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Despite the caution tape across the front steps, the library IS open for regular operating hours each day .
We don't want to make it difficult for you to visit, but unfortunately the winter took it's toll on our front steps and they began crumbling away . The steps are cordoned off for your safety. Engineers have been out to assess the project and repairs will begin soon. Until then, please use the ramp near Lake Boulevard (to the right of the front steps as you face our front entrance) to access the front doors. Thank you!


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Friday, April 24th

Join us in welcoming Anna Clark (St. Joseph native) to talk about her book - A Detroit Anthology. This title has been chosen as a 2015 Michigan Notable Book.

You can listen to Anna talk about her book on an In The Spotlight with Brenda Layne podcast.

Blossomtime Tea Party

Wednesday, April 29th

Enjoy a cookies and punch reception while you meet the Kings and Queens of Blosstomtime.
Come in your fancy dress-up clothes.

Parents - don't forget your cameras!

Money Smart Week

Free workshops on personal finance

Realty and Mortgages:
Wednesday, April 22nd: 6:30-7:45pm

Identity Theft:
Thursday April 23rd: 2pm - 4pm

Social Security:
Thursday, April 23rd: 6:30-7:45pm

Buy a Square of Carpet!
$5.00 a Square

You can help our carpet fundraiser. Simply buy a square (or more!) of carpet -- Just $5.00 each!
We need 17,000 squares in all. So far, we have about 1,300 squares. Want to know more? Check out our Floor Plan diagram.

Help us reach our goal! To make things even easier for you, you can now donate electronically via Paypal.
Just click the donate button below:

Please note: Paypal will deduct a small processing fee from your donation. This account cannot be used for paying library fines and fees.


The Lake Bluff Book Group

Wednesday, April 29th-- 6:30 pm
Join us to discuss: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Learn more here

The Moveable Feast Book Club

Wednesday, May 13th-- 12:10pm
Join us to discuss: Food Journeys of the Flavor Bible By Page & Dornenberg . Bring your sack lunch!
Learn more here

Not Your Mother's Book Club

Monday, May 11th ---- 7:00pm
We'll meet at Bread+Bar to discuss:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
Learn more here

Scholars and Scoundrels:
The Men's Book Club

Wednesday, May 13th---- 6:30 pm
A Good Man is Hard to Findby Flannery O'Connor
Learn more here

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in the Children's Department:


Story Time

Story time is Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30am and features Pete the Cat. Story time runs from February 3rd - April 22nd, with a break for our book sale April 14th and 15th.

K-6th grade:

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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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