Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Children's Books

New picture books include:

- Familiar characters - Pete the Cat, Paddington, Llama Llama, and the Disney Frozen characters:

 - New books from familiar authors - The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle (with fun illustrations!), books about the Nuts by Eric Litwin (author of Pete the Cat), Holey Moley by Lois Ehlert, and a second book about Sophie from When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

- Quiet stories (Waiting) and noisy stories (Fire Engine No. 9)

- A new version of Cinderella, Interstellar Cinderella, has a fun twist at the end.  Check this one out to read about what this Cinderella's dream is.  Although she meets and impresses the prince, she has a different goal! 

 - Two copies of Mo Willems's new book about Piggie and Elephant.  The illustrations in this one may be my favorite, yet!

New chapter books include:

- Familiar characters and continuing series

- Fun and useful nonfiction books

- Movie tie ins - Read about the characters from these movies.

See our catalog for more new books.  Some of our new books are featured on the home page of our catalog.  To see more new books:
  1. Go to our catalog.
  2. Click on "advanced" to the far right of the search box - on the far right of the screen.
  3. On the advanced search screen, choose an option from the drop down menu for "Search by Date Items Added."  You can search for new books this week, this month, or additional intervals up to two years.
  4. You may use the options under "Narrow Your Search" to locate specific items - just picture books, just DVDS, etc.  If you do not choose any options under "Narrow Your Search," all items added in the time period chosed in #3 will be displayed.  For a more specific search:
    1. Click on "Libraries" to choose juvenile (all children's books - picture books and chapter books), easy (picture books), young adult, juvenile nonfiction, etc. 
    2. Click on "Formats" to choose audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, books, etc.
  5. Click on the purple "search" box on the right near the top of the page.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Halloween Programs

Halloween programs will be held for children of all ages this month.  Costumes are welcome at all Halloween programs.  Please register here.  (If you are already registered for Tiny Tales or Storytime, you do not need to register again for those programs.)  If you have older children, see our TNT (Teen & Tween) programs here.

Halloween Tiny Tales
(ages 2-3)

Thursday, October 29 at 10:30 A.M.
Halloween stories, songs, and crafts.

Halloween Storytime
(ages 3-5)

Friday, October 30 at 10:30 A.M.
Halloween stories, songs, and crafts. 

Halloween Family Storytime
Saturday, October 24 at 10:30 A.M.
Halloween stories, songs, and crafts.

(3rd - 5th grade)

Saturday, October 24 at 2:00 P.M.
Decorate a pumpkin and hear a Halloween story.

Halloween Fun!
(kindergarten - 2nd grade)

Monday, October 26 at 4:45 and 6:45
Halloween stories, songs, and crafts.

Bookworms Book Club

This month, our Bookworms book club for second and third graders read Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass.  When Archie is 8 years, 8 months, and 8 days old, he is able to go to work with his father.  He knew his father drove a taxi, but he didn't know he drove passengers in space instead of on Earth.  Archie is his father's navigator as they begin a trip that becomes quite an adventure.  Archie Takes Flight is the first book in a series, so if you enjoy it, you can read more about Archie in two more books

Pockets the cat was the group's favorite character in this book.  Here are a couple of illustrations of Pockets:

 After discussing the book, we made models of our own space taxis.  Here's one:

Our next Bookworms program will be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:45 P.M.  Read any book in Ron Roy's Calendar Mysteries series before the program.  During the program, we'll discuss the books and solve our own mystery.  See more information and register here.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Author or series alerts

Would you like to know when our library has new books by your favorite author or in a series you read?  You can set up alerts in your account to notify you when new items are added to our catalog.

To set up an alert:
1.  Log in to your account
2.  Click on "My Account" (in the top right corner).
3.  Click on "Active Alerts" (on the left column).
4.  Click on "Add new Active Alert."
5.  Enter an author, series, subject, etc. and click "save."
6.  Select a day in the "email me on . . . " box. 

You will receive emails on the day you select listing new items that fit your search criteria.

If you have any questions, call us at 734-439-1240 or email us at

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Children's Newsletter

We have started a new monthly children's e-newsletter to provide information about children's programs, new children's books, library news, and more.

You may read this month's newsletter here and sign up to receive future newsletters here.

If you asked to receive the newsletter when you registered your child for our Summer Reading Program, you should have received this newsletter by email on September 1.

If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to, please sign up here.

If you received emails about programs last year, but did not sign up for the newsletter this year, you will not receive emails.  The new newsletter is replacing the emails with program information from last year.  You will only receive the information if you sign up for the newsletter.

What would you like to see in future newsletters?  Let us know here.

If you would also like to receive the TNT (Teen & Tween) newsletter, you may sign up here.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Milan Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to encourage our community to sign up for and use library cards.

Studies show that children who are read to at home and who use the library perform better in school. The beginning of a new school year is a good time for children to get library cards and discover the opportunities available at the library.

To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month, Milan Public Library is offering a prize drawing for receiving and using library cards throughout the month. Entries may be earned for
  • signing up for a new card
  • renewing an expired card
  • checking out items from the library (You may enter once each day you check out items.)
  • checking out e-books or e-audiobooks (You may enter here once each day you check out e-books or e-audiobooks.)
  • submitting a photograph of your library card for our display
Your library card can take you anywhere (through the books you read and movies you watch).  Where have you taken your library card?  

The library is creating a display of where our library cards have been. You are invited to take a picture of your library card at the park, at a coffee shop, or anywhere else interesting you have taken your card and submit the photo to the library for the display. Everyone who submits a photo will also receive an entry in the prize drawing.  Enter at the library when you submit a photo to the library or here if you email a photo to us at  See the photos in the display case at the library and here

Residents of the city of Milan, Augusta Township, and the parts of York Township and Pittsfield Township that are in Milan Area Schools are eligible for a free library card at Milan Public Library. Additional information about receiving and using a library card is available here.  

Milan Public Library participates in the MILibrary Card program, which offers library card holders the opportunity to check out items from other participating libraries in the state. Monroe County Library System also participates, so with a card from either library and a MILibrary Card sticker, individuals may check out items from both libraries. 

Although a library card is necessary to check out items from the library, resources at Milan Public Library are available to everyone in our community.

A library card is not required to read or research in the library, use computers, attend programs, and receive assistance from the library staff. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources that can be accessed in person or online as well as services including photocopying, faxing, and scanning. 

Milan Public Library provides programs for all ages. Fall programming begins in September and includes TinyTales (for 2 and 3 year old children), Preschool Storytime, Evening Storytime, Family Storytime (Saturdays), children's book clubs, youth game days, Books and Bites for 6th through 8th grade students, and a newly formed Teen/TweenAdvisory Group. Additional information about youth programs is available through the links above,, and

We hope to see you at the library this month!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to School Books

Our "back to school' picture books are on display by the new picture books.  Stop in to check out a book as your children get ready to start school.