2017-12-17 / Insight

Libraries offer programs over holiday break

Area Libraries
BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Mandy Summers, Imlay City’s Children’s Librarian has a bunch of things for youngsters to do at the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library. Not all libraries in the county have special programs, but they’re all open and have lots of books and movies to choose from for when its time to take a break from sledding. 
Photo by Phil Foley Mandy Summers, Imlay City’s Children’s Librarian has a bunch of things for youngsters to do at the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library. Not all libraries in the county have special programs, but they’re all open and have lots of books and movies to choose from for when its time to take a break from sledding. Photo by Phil Foley LAPEER COUNTY — If you’re looking for something for the kids to do outside the house in the county’s north and east sides over the Christmas break, the pickings are somewhat slim.

Only the North Branch Township Library and the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library in Imlay City and Attica Township have special activities planned over the holidays.

The Goodland Township Library, at 2370 North Van Dyke Road, is open 2 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, but will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Kay Hurd, director of the Almont District Library, said all of the library’s special activities have wrapped up. However, the library will hold its regular preschool story time at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Dec. 26 and Jan 9. Located at 219 West St. Clair Street in Almont, the library’s normal hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Located at 5480 Main St. in Dryden, the Dryden Township Library held its last pre-holiday event Dec. 16. It will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day, but its normal hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday (Dec. 19) is ugly sweater day at Imlay City’s Ruth Hughes Memorial Library. Children’s librarian Mandy Summers is encouraging everyone to stop by the library’s main branch at 211 North Almont Ave. in Imlay City and show off the ugliest Christmas sweater they have.

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 19) the library will host All About Penguins with three penguin stories, two penguin songs and a penguin craft at the Attica Branch, located at 4302 Peppermill Rd. in Attica Township. The program will be repeated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 21) and 10:30 a.m. Friday (Dec. 22) in Imlay City.

The big show at Imlay City’s Ruth Hughes Memorial Library in Imlay City will be Dec. 28 when Imlay Township’s Haley and Connor Schuh put on a martial arts demonstration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Summers said the sister-brother duo have black belts in Korean style and Isshinryu and compete nationally.

Both branches will be close Dec. 23, Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 for Christmas and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

If you’ve got a stack of overdue library books, Summers said Jan. 4 is your day. It’s fine forgiveness day at the library and as long as you bring the materials back in good condition, all is forgiven.

Young readers will be able to Read 2 A Dog at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Imlay City branch. Summers said it’s a terrific confidence program for struggling young readers. “I’ve seen so many kids go through this and do a 360 on reading,” she said.

Kelli Lovasz, librarian at North Branch Township Library, said her next Crafternoon for tweens to adults will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 18 when library staff will help people make faux stain glass windows. Participants will be able to draw designs on picture frame glass with a glue the looks like lead and then paint the spaces in between to create a stain glass window.

The library will hold a story time for the little ones at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21. The library will be closed Christmas and Dec. 26 and on New Year’s Day.

Located at 3714 Huron Street in North Branch, the library’s normal hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The library, Lovasz said, has 30 new movies and 40 new books on the shelves, so there’s lots of reasons to stop for a visit over the holidays.

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