Baby and Me Program
The library will be offering a Baby and Me program on Fridays at 10:30 am beginning on March 24th and continuing through April 28th. 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.
Read with Spirit
The library will be offering a program for children to read to Spirit, a certified therapy dog, on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 7:30. 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, please call the library or stop-in with any questions.
The Coloma Library Book Club is meeting for a book discussion on Thursday, March 30 @ 5:30 pm. The title to read before the discussion is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Generally, depending on demand there are titles available for check-out at the front desk.
The Book club regularly meets every other Thursday and is always looking for new members. If you are interested in more information please click here or stop in the library.
Story Hour meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Story Hour is for toddlers and preschool aged children- it is a free program with no sign-up or fee required. It is asked that all children be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Please call the library with any questions.
Announcing Fandom Fest! On Saturday, April 1 from 11:00-5:00 pm @ The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College all geeks, nerds, and fans of nerdy, geeky culture are invited to this "comic-con" style event that will host artists, exhibitors, a gaming space, maker activities, a LARPing demo, costume contests, and more. Don't miss out on this unique, free event. Fandom Fest will appeal mostly to adults and teens, younger children who wish to attend with their families are encouraged to come between 11am-1pm for a special Family Time. For more information visit the Event's Facebook Page
New Library Databases
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
The 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.
Past 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.
The 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.
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.
**Thank you to the Coloma Lioness Club, their generous donation has made many titles available for everyone to read!