Library Events

January 2015 Programs

Preschool Storytime!

Drop-in storytime includes books brought to life by Ms. Maureen, music and movement for Preschoolers!

Fridays – 10:30 a.m.
January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Butman-Fish Library

Fun With Color!

Chase away the winter grays and celebrate all the colors of the rainbow through stories and art. For children ages 5 – 10. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper. Wear your favorite color!

Saturday, January 31
2:00 p.m.
Hoyt Library


Birds of Prey!

Whether you’ve seen Joe Rodgers before or this is your first time, come on out to his live bird presentation. Experience unique birds of prey up close and personal. You will not be disappointed!

Saturday, January 31
1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library

February 2015 Programs

African-American READ-IN Chain

All across America, individuals and families will celebrate African-American heritage and culture by reading works by African-American authors during the AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN CHAIN. Bring your favorite selection and join us during this celebration.

Community Day READ-IN Chain
Sunday, February 1 – 4:00 p.m.
Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church
704 S. 10th Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 754-1820

Special Guest Presenter: Honorable Terry L. Clark, 70th District Court Judge


Your Book, Your Community

This year, the Public Libraries of Saginaw wants you to tell us about your favorite book. We’re calling this event Your Book, Your Community and we want to hear your voice. Throughout the winter and early spring, the Public Libraries of Saginaw will be offering all community members the chance to share what book changed their life and why. Children, tweens, teens, and adults . . . individuals and families . . . all members of our community . . . we want to hear from you! Tell us about your favorite book at these locations!

Butman Fish Library
Wednesday, February 4
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

Dow Event Center – Ice Blast
Friday, February 13
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hoyt Library
Tuesday, February 17

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Zauel Library
Monday, February 23
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wickes Library
Monday, March 30
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


“Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” Puppet Show

Why do mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears? Well it turns out in Africa that mosquito told iguana such an unbelievable tale that iguana put sticks in his ears so that he wouldn’t have to listen to such nonsense. Iguana’s actions caused a disaster that upset all the animals in the jungle. Is it really iguana’s fault or is mosquito to blame? Will we ever find out? Join us for this hilarious tale from West Africa. Master Puppeteers Linda Bryant and Rhonda Farrell-Butler will present this special show to celebrate African-American History Month.

Thursday, February 12 – 4:30 p.m. – Hoyt Library
Monday, February 23 – 4:30 p.m. – Wickes Library
Saturday, February 28 – 2:00 p.m. – Butman-Fish Library

Special African-American History Month Preschool Puppet Show

Preschoolers with their parents or childcare providers are invited to celebrate African- American History Month during this special presentation of “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.” Our preschool storytime is for children 3-5 years of age.

Friday, February 13 – 10:30 a.m. – Zauel Library


Preschool Storytime at Zauel Library

Thirty minutes of stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children 3-5 years of age with a loving adult.

Fridays – 10:30 a.m.
February 6, 13, 20 & 27


LEGO Club – Butman-Fish Library

Register for this event by calling 799-9160. Children must be 7-12 to register and adult participation is encouraged.

Saturday, February 7 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 – 2:00 p.m.

Lego Club – Wickes Library

Kids ages 7-12 are welcome to participate at the club meetings. A LEGO challenge will be issued at each meeting; however, kids are free to build as they desire. No registration is required.

Tuesday, February 10
Tuesday, March 10
4:30 p.m.


“I Love Pete the Cat!” Storytime

Who doesn’t love Pete the Cat? Our storytime will feature stories, activities and fun with everyone’s favorite valentine. For children ages 5 – 7. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper.

Saturday, February 14
2:00 p.m.
Hoyt Library


TWEEN Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Kids ages 10-12 are invited to attend our annual “Anti-Valentine’s Day” party. Crafts, snacks, music and of course, chocolate!

Saturday, February 14
2:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library


African-American History Month Community Celebration :  A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

Local panelists will engage the audience as they discuss New York Times bestselling author, Steve Harvey’s book entitled; “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life’s Riches.” The panel will be moderated by Desmon Daniel, Ph.D., CEO Motivating Factor, LLC. Topics under discussion will include; embracing your gift, maximizing your gift, creating your legacy, and more.

Thursday, February 19
6:00 p.m.
Hoyt Library

Jimmy E. Greene, Founder, SVAALTI (Saginaw Valley African American Leadership Training Institute)
Kevin N. Gregory, Project Management and Organizational Development Consultant
Dr. Pamela Pugh Smith, Member, Michigan State Board of Education
Mary C. Currie, Co-organizer and Senior Advisor, Gamma Kappa Kudos of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc.

Certificates of Achievement:
SVAALTI and Gil Johnson, President, Saginaw Valley Ford Lincoln
Special Tributes:
Carl Williams and Stacey Erwin Oakes, Esquire


Community Literature Series

February’s discussion is on the book, “Vanity Fair” by William Thackeray.

Thursday, February 19
2:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library


Starting a Business

You have a passion … a hidden talent. Do you know what it takes to turn that skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner, innovator or a ‘closet’ business person. Prepare to be informed, motivated, and focused on your business plan for action. The seminar is FREE and information – PRICELESS!
This seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company; as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started.

For more information about the Michigan Small Business Development Center business resources and other seminars, go to or call (989) 686-9597. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

This same seminar is offered multiple times and at different locations across the Great Lakes Bay Region to accommodate most everyone’s schedule. You’re invited to find us on facebook at

Wednesday, February 18 – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 – 5:30 p.m.
Hoyt Library


Learn to Knit a Headband

Learn to knit and make an easy headband. Knitting needles and yarn will be supplied, so sign up is required. Call 799-9160 to register.

Saturday, February 21
2:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library


Babies & Books

This is a special storytime for babies, birth – 1 1/2 years old, and a loving adult. Join us as we sing, bounce, and read our way to fun for you and your baby! Spending this special one-on-one time with your baby will not only strengthen your bond with each other, but will also stimulate and enhance your baby’s language development and other senses. Basic baby sign language will also be introduced. Registration is required and limited to 10 families. Please call Zauel Library at 799-2771 to register.

Tuesdays – 10:00 a.m.
February 24, and March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Zauel Library



Duplo Club is for young builders 3-6 years of age with a loving adult. We supply the Duplo building blocks, and you supply the imagination to create whatever you want.

Saturday, February 28 – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 28 – 11:00 a.m.
Zauel Library


Preschool Storytime

Drop-in storytime includes books brought to life by Ms. Maureen, music and movement for preschoolers!

Fridays – 10:30 a.m.
March 6, 13, 20 & 27
Butman-Fish Library


Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with activities and, of course, cake! Children under 7 must have adult supervision.

Saturday, March 7
2:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library


Storytime Dance Party

This storytime is sure to make you want to move. Musical stories, dance activities and more are all part of the fun. For children ages 5 – 7. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper.

Saturday, March 28
2:00 p.m.
Hoyt Library


Trendy Tech for Tweens and Teens

As part of Teen Tech Week 2015 – tweens and teens can come and learn about some of the latest trends in technology – (for example, 3D printing).

Saturday, March 14
2:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library


Click! Clack! Code!

Forget cows that type, Wickes Library wants kids to code! Tweens are invited to discover how code touches every part of our world and how programming skills can help achieve professional goals, no matter what you’re interested in. Before you leave, you’ll have the opportunity to write your own code! Registration is required for the limited spots.

Monday, March 30
1:00 p.m.
Wickes Library