Library Services

 

LIST OF SERVICES:


Book Clubs

The library has 4 active book clubs that are open for the public to join.   They are the Lake Bluff Book Club,  The Moveable Feast Book Club,  The Not-Your-Mother's Book Club and the Scholars and Scoundrels Men's book club.  For more information, check out their individual pages.


Computers

The library has a computer lab that is open to the public.  Registered borrowers can set up a password at our information desk and computer center.   Guests may obtain a guest pass by showing their ID at the computer center.    Please see our Computer Use Policy for more information.  We do have printers available.  They are $.10 for black and white prints, and $.50 for color prints -  cash only, please. 
 

Computer Classes

We offer beginning computer classes and help with technological issues on occasion.   Please check with library staff or see our library calendar for upcoming classes or events.

 

Copiers

Copiers are available to the public.  Copies are $.10 for black and white, and $.50 for color.   Cash only.
 

Crafts

We often have craft tables available in the children's department during breaks from school.   Also, we sometimes have adult programs featured around a specific craft.


Databases like Ancestry

The library purchases a subscription to this popular genealogical database.   It is in-library use only.  Please check out the Local History and Genealogy page for more information.

 

Delivery Service:  Library2You

The library provides delivery service for residents who are homebound.   Library card holders who are:  physically disabled, advanced in age, suffering from a long-term illness, children suffering from a long-term illness, confined to home due to an accident or recent surgery.  If interested, please call 983-7167 or see a staff member for details.


DVDs

The library has entertainment videos, children's videos and non-fiction videos.  There is no charge for children's and non-fiction dvds.  They check out for 2 weeks.  Entertainment videos check out for 1 week and have a $1.00 rental fee.

 

eBooks & audiobooks

We are pleased to offer the downloadable ebooks and audiobooks through the Southwest Michigan Digital Library.   The free app that they have provided works on a variety of different devices and operating systems.  Please ask a staff member for assistance.


Fax Service

The library offers fax service for a fee.   Staff will send faxes for $1.50 for the first page,  $1.00 for each additional page.    We can receive faxes for $1.00 a page.   Our fax number is (269) 983-5804. 


File/Paper Shredding

A large paper shredder is available in the library for the use of the public.   It will give two minutes of shred time for each dollar inserted. 


Genealogy

We have many genealogical resources available in our Local History and Genealogy room. 


Inter-library loan service

We are pleased to offer our library card holders inter-library loan service through MelCat, the statewide program.


Job search resources

We offer many books to help in your job search.  Books on resumes, cover letters, interviews and more.   We have online resources to help with job skills, and we can help direct you to online job search websites. 

 

Languages

We have two wonderful resources available for you to learn foreign languages and English as a second langauge.    Try out Mango or Basic ESL.  

 

Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms are available for use by the community.   Find out more on our Meeting Room page. 

 

Michigan Activities Pass

Use your library card to get free and discounted passes to hundreds of Michigan’s state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and recreation areas through the Michigan Activity Pass program.
Just visit: http://michiganactivitypass.info for more information

 

Movie Nights

We have regular movie nights scheduled after-hours just for grown-ups.   They are on the 2nd Friday of the month,  September - June at 7:00pm.   Find out more on our Movie Night page. 

 

Music in the Garden

Each summer, we host 3 concerts in our garden.  They are free and open to the public.  They feature some of our favorite local talent. Come and join us!


Poetry Readings

Each April, during National Poetry Month we host a poetry reading in the library.   Bring your own, original poetry, or some of your old favorites to read aloud.  


Proctoring

We provide proctoring as a service to individuals living in the area.   Proctoring is available for both commercial and educational purposes.   Please review our proctoring policy for more information.

 

Programming for all ages

Our library staff works diligently to provide entertaining and informative programs for people of all ages.   Check our library calendar for upcoming events.


Reader’s Advisory

Not sure what you should read next?   Ask a library staff member!   We have many resources available to help point you to the next thing on your reading list. 


Reference Help

If you are stuck on a question - ask a librarian!   Reference Librarians are trained professionals who help library users with their information and research needs. That's why we are here!  We can:  Help you locate information and resources,  Guide you through the research process, Teach you how to use the various online periodical databases, catalogs, and the web.


Scanning

The library copy machine also serves as a scanner.   Scans can be made to a usb device, or to a public drive on the library computer network where they can then be retrieved and emailed or saved.   There is no charge for scanning. 


Story Times

We offer 3 different story time sessions a year.   Fall  (Sept-Nov),  Winter (Feb. - Apr), and then a shorter session during the summer.  Story time is for infant - preschoolers.   Story time includes stories, songs, finger-plays and more.  They often include a craft or a snack, or a game.   


Summer Reading Programs

Each summer, our library staff wants to help "end the summer slump".   Reading for fun over the summer has been proven to help children retain what they have learned in all subjects over the course of the school year.   Our summer reading program runs for eight weeks.   We encourage children (and adults!)  to read all summer long.     Games, prizes and fun events help us to accomplish this goal. 


Tax Forms

The IRS and the Michigan Treasury make some tax forms available to us to hand out at the library.   Library staff are available to help locate other forms that may be required.
 

Technical assistance

Library staff answer hundreds of basic technical questions each month.   We are happy to get you started and answer questions on common office programs, the internet, and email.  

 

Wedding and Garden Events

Weddings and other events may be held in the beautiful library garden.   Please review our Garden Events Policy for more information. 


Wi-Fi

We offer free wi-fi in the library.   No password necessary,  just log on.

And Of  Course…        BOOKS!!