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Libraries of Hillsdale County

Although each of the libraries in Hillsdale County is a small one, there is something very special about each of them. Many of the libraries in the county are historical buildings, and their endurance represents the important things that libraries themselves stand for, things that do not, and should not, change: citizenship, community, and free access to knowledge and information for all people. However, the libraries of Hillsdale County also know that the right kind of change can be very exciting, and many of our libraries are embracing change so as to meet the needs of a growing community. Visit each of the libraries in our county and you will see that they are expanding, renovating, and automating. Each library contains helpful and devoted staff with a friendly, home-town atmosphere that makes the people who visit them want to come back. Visit any of our county's libraries today!

Camden Township Library
Hillsdale Community Library
Jonesville District Library
Litchfield District Library
North Adams Community Memorial Library
Reading Community Library
Somerset Township Library
Waldron District Library
Pittsford Public Library

Camden Township Library

 Come and visit our friendly staff at this quaint store-front library! [Click here to view full size picture] Camden Township Library, founded in 1922, is a small, friendly library located at 119 S. Main Street, Camden, MI. They offer books, audios, videos, and magazines. They contain large print books as well as the "Hillsdale Daily News." There is a copy machine available to the public for $0.10/copy in black and white ink. Their four public computers have internet access as well as games specifically for children. Costs for printing from a computer are $o.10/per black and white copy and $0.25/per colored copy. Children may use the internet if their parents sign a waver. The internet is filtered, however it is not censored.

Under the direction of head librarian Laura Orlowski, Camden Township Library is eager to serve the public's needs. There is a handicap accessible entryway at the rear of the building. Camden Township Library has periodically held beginner computer classes for all ages. There is a year-round "Thousand page club" for children of all ages. Each child who reads a thousand pages receives a prize. The library holds holiday parties for the children.

The summer reading program lasts approximately six to eight weeks and is for children of all ages. The children choose how many books they would like to read for the summer, setting their own goals. Every week during the summer there is a storytime/party and at the end of the program the library holds a celebration for the children.

Camden Township Library has a large collection of children's literature which is organized according to popular subjects, making it easy for children to find their favorite books. The library recently received a grant from the Libri Foundation for 65 award-winning children's books. The library gladly accepts any donation of books. Library cards are free to citizens of Camden Township (which includes the villages of Camden and Montgomery), Woodbridge, Ransom, and Amboy Townships. All others may purchase a card for $10.00 a year. Hours are Mondays 10-5; Tuesdays and Fridays 3-7; Thursdays 1-5; Saturdays 9-12; closed Wednesdays. For more information please call (517) 368-5554 or e-mail at camden@monroe.lib.mi.us. Feel free to visit our Woodlands Website.

Hillsdale Community Library

Visit our beautiful library! [Click here to view full size picture] Library services, in one form or another, have been offered for nearly 125 years in the city of Hillsdale. In 1879 a group of women established a library association formed with the intention to "circulate good literature among the people of Hillsdale." The books they collected would eventually become the foundation of the Mitchell Public Library, which opened its doors in 1908.

The Mitchell Public Library served Hillsdale for 95 years until the construction of the Hillsdale Community Library in 2003, a two million dollar state-of-the-art library building. Growing from the initial collection of 2,666 volumes, the Hillsdale Community Library collection currently stands at over 35,000 volumes and continues to grow.

The new library also includes dedicated space for children's programming, a young adults' area and expanded technology. The new facility also includes spacious community meeting rooms that not only provides programming space for the library, but also for local civic and other organizations, to use for presentations and meetings.

The Hillsdale Community Library also helps support the efforts of the Mitchell Research Center, located next door in the Mitchell Building. The purpose of the MRC is to "make collected and donated research records and materials relative to genealogical, historical and archival subjects available; to provide needed or requested assistance to the public; and to continue doing needed indexing and compiling of research material." For more information contact the MRC at 517.437.6488.

Library Hours:
Mon-Wed: 10am - 8pm
Thurs-Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 10am-2pm

11 E. Bacon St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242
(Fax) 517.437.6477

Jonesville District Library

Quaint Jonesville District Library [Click here to view full size picture] Jonesville District Library, serving Jonesville and other local residents since 1899, provides books, periodicals, books-on-tape, and issues of the local newspaper, "The Jonesville Independent," dating back to 1864. They provide one public computer with internet access. Use of this computer is free but there is a charge for any copies made. Many items that Jonesville District Library does not hold may be found at other local libraries, with whom the library participates in an inter-library loan program.

Special programs include a six-week children's summer reading program for ages 4-11 that begins in June and a young adult summer reading program for ages 12-18 that runs from June through September. Jonesville District Library also visits local Headstart schools to read to the preschoolers and provides delivery services for home-bound patrons.

Library cards are free to all residents in Fayette Township, Jonesville Village, Scipio, and Moscow. All others may purchase a yearly membership for $10. Jonesville District Library is a member of the Michicard program.

Thanks to the land donation of Jean Sterling, the hard work of library director Mary Miller, and the support of the community, Jonesville District Library purchased enough land to expand.

Jonesville District Library is a cozy and comfortable place to browse shelves, read and visit quietly, or do internet research!

Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 - 8:00
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11:00 - 6:00
Saturdays 10:00 - 2:00
Closed on Sundays

Contact by e-mail at jonelib@yahoo.com or by phone or fax at (517)849-9701. Further information is also available at our Woodlands website. You may also go to http://jdl-verso.auto-graphics.com for book searches.

Litchfield District Library

 Visit this friendly library today! [Click here to view full size picture] Litchfield District Library is a small, friendly library located on 108 N. Chicago Rd. Litchfield, MI. They offers several services to the district under the directorship of Paula Wykes. They hold books, videos, magazines, audios, and a subscription to the "Homer Index." Interlibrary loan books are available. Books are checked out for two weeks. Magazines go out for one week. Books, magazines, and audios have a late fine of $o.o5 per item per day, including days that the library is not open. Videos are free for two days, with a fine of $1.00 per video per day, including days in which the library is not open. Videos should not be returned in the drop box. Patrons may renew items by phone, but should be sure to do so during library hours, as there is no answering machine.

There is a fax machine available for public use. Costs are $1.00 per sheet. The copy machine is also available for $0.10 a sheet. They hope to have a scanner available to the public soon.

There are three public computers with internet access and children's games. Patrons may print from the computer for $0.25 per copy. Children under eighteen are required to have a parent sign a yearly form to use the internet. Library cards are available to patrons in the district; patrons are required to submit their license, address, and a telephone number. Beginning in August, the library will offer free classes on basic computer skills. Patrons call to schedule classes.

The library provides access to the Personal Ancestral File, made available from the Church of Latter Day Saints. Patrons may download family history. This geneological file provides basic information such that one might find in a newspaper: births, deaths, marriages, divorces etc..

Programs for adults include a writers group, which meets evry 4th Monday of the month from 7-9 PM. The group hosts guest speakers, including published authors and professors. There is also an adult book discussion group which meets the last Wednesday of every month and hosts occasional speakers. Both groups reschedule when their meetings conflict with Holidays. Books sales are held in mid-August.

Litchfield District Library offers several programs for children. Throughout the schoolyear, they hold projects for elementary school classes, which include science projects and crafts. The staff also put on skits and plays for the children. The 2002 summer reading program runs from June 14th to August 23rd. This runs for prek to middle school aged children. Children read a certain number of pages weekly and come in to collect a small prize on Friday. The top two readers receive a grand prize at the end of the program. The summer craft program runs from July 8th to July 29th, Mondays from 10:45-11:15, and is for pre-k to to elementary aged children.

Litchfield District Library is especially proud of their prizes won in the annual Sweet Corn Days parade for best float. They also display the Millenial quilt on loan from the Historical Society, with a 4-patch of each Litchfield family and photos of early business transposed on the squares.

M,W,F 10-6
Sat. 9-1

For more information please call (517) 542-3887, or e-mail the library at ldlibrary@qcnet.net.

Be sure to stop by and visit the friendly library ladies at Litchfield District Library!

North Adams Community Memorial Library


110 E. Main St -- PO Box 248

North Adams, MI 49262
Email: northadamslibrary@gmail.com

Hours: Wednesdays 12:00 (Noon) to 5:00PM

          Thursdays and Fridays 11:00AM to 5:00PM
          Saturdays 9:00 AM to 12:00 (Noon)


The North Adams Library serves the residents of the Village of North Adams, Adams Township, Moscow Township, and Wheatland Township.

Reading Community Library

Welcome to our new facilities! [Click here to view full size picture] The Reading Community Library has a fairly new facility, built in May of 1997.The library is staffed by director Marj Morell and children's librarian Chris Nicholls.

We are a district library serving Reading city and township, as well as Cambria township residents.

We have 4 patron-use computers that have internet access and children's games,which are free of charge. Printing is available at $.15 a sheet. We also have a copy machine and fax that the public can access. Basic beginner computer classes are available on a limited bases. Ask at the desk for more information.

We are expanding our large print book collection as well as our audio and video collections.

Children's services include a summer reading program and children's game day. Summer reading usually runs 4-6 weeks in July and August. Game day is every Saturday (Sept. thru May) from 10 a.m. until noon. Kids under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. We have a large collection of new books that have been purchased with a recent grant we received from the Hillsdale County Community Youth Foundation. Our children's and teen selection has a lot to choose from thanks to this organization.

Our hours of operation are as follows:

Monday 4-8 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Feel free to stop in and check us out or just to say "hi!"

Somerset Township Library

12715 E. Chicago Rd. - Somerset Center, MI 49282
Mon - Fri 8:00 - Noon
1:00 - 5:00

Waldron District Library

Welcome to Waldron District Library! [Click here to view full size picture] Waldron District Library is a small, friendly library located at 107 N. Main St., Waldron, MI. They have seven public computers in their new building (completed 1994), five of which are online with a total collection size of 15,000.

There are several programs for young children at Waldron District Library. On the third Friday of each month, Bookworms, an elementary school group, meet to discuss their favorite books! Preschoolers are welcome to attend Waldron's storytime program. The program runs six weeks on and six weeks off year-round. There will be no preschool program during the summer, however, Waldron District Library does run a summer reading program for elementary school children. This year's theme is "Join the winner's circle: Use your imagination!" The program will run from July 10th to August 7th and will be held on Wednesdays from 2-3 PM.
Waldron District Library is especially proud of their Heritage Room, which holds local history and genaeological information.

Director: Carol Newcomer

Tuesday 2-8
Wednesday 1-4
Thursday 11-7
Friday 1-4
Saturday 9-12

For more information, please call (517) 286-6511 or e-mail at waldron@monroe.lib.mi.us.

You may also check out Waldron's Woodlands Website below.

Pittsford Public Library

Pittsford's cozy library. [Click here to view full size picture] The Pittsford community is home to a thriving public library. The building is located at 9320 Hudson Road, Pittsford, Michigan. Susan Ruder is the Director. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am - noon. The facility is equipped with an internet-accessible computer lab, newspapers, magazines, and of course...loads of books. The Pittsford Township board meets in this cozy building, so be sure to become familiar with it! Telephone: 517-523-2565
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