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The "Library Snowmen" volunteer 2 days each month, from November through March, to remove snow from the library's front entrance and front sidewalk.  We can provide shovels!

Library Snowmen (and women) should arrive between 7:00 and 9:00 am on their scheduled day and complete their work by 10:00 am, when the library opens.
If you've got what it takes to conquer Old Man Winter, talk to Teresa at 343-7747 ext. 203 or e-mail

Teen Anime Club
First Monday of every month, 4:30-6:00 pm

Next meeting is October 5
We meet on the first Monday of every month to watch anime, check out the library's newest manga, and enjoy snacks straight from Japan and Asia.

Bring your Yu-Gi-Oh cards or other decks or games to play, or even bring anime - we may watch it!  Costume-friendly!  Meet new friends and find new titles to read and watch. Vote for your favorites, tell us what to buy next, and help plan events.  Whether you're obsessed or a newbie, please join us!

Adult Gaming Group
Tue, October 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Settlers of Catan, anyone? Or maybe a rousing game of euchre? Bring your friends and meet new ones as we go old school with board and card games.
Contact Kristy at 343-7747 or for more information.
Adults Only

Cooking: Curry! With Local Chef Eric Gillish
Wed, October 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Travel to exotic India in the comfort of your own library with this cooking presentation from local chef Eric Gillish. Bring your appetites!
All Ages


Thursday, October 8, 4:30 pm

for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.    Program is FULL

New! Genre Gyration Book Club
Join us for literary adventures as we bust out of reading ruts with books from many different genres.

Thriller: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
Friday, October 9, 9:00-10:00 am -or- Wednesday, October 14, 7:00-8:00 pm

Historical Fiction: Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
Wednesday, November 11, 7:00-8:00 pm -or- Friday, November 13, 9:00-10:00 am

Questions? Contact Kristy at 343-7747 or

Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, October 12, Noon to 5:45 pm

Story Times!
September 15 - November 25

Registration is helpful but not required.  Call 343-7747 or click here to register online.

Baby & Me Time for babies up to 23 months
Tuesdays, 11:15-11:40 am

Enjoy 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs with Mrs. B, then stay afterward for a social playtime with other babies and parents.

Toddler Tales Story Time for ages 2 & 3
Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 am

A story with related songs, fingerplays and movement. Children must attend with a parent and/or guardian. Child must be 2 years old by first attended session.

Preschool Pals Story Time for ages 3 1/2 - 5
Wednesdays OR Thursdays, 10:15-11:00 am
Explore early literacy skills with stories, songs, fingerplays and fun. A craft is also included. Parent participation is not required.

Learn to Hula Hoop with Shani Blueford of Zoo City Hoop Dance
Sat, October 17, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Get your hoop on! If “learn to hula hoop” is on your bucket list, join us for this fun, active class.
Adults Only, Registration Required, Limit 25
Call 343-7747 or click here to register online.


First Aid, CPR and AED Training Course with American Heart Association Certified Instructor Amanda Roden
Sat, October 17, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Upon completion, participants will receive a two year American Heart Association certification in First Aid, CPR and AED Training.
Adults, Registration Required, Limit 10, $50/person
Registration fee must be paid upon registration.
Register in person at the reference desk in the library.

Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)
Third Monday of every month, 6:00-7:00 pm.  Next meeting: October 19

Ages 11 and up. Plan exciting programs and suggest new materials while eating pizza! 

Exploring “The Devil in the White City” with Tom Buettner
Wed, October 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Learn the horrifying truth behind the events in the best-selling book “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson. Attendees are registered to win one of four gently used copies of the book!

Registration appreciated but not required. Call 343-7747 or click here to register online.

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 pm
October 23, November 20

Are you a hand crafter with a portable passion? Bring along your current project and join us for an afternoon of creativity and good company. For adults.

Trick or Treat Parade
Wednesday, October 28, 10:15 am
for the "5 and under" crowd
Dress your little one in his or her favorite Halloween costume and join Mrs. B at the library! We'll trick or treat among the library staff and enjoy a Halloween story and crafts.  
Children must be accompanied by an adult.  
Registration required.  Call 343-7747 or click here to register.

Making Candies with Roycene Fish
Wed, October 28, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Just in time for Halloween, learn how to make special sweets with local candy legend Roycene Fish.
Adults Only, Registration Required, Limit 12
Call 343-7747 or click here to register online.

Teen and Tween Halloween Party
Thursday, October 29, 6:00-8:00 pm

Ages 11 and up.  Get your costumes ready for a fun night of spooky snacks, a craft and the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus!  Registration not required but is appreciated.

“A Thousand Letters Home” with author Teresa Irish
Wed, November 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

In honor of Veteran’s Day, join us for this acclaimed presentation by author Teresa Irish, whose “skillful, engaging storytelling blends humor and history to leave audiences laughing, crying, reminiscing and reflecting.”


“Happiness 101 – The Conversation Continues” with author and psychology instructor Tammie Ortlieb
Tue, November 10, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us as we continue the discussion to discover concrete tools for living a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.
Registration appreciated but not required. Call 343-7747 or click here to register online.


Learn a new language for FREE!
Just use your Parchment Community Library card to register.

(Note: your library card must contain 6 digits. If you have an older card you can obtain a new one free of charge.)


You can access your library account information via our online catalog!  Click the "Library Catalog" link in the top menu bar of this page.  When the online catalog screen opens, click the 'Log In' link at the right end of the dark blue bar near the top of the page.

You'll need to know your Patron ID (the number on the back of your library card) and your password.  The default password is the last four digits of your phone number.   If this doesn't work, give us a call.  

You may ask us to re-set your password at any time - it can be any length and contain letters and/or numbers.   Stop in or call 343-7747.


All events are listed on the Events Calendar.
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Look through our Coupon Sharing Box before your next shopping trip! If you have coupons to share, please drop them in the "Unsorted Coupons" box.  You'll find the Coupon Sharing Box on the counter in front of the Director's office.

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If your library account has expired or has more than $2.00 in fines, you will not be able to use OverDrive. 

If this happens, come in to update your account (please bring your license or Michigan ID) and/or pay your fines and you'll be able to use OverDrive again immediately!

Questions?  Call us at 269.343.7747 or e-mail

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Need help ordering interlibrary loan books from other libraries through MeL?  See our Interloan page. 
 Our next book sale is
Saturday, October 3
10:00am - 3:00pm
You may attend the Early Bird Sale from 9:00 - 10:00am for $1.00.  

For more information about our book sales and the wonderful people who make them possible, click the Friends of the Library tab in the left-hand menu.  
We always have a selection of Friends Book Sale books, DVDs and audiobooks available for sale in the center atrium area on the main floor. 
Thank you for supporting our Book Sales!
You can "check out" and
download audiobooks, e-books, music and video from the Southwest Michigan Digital Library (SMDL) website.
You must have a resident library card, Senior Free library card, or Teacher library card in order to use this service.  If you have a reciprocal library card from us, please use your home library card instead in order to access the SMDL site.  You must also have a six-digit library card number.  We can provide a new card to you at no cost, if you need one.
The Library Director is a Notary Public.   She can notarize signatures on certain documents.  This service is free to Parchment Community Library resident cardholders; all others $10 per document.  Please call in advance.