Crafternoons at the Library
First Meeting: Friday, January 30, 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:
January 30th, February 27th, March 27th, April 24th, May 22nd, June 28th
Registration is appreciated but not required.
Light snacks and coffee/tea will be provided.

Ask a Tech Expert
Saturday, January 31 1:00-3:00 pm

Having a little trouble with your computer, smartphone or tablet? Stop in between 1:00 and 3:00 on Saturday, January 31 and ask our tech guru Kristi. She'll answer your questions on a first-come, first-served basis and you'll be limited to 15 minutes.

While she can't repair your device, she can help you with questions such as how to handle attachments in your e-mail, editing photos, running anti-virus software, and using apps.

No appointment necessary, and it's free!


Rate your date for a chance to win a box of chocolates.

Teen Anime Club
First Monday of every month, 4:30-6:30 pm

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!


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 click here to register.

A schedule of all 2015 classes can be found here.

Wednesday, February 4: Job Searching on the Internet
6:30-7:30 pm. Free! No registration necessary. Learn how to find jobs using the Internet and how to fill in and submit online application forms.

Wednesday, February 18: Introduction to Microsoft Word
Note: the first 8 registrants will have access to a laptop during class, as long as they arrive by 6:30 pm. Those who wish to bring their own laptop or mobile device, or those who wish to attend without using a device, are welcome to attend.

Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will host its third annual Storytelling Festival on February 6 & 7, 2015. For all ages, the Festival includes dynamic storytellers and musicians, book signings and a vendor fair, a craft area and story time. The Museum and Festival are FREE!

Lisa Ballerina
Wednesday, February 18, 10:15 - 11:00 am  
Ages 3-7

Lisa Ballerina, aka Lisa Bredahl, returns to Parchment Library with her songs, stories and fun for preschoolers.
Registration helpful, but not required.

LEGO Brick League
Thursday, February 19 4:3
0-5:30 pm

for 2nd - 5th graders
No registration required

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.
Click here to register online or call 343-7747.


Read for a chance to win prizes!

One book (or audiobook) = 1 raffle ticket.

Weekly prizes, and a grand prize at the end.

January 6 - February 25

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.
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

Check out some of our newest books...

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

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, 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.