The library will be CLOSED
all day on
Thursday, May 1
to allow us to migrate to a new computerized circulation system.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, April 23, 6 - 8 pm

Join Jan Corey Arnett, 'The Barn Lady'--raised on a dairy farm in barnsthe U.P. and author of American Barns--as she discusses her efforts to educate and influence realtors, insurance agents, developers, zoning officials, corporations, corporate agriculture, and even some preservationists, to see the importance of saving traditional barns. Barns are at the heart of what made America great. 

Click here to register or call 343-7747.  Also for sale Common People Uncommon Lives and From My Perspective.  

Refreshments served.

Next meeting!
Monday, May 5
from 4:30-6:00 PM

  Join us for anime, manga, food, and fun!
--Teens and Young Adults--

Tuesday, May 13, 6-8 pm

CARLooking for vacation ideas? Steve Ellis is back with out-of-the-ordinary destinations within a day's drive of Kalamazoo. Steve has traveled the Midwest for over 40 years. Expect a lively presentation! 
No registration required. Refreshments served.

LEGO Brick League for ages 6-10
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month:
May 15
4:30 - 5:30 PM

Hey you love to play with LEGOS? We'll supply the LEGOS, you bring your imagination.

No registration required.


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.

  SPRING Storytimes
 March 11 - May 14
Lots of songs, rhymes and movement
combined with a story!
for *2 & 3 year olds
*(child must be 2 years old by first attended session)
Tuesdays beginning March 11  10:30-11AM 
Parent participation is required. Please register. Click here to register online or call 343-7747.
Stories, songs, fingerplays & crafts!
Ages 3 1/2 - 5

Tuesdays beginning March 11 1:00-1:45 PM   OR
Wednesdays beginning March 12 10:15-11 AM
Please register
Click here to register online or call 343-7747.

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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!  From the library's web site, mouse over the "Catalog" link in the top menu bar and then click on "My Account." 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...


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.