A New Message from the Library Director

June 4

Hello everyone,

At this time, the library remains closed due to the coronavirus mitigation efforts, but we have good news: we are tentatively expecting to reopen for curbside service around the middle of the month. We are currently completing the safety plans and procedures we will need to have in place when we reopen, and staff will soon be preparing the buildings, dealing with the backlog of materials, and training.

We can share with you a rough outline of what reopening will look like. It will be similar to what you have already seen with some other businesses, that is, staged reopenings going from 'curbside service only' all the way to a 'return to normal' over a period of time, with new procedures in place to help protect everyone's health and safety. As we finalize plans and get closer to full reopening, we will share more details on these stages with you. This plan of reopening stages is being followed by libraries across the state and country, with adjustments made as needed regionally and individually.

In the meantime, please know that you do not need to worry about any items you had on hold that had arrived and were waiting to be picked up at the library. They are still on the shelf for you, and will be the first things we check out once we are able to do so. You also do not need to worry about fines or overdues: we will be waiving fines for an extended period after we reopen to allow everything to get cleared up.

Our digital services of Overdrive, for e-books and e-audiobooks, and Hoopla, for those plus movies, music, and comics, are available 24/7 to residents of our district. We have increased the number of checkouts available daily on Hoopla to try to meet the increased demand. If you have any trouble with your account or accessing these services, please send us an email at info@ruthhughes.org and we will do our best to help.

Wishing you and your families well at this difficult time, and hoping to see you again soon,

Tracy Aldrich
Library Director


Library Closed Until Further Notice

The library is currently closed until further notice to try and help contain the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Please watch our Facebook page for further updates, and stay safe and well at home as much as possible.

Even though we are closed, our digital library is still open: check out ebooks, audiobooks, movies, comic books, and music albums through our Overdrive and Hoopla services. Get started here: Digital Downloads.

Joining Library Board Meeting by Conference Call

June 4 @ 6:30 pm

Instructions for Joining the Library Board Meeting
by Conference Call on Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 PM:

The library’s regular board meeting will be done by audio conference call due to the Governor’s order closing libraries.

The public may hear and participate in the meeting by dialing in.
Please follow these steps to participate:
  1. Dial in to the number 978-990-5000
  2. Type in the access code 377655 followed by the # sign
  3. You will be placed into the conference call. Please keep your phone muted unless you are speaking to maintain conference clarity.
Dial-in number (US): (978) 990-5000
Access code: 377655#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/taldrich1
Online meeting ID: taldrich1
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/taldrich1


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.

Tax Forms/Instructions

As of this afternoon, the library has the following tax forms/instructions:
Federal 1040/1040-SR Forms & Instructions
MI 1040 Forms & Instructions
MI 1040CR Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim Form
MI 1040CR-7 Home Heating Credit Claim Forms & Instructions 
Library staff can print any other forms/instructions for .10¢ a page, but we ask that you please have the names/titles ready upon request.
We will keep updating via Facebook and our website as other forms arrive.

Michigan tax information can be accessed on the state website here.
Federal tax information can be accessed on the IRS website here.