Announcement: NYT Online Cancellation

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The Alma Public library will no longer subscribe to the online edition of the New York Times as of February 19, 2021.

The physical paper will continue to be available inside the Library. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call the Library at 989-463-3966 with questions.

What is Foster Care?

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Please consider joining the Ennis Center for Children Inc. for this informative session about foster care. The event takes place via Zoom on Wednesday, March 24 2021 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page:

This event is not sponsored by the Alma Public Library.


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SURPRISE! Our free DVD promotion was so successful, we are continuing it into the new year! Valid adult library card required; one week checkout. Limit four per card.

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: 


Storywalk(r) Now Available!

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Update: January 2021
The Storywalk(r) will be on break until Spring 2021 to allow for repairs as well as to keep the community safe during winter months. Watch for updates on our website and Facebook page!

The Alma Public Library Storywalk(r) is an exciting new community project! 

The Storywalk(r) is twenty displays strategically placed along the Alma River Walk, beginning at Pine River Park and ending at the Library. Each display shows a picture book spread! Enjoy the beautiful scenery while you read a family-friendly story. 

Questions or comments? Call the Library at 989-463-3966, or email Miss Marla at You can also fill out a survey specifically about our Storywalk(r) here!

This project was funded through the Next-Level Leadership in Small and Rural Libraries project of the Library of Michigan and the University of Michigan School of Information Science. Funding for the
program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Library Services and Technology Act. Additional support was provided by Russell Cellular – Alma and the City of Alma Public Works Department.

“The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.”

RB Digital Merges with Overdrive

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RB Digital Audiobooks have merged with Overdrive/Libby! Effective 9/18/2020, you will be able to access these materials via the Libby app.

Digital magazines are still available through the RB Digital app. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library at 989-463-3966.

New Hours Beginning September 8, 2020

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The Alma Public Library will have new hours beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020!

We will be open Monday - Friday, 9am - 7pm.  We will not have weekend hours at this time.

Please contact the library at 989-463-3966 with any questions!

Virtual Storytime

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Join Miss Marla on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. for a LIVE storytime! Miss Marla will go live in the group "Storytime with Miss Marla @ APL", 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Announcing the launch of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

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.


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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