The Friends Of The Alma Public Library are sponsoring a "Meet The Authors" program with Susan Hunter as the first guest, in this new series of author discussions. Susan will be at the library on Thursday, 16 April, 7pm., to discuss her new book "Dangerous Habits". All are cordially invited to attend this program and participate in a "one-on-one" with Susan. Light refreshments will be served, so put the 16 April on your calendar!! See you then.
SCOTTISH HIGHLAND CASTLE CONTEST
An invitation to all CASTLE BUILDERS OF THE REALM! The library is sponsoring the first Scottish Highland Castle Contest. We are celebrating the coming of the Alma Highland Festival with a Highland Scottish Castle Contest. There will be three first place winners in three builder classes...juvenile, teen, and adult. The first place winners will win a purse of $50.00 in coin of the realm. Your castle should be no larger that 24"x24"x24", and can be made from anything except "food items". Castle registration forms are available at the library's front desk. Bring your castle entries to the library during the week of May 4/9, 2015. The castles will receive patron votes during May 11/21, and the winners will be announced on Friday, May 22nd. SPECIAL NOTE: The winning castles will be displayed at the HIGHLAND FESTIVAL!!!. So, castle engineers, begin your plans and start construction!!!
Alma Public Library STORYHOUR Hosted By Tina
The ALMA PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIME is back after its absence during the summer months. There will be new stories, crafts, and excitement, all provided by our Story Lady, Tina Leonard. The storytimes are on Tuesdays, at 10am., in the Smith Community Room. Mark your calendars for Tuesday mornings @ 10am.,to join Tina with new and favorite stories and crafts. See you then!
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.
E-BOOKS ARE HERE !!!!
The Alma Public Library is now able to offer e-book access to its patrons! Library borrowers will need to have a valid library card, with no outstanding fines or fees due to the library to use the e-book collection. Patrons can borrow two books at a time for seven days. We hope to expand the number of items that patrons can borrow as the e-book collection grows. E-book borrowers will need to check out the library's homepage to download the appropriate app to their smart device so they can access the e-books through the Axis360 program. There is an Axis360 icon on the homepage which will take library patrons to the titles available in the Alma collection. We hope that you will check out this new service and see if e-books are for you.
Cu`entame un cuento??(Spanish Story Time)D`onde? La biblioteca p`ublica de Alma(Where? Alma Public Library) A new event for the library will be the Saturday Morning Spanish Storytime. These programs are scheduled at 10am.,and will run from September 8 to November 17. A special holiday event is being planned in December, with a date to follow. The Spanish storytimes are planned for children between the ages of 2 and 6 years, but "kids" of all ages are welcomed...we encourage any and all who desire to have contact with the Spanish language, outside of the traditional classroom, to come and participate. This program is a joint effort between the Alma Public Library, the Hispanic Coalition, and the Alma College Modern Language Department.
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 meeting. 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 2014/2015 Fiscal Year include 24 Sept./2014;19 Nov./2014;28 Jan./2015/25 Mar./2015; 13 May/2015;29 July/2015.
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.