Meet the Author

Rosanne BittnerOn Thursday, October 26 at 5:30 pm the Coloma Public Library will host a Meet the Author Night with USA Today bestselling author, Rosanne Bittner, a Coloma native. Bittner dubbed and "emotional powerhouse" and "Queen of Western Romance" by Romantic Times has written more than 66 books that have been published in many different languages and countries. She has won many awards for her work through the years. In 2015, she won the "Best Western Romance Writer" by Romantic Times for her book, Do Not Forsake Me. Bittner's books cover a vast array of American History and though works of fiction are well-researched making them both historically authentic and entertaining.

Two BooksDuring this event on Thursday, October 26, she will be available to sign books and answer questions. Bittner's newest book, "The Last Outlaw" and a short story titled "Chick-A-Dee Christmas" will be available for purchase. In anticipation of her visit the Coloma Library has titles selected by Bittner available for check-out for those wishing to read them before meeting her. This event is sure to be a fun evening for aspiring writers, fans (old and new alike) and anyone looking for an evening with an interesting lady from the Coloma community. For any questions about this event, please call 468-3431 or visit the library's website at www.colomapubliclibrary.net. For more information on Rosanne Bittner's books and her writing visit www.rosannebittner.com

Book Sale

The annual Fall Book Sale will be Saturday, October 28th from 10 am – 2 pm. Browse the great selection of gently used books, DVDs, Magazines, Puzzles, etc. for affordable prices. The book sale takes place in the library’s lower level. If you have any questions about the sale please contact the library @ 468-3431 or email us here.

Baby & Me

The library will be offering a Baby and Me program on Fridays at 10:30 am beginning on October 13th and continuing through November 17th. This program is for babies, young toddlers and their parents/caregivers. Join Ms. Holly for a short story, interactive play and songs as well as an opportunity to introduce babies to the library. If you have any questions please call the library at 468-3431.

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Read with Spirit

Spirit, a certified therapy dog will be at the library on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, beginning on November 7th. Children may sign-up for a 15 minute slot by stopping in at the front desk or calling the library at 468-3431. Reading to Therapy dogs is a fun way for children to build reading confidence and fluency.



Story Hour

Story Hour meets on Wednesdays @ 10:30 am. Join Ms. Amy for a story, songtime and craft at the library. Older required. Call 468-3431 with an questions or contact us here.



New Library Databases

The library now offers two new databases. A to Z: the USA and Global Road Warrior. Click on the links to each database- to access from home enter your library card without any spaces.

Global Road Warrior is a country cultural database that features in-depth information on 175 countries. Global Road Warrior gives a level of insight into each country that cannot be found anywhere else. Categories include: Culture & Society, Food & Recipes, Language, Video Dictionary, Royalty-free Maps, Royalty-free Images, National Symbols, Business Culture and Music Education. Global Road Warrior is an excellent resource for student projects and a great companion for international travelers.

A to Z: the USA is a database for U.S. information with the option to explore the country as a whole, or research a specific state or one of five U.S. territories. AtoZ the USA gives in-depth access to a broad range of topics, including: Official State Animals & Plants, Historical Timelines, Modern & Antique Downloadable Maps, National Symbols, State Symbols, Food & Recipes, Demographics, Culture & Society, Geography, Learning Resources and Government & Politics. All images and maps in AtoZ the USA can be downloaded and used in school projects.

Ancestry.com Library Edition

Ancestry graphicThe library has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier. Ancestry® Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname. Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition's millions of records – as far back as the 1400s.

Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you'll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched. Key in the name, click on "Search" and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists. It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images census records and civil registrations. Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you'll assemble. These records have "clues" to the past – places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc – that lead to more information. Names can be added to form the "tree" or searched to find more clues.

Ancestry.com Library Edition can be used on any of the computer workstations at the library. To get on the library computers you do need to have a library card. Please call (269) 468-3431 with any questions.



Newspaper Archive

search our newspapersPast issues of the Coloma Courier (November 1899-1969), Watervliet Record (1890-October 1984) and Tri-City Record (1984-2010) are available for searching and browsing on this website. A special thank you to Karl Bayer at the Tri-City Record for allowing the library to make these papers available to the public. Also a special thank you to the Watervliet District Library for their support with this project.



Card Catalog

Card CatalogThe library's catalog is available for you to search from home! Simply click "Catalog" from the menu bar on any page to visit the library's website. When you arrive at that site click "Coloma Public Library" and begin your search.

There you will find further instructions on how to search for books, renew items you have checked out and place holds. If you have any questions, please call the library at (269) 468-3431.

Checking Out E-Books

Overdrive Now Available The library is glad to offer ebooks to patrons living within the library's service area. If you need assistance adding ebooks to your device, click here!

*Not all authors/publishers participate in ebook lending to libraries.

Happy Reading!

**Thank you to the Coloma Lioness Club, their generous donation has made many titles available for everyone to read!