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You can now help the library by donating electronically.
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Please note: This paypal account is for donations only. It is not for paying library fines and fees.

Ride the Magic Carpet! Vote on our potential new carpeting at the front desk. Everyone gets a free vote, but money talks! Donate cash for additional votes. We need about $85,000 to re-carpet the library. Ask a staff member for details.

Inventory Hours

Closed 10am-3pm
September 4th - December 18th

We will be closed from 10-3 on Thursdays for the completion of our inventory project. You may return your items to the drop box on the east alley and renew items on-line during this time.

To renew online, click on My Account.
To log in, use your library card number (the whole thing, no spaces) and your PIN. The default PIN is the last 4 digits of your barcode number.


The Lake Bluff Book Group

Wednesday, December 3rd-- 6:30 pm
Join us to discuss: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Learn more here

The Moveable Feast Book Club

Wednesday, December 10th-- 12:10pm
Join us to discuss: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anna Von Bremzen
Bring your sack lunch!
Learn more here

Not Your Mother's Book Club

Monday, December 8th ---- 7:00pm
We'll meet at Schus Grill & Bar to discuss:
Politically Correct Holiday Stories by James Finn Garner
Learn more here

Scholars and Scoundrels:
The Men's Book Club

Wednesday, December 10th---- 6:30 pm
The Last Runawayby Tracy Chevalier
Learn more here

Check out what is happening
in the Children's Department:



Join us for our fall 2014 season of story times for toddlers and pre-schoolers. We meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30am. This season, we will be doing "Pete's Picks" and will include a story each session with Pete the Cat.

Upcoming themes are:

  • Sept. 16 & 17 --- Meet Pete
  • Sept. 23 & 24 --- Pete Loves His White Shoes
  • Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 --- Pete and Friends
  • Oct. 7 & 8 --- Count on Pete
  • Oct 14 & 15 --- Pete's Picks
  • Oct. 21 & 22 --- Rockin' with Pete
  • Oct. 28 & 29 --- Pete goes Trick or Treating
  • Nov. 4 & 5 --- Traveling with Pete
  • Nov. 11 & 12 --- Painting with Pete
  • Nov. 18 & 19 --- Playing with Pete
  • Nov. 25 & 26 --- Pete's Thanksgiving
Story times will resume in February 2015.


Marble Maze Madness:
Wednesday, December 10th, 5:00-6:30pm

Get creative with our cardboard marble run competition. Teams of 4 to 6 will compete to see who can create the wackiest run using a variety of cardboard pieces.

PLEASE RSVP: 983-7167
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CONTACT US: Address: 500 Market Street, St. Joseph, MI 49385 Phone: (269) 983-7167 Fax: (269) 983-5804 Email:

HOURS: Mon. - Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Closed on Sunday


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