DeYoung Landscape is installing a new design by the Parchment firm O'Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Associates.  The new landscaping will replace our 25-year-old plants with a variety of drought-tolerant native plants that will require little maintenance while providing seasonal color and interest.  You'll see a new flower bed around the digital sign near Riverview Drive.   We'll also be adding more bike racks near the front entrance.

The library will be open normal hours throughout the project, which will conclude in early November. 

for the UNDER 5 crowd

Tuesday, October 28 @ 11:15 am

Wednesday, October 29 @ 10:15 am

Dress your little one in their Halloween costume and join Mrs. B as we "trick or treat" among the library staff, listen to a Halloween story and eat a yummy Halloween treat! 

Registration required.  Click here to register or call 343-7747.


Our new instructor, Kristi, is eager to help you untangle your tech troubles!   All classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm, every other Wednesday.

Sept. 3: Internet for Beginners
Sept. 17: Word for Beginners
Oct. 1: Intro to Facebook
Oct. 15: iPhone/iPad (& iOS 8)
Oct. 29: Windows 8
Nov. 12: Etsy (just in time for holiday shopping!)

The cost is $5.00 to register for each class.  Classes are limited to 8 students, so stop in the library to register soon!


Thursday, October 30 @ 6:00-8:00 pm

Join us for a spooky night of crafts, snacks, and the Simpsons!

Costumes are welcome!

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!


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!

First Monday of Every Month!
4:30-6:30 pm



Monday, November 17  5:00-8:00 pm

Mockingjay Part 1 comes out November 21 - are you ready?  Watch The Hunger Games : Catching Fire (PG-13) so you're all caught up!

You could win a box set of the trilogy as a door prize!

Refreshments will be served.

LEGO Brick League
for 2nd - 5th graders

day, November 20
4:30-5:30 pm

No registration required

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

Finished Gone Girl and don't know what to read next?


Try one of these Book-A-Likes!


During November, you may reduce your overdue fines by $1.00 for each non-perishable food item you bring in to the library!

All donations will be given to Loaves and Fishes, and used to feed the hungry in our community.

Please note: Loaves and Fishes cannot accept perishable food (such as bread or frozen food) or anything in glass jars or bottles.

Go to for more information

November 1 - December 3

The Friends of the Library will raffle 5 fabulous holiday gift baskets in November. 
Tickets are just $1.00 each, and all proceeds benefit the library.  Tickets can be purchased starting November 1.

The prize drawing will be held at 7:30 pm on the night of the Holiday Chocolate / Parchment Wassailing - Wednesday, December 3.  Bring cash with you to the Holiday Chocolate for those last-minute raffle tickets - you a winner! 

Baskets include: Dining in Parchment, Beautiful You, Holiday Breakfast, Sweet Treats, and Sports.

Polls are open Tuesday, November 4 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a statewide election. Know before you go.

View your ballot ahead of time by visiting

Wednesday, December 3
6:00-8:00 pm

Start your holiday season the Parchment way! 

Come to the library at 6:00 pm to see Mayor Robert Heasley light the holiday display.

The library will host the annual Holiday Chocolate, when the Parchment Garden Club and the Friends of the Library serve homemade hot chocolate and cookies.  The Mall City Harmonizers will entertain us with holiday tunes.

Many businesses in Parchment will also be offering free food and fun from 6-8 pm as part of the 10th annual Parchment Wassailing.  Free Holly Trolleys will be available, too!

FALL Storytimes
September 9 - November 26
Registration helpful but not required.
Click here to register online or call 343-7747.


WEDNESDAYS @ 11:15-11:45a
for babies 6-23 months with caregiver.
Fun for you and your baby! Songs, rhymes and movement!


TUESDAYS @ 10:15-10:45a
for *2 - 3 1/2 year olds with caregiver.
Songs, rhymes, movement and of course, a story! *Child must be 2 years old by first attended session.

TUESDAYS @ 11:15-Noon OR WEDNESDAYS @ 10:15-11a
for 3 1/2 - 5 year olds.
Stories and songs, fingerplays and fun including a craft.


Use a library computer, or log in from home with your library card. 

Download the Mango app for your smartphone or tablet.



To celebrate National Library Week (April 14-April 19), we roamed all over Parchment and filmed people reading the children's book "The Library" by West Michigan's own SARAH STEWART and DAVID SMALL. This proves that Parchment is full of very good sports and great readers! Our thanks to the 64 awesome people who participated.

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.
You can narrow the list by going to the Adult Events, Teen, or Children's pages.
Click here to suggest an event / Click here to suggest an item for our collection
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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Check out some of our newest books...

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

Our Freegal service has been discontinued.
Need new tunes?  We welcome your suggestions for CDs for the library to purchase!

New York Times Bestsellers


The Michigan Electronic Library gives you FREE access to databases of all kinds, books from other Michigan libraries (interlibrary loan), and subject guides to the Internet! 
Need help ordering interlibrary loan books from other libraries through MeL?  See our Interloan page.


 Our next book sale is
Saturday, July 12
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.