Haunted House Contest

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It's time for our annual Haunted House Contest! Entries for CHILDRENS, TEENS, and ADULTS will be accepted at the library October 10-15. Voting will take place October 17-27, and the winners will be announced on October 28! 

Trivia Night!

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The Library is thrilled to announce a monthly trivia night! Trivia Night is primarily aimed at adults, but families are welcome to attend together at their own discretion. At this time, no registration will be required.

The theme will switch up every month - watch our website and/or Facebook page so you can prepare! 😉

September 20: Disney Trivia
October 25: Stranger Things Trivia

Storytime

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Storytime will meet on TUESDAYS at 10 a.m.! Please note, there will be NO storytime on Tuesday, September 12.

Announcing Chess Club!

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The Alma Public Library is thrilled to introduce a brand-new program! We have partnered with Devin Camenares, Assistant Professor at Alma College, to offer Chess Club!
Chess Club will begin on Wednesday, September 7 at 4pm, and meet weekly. Currently, we are recommending this program for ages 7 and over, and any experience level! 
Space for this new club is limited - register now to reserve your seat!
Questions? Call the library at 989-463-3966.
We are extremely grateful to Dr. Camenares for offering to host this program for us!

Teen Book Club

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Teen Book Club is BACK! Join us on the first Monday of the month (except as noted below) to enjoy some snacks and talk books!
 

TUESDAY, September 6: Tell us about what you read this summer and pick up your copy of The Young Elites by Marie Lu!
Monday, October 3: We'll be discussing The Young Elites, and you can pick up your copy of Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

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Bring your stuffed friend to the library for a storytime and craft at 6pm on Friday, September 16! Your friend will get into a lot of fun shenanigans at the library, and you'll be able to pick them up and see pictures of all the fun they had starting at 11am on Saturday, September 17.

LEGO Club

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Join us every other Monday at 4pm fo LEGO Club! We provide the LEGOs and a building prompt, all you need to bring is your creativity! After you finish your creation, it will be on display at the library until our next LEGO Club meeting!

Teen Anime Club!

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Announcing our brand-new Teen Anime Club! Join us monthly on the second Thursday at 4pm to enjoy your favorite anime shows, streamed through Crunchyroll. Grades 7-12.

Teen Craft Night!

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Join us on the fourth Thursday of the month at 4pm for Teen Craft Night! We'll have a different craft each month, with all materials provided. Grades 7-12.

COVID Self-Tests

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Alma Public Library is pleased to announce that we now have a limited number of free COVID-19 self-test kits available. These kits are made available through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

You may receive up to five test kits per household. Library staff is NOT able to assist with testing. Instructions will be provided.

We recommend you call ahead to request test kits be set aside for you. There are no eligibility requirements to receive a free test kit. 

Please call 989-463-3966 to request a test kit or with questions.

Introducing Hoopla Digital!

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Log into Hoopla with your library card

With Hoopla you can instantly borrow digital e-books, audiobooks, comics, movies, TV and music with your library card! 

Here's how in 3 easy steps: 

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Announcing the launch of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

Family Movie Day

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Join us for the following FREE movies! Popcorn will be served!

Friday, September 2, 4pm:
Detective Pikachu
Warner Brothers, PG, 104 minutes

Friday, September 30, 4pm:
The Bad Guys
Universal Pictures, PG, 100 minutes

Friday, October 28, 4pm:
Coco
Disney Pixar, PG, 109 minutes

Music & Movement

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Join Miss Marla while we learn through singing, dancing, and stories! Aimed at babies and toddlers, open to children of all ages and their caregivers.

Announcing Literacy Kits!

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We are thrilled to announce a brand new collection at the Alma Library!

Please click here for a video explaining our kits in full.

We now have circulating early literacy and activity kits! These kits are specially designed by our children's librarian to encourage early literacy and complement your child's developmental stages.

Early literacy includes essential skills your child needs to learn BEFORE they learn to read! Each of our five kits focuses on a different skill: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing! Click on the image above to go to our webpage dedicated to Early Literacy.

We also have Activity Kits designed for Infants (0-6 months), Babies (6-12 months), and Toddlers (1-3 years)! Each of these kits includes books, games, and/or toys to help your child at whatever stage of development they are at.

And coming soon, we will have Storytime to Go kits! These fun kits will include a variety of stories, games, and activities with a shared theme.

For more information about our kits, please visit our website or contact Miss Marla at the library: 989-463-3966 / almapubliclib@gmail.com

Funding for this project is provided by provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan.

Checkout a WiFi Hotspot!

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Alma Public Library has WiFi Hotspots to check out!

What is a hotspot?

Hotspots are portable, easy-to-use devices equipped with high-speed 4G LTE technology that can connect WiFi enabled devices to the Internet anywhere there is a strong cellular signal. Up to ten devices can be connected to the hotspot at one time.

 

Borrowing a HotSpot

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid Alma Public Library card in good standing
  • Check out is for 2 weeks (14 days) with no renewals Temporarily 4 weeks during Stage 1 curbside-only service
  • Households are limited to one hotspot checkout per month (one month between checkouts)
  • Hotspots are checked out first come first serve ; no holds or reserves  Call library to check out hotspots during Stage 1
  • Hotspots must be returned to the circulation desk inside the library ; fees charged for hotspots returned to book drop  Call library for drop-off instructions during Stage 1

Responsibility and Fines

  • The overdue fine is $5.00 per day
  • Overdue hotspots will be deactivated within 24 hours of due date
  • Patrons returning a hotspot more than 5 days late will forfeit use of hotspots indefinitely
  • Patrons are financially responsible for loss or damage to hotspots/accompanying materials (hotspot $80.00/charger $30.00)
  • Excessive data usage not permitted (e.g., moderate use of movie and music streaming)
  • The library is not responsible for information accessed using this device or for personal information that is shared over the Internet. Internet content filtering is NOT provided through library-issued hotspot devices. Parents/Guardians are responsible for monitoring what their children access while using the hotspot. The library is not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred to user-owned devices.

Using a Hotspot

  1. Charge the hotspot, if needed, before use.
  2. Turn the hotspot on and wait for it to establish a connection.
  3. On your WiFi enabled device, locate the hotspot device, select it, and supply the password. The hotspot device name and password are on a card inside the case.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep the hotspot unplugged after it is fully charged. Failure to do this could damage the battery. Do not allow the hotspot to stay in a hot car.

 

Teen Movie Day

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Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for Teen Movie Day!

Wednesday, September 7, 4pm:
A Wrinkle In Time
Walt Disney Pictures, PG, 109 minutes

Wednesday, October 5, 4pm:
Hocus Pocus
Walt Disney Pictures, PG, 95 minutes

 

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