Effective 3/16/2020

Alma Public Library will be closed to the Public

through April 13, 2020

Curbside pickup is suspended as of 3/23/20

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Announcing the launch of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

TumbleBook Library Access

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We are so happy to announce access to TumbleBooks! TumbleBook Library has generously provided free access to their incredible databases through August 31, 2020. 

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.


K-6 children's ebook database



K-6 math ebook database



Grades 7-12 ebook database

 


All ages audio book database

Important: LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

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Effective 3/16/2020 the Alma Public Library WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC and ALL library programs are canceled until April 13, 2020. All public use of meeting rooms and community rooms from outside organizations is also canceled through April 13, 2020.

For those who are limiting their exposure by staying home but still wish to use library services, remember that APL offers a large variety of digital options, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines. Our website, alma.lib.mi.us is our online branch and it never closes. In addition, staff will be available to answer questions by phone Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at 989-463-3966.  

Curbside Pick-up Suspended

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In compliance with Executive Order 2020-21 issued by Governor Whitmer on Monday, March 23, 2020, Alma Public Library is immediately suspending curbside pick-up service.

If you have been contacted by staff notifying you of a hold ready to be picked up, you may still come pick it up until 5:00 p.m. 3/23/20.
Any holds which you have not been contacted about will not be filled at this time.

Additionally, in compliance with Executive Order 2020-20, issued Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Alma Public Library will be closed to the public through April 13, 2020.

Checkout a WiFi Hotspot!

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Alma Public Library now 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
  • 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
  • Hotspots must be returned to the circulation desk inside the library ; fees charged for hotspots returned to book drop

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.

 

Hiring Part-Time Library Aide

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The City of Alma is currently seeking a part-time Library Aide.  15-20 hours per week with scheduling flexibility required. Typing, computer and communication skills required.  Starting pay is $9.67 per hour. Deadline for applications is Friday April 3rd, 2020.

Interested applicants should submit a City of Alma Employment Application and Letter of Interest to:
Brooke Siefka, Human Resource Manager
525 East Superior Street
Alma, MI 48801
bsiefka@ci.alma.mi.us
The complete Job Description and City of Alma Application can be found on the City of Alma website:
https://myalma.org/employment.php

https://myalma.org/employment.php

Become a Friend of the Library!

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The Friends of the Alma Public Library is looking for more members!

 

Founded in 2007, the Friends of the Alma Public Library is a non-profit organization created to enhance and expand library services through activities that support library staff, facilities and programs. Over the years the Friends have raised funds to enhance children's programming, sponsored speakers and author talks, and hosted themed fundraising events. By joining the Friends, you can help support and improve programs and facilities at your favorite library!

 

The Friends  of the Alma Public Library meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at the library. Anyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact library staff at 463-3966.

 

Can't become a Friend at this time? Then consider becoming a Friends Volunteer!  Volunteers help out with specific tasks, such as greeting guests at a Friends event, creating event promotional flyers, helping set up and clean up events, helping create displays, and so on. 

 

 

 

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