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  • Marcellus Township Library is Now Hiring!

    Marcellus Township Library is Now Hiring!

    We are now accepting resumes to fill multiple roles at the Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library!

    The right candidate could fill more than one of these roles, depending on skills and experience, so the number of hours and schedule could be flexible.

    Click on the position titles above for additional details, but overall, we are seeking candidates who have a strong background in technology, excellent communication skills, dedication to community involvement, and a passion for lifelong learning.

    Submit your resume to marcellusmichiganlibrary@gmail.com or drop off a copy at the library.

    Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Patricia K. W. Buckhold Named Director at Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library

    The board of the Marcellus Township Library is pleased to announce that Patricia (Witten) Buckhold has been named as its new Library Director effective January 3, 2023.
    Patricia K. W. Buckhold Named Director at Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library

    A 2005 graduate of Marcellus High School, Patricia graduated from Western Michigan University with a double major in English and Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology.  In 2022, she received a Master of Library Science Degree from University of Kentucky and is an active member of the international honor society for library and information science, Beta Phi Mu.

    A lifelong patron, Patricia's first job was working at the Marcellus Township Library from 2001-2009. She returned to the library as both a patron and employee in 2018, quickly stepping into whatever roles needed to be filled including social media, youth programming and interlibrary loan services.

    Board President Jennifer Jones-McClain said the board’s decision to hire Patricia was based on her outstanding credentials, her service on the Downtown Development Authority, leadership with Marcellus First Friday events and her positive relationships with community members.

    Buckhold is eager to lead the library into the future, saying “Our library has a history of over 120 years of growth and innovation; I am excited to build upon that legacy to respond to the needs of our community and ensure that the library continues to offer access to valuable resources and provides a meaningful sense of connection locally and globally.”

    Buckhold replaces Christine Nofsinger who has served as Library Director since 1996.

     

     

  • Library News October 4, 2022

    Check out our new book display and let your favorite TV shows and stars guide your reading this week:


    The Winners by Fredrik Backman is the third installment in the Beartown novels, which are
    the basis for the hit HBO show. As it beautifully captures all the complexities of daily life and
    explores questions of friendship, loyalty, loss, and identity, this emotion-packed novel asks us to reconsider what it means to win, what it means to lose, and what it means to forgive.


    The World's Worst Assistant by Sona Movsesian is a completely hilarious and irreverent
    how-to guide for becoming a terrible, yet unfireable employee, and getting away with doing the bare minimum at work written by Conan O'Brien's longtime assistant and cohost of his podcast, Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend.


    Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization by Neil deGrasse Tyson (who has
    made a cameo appearance in almost every show on prime time, as well as hosted several
    science-themed tv series) shines new light on the crucial fault lines of our time- war, politics,
    religion, truth, beauty, gender, and race-in a way that stimulates a deeper sense of unity for us all.


    Seriously Good Chili Cookbook: 177 of the Best Recipes in the World by Brian
    Baumgartner, with a foreword by Oscar Nunez, proves that no one takes chili more seriously
    than Baumgartner, who became a household name in the Emmy-winning TV series, The Office as Kevin Malone. In real life, Brian is a true chili master and aficionado who is just as serious as his fictional counterpart about making the most perfect pot of chili. (Yes, it does include the official recipe for Kevin's Famous Chili from The Office!)

    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    First Thursday Book Club: Join us for lively conversation to discuss what you've been reading & gain new recommendations from friends! October 6, 2022 at 12:00 Noon.


    Muxlow Exotics - Live Animals: Join us during First Friday for an interactive and educational live animal presentation featuring a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians! Friday, October 7, 2022 at 5:15 PM.


    Yoga with Dave Sivley: Cost is $5 per class. Bring a yoga mat, water and a towel. Tuesdays, September 20-October 25, 2022 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.


    Preschool Story Hour: Stories, music, and movement for babies, toddlers and their
    caregivers! Wednesdays, September 21-November 16, 2022 at 10:15 AM. 


    Grown Up Game Nights will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, inviting adults to gather, play games and socialize while enjoying coffee, tea and charcuterie. October 26, 2022 at 6:00PM. 


    Halloween Fright Night at the Library! Halloween at the library has returned - join us during Trick or Treat hours!

  • Library News September 20, 2022

    This week’s selection of new fiction is to die for! If you enjoy murder mysteries, you won’t want to miss these new books:

    Bad Day Breaking: A Bad Axe County Novel - #4 by John Galligan is a thrilling mystery that explores the price paid for following false leaders and the power we each have to triumph over trauma as Sheriff Heidi Kick struggles to prevent a radical religious sect from turning her county into the next Jonestown, all while a dark secret from her past puts her life in danger.

    The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green showcases the way that Savannah may appear to be “some town out of a fable,” with its vine flowers, turreted mansions, and ghost tours that romanticize the city’s history but a closer look reveals secrets, past and present, that tell a more sinister tale.

    Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead unfolds an enthralling locked-room murder mystery inspired by crime fiction of the Golden Age featuring a magician-turned-sleuth in pre-war London.

    The Bullet That Missed: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery - #3 by Richard Osman begins with a decade-old cold case which leads to a local news legend and a murder with no body and no answers. Then a new foe pays a visit. Her mission? Kill or be killed. Suddenly the cold case has become red hot. (We do have books #1 and #2 available if you’d prefer to start at the beginning of this series!)

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    Preschool Story Hour: Stories, music, and movement for babies, toddlers and their caregivers! Wednesdays, September 21-November 16, 2022 at 10:15AM. 

    Grown Up Game Nights will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, inviting adults to gather, play games and socialize while enjoying coffee, tea and charcuterie. September 28, 2022 at 6:00PM. 

    Southwest Michigan Reads: Karen Dionne at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence: This event is free and open to the public. A book signing  and light refreshments will follow Dionne's presentation. Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 6:30 PM.

    First Thursday Book Club: Join us for lively conversation to discuss what you've been reading & gain new recommendations from friends! October 6, 2022 at 12:00 Noon.

    Muxlow Exotics - Live Animals: Join us during First Friday for an interactive and educational live animal presentation featuring a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians! Friday, October 7, 2022 at 5:15 PM.

    Halloween Fright Night at the Library! Venture through the stacks during trick or treat on October 31, 2022 if you’re brave enough! Visit the children's area for treats!

     

  • Library News September 12, 2022

     

     

     

    The changing season and falling temperatures always seem to encourage extra time spent in the kitchen this time of year. Visit our new nonfiction section to find inspiration for your cooking and baking projects!

    Snackable Bakes by Jessie Sheehan features 100 easy recipes for exceptionally scrumptious sweets and treats that minimize time but maximize fun.

    The Mediterranean Dish: 120 Bold and Healthy Recipes You’ll Make on Repeat by Suzy Karadsheh brings cross-culturally inspired dishes from throughout the Mediterranean into American home kitchens, using easy-to-find ingredients and easy-to-follow, tested-to-perfection recipes to make your meals more vibrant, delicious, and yes—even a little healthier, too!

    Be a Plant-Based Woman Warrior: Live Fierce, Stay Bold, Eat Delicious by Jane Esselstyn includes more than 125 recipes made for women on the go that are sure to tempt even the most reluctant vegetable-focused eaters. Full of life, captivating energy, and delicious food, this cookbook brings readers to the Esselstyn family table, where plants and joy are at the center.

    Finding Freedom: A Cooks Story, Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French unfolds the challenges, stumbles, and victories that have led the author to the exact place she was ever meant to be: telling stories of multiple rock bottoms, of darkness and anxiety, of survival as a jobless single mother, of pills that promised release but delivered addiction, of a man who seemed to offer salvation but in the end ripped away her very sense of self... and of the beautiful son who was her guiding light as she slowly rebuilt her personal and culinary life around the solace she found in food-as a source of comfort, a sense of place, as a way of bringing goodness into the world.

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    Preschool Story Hour: Stories, music, and movement for babies, toddlers and their caregivers! Wednesdays, September 21-November 16, 2022 at 10:15AM.

    The Evolution of Themes in Children's Literature: Southwestern Michigan College English Professor, Joe Coti, will discuss the ever-evolving themes of the genre and how children's literature is an often misunderstood topic. September 22, 2022 at 6:30PM.

    Grown Up Game Nights will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, inviting adults to gather, play games and socialize while enjoying coffee, tea and charcuterie. September 28, 2022 at 6:00PM.

    Southwest Michigan Reads: Karen Dionne at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence: This event is free and open to the public. A book signing  and light refreshments will follow Dionne's presentation. Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 6:30 PM.

    First Thursday Book Club: Join us for lively conversation to discuss what you've been reading & gain new recommendations from friends! October 6, 2022 at 12:00 Noon.

    Muxlow Exotics - Live Animals: Join us during First Friday for an interactive and educational live animal presentation featuring a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians! Friday, October 7, 2022 at 5:15 PM.

    Halloween Fright Night at the Library! Venture through the stacks during trick or treat on October 31, 2022 if you’re brave enough!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Library News September 6, 2022

    If you appreciate digging into the past, you’ll appreciate our new nonfiction this week:

    Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld by T. J. English is an epic, scintillating narrative of the interconnected worlds of jazz and organized crime in 20th century America.

    Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional by Isaac Fitzgerald begins with a childhood that moves at breakneck speed from safety to violence, recounting an extraordinary pilgrimage through trauma to self-understanding and, ultimately, acceptance. Fitzgerald strives to take control of his own story and to embrace the idea that one can be generous to oneself by being generous to others.

    The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras traces the author’s lineage back to her indigenous and Spanish roots, uncovering the violent and rigid colonial narrative that would eventually break her family into two camps: those who believe the family’s magic is a gift, and those who are convinced it is a curse. Interweaving family stories more enchanting than any novel, resurrected Colombian history, and her own deeply personal reckonings with the bounds of reality, Rojas Contreras writes her way through the incomprehensible and into her inheritance.

    Because Our Fathers Lied: A Memoir of Truth and Family, from Vietnam to Today by Craig McNamara tells of the author’s coming of age in the political tumult and upheaval of the late 60s. While he would grow up to take part in anti-war demonstrations, his father, Robert McNamara, served as John F. Kennedy's Secretary of Defense and the architect of the Vietnam War. This searching and revealing memoir offers an intimate picture of one father and son at pivotal periods in American history.

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    Preschool Story Hour: Stories, music, and movement for babies, toddlers and their caregivers! Wednesdays, September 21-November 16, 2022 at 10:15AM.

    The Evolution of Themes in Children's Literature: Southwestern Michigan College English Professor, Joe Coti, will discuss the ever-evolving themes of the genre and how children's literature is an often misunderstood topic. September 22, 2022 at 6:30PM.

    Grown Up Game Nights will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, inviting adults to gather, play games and socialize while enjoying coffee, tea and charcuterie. September 28, 2022 at 6:00PM.

    Southwest Michigan Reads: Karen Dionne at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence: This event is free and open to the public. A book signing  and light refreshments will follow Dionne's presentation. Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 6:30 PM.

    First Thursday Book Club: Join us for lively conversation to discuss what you've been reading & gain new recommendations from friends! October 6, 2022 at 12:00 Noon.

    Muxlow Exotics - Live Animals: Join us during First Friday for an interactive and educational live animal presentation featuring a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians! Friday, October 7, 2022 at 5:15 PM.

    Halloween at the Library – Fright Night at the Cass County Scare! Venture through the stacks during trick or treat on October 31, 2022 if you’re brave enough!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Library News August 29, 2022

    It may be a little late in the season to find summer love, but there’s plenty of romance among the new fiction shelves:

    The Bodyguard by Katherine Center:

    Hannah looks more like a kindergarten teacher than a bodyguard, but she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from a stalker. When he returns home to the family's ranch to help out, he doesn't want them to know about his stalker or his bodyguard. Hannah reluctantly finds herself pretending to be Jack's girlfriend as a cover, but the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem.  

    Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance by Alison Espach:

    Sally Holt’s summer begins uneventfully, full of days at the pool with her sister Kathy, which they use as an excuse to ogle Billy Barnes, who works there. By summer's end, Billy and Kathy are an item...an unthinkable stroke of luck that ends in an even more unthinkable tragedy. This breathtaking love story between two broken people examines how the people we love the most continue to shape our lives long after they're gone.

    Every Summer After by Carley Fortune:

    Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right. A magazine writer has to make a choice when she returns to the lake she grew up on, and to the man she thought she'd never have to live without.

    The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey:

    In 1976, David comes upon a creature he doesn't expect: a mermaid by the name of Aycayia. Once a beautiful young woman, she was cursed by jealous wives to live in this form for the rest of her days. But after the mermaid is caught by American tourists, David rescues and hides her away in his home, but the question remains: Will the former mermaid be able to escape her curse?

    The Last Summer by Karen Swan:

    Wild-spirited Effie Gillies has lived all her life on the small island of St Kilda but when Lord Sholto, heir to the Earl of Dumfries, visits, the attraction between them is instant. For one glorious week she guides the handsome young visitor around the isle, falling in love for the first time – until a storm hits and her world falls apart.

    The Evolution of Themes in Children's Literature: Southwestern Michigan College English Professor, Joe Coti, will discuss the ever-evolving themes of the genre and how children's literature is an often misunderstood topic. September 22, 2022 at 6:30PM.

    Grown Up Game Nights will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, inviting adults to gather, play games and socialize while enjoying coffee, tea and charcuterie. September 28, 2022 at 6:00PM.

    Southwest Michigan Reads: Karen Dionne at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence: This event is free and open to the public. A book signing  and light refreshments will follow Dionne's presentation. Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 6:30 PM.

    First Thursday Book Club: Join us for lively conversation to discuss what you've been reading & gain new recommendations from friends! October 6, 2022 at 12:00 Noon.

    Muxlow Exotics - Live Animals: Join us during First Friday for an interactive and educational live animal presentation featuring a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians! Friday, October 7, 2022 at 5:15 PM.

     

     

  • Library Director Position

    Library Director Position

    Library Director Position

    The Marcellus Township Library Board of Trustees is accepting resumes for the position of Library Director. This position is full-time and will include some evening and weekend hours.


    The successful Director candidate will be a strong leader, who possesses a creative vision, a willingness to interact with the community, and strong customer service skills. The candidate should have an understanding of the needs of a small community and a willingness to work with the Board of Trustees.


    Qualifications:

     Minimum of 4-year bachelor’s degree
     Preference given to a candidate with an ALA-accredited Master of
    Library Science degree
     Knowledge of public library administrative principles and practices,
    human resources, and library law helpful
     Library experience required
     Demonstrated administrative, management and fiscal ability
     Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with
    staff, Board of Trustees, community organizations, and the public
     Excellent oral and written skills
     Grant-writing skills

    Applicants should send a resume to the Marcellus Township Wood Memorial
    Library Board of Trustees at librarydirectorapply.mtwml@gmail.com by 5pm on
    August 29, 2022.

  • Library News - August 22, 2022

    Whether you’re planning a trip to squeeze every last drop out of this summer or simply daydreaming about the possibilities, world wanders will find plenty of inspiration among our new nonfiction selections this week: 

    Epic Hikes of the World: Explore the Planet's Most Thrilling Treks and Trails edited by Bridget Blair contains stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, to inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic. 

    Lonely Planet Ultimate United States Travel List edited by Cliff Wilkerson. What's the #1 experience in America? For the first time, the experts at Lonely Planet have ranked the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across the USA – to create the ultimate hitlist. 

    50 States, 500 Campgrounds: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by Joe Yogerst is a beautifully illustrated guide from National Geographic revealing 500 of the best tent, cabin, glamping, and RV campgrounds - including opening dates, booking information, activity recommendations, and more - in all 50 states and Canada. 

    Michigan's Upper Peninsula: Scenic Drives, Waterfalls, Lakeside Getaways by Paul Vachon offers a region-by-region description of the state and includes information on lodging, restaurants, outdoor activities, festivals, and transportation. 

    Michigan Day Trips by Theme by Kathryn Houghton is a comprehensive book by a native Michigander that leads you to the fun, the fascinating, and the downright unusual. It is packed with more than 300 of the Great Lake State's top spots for entertainment and enjoyment. 

    Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel by Mike Fornes takes the reader up the red carpeted steps, through the doors, back to the past, behind the scenes, and to today’s world of Mackinac Island finery.  

    Even if you aren’t traveling soon, the library offers plenty of events to enjoy locally: 

    Grown Up Game Nights will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, inviting adults to gather, play games and socialize while enjoying coffee, tea and charcuterie. August 31, 2022 at 6:00PM.  

    First Thursday Book Club: Join us for lively conversation to discuss what you've been reading & gain new recommendations from friends! September 1, 2022 at 12:00 Noon. 

    The Evolution of Themes in Children's Literature: Southwestern Michigan College English Professor, Joe Coti, will discuss the ever-evolving themes of the genre and how children's literature is an often misunderstood topic. September 22, 2022 at 6:30PM. 

    Southwest Michigan Reads: Karen Dionne at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence: This event is free and open to the public. A book signing and light refreshments will follow Dionne's presentation. Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 6:30 PM. 

    Muxlow Exotics - Live Animals: Join us during First Friday for an interactive and educational live animal presentation featuring a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians! Friday, October 7, 2022 at 5:15 PM. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Library News - August 15, 2022

    Our new adult fiction display is overflowing with great examples of historical fiction. If you enjoy the details of historical settings and significant cultural events, mixed with imagined perspectives and fictional characters, you won't want to miss these: 

    Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini is a bold, revelatory novel about one of the great untold stories of World War I -- the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, who broke down gender barriers in the military, smashed the workplace glass ceiling, and battled a pandemic as they helped lead the Allies to victory. 

    The Last Hours in Paris by Ruth Druart finds 18-year-old Josephine Chevalier in 1963 Brittany, as she uncovers a shocking secret about her mother that leads her to Paris where she learns the story of a forbidden love as the city fought for its freedom in 1944 -- and of a betrayal so deep, it changed two young lives forever. 

    The Unkept Woman: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery - #4 by Allison Montclair depicts the founders of The Right Sort Marriage Bureau in London in 1946. Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, whose husband was killed in the recent World War and Miss Iris Sparks who worked as an intelligence agent during the recent conflict, operate their flourishing agency in the post-war climate, but both founders have to contend with fallout from their past personal lives. 

    Sister Mother Warrior by Vanessa Riley tells the extraordinary story of the Haitian Revolution through the eyes of Marie-Claire Bonheur, the first Empress of Haiti and Gran Toya, a West African-born warrior. 

    My Name Is Yip by Paddy Crewe follows Yip Tolroy, born in 1815 in the small town of Heron’s Creek, Georgia. He may not speak, but his story is both an entertaining tale of gold, murder, and the impulse for revenge and a tender coming-of-age story amid the lawlessness of the American frontier. 

    Upcoming Events at the Library: 

    Grown Up Game Nights will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, inviting adults to gather, play games and socialize while enjoying coffee, tea and charcuterie. August 31, 2022 at 6:00PM.  

    First Thursday Book Club: Join us for lively conversation to discuss what you've been reading & gain new recommendations from friends! September 1, 2022 at 12:00 Noon. 

    The Evolution of Themes in Children's Literature: Southwestern Michigan College English Professor, Joe Coti, will discuss the ever-evolving themes of the genre and how children's literature is an often misunderstood topic. September 22, 2022 at 6:30PM. 

     

     

     

     

     

  • Library News - August 8, 2022

    The library is filled with ways to discover and explore our world and this week’s new nonfiction selections are no exception! 

    River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard recounts Richard Burton’s life and epic journey that not only involved harrowing physical feats but stiff competition and epic clashes with his fellow explorer John Hanning Speke, and also with the man who has been left out of the history books, African guide Sidi Mubarak Bombay. Using diary entries and letters, Millard’s story drops you in the middle of the jungle and exposes a world of conquering and colonial exploits.  

    The Whisper on the Night Wind by Adam Shoalts  

    Tales of things that "go bump in the night" are part of the folklore of the wilderness, but most are easily dismissed by skeptics. The large, unidentified animals terrorizing Traverspine a hundred years ago were different. The eye-witness accounts were detailed, and those who reported them included no less than three medical doctors and a wildlife biologist. Something really did emerge from the wilderness to haunt the little settlement of Traverspine. Adam Shoalts, decorated modern-day explorer and an expert on wilderness folklore, picks up the trail from a century ago and sets off into the Labrador wild to investigate the tale. 

    The King’s Shadow: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for The Lost City of Alexandria by Edmund Richardson is the extraordinary untold and wild journey of Charles Masson and his search for the Lost City of Alexandria in the 'Wild East' during the age of empires, kings, and spies. For centuries the city of Alexandria Beneath the Mountains was a meeting point of East and West. Then it vanished. In 1833, it was discovered in Afghanistan by the unlikeliest person imaginable: Charles Masson, deserter, pilgrim, doctor, archaeologist, spy, one of the most respected scholars in Asia, and the greatest of nineteenth-century travelers. 

    Imagine a City: A Pilot’s Journey Across the Urban World by Mark Vanhoenacker spent his childhood dreaming of elsewhere— of the distant, real cities he found on the illuminated globe in his bedroom, and of one perfect metropolis that existed only in his imagination. These cities were the sources of endless comfort and escape, and of a lasting fascination. Now, as a commercial airline pilot, Mark has spent nearly two decades crossing the skies of our planet and touching down in dozens of the storied cities he imagined as a child. He experiences these destinations during brief stays that he repeats month after month and year after year, giving him an unconventional and uniquely vivid perspective on the places that form our urban world. 

    The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman’s Journey to Every Country in the World by Jessica Nabongo, celebrated traveler and photographer, is a love letter to cultural diversity, beauty, nature and the people she met along the way. The first documented Black woman to visit all 195 countries in the world-shares her journey around the globe with fascinating stories of adventure, culture, travel musts, and human connections.  

    Curiosity and exploration don’t always require world travel; You can always visit the library, your gateway to the world. Don’t miss these upcoming events: 

    Grown Up Game Nights will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, inviting adults to gather, play games and socialize while enjoying coffee, tea and charcuterie. August 31, 2022 at 6:00PM.  

    First Thursday Book Club: Join us for lively conversation to discuss what you've been reading & gain new recommendations from friends! September 1, 2022 at 12:00 Noon. 

    The Evolution of Themes in Children's Literature: Southwestern Michigan College English Professor, Joe Coti, will discuss the ever-evolving themes of the genre and how children's literature is an often misunderstood topic. September 22, 2022 at 6:30PM.  

     

  • Library News - August 1, 2022

    Library News - August 1, 2022

    If you’re a fan of strange and unusual phenomena, stop by the new fiction display today. Ranging from dystopian to sci-fi and fantasy, there’s a novel waiting for you to take a little break from reality.  

     

    The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston features a writer who returns home for the first time in a decade for her father’s funeral. It feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it. Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor's front door, too tall and too broad to be her father, and he's just as confused about why he's there as she is. Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she's ever known about love stories. 

     

    Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson follows Paige Miller, who is determined to take her basketball team to the state championship, but falls deathly ill. Days later, she wakes up attached to an IV and learns that the whole world has perished. Everyone she loves, and all of her dreams for the future are gone. Paige pushes through her fear and grief each day scrounging for food, for shelter, for safety. As she struggles with her new reality, Paige learns that the apocalypse did not happen by accident. And that there are worse things than being alone. 

     

    Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro reimagines the past in Victorian London. Two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness--a man made of smoke. Sixteen-year-old Charlie Ovid, despite a brutal childhood in Mississippi, doesn't have a scar on him. His body heals itself, whether he wants it to or not. Marlowe, a foundling from a railway freight car, shines with a strange bluish light. He can melt or mend flesh. When a jaded female detective is recruited to escort them to safety, all three begin a journey into the nature of difference, and belonging, and the shadowy edges of the monstrous. 

     

    The Men by Sandra Newman opens with Jane Pearson camping with her husband and their five-year-old son, before drifting off to sleep. That night, every single person with a Y chromosome vanishes around the world, disappearing from operating theaters mid-surgery, from behind the wheels of cars, from arguments and acts of love. Her family is gone. No one knows why, how, or where. Meanwhile, strange video footage called "The Men" is being broadcast online of the vanished men marching through barren, otherworldly landscapes. Is this just a hoax, or could it hold the key to the Disappearance? 

     

    Grievers by Adrienne Maree Brown Dune's mother is patient zero of a mysterious illness that stops people in their tracks - casting them into a nonresponsive state from which no one recovers. As the quarantined city slowly empties of life, she investigates what caused the plague and follows in the footsteps of her late researcher father. Tracking the sick and dying, she discovers patterns, finds comrades in curiosity, and the unexpected magic that emerges when the debt of grief is cleared. 

     

    UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS: 

    Friday, August 5, 5-7PM: Document shredding will be offered outside the library during First Friday and our biggest book sale of the year will be happening inside! Name your own price for high quality, gently used books and DVDs! 

    Wednesday, August 31, 6PM: Grown Up Game Night will be the last Wednesday of each month, offering a chance to socialize, play a variety of board games and enjoy coffee, tea & charcuterie! 

     

     

  • Library News - August 30, 2021

    FictionBloodless (Pendergast: Book 20 of 20) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, et al; The Anatomy of Desire by L. R. Dorn; All the Water I’ve Seen is Running by Elias Rodriques; Billy Summers by Stephen King; Comrade Koba by Robert Littell; and A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy, Eryn O’Sullivan, et al.

     

    NonfictionThe Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It by Helen Scales; Bringing up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World by Uju Asika; and Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole by Tiffany Aliche.

     

    Young Readers New Books:

    Yes and No by Elisha Cooper (ages 2-6).

    The Caiman by Maria Eugenia Enrique and Ramon Paris (ages 5-8).

    History Smashers Series: The American Revolution by Kate Messner

    and Justin Greenwood (ages 8-12).

     

    Activities:

     

    Preschool Story Hour:  Fall Story Hour will begin again on Wednesday, September 15, from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m., and will continue every Wednesday through October 27.   Join us for stories, music, and movement.  Take-home snack will be provided.  Babies and toddlers are welcome to join the class!

     

    Sculpture and Stories with John Mooy:  John Mooy will tell stories from his more than 40 years as a stone sculptor on Friday, September 3 at the library from 5:00-7:00 p.m. during First Friday activities.

     

    Crochet Classes with Korinne New will begin on September 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the library.  Call the library to RSVP at 646-9654.

     

    The Hobbit:  Douglas A. Anderson, local resident and worldwide expert on the

    textual history of The Hobbit, will present a program on September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the library.

    Yoga for Beginners returns to the library:  Instructor Dave Sivley will hold yoga classes every Tuesday from September 14 to October 19, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the library.  Cost:  $5.00 per class, payable to Dave.  Bring mat, towel and water.  RSVP to the library (646-9654) or to Dave Sivley at 269-365-6315.

     

    Adult Book Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 12:00 noon at the library.

  • Library Board Honors 25th Year of Director's Service

    On May 6, 2021, the Marcellus Township Library Board Meeting celebrated Christine Nofsinger's 25 years of service as library director.
    Library Board Honors 25th Year of Director's Service
    Library director: Chris Nofsinger, board members: Jennifer Jones-McClain, Sharon Melko, Sue Garcia, Joel Bartram, Carol Pica, Heather Shenfeld & township supervisor: Ed Koshar

    Those of us who remember our library 25 years ago recognize the remarkable amount of improvements and growth that our library has seen in the last 25 years with Christine Nofsinger as Director.

    From beautiful renovations to unique local events, her vision and passion is apparent when you visit our library. While Covid-19 has brought challenges and required some adjustments to the way our community hub operates, we are looking forward to the ways that Chris will inspire, engage and improve our community in her 26th year of service and beyond!

  • Children's Room Renovations

    If you didn't get a chance to see our newly renovated children’s room last fall, be sure to stop in when we reopen this week to see this wonderful update in person!
    Children's Room Renovations
    Brightly updated children's room, featuring a decorative treehouse, colorful bookshelves, and adjustable seating.
    The Marcellus Township Library invites the public to visit its newly renovated Children’s Room. Bright colors, lively carpet, tree house and innovative lighting have transformed the Children’s Room into an inviting new space.
    Designed by library staff in consultation with Arkos Design, Inc., the new room feels spacious, clean and welcoming. Books fill the brightly painted shelves, and a tree house encourages children to read and dream.
    Construction was contracted to Gary Nofsinger, of The Wood Shaper. He was assisted by Willard Fenton-Miller, carpenter; Joe Mroczek, electrician; and Amanda Conley, who made the seat around the tree.
    The library staff invite the Marcellus community to visit the library to see the changes in the children’s room, and to check out books that will delight and stimulate children’s minds.
  • 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.

  • 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 (https://www.marcellus.michlibrary.org/), 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 https://swmlc.org/hop/ 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.