NOTICE OF RE-SCHEDULED REGULAR MEETING

 

The Board of Trustees of the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library will hold a regular meeting on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7 pm.  This meeting is a rescheduling of the meeting originally scheduled for September 2, 2021.

 

One or more members of the board may attend remotely under the exceptions indicated under MCL 15.263 Sec. 3(2).  In compliance with MCL 15.263 Sec. 3(2b), a member of the public may contact any board member prior to the meeting by calling the library at 517-486-2858 and leaving a message or emailing info@blissfieldlibrary.org.  All messages will be forwarded to the board and/or to individual members.

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Upcoming Library Programs!

Fall Programs at a Glance

Blissfield Unbound, Manhattan Short Film Festival, Taste the State and Children's Programs Go Live!

 

Live Library Programs and Auditorium Rentals Return

Masks requested inside building. Online content, outdoor wifi, contactless delivery available.

Here's where we are at the library.  We ask everyone to wear a facecovering inside the building to help protect the libray's patrons and staff.  We serve a high-risk population.  All library staff are vaccinated.  All library staff are masked.  Please join as we try to protect each other.

Aside from things we kept because we like them, the library should like what you've omce to expect.  Library programming will be fully live this fall with a full schedule just above where you are currently reading.  The library auditorium is now available for rental.  Call 517-486-2858 to ask about renting the auditorium, complete with working kitchenette, for you next shower, party, or meeting. Auditoirum rentals details and a copy of the rental contract are availabe above via the About SHML tab > Library Policies > Auditorium Rental.

We did keep some changes we've made over the past 18 months.  We still clean more than we used to.  We still ahve a hand sanitizer station at the front of the library.  The library public wifi network, shmlquest, is available in and, thanks to a CARES grant from the Library of Michigan and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, around the building.  Just log onto the network, using the password which is also “shmlguest.”  Contactless delivery of circulating materials is a permanent option for those who wish to use it.  Just call the library at 517-486-2858.

The additional online content we acquired and the online library account application we created when the building was closed remain available at blissfieldlibrary.org.  Find under Media on Demand:

  • The Woodlands Downloadable Library through OverDrive and Libby, which now includes downloadable magazines, movies from IndieFlix, concerts from Qello, and instruction from Great Courses, in addition to downloadable books and audiobooks
  • Hoopla downloadable books, comic books, movies, TV and music
  • Freegal music, featuring five songs a week that are yours to keep
  • Access Video on Demand
  • World Cinema Collection
  • Just for Kids Videos
  • Kanopy Movies, including Kanopy Kids
  • Blissfield High School yearbooks from 1948-2018

Find under Reference and Instruction:

  • A digital image of today’s Adrian Daily Telegram and of many other Michigan newspapers
  • Access World News
  • The America’s Genealogy Bank
  • Ancestry.com Library Edition
  • Mango Languages
  • Consumer Reports Online
  • Tutor.com
  • Infobase Learning Center

Fine-Free for Local Items

The library has suspended overdue fines on local items since March 2020.  One of the biggest new developments is making that suspension permanent.  The library will no longer charge overdue fines for any Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library items checked out by our patrons.  Items still have a due date, and the library may block accounts with unresolved overdue items.  The fine-free status applies only to local items within our collection and not to items borrowed from another library through inter-library loan.  ILL items continue to incur $1 a day in overdue charges.  Patrons remain responsible for paying lost item replacement costs including handing charges. Lost cards now cost $1 rather than $3 to replace, just enough to replace the physical card.

Our move to fine-free status for local items is made possible by our program sponsors.  Previously our program budget came entirely from revenue created by patron payment of fines.  Much of our programming is now underwritten by the generosity of our sponsors:

  • Summer Reading Programs, Blissfield Literary Festival in March and the upcoming Blissfield Ten-Minute Film Festival by the Adrian & Blissfield Railroad
  • Art at Your Feet by Chris Mallow, DDS and Transcend Physical Therapy
  • Taste the State by Chris Mallow, DDS and Blissfield Insurance Agency
  • Blissfield Unbound: Programs from the Library by Brown & Sons Roofing and Siding, D&N Upholstery
  • StoryTime and other programming for children and teens by Blissfield State Bank and Iott Insurance

Remember these sponsors when you bring a book back late and pay with apologies only.

Present Food for Past Fines

To address past fines, the library is adapting its holiday season Food for Fines program into Present Food for Past Fines and making the program permanent.  Instead of presenting payment for past fines, which remains an option, you may present canned or boxed food items in lieu of payment.  One item will cover up to $3 in fines.  All food items will be donated to the local food pantry.

New Bottle-Filling Water Fountains

We had several upgrades during the past year or so, new HVAC units, a new security system, power-washing the building, some new chairs for staff, and brand-new bottle-filling water fountains.  Bring in your own bottle or pick up a bottle with a library website engraving during one of several giveaway opportunities this summer at the library and around town.  Reduce plastic waste by filling reusable bottles with filtered, chilled water from the library.

Looking Ahead

We are still in the reopening plan, therefore, depending on various orders and recommendations, we are still vulnerable to rollbacks to previous phases.  Barring such a thing happening, we hope to open the library auditorium for rentals in July.  We are in the process of adding outdoor seating for those who use the wifi outside the building.  We are also planning a makeover of our children’s area including a new mural by Peg Whiting.   And these are only the projects that are far enough along to talk about.  There will always be new books, new programs, and an abundance of ideas, fun, and community at the library.  Come join us. 

See our full re-opening policy here.  See our reopening plan and procedure as it develops here.
 
Re-opening history:
June 8, 2020: Entered Phase One
June 17, 2020: Entered Phase Two
November 14, 2020: Re-entered Phase One
January 25, 2021: Entered Modified Phase One, allowing individual appointments for in-library patron access.
May 3, 2021: Entered Modified Phase One, allowing individuals, household-groups and persons with caregivers.
May 17: Entered Phase Three, removing appointment requirments, item quarantines, and borrowing limits and opening public spaces.
June 22: Entered Phase Four, no capacity limits or other public health madates, some live programming. 
August 1: Live programs and auditorium rentals return.
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Manhattan Short Film Festival Returns!

Films, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Punch, Prizes and Custom-Made Manhattan Shortbreads--All Free!

Blissfield Library Offers Four Free Screenings of International Short Film Festival

Screenings Include Food, Prize Opportunities, and Audience Voting for Best Film, Actor

BLISSFIELD, MI: Film lovers in the Blissfield area will join over 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world to view and vote on the 10 film finalists when the 24th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens four times at The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library, 407 S. Lane St., in Blissfield, MI.  Screenings are Thursday, September 23 through Saturday, September 25 at 7 pm, with an additional Saturday matinee at 3 pm.  The film festival is a part of the village library’s Blissfield Unbound program series and made free and open to the public thanks the sponsorship of Brown & Sons Roofing and Siding and a grant from the Woodlands Library Cooperative.

While MANHATTAN SHORT is an international event, the village library experience will be unique to Blissfield where film-goers will be treated to pizza, courtesy of Lena’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, hot dogs, courtesy of Shellie’s Subs and More, library punch, popcorn, and custom-made Manhattan Shortbreads from Aimee & her aunt SHORTBREADS.  Intermission will include prize-drawings.  Some films may contain mature content.  Those with questions should call the library at 517-486-2858 or email info@blissfieldlibrary.org.  The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival is on Facebook and the festival website is manhattanshort.com.

Introducing the MANHATTAN SHORT Finalists of 2021:

The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from U.K., Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy and Canada, alongside two films each from France and USA. These Final Ten selections represent the best short films from among 970 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2021, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a showcase for new voices and perspectives. Death By Handshake director Hudson Flynn, for example, was just 16 years old when he created his wry nod to New York City living during the Covid - 19 pandemic. Humor also pervades films like Rough from Northern Ireland, France's Archibald's Syndrome and Monsieur Cashemire of Canada. Out of Time and the animated Aurora are close studies by a pair of woman directors of life at different stages of our existence from French and American perspectives. Short films tackling big topics include Norway's The Kicksled Choir, which offers a refreshing look at conflict resolution, while Bad Omen examines how a woman copes with stark circumstances in Afghanistan. Closed To The Light reaches back in time to focus on a riveting moment in World War II Italy while the UK's Ganef examines that war's trickle-down effect on subsequent generations. "Trauma is like a virus, resilient and adaptive, capable of living well beyond the moment it's inflicted," notes Ganef director Mark Rosenblatt, demonstrating once more how short films can give a subject full treatment.

All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from September 24th - 30th.

You Be the Judge!

Which of these Final Ten short films is the best? That's up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday Oct 4.

 The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library currently holds over 30,000 volumes, subscribes to 60 circulating magazines, actively pursues local history materials, and provides free public-access computer and wireless internet.  The village library serves the townships of Blissfield, Ogden, Palmyra and Riga by contract.  In addition to Blissfield Unbound and the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, the library offers a busy summer reading program, the Taste the State program series, the Art at Your Feet public art street fair, StoryTimes and other programs for children and teens, the Blissfield Literary Festival, and the upcoming Blissfield Ten-Minute Film Festival.

The library also maintains a website, blissfieldlibrary.org, which offers free patron access to dozens of media and instructional opportunities, including the Blissfield High School yearbook from 1948-2018.  The library offers free inter-library loan and reference assistance, as well as copy and fax services for a small fee.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  The library makes non-profit banquet and meeting space available for rent.  Donations to the library are tax-deductible and help the library better serve the community. 

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Read interviews with the Finalists of 2021

Download Stills of films: http://www.manhattanshort.com/download-stills.html

Link to the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luWCQeR5vDI

Did you know?

The password you set up when you got your library card is what you use to access online services when the service asks for a PIN. We can reset your PIN to the default if you've forgotten it. We cannot retrieve your password. Sometimes, depending on the service, it's a two-step process. Step One: you will use your library card number (the barcode on the back) and possibly your PIN (password) to unlock access to registration for the service. Then, Step Two, you sign up for the service with a login or username (often an email) and a password you create. If you have any questions, have forgotten your password, or are getting messages about access denial, send an email to info@blissfieldlibrary.org. Or message us on FB or call 517-486-2858 and leave a message.