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Crafternoons at the Library
Friday, February 27, 1:00 pm

Do you... Knit? Stitch? Bead? Fold? Carve? Weave? Crochet?

If you are a hand crafter with a portable passion, join us on fourth Fridays at 1pm for Crafternoons at the Library!   Bring along your current craft and spend a stimulating hour creating and kibitzing with fellow crafters.

Winter/Spring 2015 Dates:
February 27th, March 27th, April 24th, May 22nd, June 28th
. Registration is appreciated but not required. Light snacks and coffee/tea will be provided.

Zumba for Kids
Saturday, February 28, 1:00-2:00 pm
Ages 4-8

A rockin', high-energy dance party packed with kid-friendly routines. 
Instructor, Christina Thorne teaches steps to kid-favorite music with games, activities and cultural exploration.

Registration helpful but not required. Register online or call 343-7747.

TICKETS on sale beginning MONDAY, FEB. 23RD, Adults and High School - $10, Children ages 6-12 yrs - $5, and ages 5 yrs and younger are free! Tickets can be purchased from any of the Parchment Stars Dance! dancers, at Parchment City Hall, 650 S. Riverview Dr, or online at!

For more information, go to the Parchment Stars Dance page or visit them on Facebook.

Teen Anime Club
First Monday of every month, 4:30-6:30 pm
Next meeting is March 2

We meet on the first Monday of every month to watch anime, check out the library's newest manga, and enjoy snacks straight from Japan and Asia.

Bring your Yu-Gi-Oh cards or other decks or games to play, or even bring anime - we may watch it!  Costume-friendly!  Meet new friends and find new titles to read and watch. Vote for your favorites, tell us what to buy next, and help plan events.  Whether you're obsessed or a newbie, please join us!

2015 Tech Tutor Classes
Every other Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm.
All classes are FREE.

Registration helpful but not required. Stop by the Reference Desk, call 343-7747, or register online.

A schedule of all 2015 classes can be found here.

Wednesday, March 4: Internet Basics
6:30-7:30 pm. Free! No registration necessary.
Learn to use search engines, find websites, and use a mouse.  The first 8 registrants will have a library laptop to use during class. Others are welcome to bring their own devices, or to attend without a device.

Wednesday, March 18: Social Media for Parents
Wonder what apps your kids are using? Find out how they work and what security risks they may pose.
Note: This class will be repeated on September 30.

Huge Book Sale!!!
Saturday, March 7, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Early Bird Sale from 9:00 - 10:00am, $1.00 admission

You'll find amazing bargains! Hardback books for only 50 cents; paperback books and all children's books just 25 cents each! Our extra-nice and rare books cost a bit more but are still a fabulous deal.

NEVER MISS A BOOK SALE! Send your e-mail address to and ask to be added to the book sale reminder list. We'll send you a reminder before every sale.

We also post our sales on, in the Kalamazoo Gazette's Jottings (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday prior to each sale), and on

Learn more about the wonderful Friends of the Library who make our book sales possible

Thank you for supporting our Book Sales!

Home Brewing 101 with Brian Steele
Wednesday March 11, 7:00-8:00 pm

Curious about what it takes to make your own home brew? Join us as local brewer Brian Steele of the Boatyard Brewery comes in to talk about the basics of brewing beer and what it takes to join in on one of the fastest growing hobbies in the area.

Following the program, we will adjourn to the Boatyard Brewery to enjoy good company and really good beer.

Registration is required. Call 343-7747, stop in to the library, or register online.

Must be 21 to attend and provide own transportation.


Hot Reads for Cold Nights
Adult Winter Reading Program

Ends March 21

Read for a chance to win prizes!  One book (or audiobook) = 1 raffle ticket.
Weekly prizes, and a grand prize at the end.

Create-A-Craft : Wind chimes
Thursday, March 12, 4:30-5:15 pm
For 1st-3rd graders
Ring in springtime by making your own wind chimes with Mrs. B!  Registration is required.  Call 343-7747 or register online.

Teen Film Fest
Thursday, March 12, 6:00-8:00 pm  Mockingjay Part 1
Friday, March 13, 3:30-5:30 pm  The Giver

For teens ages 13 and up.

Upcycle Crafting : Birdhouses
Monday, March 16, 11:00-12:00 pm
The birds will soon be back! Enjoy an hour finding a new purpose for old items and making a home for your favorite feathered friends.  Please register.

Teen Advisory Board for kids in 8th - 12th grade
Monday, March 16, 3:30-5:00 pm

Members plan and promote exciting programs, suggest new library materials, and discuss books movies, music, and websites!  Attend a meeting and make your voice heard!  Also have pizza - let's not forget about pizza! 

Lego Brick League
Thursday, March 19, 4:3
0-5:30 pm
For kids in 2nd - 5th grades.  No registration required.

Toddler Drive-in Movie
Tuesday, March 31, 10:15 am

Build an automobile and then enjoy a movie in your brand-new car!
For children ages 1-4 with caregiver.   Register by calling 343-7747 or register online.

Spring Story Times
March 3 - May 13
No storytimes on April 7 & 8

Click here to register online or call 343-7747.

Baby & Me Time
Wednesdays, 11:15-11:35 am

for babies 6-23 months with caregiver.
Singing, rhyming, dancing and sharing a book together. 
Registration helpful, but not required.
**No BABY & Me Time on February 18**
Toddler Tales
Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 am
for *2 - 3 1/2 year olds with caregiver.
Songs, rhymes, movement and of course, a story!  *Child must be 2 years old by first attended session.  Registration helpful, but not required.
**NO TODDLER TALES on February 17**
Pre-school Pals
Tuesdays, 1:00-1:45 pm 
OR Wednesdays, 10:15-11:00 am
for 3 1/2 - 5 year olds. 
Stories and songs, fingerplays and fun including a craft.
Registration helpful, but not required. 
**No PRESCHOOL PALS on February 17 & 18**

The "Library Snowmen" volunteer 2 days each month, from November through March, to remove snow from the library's front entrance and front sidewalk.  We can provide shovels!

Library Snowmen (and women) should arrive between 7:00 and 9:00 am on their scheduled day and complete their work by 10:00 am, when the library opens.

If you've got what it takes to conquer Old Man Winter, talk to Teresa at 343-7747 ext. 203 or e-mail

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.
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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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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

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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, March 7
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.