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
  • 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.

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.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hero Events and Activity Logs

Children and teens may continue to receive prizes and enter the prize drawing for completing activities on our Activity Logs through Saturday, August 29.   Our final events of the summer will also be held on Saturday, August 29:

Hero Scavenger Hunt & Crafts
drop in between 10:00 and 12:00
Children will search for pictures of heroes throughout the library and create a hero craft.  Hero themed books will be available for children to read with their grownups or check out.  Best for preschoolers and kindergartners; all ages are welcome.

Hero Buttons, Magnets, & Crafts

kindergarten - 5th grade
drop in between 1:00 and 3:00
Create your own buttons or magnets from our superhero designs or create your own designs.  Also, create hero crafts. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Reading Program prizes

Children and teens who read for at least 10 hours or 20 days and submitted the second tickets on their Summer Reading Program logs have earned a prize packet with additional prizes: a free pizza from Hungry Howie's, a free book from the Friends of the Library book sale, a stuffed animal donated by Kohl's, a free game at Zap Zone, free Cheezybread from Marco's Pizza (kindergarten and older), and more.  You may pick up your packet from the circulation desk any time this month.  We would like all packets to be picked up by the end of August.  

If your name was drawn in the prize drawing, you will have a note on your prize packet indicating what you won.  Prize drawing prizes included:
free passes to Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum donated by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
free passes to Zap Zone donated by Zap Zone
books donated by Nicola's Books  
gift cards to Basil Boys donated by Basil Boys
an elephant purse donated by Collins Center
Disney Pixar Write and Erase Look and Find books donated by Kohl's
Disney Pixar Look and Find Family Fun Puzzle donated by Kohl's
book store gift cards donated by the Friends of the Library
"Every Hero Has a Story" tote bags and drawstring backpacks

Thank you to our community businesses who donated prizes:
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Basil Boys Pizza
Collins Center
Friends of Milan Public Library
Hungry Howie's
Marco's Pizza
Milan Dairy Barn
Nagle's Market
Nicola's Books
Zap Zone 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Touch a Truck

Touch a Truck
by Sarah Knechtel

On July 10, kids from all over Milan came to explore and learn about different jobs and vehicles. 

Huron Valley Ambulance, Milan Area Fire Department, Milan Department of Public Works, Milan Police Department, Milan Post Office, Milan Seniors for Healthy Living, Monroe County Farm Bureau, Kiser Farms (Ricky and Janice Kiger), the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross, UPS, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office all came to Milan to teach kids about their jobs. Children were able to talk to different people from our community's organizations, learn about their jobs, and even sit in the vehicles. 

 “My goal is to make customers happy,” states Debra Doss who works for the U.S. Post Office. “The best part of my job is all of the people I get to meet,” says UPS worker Scott Watson. “I enforce laws to keep people safe,” states Jessica Wion, a Washtenaw County Sheriff. 

About 180 children came to this event, not including adults. Kids were fascinated to sit in and touch the vehicles, meet the people, and learn about the jobs they do. 

These jobs all help our community in some way. Whether they keep people safe or make people smile, these jobs are all important.

Library's note: 
See photos from the event here.
Thank you to everyone who participated:
City of Milan
Huron Valley Ambulance
Milan Area Fire Department
Milan Department of Public Works
Milan Police Department
Milan Post Office
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living
Monroe County Farm Bureau, Kiser Farms (Ricky and Janice Kiger)
Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Milan Summer Fest

Milan Summer Fest is next weekend (July 31 - August 1).  Plan to stop by the library for Superhero programs in the afternoon.  Registration is requested, but not required.  If you'll think you'll be able to come, please register here.  (If you've already registered for these programs through our Summer Reading Program, you do not need to register again.)  We'll also prepare for a few extras, so drop by on Saturday afternoon if you can. 

Activities are planned for the age groups listed, but older and younger siblings/friends/etc. may also attend. We hope to see you there!

Superhero Adventures
Kindergarten - 2nd grade
Saturday, August 1 ~ 1:00 - 2:00  P.M.
This program will be held in the library.  You'll hear a story about superheroes, make your own flying superhero, and test your superhero vision by making an I Spy bottle. 

Superhero Explorers
3rd - 5th grade
Saturday, August 1 ~  2:30 - 3:30 P.M.
This program will be held in the library.  You'll make your own superhero "rocket" and other superhero projects.   

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Touch a Truck

Our Touch a Truck event will be held tomorrow (Friday, July 10) from 10:30 until 11:30 A.M. in the parking lot at the end of Neckel Court, by the ball fields.

Registration is NOT required.  Invite a friend and drop by to meet our community heroes and see a fire truck, police car, ambulance, and more.

Thank you to the following for volunteering their time to participate in this event:

Huron Valley Ambulance - ambulance
Milan Area Fire Department - fire truck
Milan Department of Public Works
Milan Police Department - police car
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living - bus
Monroe County Farm Bureau/Ricky and Janice Kiger - farm equipment
Red Cross, Monroe County - emergency response vehicle
UPS - UPS truck
United States Post Office, Milan - mail truck
Washtenaw County Sheriff's office - sheriff's car