
National Popcorn Day
January 19Get a free microwave popcorn bag when you check out a movie, while supplies last!
National Candy Making Day
February 1Get a recipe for the famous Mackinaw Island fudge and more!
DecemberWhat is bullet journaling? It’s been described as “a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system.” We will provide the journal and some supplies to help you get started, including simple instructions and a stamped initial disc to add to the journal’s front. Registration will start on December 1; when registering please let us know your three initials so your disc can be waiting for you at journal pickup starting December 7. So who wants to start the new year off right? Get your journal and start out on a positive note!
Online Adult Book Club
Winter Session: JanuaryWe’d love to have you join us in our Facebook group as we share the novella Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. Winter’s Bone is a gripping work of realistic, contemporary fiction set in the icy Ozarks and is noted for its poetic writing and dialogue, along with its crafting of a powerful sense of place. It was made into an award winning movie, taking the Grand Jury prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. We will have free copies to hand out to the first ten patrons, available just before the holiday break in December.
Blind Date With a Book
FebruaryThe popular Blind Date With a Book program is back! Browse the display of books wrapped in brown paper to hide their identity. Get a glimpse of what’s inside from the brief description written on the front, and choose the type: romance, mystery, thriller, or other. Check out the book and take it for a spin: if you don’t like it, there’s no hurt feelings: just drop it in the returns box and choose another. It’s a fun way to see what’s out there and maybe try something new!
From the Director
Tracy AldrichAt the time our seasonal newsletter went to press in mid-November, the uncertainty caused by the worsening pandemic made it difficult to plan for winter time events. Your library’s staff have been very creative and came up with some great ways to still provide fun and interesting programs and services safely during this challenging time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work, and to express as well our gratitude to all our library patrons for their patience, support, and understanding. We hope you all have a comforting and safe holiday season, and let’s look forward with hope for a better new year coming just around the corner!
Love Your Library Silent Auction FundraiserNot knowing what pandemic conditions will be like in February or whether we will be able to lift occupancy limits and other safety requirements in time for our annual silent auction has led us to explore ideas for a different type of fund raiser. We’re looking at options that may allow everyone to still enjoy browsing and bidding while protecting library staff and visitors. As soon as we have more information, we’ll post it to our website and Facebook page and spread the word through the local newspaper. We are taking auction donations (but can’t take book donations yet) so please bring them by; they will be quarantined until the event for safety.
No-Contact Curbside Checkout, Printing/Faxing/Copying
All Available Now
Both library branches are now open for curbside service. Click here for an informational sheet on how it 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 3: "The Curbside Library" Both Branches
Imlay City & Attica BranchesPublic Information Sheet for Imlay Branch AND Attica Branch
Pandemic Reopening Stage 3: “The Curbside Library”
effective November 18, 2020
Curbside Pick Up and Limited Patron Service:
Building Still Closed to the Public
Imlay Schedule: Attica Schedule:
All CURBSIDE ONLY All CURBSIDE ONLY
Monday: 2:00 – 7:00 pm Monday: 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Tuesday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday: 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00 – 7:00 pm Friday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
What’s Available via Curbside Service:
- Curbside delivery and pick up for all library materials
- Curbside pick up of program supplies like craft kits, newsletters, etc.
- Staff available for questions via phone or email
What New Limits and Restrictions Are Now in Place:
- Patrons and staff must remain at least 6 feet apart; ideally, patrons should wait in their car until staff signals that their items are ready to pick up from the table. The library has designed a system for curbside service to maintain this distance with parking and waiting areas marked.
- Curbside service is intended to be contactless. Any patrons who may come into contact with library staff are required to wear a mask or face shield.
- Cleaning and sanitizing protocols are in effect for ‘high touch’ areas or surfaces.
What’s Closed or Unavailable Due to Safety Restrictions:
During this stage, the building is closed entirely to the public.
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.
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.
COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan
Want something new to read, but not sure how to find it when you can't browse our shelves during our curbside only stage? NoveList is here to help! This powerful reader's advisory database provided through the Library of Michigan can help you find books, authors, and series you might like. It can search by genre, reading level, theme, and more. Check out the "How Do I?" tab at the top of the page to get started.
December 2020 - February 2021While the library is currently in curbside status due to the pandemic, there are still lots of great activities planned for this winter, on a take-home basis. Check out the newsletter for full details. Paper copies will be available soon to pick up at the library.
Please click here to see what's happening this winter.