READ For The Gold
Summer Reading 2016
June 20 - August 5

Prizes, events, and activities
for kids, teens & adults!

Know-It-All On Call: One-on-one help with computers and mobile devices
Fridays, starting June 3, 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.

How to Spot a Scam - Identity Theft
Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Learn the signs of identity theft, how to protect your personal informatio online and off, and what to do it you become an identity theft victim.

The How To Spot a Scam series continues, every other Wednesday at 6:30 pm, through August.
  • Jul 13 - In Home Care and Senior Residences
  • Jul 27 - Investment Fraud
  • Aug 10 - Online Safety
  • Aug 24 - Phone, Mail, and eScams
These presentations are courtesy of the Michigan Attorney General's Consumer Education Bureau.


Biggest Book Sale of the Year!
Saturday, July 9, 10:00am - 3:00pm.  Early Bird Sale 9:00-10:00am, $1.00 admission

We have the best prices in town - hardbacks just 50 cents; paperbacks and children's books just 25 cents.  New or extra-special books may cost a bit more but always a fabulous bargain!  We also have movies and audiobooks.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library, who support library programs.

Don't miss all the fun happening in the park behind the library the same day - it's Kindleberger Fest!


2016 Kindleberger Fest
July 6-10

The 2016 Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts week, Wednesday, July 6 through Sunday, July 10, includes the annual family musical production, and youth play. Our car showarts and crafts day5K community race and Kids Fun Run, parade, kid’s area, and food vendors are great opportunities for families to spend a day enjoying a wide-range of activities and community.

Be a part of our hometown atmosphere. We welcome you to visit Parchment and Kindleberger Park!
 See the full schedule at

Genre Gyration Book Club
Wednesday, July 13, 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+.
July's Genre: Detective Novels
Title: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)
Third Monday of every month, 6:00-7:00 pm
Next meeting: July 18

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


Baby & Me Time
for babies up to 23 months
Tuesdays, May 24-July 26 from 11:15-11:40 am

You and your baby can enjoy 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs with Mrs. B, then stay afterward for a social playtime with other babies and parents.

Summer Storytime Olympics
for kids up to 6 years
Tuesdays, June 21-July 26 from 10:15-11:00 am

(children 3 and under must attend with an adult) 


2016 Kindleberger Summer Concert Series
Sundays at 6:30 pm

Free summer concerts start on Sunday June 12.  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

Warm Up for Summer Reading Favorites

Some great books were discussed at the Warm Up for Summer Reading event on May 19. Click here to see the list!

About Our Second Sundays Live in Concert Series
The "Second Sunday Live!" series will take a break from June through August, when there will be free Sunday concerts in Kindleberger Park. The series will start again in September and continue through May, always at 2:00 pm on the second Sunday each month. If you have suggestions for music styles or bands, let us know!

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.
You can narrow the list by going to the Adult Events, Teen, or Children's pages.
Click here to suggest an event / Click here to suggest an item for our collection
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.

Click for Kalamazoo, Michigan Forecast

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, July 9
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