BENZONIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
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Monday and Wednesday: 

10 am - 7 pm

891 Michigan Avenue
P.O. Box 445
Benzonia, Michigan 49616

(One block south of the traffic light)

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 

10 am - 5 pm  

Saturday: 

10 am - 3 pm  

Located in the Mills Community House in Benzonia, Michigan, the Library serves residents of and visitors to Benzie County.

Our collection includes historic research materials as well as current best sellers.

The Library is pleased to offer free Wi-Fi with 24/7 access from your laptop or use one of our computers during open hours.

(Note: The Library is closed on: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and is closed at 5 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.)
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Quilt Raffle for the "Black & White & Red All Over Quilt" -- Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20, and are available at the Benzonia Public Library. Drawing to be held November 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm at the library. Winner need not be present to win. (Free shipping to winner if not local). For additional information, see the flyer here, or call the library at 231-882-4111.

Friends meeting time change -- The Friends of Benzonia Public Library is looking for new members. To enable more participation, the meeting time has changed to 5:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Library. Come give new life to an organization which has long supported the work of your public library.

The Spring 2014 Library newsletter is now available at the Library Newsletter page.

Renovation continues! -- See here to find out more of what's going on!

Early Literacy Station -- The Library has a new stand-alone computer, not connected to the Internet, that will attract and educate kids ages 2-8. It is designed to support school readiness and technology access while making learning exciting and engaging. See here for more details.

A Friends Membership Brochure and Application is available on the Library Friends page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser with Hilltop Soda Shoppe! -- Sunday, August 17th, 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Summer is for fun, sun, relaxing, reading and ice cream.  Please come and join us at the Benzonia Public Library for an Ice Cream Social given by Hill Top Soda Shoppe and the Friends of Benzonia Public Library. Hill Top Soda Shoppe is graciously donating all ice cream, toppings, dishes and utensils to raise money for the Youth Services Department at the library. Activities will include face painting, a coloring contest and a bookmark making contest, and of course enjoying delicious Hill Top ICE CREAM. Tickets for this event will be on sale at Benzonia Public Library and Hill Top Soda Shoppe beginning July 11, 2014. Pre-Event tickets are: $5.00 for 2 scoops. Tickets on the day of the event will be $5.50 for 2 scoops.  Come join us for the fun and enjoy some really great ice cream made right here in Benzonia at Hill Top Soda Shoppe. All proceeds will benefit Benzonia Public Library's Youth Services. For additional information, please call the Benzonia Public Library at 231-882-4111. See this flyer for more details.

Watson Benzie Ride & Drive!!  -- Local dealership, Watson Benzie, has generously offered to sponsor a ride and drive fundraiser for Benzonia Public Library. Staff from Watson Benzie will be at the Ice Cream Social (see entry just above) on Sunday, August 17th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to showcase Chrysler's new models. With every test drive Watson Benzie will donate $10 to BPL!! Remember, this is a fundraiser, so please bring all licensed drivers and participate!

Tangled for Fun and Relaxation -- The last class in the popular summer craft series, offered by the Benzonia Public Library, will take place from 1-3 pm on Wednesday, August 13th. Participants will gather on the front porch of the historic Mills Community House (where the library is housed), 891 Michigan Ave. (US-31), to learn to tangle. Tangling is a simple way of creating designs from repetitive patterns using pen & paper. It is easy to learn, portable, fun, and relaxing. Projects for this class were inspired by the Zentangle® method of patterning. As with prior workshops, class supplies are provided at no-cost to the participants by the Friends of the library. Class size is limited so please sign-up at the library where samples of the craft are on display, or by calling 231-882-4111.

Subsequent classes, for adults and children (ages 10 and up), in July and August, will feature other exciting craft projects. For additional information or to sign up for this free class, please call Benzonia Public Library at 231-882-4111. It's your chance to do something "crafty" this coming summer!

ONGOING PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Read a good book lately? Benzonia Library Book Chat meets at the Benzonia Public Library the third Monday of each month at 10 am. Instead of all reading the same book, we share what we have been reading and get inspired to read new things. All are welcome. For more information, please call the Library at 231-882-4111.

Ongoing Paperback Book and Puzzles Sale -- The Friends of Benzonia Public Library continue to offer a selection of used paperback books and used jigsaw puzzles for sale.

MEETINGS

The Benzonia Public Library Board of Trustees now meets the second Monday of each month at 3:00 pm in the Reference Room. (Note new day and time.)

The Friends of Benzonia Public Library meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm in the library.

At our site...

  • Browse our Library Services page informs you about our Lending Library, Research, Computers and the Internet, and Faxes / Copies services.

  • View recent versions of our newsletter online at the Library Newsletter page.

  • Join the Friends of the Library to help support us.

  • Looking for work? Go to our Employment page and follow three easy steps!

  • Search our entire Library Catalog online, and those of other local libraries. With an online account, you can also reserve or renew any materials.

  • Explore all the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) has to offer.

  • Search the Web via Google, a very fast and powerful Internet search engine.

  • See our Useful Links page for helpful Web links regarding Genealogy, Local History and Newspapers, Books & Reading, the Community, Just for Kids, and Tax Forms.

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