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  • Coronavirus - COVID 19

    As a source of information for the community, we've gathered some reliable resources regarding the COVID-19 virus for your perusal.
    • CDC Updated Information about Coronavirus Covid-19

      This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. This page should update as they release new information.

    • Michigan Dept of Health & Human Services COVID-19

      On Feb. 3, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center, and it has been working diligently with local health departments, health systems and medical providers to make sure appropriate screening and preparations for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are being made.

    • Library of Michigan COVID-19 Resources

      Includes helpful links for individuals, small businesses and employers.

    • File PDF document MDHHS Coronavirus COVID-19 Fact Sheet

      A quick guide to symptoms, risks and how to protect yourself.

    • What I think about COVID-19 by Malia Jones, PhD, MPH.

      A scientifically-based reaction and recommendations from Malia Jones, PhD, MPH.

    • The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’

      Experts weigh in on whether you should cancel your dates, dinner parties, and gym sessions.

    • Cancel Everything

      Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately.

    • Masks Required in Indoor Public Spaces

      From the Michigan Library Association: Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with limited exceptions. Governor Whitmer signed this executive order in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan and across the country. Executive Order 2020-147 amends and replaces the governor’s previous Executive Order 2020-114.

  • Marcellus Library Anticipates Reopening

    The library reopens with limits and precautions following the Covid-19 closure. Plans are subject to change.
    Marcellus Library Anticipates Reopening

    The Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library is preparing a step-by-step schedule for re-opening, based on the Covid-19 guidelines provided by Governor Whitmer and the Library of Michigan. The Library Board, Director and staff are grateful for the patience of their patrons during the recent closure, and are eager to see renewed activity at the library.

    During the week of Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12 the Marcellus Library will provide curb-side services, but the building itself will be closed. Staff will be available to receive returned books, and deliver books and movies which have been checked out by phone (269-646-9654), or online from the library website (, at the curb in front of the library door. Please return books in clean plastic or paper bags; checked out books and videos will be placed in clean plastic bags. Curbside service will continue for those who are not comfortable entering the building.

    In addition, staff will be able to make copies, send and receive faxes, at the curbside. Patrons are requested to bring, if possible, correct change for these services: copies, $.20/page black and white, $.25 color; faxes: $1.00/page.

    On Monday, June 15, the library doors will open once again for basic services, with a few pandemic-related changes. Patrons are requested to enter and leave promptly, as seating will not be available and numbers must be limited. Staff would be grateful if patrons wear a mask in the library, and practice social distancing.

    Only three computers will be available at one time, separated by dividers. Patrons are requested to limit their use of computers to 30 minutes. Staff will not be available to help with difficult computer tasks. Patrons are encouraged to call the library to reserve a time for projects which require more than 30 minutes.

    There will be no programs or group gatherings at the library for the next few months. But library staff are busy preparing summer reading ideas for all ages. Pre-schoolers can watch for a chance to pick up “grab and go” packages with fun activities and reading ideas. Packets and on-line activities will also be available for elementary, middle and high school readers, as well as for adults. All adults can join the Book Brunch Club, which will keep in touch through the website and emails.

    After weeks of silence, the library is looking forward to hearing doors open and people greeting each other. Staff are looking forward to seeing smiling eyes above masks, and providing encouragement and stimulation through books and website activities for the vibrant Marcellus community.

  • Bosun and Captain of Sailing Ship to Speak at Library

    By Suzanne Lind and Elisabeth Wenger
    Bosun and Captain of Sailing Ship to Speak at Library

    Many people wonder what it was like to sail the small sailing ships that explored the world and developed trade in past centuries. Elisabeth Wenger, Marcellus area resident, will tell about her adventures as the “bosun” on the engineless sailing cargo brigantine, the Tres Hombres, at the Marcellus Township Library on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

    Wenger spent much of the past three years as an apprentice on the Tres Hombres, learning traditional maintenance and sailing skills used on old wooden sailing cargo vessels. During her three trans-Atlantic voyages, she worked her way up to the position of Bosun, ship’s carpenter.

    Wenger will be joined for this presentation by her partner, Remi Lavergne, the captain of Tres Hombres. He has worked on the ship for several years, beginning as apprentice for several voyages and attending maritime college in Europe. Lavergne has a deep knowledge of the merchant marine industry, having worked on many different ships, from the traditional Tres Hombres to sleek modern yachts.

    The Tres Hombres is exactly like the ships used for all international trade until steam engines were invented. Today a small but dedicated group of enthusiasts all over the world are working to resurrect old ships and old skills. Wenger says, “Working on these ships is a way to test our mettle, adventure out onto the wild ocean, and treat our earth gently in a world where international trade is one of the most polluting industries there is.”

    Wenger and Lavergne will tell the story of a scrappy cargo company, determined to show that a different way is possible. The company began when three friends from the Netherlands built their first ship together in South Haven, Michigan, and sailed it back to Europe, where they raised funds to refit the two-masted brigantine, the Tres Hombres. This ship has been making yearly trading trips to the Caribbean for over ten years.

    Wenger loves her work on the Tres Hombres, and invites everyone to attend her presentation at the library: “Come hear about the wilderness of the ocean, the beautiful and elusive dolphins, whales, orcas and seabirds, the endless sky, endlessly changing. Come hear about traditional sailing knowledge, navigating by the stars and a sextant, maneuvering an engineless ship inside modern harbors. Learn how we load our Caribbean cargo of cacao, coffee, and barrels of rum under the blazing sun, setting sail with a cargo hold full and all hatches battened, in all weather and with a spirited crew of volunteers, all eager to learn and work together to accomplish a terrific goal.”

  • Fine Free!

    The Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library joined the trend; We are now fine free! For details, read on...
    Fine Free!

    It's official: The Marcellus Township Library is going fine free!

    On January 1, 2020, all current overdue fines will be waived.

    No more daily fines for overdue materials (excluding DVDs and interlibrary loan materials).

    Patrons are still responsible for returning items and paying for any lost or damaged materials.

    A series of reminders to return overdue materials will be sent.

    Materials that are more than 10 days overdue will result in the blocking of a patron's account until overdue items are returned.

    Patrons will be billed the replacement cost for any items that are damaged or overdue by 30 days.

    Studies have shown that late fines are not effective and that small fines have no impact on return rates. Going fine free ensures that all people have access to library materials which is our primary purpose as a public library.

  • New Juvenile Nonfiction Section

    We've been rearranging! The children's section may look a little different the next time you visit, but we think you'll like it!
    New Juvenile Nonfiction Section

    We've shifted the JF section to make room for all the wonderful juvenile nonfiction that has been hiding among the adult nonfiction. Check out books on science, history, art, nature and more! We love seeing how many inquisitive young readers have already found new and exciting books to keep learning over summer break! We're happy to help if you have any trouble finding your favorite author or series in their new location.

  • HOP! with Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

    We're partnering with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy as one of the pick up locations for hiking sticks after registration with the HOP program!
    HOP! with Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

    On Saturday, June 29th, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy launched the 3rd year of the Hike Our Preserves (HOP!) program with hiking stick pick-up for paid registrants at 13 participating libraries across southwest Michigan.

    HOP! is a year-round program that encourages kids to get fit while having fun outdoors. Registration costs $7 per participant, and includes a free hiking stick, as well as a medallion for each of the HOP preserves hiked. The first 50 participants to complete hikes at 10 out of the 11 preserves will receive a free gift from Jr. Rangerland Educational Publishing. Choices include puzzles, books, games, water bottles, and more! This year, SWMLC is partnering with 13 libraries across southwest Michigan so that families can combine a trip to the library with with up their hiking stick!

    Participants must register online at or in person at the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy office at 8395 East Main St, Galesburg MI 49053. Registration is ongoing, so you can register at any time. Free hiking sticks can be picked up by showing proof of paid registration at any of the participating HOP! library locations, including:

    Antwerp Sunshine Library in Mattawan

    Bangor Branch Library

    Bloomingdale Branch Library

    Covert Branch Library

    Gobles Branch Library

    Lawrence Branch Library

    Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library

    Parchment Community Library

    Paw Paw District Library

    Portage District Library

    Richland Community Library

    Schoolcraft Community Library

    Webster Memorial Branch Library in Decatur.

  • History of the Cass County Fair

    Becky Moore presented memorabilia and information about our local fair dating back to the 1800s.
    History of the Cass County Fair

    We absolutely love when our events are so well attended that we need to bring out more seating! We have to thank the Home Arts group for bringing such a fantastic presentation to the library. We hosted such a wonderful crowd to learn more about our local history and to get an up-close look at so many interesting historical items (and to partake in chocolates and ice cream)!

  • Marcellus Township Residents Continue Millage Support for Library

    “I am so incredibly grateful. This community has never turned down a millage request in the 73 years since the library was first put on the ballot, in 1945, with a request for ½ mill. We are so very fortunate to be in a township which values the library.”
    Marcellus Township Residents Continue Millage Support for Library

    November 7, 2018 was a happy day at the Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library.  Library Director Christine Nofsinger greeted her staff with her arms in the air and a big smile on her face as she announced that the residents of Marcellus Township had voted the previous day to continue to pay 2 mills as part of their annual taxes to support the library.


    “I am so incredibly grateful,” Nofsinger said.  “This community has never turned down a millage request in the 73 years since the library was first put on the ballot, in 1945, with a request for ½ mill.  We are so very fortunate to be in a township which values the library.”


    An additional ½ mill was added in 1997, increasing the millage to 1 mill.  In 2012 a proposal to add an additional 1 mill was passed, bringing the library millage to 2 mills.  The vote this year renews the 2 mill amount for the coming years. 


    As recent articles in The Marcellus News have described, there have been people in the Marcellus area who have cared deeply about the library since 1895.  First it was the Ladies’ Library Association; later a bequest from Russell Wood made it possible to build a library building.  Many local people have pitched in and worked with township authorities to create a well-organized and solidly supported library.  Committed local residents have given hundreds of volunteer hours to guiding the library’s development through their role as library board members (also known as trustees) and as supportive library patrons.


    Library staff persons had an extra lilt in their steps after receiving the news of the millage passage.  Staff members Byron Cuddleback, Joy Kozik, Jo Beachy, Patty Witten and Suzanne Lind walk past a picture of benefactor Russell Wood many times a day.  On this day they could look once again at that picture, give a smile and an imaginary high-five, and say, “Thanks, Russell!  You did a good thing and this great community is continuing to help the library fulfill its mission,” which is:


    The Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library serves as the center for lifetime learning and enjoyment in order to improve the quality of life for all citizens.  It does this by providing resources that enhance and contribute to knowledge, enlightenment, cultural and recreational needs.  As a community resource, the library’s mission is to enrich life, stimulate curiosity, foster literacy and provide the resources necessary for an informed citizenry.




  • Coffee Hour with Your State Representative

    State Representative Aaron Miller and State Senator Kim LaSata visited the Marcellus Township Library today to engage with community members and discuss important issues within our state.
    Coffee Hour with Your State Representative

    We had a great turnout today as State Representative Aaron Miller and State Senator Kim LaSata ate lunch at the library with community members who discussed a wide range of important state issues. Keep an eye on our upcoming events or follow us on Facebook to find out about future opportunities for more enriching civic engagement.

  • Picnic Tables and Umbrellas Enhance Library Access

    Picnic Tables and Umbrellas Enhance Library Access

    The Marcellus Township Library has received a grant to purchase two picnic tables with umbrellas, which will provide seating for library patrons who access internet connections in front of the library.

    The grant was awarded to the library by the Michigan Department of Education, which gives grants to schools, libraries and museums with funds from the CARES Act.  The CARES Act was enacted by the US government in March 2020 to provide funds for institutions which are struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The shaded tables will provide comfortable seating for library patrons who are accessing the library’s free WIFI connection outside the building or from vehicles parked in front of the library.  

    Masks and social distancing are required at the picnic tables, just as they are inside the library.