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.

Invasive Species Program

search our newspapers The Southwest X Southwest Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) in partnership with the Coloma Public Library will be hosting a free workshop addressing invasive species of special concern in southwest Michigan on February 21st at 6:30 pm at the Coloma Library. This is an opportunity to learn identification and control of invasive species that harm our native ecosystems and threaten local infrastructure. This presentation will also focus on Japanese Knotweed which has been detected in the city limits of Coloma and is a species that all residents should be aware of, as well as aquatic forms of invasive species that can be found in Paw Paw Lake and also discuss species that may be a concern in the future. There will be free information for attendees to take home at the conclusion of the presentation and there is no charge to attend this event. If you would like a plant identified please bring a quality picture with you and no live plant materials. For more information please call or email Jared Harmon at 269-471-9111 ext 3 or jared.harmon@macd.org



Story Hour

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee ShetterlyStory Hour will resume meeting on Wednesdays @ 10:30 am on February 28th. Story Hour is a free program for older toddlers and pre-school aged children. Join Ms. Amy for a story, craft and songtime. There is no sign-up required for this event. All children need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult for participation. Please do not hesitate to email or call us @ 269-468-3431 with any questions.



Book Club

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney SullivanThe Coloma Library Book Club is meeting for a book discussion on Thursday, February 22 @ 5:30 pm. The title to read before the discussion is Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. 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.



Book Sale

SaleThe library will have a book sale from 10 am- 2 pm on Saturday, March 17th. You don't want to miss this HUGE sale! The book sale is more than just books, you'll find gently used puzzles, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks and more! The library will remain open during the sale.


Introducing Launchpads

LaunchPadIntroducing Playaway Launchpad--‐ The kids only learning tablet that both kids and adults will love.

Every Playaway Launchpad is pre--‐loaded with high--‐quality, ad--‐free learning apps and games, providing hours of interactive learning and play.

Apps are grouped onto Launchpads by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. Featuring popular characters and brands, apps content spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity, and theme from animals to princesses, fantasy, nature and more.

Kids will love the Launchpad experience, which lets them design a personal avatar before game play and choose an app adventure they're most interested in.

Adults will love that Launchpads are 100% secure, ensuring that will not be exposed to unintended content, and that the informational console will let them monitor how time is spent on the tablet.

Launchpad is now available at Coloma Public Library for patrons living in the library's service area. Check one out today!

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 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!