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The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4.  

Zumba for Kids  ages 4-8 
July 3, 6, 13, 20, 27.  All classes are 1:00-2:00 pm

Upcycle Crafting: Twine-Wrapped Wine Bottle Vases
Monday, July 6, 3:00 5:00 pm

An empty bottle, a little twine, some time and ribbon and voila - something pretty to put all those gorgeous summer blooms in. Come join us for this upcycle craft.

Adults Only, Registration Required, Limit 12

Call 343-7747 or click here to register online.

Lisa Ballerina
Tuesday, July 7, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Lisa Bredahl returns!  Stories and dance/movement for preschoolers ages 4-7.

Huge Book Sale!!!
Saturday, July 11, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Early Bird Sale from 9:00 - 10:00am, $1.00 admission

You'll find amazing bargains! Hardback books for only 50 cents; paperback books and all children's books just 25 cents each! Our extra-nice and rare books cost a bit more but are still a fabulous deal.

NEVER MISS A BOOK SALE! Send your e-mail address to and ask to be added to the book sale reminder list. We'll send you a reminder before every sale.

We also post our sales on, in the Kalamazoo Gazette's Jottings (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday prior to each sale), and on

Learn more about the wonderful Friends of the Library who make our book sales possible

Thank you for supporting our Book Sales!

Free Vision Screening for Kids
Saturday, July 11, 10 am - 2 pm

The Lions Club will provide free vision screening for preschoolers aged 6 months - 5 years.  Known as Project Insight, a special camera is used to take a quick (1 second) binocular image of the child's eyes.  The device can identify 90% of the causes of vision loss.  Most vision disorders can be corrected if caught early.

Bring your child for a free vision screening and stay for our biggest book sale of the year, and don't miss Kindleberger Fest in the park next door! 

Kindleberger Concert Series
Free concerts in the park!  Get the schedule here.

Kindleberger Festival 
Musicals, art fair, car show, parade, 5k run and more!  Don't miss any of the fun July 8 - 11.  Get the schedule here.

The Science Of Superheroes 
Thursday, July 16, 1:00-2:00 pm
Presented by Pfizer Educational Initiative for ages 6-10.

Wildlife Safari presents Animals From Around the World  
Friday, July 17, 1:00-2:00 pm  
All ages. Children age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Crafternoons at the Library
Friday, July 17, 1:00 pm

Do you... Knit? Stitch? Bead? Fold? Carve? Weave? Crochet?  If you are a hand crafter with a portable passion, join us on fourth Fridays at 1pm for Crafternoons at the Library!   Bring along your current craft and enjoy creating and kibitzing with fellow crafters.  Registration is appreciated but not required.

Summer Reading now through August 7!
ZERO to THREE...Ready to Read
Ages 0-3

Pick up a Get Ready to Read Calendar and share daily activities with your child.  Complete 25 activities by August 7 and receive a free board book!

Ages 4-10

Be a reading super hero and READ every day!
Pick up your SUPERHERO READER'S CHALLENGE game sheet and get started!

TEEN Readers
Ages 11-17
You read, you choose, you win! Earn a raffle ticket for each book you read between June 15 - August 7. For each book you read, you get a raffle ticket to enter for the prize you want!

ADULT Readers
Ages 18+
Fill out a raffle ticket for every book you read between June 15 - August 7 for a chance at the weekly prize.  Fill out a reading log for a chance to win the grand prize, a Kindle Fire.

Summer Shorts
Daily drop-in activities for ages 5-10 through July 24 at 10:30-11:30 am.  
Mondays will be facepainting (children under 5 are included in this activity). Wednesdays/Games, Thursdays/Crafts, Fridays/Scavenger hunts. 

Teen & Tween Summer Anime Club
Every Monday through July 27, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Join us for anime, food and fun!

Summer Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:30 - 11:15 am through July 21.
Geared for 3 1/2 - 5 year olds. Children 3 years of age and younger must attend with an adult.  

Summer Lego Club
Wednesdays beginning June 17 
1:00-2:00 pm / ages 5-10
3:00-4:00 pm / ages 11 and up

The LEGO Movie will be shown on Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 pm. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Teen & Tween Yoga
Thursdays, July 9, 16, and 23 at 2:15 pm
Join us for an hour of yoga led by yoga practitioner, Sara Kozminske.   Please bring your own yoga mat or towel.  Registration not required but is appreciated!

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.
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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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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 11
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.