Winter StoryTimes Offered Online with Take-Home StoryTime Kits
Masks requested inside building. Online content, outdoor wifi, contactless delivery available.
The library offers online StoryTimes sponsored by Blissfield State Bank and Iott Insurance throughout January and February 2022. With our sponsors' support we are supllementing the online StoryTime with Take--Home StoryTime Kits available from the library. Therre's a new kit to go with each new StoryTime that premieres on the library Facebook page at 11 am following the schedule below:
Wednesday, January. 5: Winter
Wednesday, January 12: The Alphabet
Wednesday, January 19: Counting
Wednesday, January 26: On the Farm
Wednesday, February 2: Opposites
Wednesday, February 9: Love
Wednesday, February 16: Feelings
Wednesday, February 23: Shapes
We continue to 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.
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
- Mango Languages
- Consumer Reports Online
- 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.