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Library Closed Friday, September 2
for staff in-service day

Library closed September 3-5, Saturday - Monday
for Labor Day

2016 Kindleberger Summer Concert Series
Sundays at 6:30 pm

Free summer concerts end on Sunday August 28.  All performances start at 6:30 pm and will be held at The Stage at Kindleberger Park in Parchment.  Bring the kids, a picnic dinner and your lawn chairs for an entertaining evening!  See the full schedule at kindleberger.org.

Second Sundays Live : Crossroads Resurrection
Sunday, September 11, 2:00 pm

Join us for a great hour of live music!   Crossroads Resurrection is one of Kalamazoo's best blues bands. 

Fall Storytimes
September 13 - December 1

Toddler Tales.  Tuesdays, 10:15-10:15 am.  For 2 & 3 year olds with caregiver. 
Baby & Me.  Tuesdays, 11:15-11:40 am.  For 0-24 months with caregiver.
Preschool Pals.  Wednesdays, 10:15-11:00 am.  For 3 1/2 - 5 year olds.
Farmily Style. Thursdays, 10:15-11:00 am.  Designed for 2-4 year olds but all ages are welcome.

Genre Gyration Book Club
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00-8:00 pm
Join us for literary adventures as we break out of reading ruts by exploring a different genre every month! Adults 18+.
Genre: Adventure
Title: Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler

Parchment Book Group
September meeting will join the Genre Gyration Book Club on Wednesday, September 14, at 7:00 pm.  "Spartan Gold" by Clive Cussler

October 3 at 7:00 pm: "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)
Third Monday of every month, 5:00-6:00 pm
Next meeting: Sept. 19

Ages 11 and up. Plan exciting programs and suggest new materials while eating snacks!

Kalamazoo Robotics Team
Saturday, September 24, 10:30 am

Ages 6 and up.  The Kalamazoo Robotics Team will demonstrate their homemade robots and lead kids in an exploration of making robots with LEGO.

Historic Walking Tour of Parchment with the Class of '66
Saturday, September 24, at 1:30 pm

Walk with historian Lynn Houghton and the Class of 1966 and learn history the FUN way!  Start at the library.

Wish You Were Here: Traveling Parchment's Past Through Postcards
Sunday, September 25, 2:00-4:00 pm

See our new collection of postcard enlargements and hear great stories about Parchment's history.  Historian Lynn Houghton will give a brief presentation at 3:00 pm on Parchment's unique history as a model company town.  Lots of interesting items from the library's local history collection will be on display.  Sample treats made from 1920's Parchment recipes!

Fall into Fashion
Sunday, October 2, 2:00 pm

A style show featuring the hottest looks for fall, presented by local consignment shops 360 Degrees and Caroline's.  Teens and adults.

Raffle Winners in the Adult Summer Reading Program
Congratulations to our winners!  

Weekly winners of a deluxe library tote bag are: T. Houseman, D. Stanton, J, Wisser, E. Johnson, L. Johnson, J. Westphal and M. Kostin.

Winner of the Grand Prize, an Amazon Kindle Fire, is S. Neef.

Know-It-All On Call: One-on-one help with computers and mobile devices
Fridays, starting September 23, 10:00-11:00 am or 11:00-12:00 pm

By appointment
Register for an hour of FREE help with Microsoft Word, e-mail, downloading pictures, and using smartphones and tablets.  Stop in or call 269-343-7747.

Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan's cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card! You can "check out" FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, seven National Park Service venues, and more.

Learn a new language for FREE!
Just use your Parchment Community Library card to register.

(Note: your library card must contain 6 digits. If you have an older card you can obtain a new one free of charge.)


You can access your library account information via our online catalog!  Click the "Library Catalog" link in the top menu bar of this page.  When the online catalog screen opens, click the 'Log In' link at the right end of the dark blue bar near the top of the page.

You'll need to know your Patron ID (the number on the back of your library card) and your password.  The default password is the last four digits of your phone number.   If this doesn't work, give us a call.  

You may ask us to re-set your password at any time - it can be any length and contain letters and/or numbers.   Stop in or call 343-7747.


All events are listed on the Events Calendar.
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Look through our Coupon Sharing Box before your next shopping trip! If you have coupons to share, please drop them in the "Unsorted Coupons" box.  You'll find the Coupon Sharing Box on the counter in front of the Director's office.

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New York Times Bestsellers
The Michigan Electronic Library gives you FREE access to databases of all kinds, books from other Michigan libraries (interlibrary loan), and subject guides to the Internet! 
Need help ordering interlibrary loan books from other libraries through MeL?  See our Interloan page. 
 Our next book sale is
Saturday, October 22
10:00am - 3:00pm
You may attend the Early Bird Sale from 9:00 - 10:00am for $1.00.  

For more information about our book sales and the wonderful people who make them possible, click the Friends of the Library tab in the left-hand menu.  
We always have a selection of Friends Book Sale books, DVDs and audiobooks available for sale in the center atrium area on the main floor. 
Thank you for supporting our Book Sales!
You can "check out" and
download audiobooks, e-books, music and video from the Southwest Michigan Digital Library (SMDL) website.
You must have a resident library card, Senior Free library card, or Teacher library card in order to use this service.  If you have a reciprocal library card from us, please use your home library card instead in order to access the SMDL site.  You must also have a six-digit library card number.  We can provide a new card to you at no cost, if you need one.
The Library Director is a Notary Public.   She can notarize signatures on certain documents.  This service is free to Parchment Community Library resident cardholders; all others $10 per document.  Please call in advance.

If your library account has expired or has more than $2.00 in fines, you will not be able to use OverDrive. 

If this happens, come in to update your account (please bring your license or Michigan ID) and/or pay your fines and you'll be able to use OverDrive again immediately!

Questions?  Call us at 269.343.7747 or e-mail ref@parchmentlibrary.org.