Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Library Card Sign-up Month


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

A library card provides free access to borrow books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, music, downloadable e-books, and more.  Milan Public Library also provides a spectrum of free services, including local history materials, research databases, help finding information, computer access, internet access, and programs for adults, teens, and children.

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.  Information about eligibility for a library card and how to register for a card is available here.

This year’s Library Card Sign-Up Month Honorary Chair is Snoopy, the beagle featured in the Peanuts comic strip, calling attention to the supportive role libraries and library professionals play in the education, academic achievement, and development of children.   

Everyone who signs up for a library card in September will receive a fun Peanuts-themed item.  Join  us to celebrate again on October 1 with cake and other refreshments and activities at the library!

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.  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.

Our library has recently initiated a student library card allowing free borrowing privileges to students enrolled in Milan Area Schools.  We welcome all students in our community to use our library to support their academic assignments and personal reading interests.  Stop by the library to study, use a computer, research a school assignment, or choose a new book to read.  See more information about the requirements of a student library card at our library here.

If you don't have a library card, stop by this month to sign up.  If you already have a card, stop by to use it and consider inviting a friend or neighbor to sign up for a card.

Fall youth programming at Milan Public Library begins this month with
Additional information and registration is available through the links above and at the library.
Our library also offers programs for adults; see information about a  Growing Your Own Garlic! program this month here.

We hope to see you at the library this month!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fall Programs

Our children's fall programs will begin in September.

Tiny Tales (for ages 2-3) resumes on September 29 and will be held every other week on Thursday mornings.  See more and register here.

Preschool Storytime resumes on September 23 and will be held weekly on Friday mornings.  See more and register here.

Evening sessions of Book Buddies (for kindergartners - 2nd graders) have been added this year.  Choose from Tuesday evening or Thursday afternoon programs.  Each month, both programs will be the same; you can choose the one that best fits your schedule.  See more and register here.

Bookworms (for 2nd - 3rd graders) will resume on Tuesday, September 27 and will be held monthly on Thursday afternoons in October, November, and December. See more and register here.

Chapter Chapters (for 3rd - 5th graders) will resume on Thursday, September 22 and will be held monthly on Thursday afternoons.  See more and register here.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mother Goose Storytime


Trudy Bulkey, as Mother Goose, will present a Mother Goose Storytime on Friday, August 26 at 10:00 A.M. in the Community House (the building across the street from the Senior Center and the police station).

This program is best for preschoolers and early elementary aged children; all ages are welcome.

Please register here.  


Friday, August 19, 2016

Looking for new books?

Are you looking for new books?  You can browse the shelves of new books in our library, see our catalog's home page, or search the catalog for new items.

Showcases of new items are available on the home page of our catalog.

For more specific results:

1.  Go to our catalog.

2.  Depending on the size of your browser window, you will either see "Other Searches" or a "+" to the right of the search box.  Click on "Other Searches" or the + symbol and then choose "Advanced Search" from the options presented.


3.  The second line under Advanced Search allows you to search for the time frame you would like to see.  In the drop down menu, you can choose to see items added to our catalog in the last week, last month, or up to the last 24 months.

4.  You may choose options in the Filters section to narrow your search.


The Libraries options will allow you to choose sections in our library:
Adult
Juvenile - everything in our picture book, early reader, and juvenile (chapter book) sections
Young Adult - everything in our teen section
Juvenile nonfiction - nonfiction books and DVDs in our Early and Juvenile sections
Videos - all DVDs
Adult nonfiction
Easy - everything in our E section: picture books, early readers, early nonfiction

Formats are general formats, e.g. DVDs

Material types are specific to our library, e.g. fiction DVDs and nonfiction DVDs

Audience levels will result in a less complete search than the Libraries option. 
A children's book may be cataloged as Juvenile, Preschool, Primary, Preadolescent, or Adolescent - and only one of those choices.  If you search for Juvenile, you'll only get those cataloged specifically as Juvenile; you won't get those cataloged as Preschool or Primary.  If you opt to use this search, check as many boxes as could be applicable.

You can also set an alert to notify you when new items with the criteria you set are added to our catalog - your favorite author, new books in a series, or books on a subject.  See here for more information.



Friday, August 12, 2016

Summer Reading Program Prize Packets

Everyone who has submitted the 2nd ticket on our reading log (for reading for 10 hours or 20 days) will receive a prize packet containing certificates for a free book, pizza, CheezyBread, bowling, and more.  If you have turned in your 2nd ticket, please ask for your prize packet at the circulation desk.

Thank you to the following for donating prizes:
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Bel-Mark Lanes
Clonlara School
Collins Center
Friends of Milan Public Library
Hungry Howie's Pizza
Kohl's
Marco's Pizza 
Milan Dairy Barn
Splash Universe
The Morning Owl
Zap Zone Fun Center

Thank you also to the City of Milan for the use of the Wilson Park Pavilion and the Senior and Community Activity Center for our programs and to our patrons who donated to youth programming and funded Crazy Craig's Juggling Show and Lego bricks for Game Days.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Activity Logs

We have Activity Logs to provide you with suggestions for reading-related activities through the end of the summer.  Read with someone, read somewhere you don't usually read, read a different type of book than you usually read, try something (origami, drawing, sign language, etc.) from a book, exercise your mind (with a puzzle, word search, etc.), or exercise your body (play a sport, ride your bicycle, etc.) 

Pick up an Activity Log from the brochure rack in front of the reference desk.  Complete any 12 activities and return your form to the library by September 3 to receive a prize and enter the prize drawing.  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Teacher TALES

Teacher TALES
(Teachers And Learners Enjoy Stories!)
 
Teachers and principals from Paddock and Symons in Milan Area Schools will read some of their favorite stories. A craft, game, or activity will follow the stories.All ages are welcome at each of these programs.

Thursdays, June 23 through August 4 at 4:00 in the library
Kindergarten - 5th grade teachers will read. All ages are welcome.
June 23: Ms. Kliber and Mr. Wright
June 30: Ms. Linke
July 7: Ms. Farmer
July 14: Ms. Nichols and Ms. Stafford
July 21: Ms. Smith
July 28: Mr. DeSarbo and Ms. Anders
August 4: Mr. McMahon
Wednesdays, June 22, July 13, & 27 at 10:10 at Wilson Park Pavilion
Kindergarten - 2nd grade teachers will read. All ages are welcome.
(Crafts in the Park for kindergarten - 2nd graders will immediately follow these events.)
June 22: Ms. Zajac
July 13: Mr. Reeves
July 27: Ms. Durkee

Wednesdays, June 29, July 20, & August 3 at 10:10 at Wilson Park Pavilion
3rd - 5th grade teachers will read. All ages are welcome.
(Crafts in the Park for 3rd - 5th graders will immediately follow these events.)
June 29: Ms. Krebs
July 20: Ms. Kerns
August 3: Mr. Girbach

Thank you, teachers, for reading!

Ms. Zajac read Wet Dog and The Whale's Song.

Mr. Wright read The Book With No Pictures.

Ms. Kliber read How I Became a Pirate.

We created pirate hats and robot monkey masks after hearing The Book With No Pictures and How I Became a Pirate.

We created pirate hats and robot monkey masks after hearing The Book With No Pictures and How I Became a Pirate.