THE following schedule will be observed by the Library for the Christmas & New Year's Holidays: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY: CLOSED Friday, Saturday & Monday, December 23, 24 & 26; reopen, Tuesday, 27 December.NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY: CLOSED Saturday & Monday, December 31 & January 02, 2017; reopen, Tuesday 03 January, 2017. The Library Board & Staff wish everyone a joyous and safe holiday season!
GET IN THE SPIRIT!!!!
Yes, it is that time of year when the "bells & kettles" appear, and hopefully, we are a little more aware of those around us that maybe are not as well off as we are. The Library is again sponsoring our "collection box" and the "mitten tree". The collection box needs to be filled with non-perishable food items, personal care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soaps and deodorant, etc. The mitten tree is undecorated and needs to be clad with mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, etc. We will also take new coats and winter vests for adults and kids. Together, we can make a difference in Gratiot County...and make this winter less severe for all of our residents. Get In The Spirit!!!
STORYTIME BEGINS SEPTEMBER 13TH!
Storytime will be back starting September 13th! Join Lizzie, our new juvenile and young adult services librarian, for stories and crafts on Tuesdays at 10 AM in the Smith Community Room.
ZINIO Digital Magazines are now part of the collection offering from the Alma Public Library! This new service is a "database of magazines" that can be downloaded by our patrons to their smart devices. Through the Alma Public Library Website, patrons will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most Internet-enabled devices. The present title subscription includes 175 various popular titled magazines. Our service to this database is through the TLN Library Coop(The Library Network)headquartered in Novi, Michigan. There are 61 members of this group, as well as another 11 libraries from outstate, that have joined together to provide this service to their communities. The "Access Complete Digital Magazines" icon ON THE ALMA PUBLIC LIBRARY WEBPAGE will take you to the ZINIO LANDING SITE and entry to a new platform for accessing your favorite magazine title. ENJOY!!!!
The Library has been able to access digitized issues of the Alma Record from 05 June, 1885 through 02 April 1914. This access is through the CHRONICLING AMERICA website, which provides information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. This collection is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment For the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC). The program is a long-term effort to provide an Internet-based searchable database of U.S. newspapers. The Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, is a local partner is this effort, and will be working to do more digitizing of our local newspaper resources. There is a "hot" link from the above "Digitized Alma Record" to the newspaper database located at the Chronicling America Website. Definitely, visit and utilize this resource. It is a print "time machine" returning visitors to an earlier Alma!!
OVERDRIVE E-BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE!
The Alma Public Library has expanded its services to include e-Book access from OverDrive. This company is a leading multichannel digital distributor of e-Books and other digital media. Library card holders can borrow popular e-Book titles by visiting the Library's website and clicking on the OverDrive icon. Titles from OverDrive can be read immediately on most major computers and devices with an internet browser, and all titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period(14 days). There are no late fees with OverDrive materials! Connect with OverDrive for a new reading experience.
ARRIVAL OF DAVID MCMACKEN'S NEW BOOK,
We are very excited about Mr. David McMacken's new book, titled, "TAMING THE WILDERNESS. THE AMAZING STORY OF THE SETTLEMENT OF GRATIOT COUNTY". David has been working on this title for a period of time, and now it is available to all who are interested in the historic development of Gratiot County. The book chronicles the lives of Gratiot County's early settlers from 1850/1876. As David acknowledges, "This book is not a collection of family histories, nor is it a list of politicians, soldiers, store-keepers, or blacksmiths. Copious details about those folks are found in existing Gratiot County history books. Nor will this book be read from cover- to-cover. Rather, it is a narrative culled from many sources and covering many topics. It is the dramatic story of life in Gratiot County..." The book is $25.00, and can be shipped for an additional $6.00. Orders outside of the Great Lakes region should contact the library for applicable postal charges.
Library Board Meetings
The Library Board meets in the Alma Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month, except for the May and November meetings. The Board meeting is an open public meeting. Citizens and patrons of the library are invited and encouraged to attend. Board Meeting dates within the 2015/16 Library Board Year include 29 July/2015; 30 Sept./2015; 11 Nov./2015; 27 Jan./2016; 30 Mar./2016; 11 May/2016; 27 July/2016.
Friends Of The Alma Public Library
Friends Of The Alma Public Library: A non-profit organization formed to promote the library in the community and to support the Library staff. Activities include fund-raising and sponsorship of literary programming. Friends Of The Alma Public Library Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. in the Library Community Room(Smith Suite). Interested citizens are welcome at Board Meetings and/or to function as auxiliary members. Call the Library for Friends Of The Alma Public Library contact information.