International Talk Like A Pirate Day is Friday, September 19. 
Get ready to join the motley crew of scallywags by exploring the "Pirate" language module in Mango Languages!

Mango isn't just for swashbucklers, either.
You can also learn French, Spanish, or 60 other languages! 

This service is FREE to Parchment Community Library cardholders via computers, laptops, tablets, or mobile phones.   (Get the Mango mobile app!)

It's easy, just click on the link, set up a free account, and start learning!

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.


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!


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

New This Year! The quadrivalent flu shot and nasal spray offers comprehensive protection against four different influenza viruses: two A viruses and two B viruses. The traditional flu shot and nasal spray offer protection against three influenza viruses: two A and one B.

Regular Flu Shot (ages 6 months to 65+)


Fluzone High-Dose Flu Shot (ages 65+)


Quadrivalent Flu Shot (ages 3 years to 65+)


"Mini-needle” Intradermal Flu Shot (ages 18 to 64)


Quadrivalent Flu Mist Nasal Spray (ages 2 to 49)


Pneumonia Vaccination (ages 65+)


They also accept all Medicare Part B Plans (except Medicare Plus Blue and United Health Care Community), which cover both the regular vaccine and the high dose Fluzone.

Public sites will be listed at



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Our next booksale is Saturday, October 11, 10:00am - 3:00pm. You may attend the Early Bird Sale from 9:00 - 10:00am for $1.00.
Please donate your gently-used books to our Friends of the Library Book Sales.
We take ALL books (and DVDs, videos & CDs) in good condition except textbooks and encyclopedias.
For more information about our booksales and the wonderful people who make them possible, click the Friends of the Library tab in the left-hand menu. 


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

Thank you for supporting our Book Sales!  


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.