Upcoming Events!



January Storytime
January 6, 13, 20, & 27
10:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Drop-in storytime includes books brought to life by Ms. Maureen, music and movement for preschoolers!

Makerspace Mondays!
January 9, 23, & 30
5pm
Butman-Fish Library
Come and tinker with us! Drop-in from 5-7pm where activities will vary each week. Examples of activities include K-nex, Snap Circuits, LEGO, Magnatiles, crafts, and more. Join us!

Hoyt Library Chess Club
Saturdays, January 7 & 21
2pm
Hoyt Library
Hoyt Library will host a chess club beginning in January 2017. We will meet the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 2-4 pm. Chess boards, pieces, & clocks will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring you own if you prefer. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you don't know how to play, library staff will be on hand to help you learn.

Saginaw Community Writing Center
Tuesdays, January 10 & 24
4pm
Butman-Fish Library
On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month the Saginaw Community Writing Center provides free one-on-one tutoring and writing workshops at Butman-Fish Library. One-on-one tutoring is held from 4-6pm, with the workshops immediately following. This month's workshops: January 10 - Writing Scholarship Essays and January 24 - Creative Writing.

Intro to Tablets
Wednesday, January 11
9:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Did you receive a new tablet or own one you never use? Learn the very basics of Android tablets and iPads. Class size is limited. Please bring your tablet.

Made in Michigan Film Series
Thursdays, January 12, 19, 26, & 26
6pm
Zauel Library
A celebration of our state on film! Join us as Zauel Library presents three movies that were made in Michigan, set in Michigan, and are simply pure Michigan: January 12 – Anatomy of a Murder (Marquette) January 19 – Somewhere in Time (Mackinac Island) January 26 – Dreamgirls (Detroit)

Hoyt Book Discussion
Thursday, January 19
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us for a discussion of Sister Carrie by Theodore Drieser. Hoyt Library’s Bill O’Brien will lead the discussion.

Drum Major for Peace Day: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, January 19
4:30pm
Wickes Library
Children ages 7-14 will learn the importance of being a peace maker and doing what’s right. They will also create a hands of peace and love display. Children under 7 need a helper.

Hoyt Adult Coloring Club
Monday, January 23
6pm
Hoyt Library

Tuesday, January 24
10am
Hoyt Library
Did you get some new coloring books for Christmas? Show and tell this month at coloring club. We’ll have plenty of coloring pages available too!

Life After High School: Scholarship and College Essay Writing
Monday, January 23
6pm
Hoyt Library
Are you searching for scholarships? Unsure about what to include in your essays or college application? The Public Libraries of Saginaw encourages all high school students, their parents and currently enrolled college students to attend this informative workshop. Lee Ann Martuch, Program Officer with the Saginaw Community Foundation, will provide you with tips on completing the online scholarship applications. Dr. Gwendolyn McMillon, Professor of Literacy at Oakland University will discuss the what it takes to have a winning essay and college application. Students may also bring copies of your application for review. This program is FREE, but registration is limited. To register, call 989-752-3821 Ext. 1202

Duplo Club
Saturday, January 28
11am
Zauel Library
Children ages 3-6 can strengthen problem solving, building, mathematical, and vocabulary skills using building blocks. This hour of building fun provides the opportunity to play and interact with your child while challenging their imagination.

Birds of Prey
Saturday, January 28
1pm and 3pm
Butman-Fish Library
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 are sure to be entertained! This program is for all ages.

Family Storytime
Saturday, January 28
2pm
Hoyt Library
Where do animals go in the winter? Join us for a fun and informative hour of stories and crafts all about animal hibernation. For children ages 6-10. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper.

African American History Month

Fun Facts for Tweens & Teens Visit Wickes Library in February and enter to win weekly prizes. Participants will learn about African-American history and culture.

African-American Read-In Chain
Sunday, February 5
3pm
Zion Missionary Baptist Church
All across American, 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.
Special guest presenter: Pamela Ross McClain, PhD, Assistant Professor Education Department, University of Michigan-Flint. Light refreshments will be served. Read-In Chains will be displayed at all library locations January 30-February 13.

African American History Month Community Celebration – Celebrate with Music
Saturday, February 18
Noon
Hoyt Library
In honor of music education, the Public Libraries of Saginaw invites you to our community celebration in song featuring the Bamecians Ensemble of Bethel AME Church and Demona Reed’s Music Studio students. For 42 years the Bamecians have ministered in song the personal and communal belief of the African-American culture. Join us as we salute our featured artists and journey with them through traditional and gospel sounds. Reception with light refreshments will begin at Noon with program immediately following at 12:45pm.

Movies Tell the Story
Tuesday, February 14
5:15pm
Butman Fish Library
Race (PG-13): Jesse Owens
Thursday, February 23
6pm
Hoyt Library
Southside With You (PG-13): President Barack and Michelle Obama

African Folktale Puppet Shows
Friday, February 10
10am
Hoyt Library
Tuesday, February 21
4pm
Wickes Library
Friday, February 24
10:30am
Zauel Library
Saturday, February 25
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
In celebration of African-American History Month, the Public Libraries of Saginaw hosts acclaimed puppeteers Linda Bryant and Rhonda Farrell-Butler as they perform the African Folktale Who’s In Rabbit’s House?. Children under age 7 must have an adult with them.

Adult Coloring
Wednesdays, February 1 and March 1
1pm
Butman-Fish Library
Relax and destress with others who enjoy making beautiful artistic creations. If you like, feel free to bring your own coloring books and supplies. We will supply coloring sheets, colored pencils, markers, coffee, and tea.

First Wednesday Westerns
Wednesdays, Feb 1 and March 1
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us at Hoyt Library the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm as we make our way through some of the greatest Western movies of all time.
February 1 – Unforgiven (1992)
March 1 – Hud (1963)

Intro to the Internet
Wednesdays, February 1 and March 1
9:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Basic Internet instruction with emphasis on our web page, catalog, and Google searching. Specific questions will be addressed at the end of the session.

Film Festival Favorites
Thursdays, February 2 and March 2
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us at Hoyt Library the first Thursday of every month, January through May, for a selection of audience favorites from the first ten years of the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival. February 2 - Mr. Holmes (2015) March 2 – The Standbys (2014)

Preschool Story Time
Fridays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24
10:30-11am
Zauel Library
Children ages 3-5 with a loving adult are invited to join our drop-in story time for 30 minutes of read-aloud stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun.
February 3 – Portly Pachyderms
February 10 – Be My Valentine
February 17 – Crocs & Gators
February 24 – Who’s in Rabbit’s House?

Hoyt Library Chess Club
Saturdays, February and March 4 & 18
2pm
Hoyt Library
Hoyt Library’s chess club meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 2-4 pm. Chess boards, pieces, & clocks will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring you own if you prefer. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you don't know how to play, library staff will be on hand to help you learn.

LEGO Club
Saturday, February 4 and March 25
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to attend our LEGO Club where they can create their own masterpieces. Adult participation is welcome!

Children’s Coloring Club
Monday, February 6
4pm
Hoyt Library
Who doesn’t love to color? Let your creative side go and join the coloring craze! For children ages 6-10. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper.

Makerspace Mondays!
Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 and March 6, 13, 20, & 27
5pm
Butman-Fish Library
Come and tinker with us! Drop in from 5-7pm for new activities each week. Examples of activities include K-nex, Snap Circuits, LEGO, Magnatiles, crafts, and more!

Butman-Fish Reading Group
Tuesdays, February 7 and March 7
6pm
Butman-Fish Library
February 7 – Discussion of the book Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Our discussion will be facilitated by Michelle Velleux.
March 7 – Discussion of the book Already Home by Susan Mallery. Our discussion will be facilitated by LaRunja Brown.
This group is tailored to ages 18 and up. Need a copy of the book? Borrow a copy from the Public Libraries of Saginaw today.

Second Wednesdays: Wow! Watercolors!
Wednesday, February 8
6pm
Zauel Library
Experiment with watercolor paints to create unique works of art! A variety of projects will be available to stir your creativity and imagination. No registration required. For children and tweens in Kindergarten-8th grade. Children under age 7 will need an adult helper.

Intro to Tablets
Wednesdays, February 8 and March 8
9:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Did you receive a new tablet? Do you own one you never use? We're here to help. Learn the very basics of Android tablets or iPads, including logging on to WiFi and understanding basic settings and apps. Class size is limited, so register today. Please bring your tablet with you.

Valentines for Veterans
Thursday, February 9
4:30pm
Wickes Library
Books highlighting notable veterans will be shared during this event while children and the young at heart create a valentine for veterans. Valentines will be distributed to the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center.

Ask the Lawyer – How to Expunge Your Criminal Record
Thursday, February 9
6pm
Hoyt Library
The Saginaw County Bar Association, in partnership with the Public Libraries of Saginaw and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, will sponsor Ask the Lawyer at Hoyt Library February, 9, 2017, at 6pm. Ebony Ellis, criminal defense attorney with the Law Offices of Alan A. Crawford, PLLC, will provide information about expunging juvenile adjudications and/or adult criminal convictions under Michigan law. Participants will receive a handout detailing the expungement process. Ask the Lawyer Night is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Create a Coffee Cozy
Thursday, February 9
7pm
Zauel Library
Calling all crafters from beginners to experts! Cuddle up a little closer to your coffee this winter with a homemade coffee cozy. Crochet, sew, or glue your way to a fun "make and take" experience. Registration is required.

Sensory Storytime
Saturdays, February 11, March 11, and April 8
11am
Zauel Library
This storytime is designed for children with special needs and their typically developing peers to experience the senses through music, movement, stories, and play. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of our other story times or programs, this is just what you are looking for.

Library Movie Premiere – The Light Between Oceans
Saturday, February 11
2pm
Hoyt Library
An Australian WWI veteran (Michael Fassbender) takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an isolated island. He meets his future wife (Alicia Vikander) at the nearest coastal town and the two begin their new life alone at the lighthouse. Once settled, a lifeboat washes ashore with a newborn inside and the couple raise the infant as their own. Rachel Weisz co-stars in this adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s bestselling novel.

Tween Anti-Valentine Day Party
Saturday, February 11
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Kids ages 10-12 are invited to attend our annual Anti-Valentine’s Day party. Enjoy crafts, snacks, music, and . . . of course, chocolate. Join us!

Saginaw Community Writing Center
Tuesday, February 14 & 28
4-7:30pm
Butman-Fish Library
February 14 – Writing Resumes and Cover Letters 6-7:30 pm (With on-on-one tutoring from 4-6 pm).
February 28 – Creative Writing Studio 6-7:30 pm (With one-on-one tutoring from 4-6 pm).
Founded in October 2015, the Saginaw Community Writing Center (SCWC) is the first community writing center in the State of Michigan, staffed by trained Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) tutors to help any member of the Saginaw community on any writing project. We can help you with writing a college application essay, creating an effective resume and cover letter, crafting a short story or poem, or any other type of writing you might need help with.

Intro to eBooks, Audio Books, and More!
Wednesdays, February 15 and March 15
9:30am
Butman-Fish Library
This class will provide basic instruction on how to download eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive; as well as instruction on how to download eBooks, audio books, music, movies, and tv series from Hoopla. Please bring your tablet or eReader.

Starting a Business Seminar
Thursday, February 16 @ 5pm
Wednesday, March 22 @ 1pm
Hoyt Library
This seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or are at the beginning stages of starting a business. An introduction to tools used to evaluate market and sales potential for products and services; as well as information on how to assess abilities to lead and manage a company will be shared.

Hoyt Book Discussion
Thursdays, February 16 and March 16
2pm
Hoyt Library
February 16 - Discussion of the book This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
March 16 - Discussion of the book The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Literature in Color Book Club
Thursdays, February 16 and March 16
5pm
Wickes Library
February 16 – Discussion of the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
March 16 – Discussion of the book Born Bright by C. Nicole Mason

Learn to Knit Class for Teens and Adults
Saturday, February 18
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Knit a warm, cozy scarf. Learn how to cast on stitches, knit (English style), and make a slip knot. Needles and yarn will be provided with the lesson. Space is limited. Register today!

Family Film: The Secret Life of Pets
Thursday, February 16
4pm
Hoyt Library
Find out what pets do when you’re not at home in this animated comedy rated PG. Running time is 87 minutes. Children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Hoyt Knitting Group
Tuesdays, February 21 and March 21
10am
Hoyt Library
If you love to knit, come join us at Hoyt Library. Whether you’ve done it for years or are just learning how, this group is for you. Bring your project and enjoy a morning of knitting and chatting.

Pages of History Book Club
Tuesday, February 21
Noon
Castle Museum
Join us for this month’s discussion of the book Stripped Gears, Retired Generals, and Grounded Hawks by Buzz Soderman. This discussion takes place at Castle Museum and is led by Leo LeFevre of Hoyt Library.

Duplo Club
Saturdays, February 25 and March 18
11 am- Noon
Zauel Library
Duplo Club is designed for children 3-6 years of age with a loving adult to strengthen problem solving, building and mathematical skills and vocabulary skills using building blocks. This hour of building fun allows you to play and interact with your child while challenging their imagination.

Family Storytime: Penguins!
Saturday, February 25
2pm
Hoyt Library
Where does a penguin keep his money? In a snow bank! Join us in a celebration of these adorable birds with stories and crafts. For children ages 6-10. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper.

Adult Coloring Club
Mondays, February & March 27 – 6pm
Tuesdays, February & March 28 – 10am
Hoyt Library
Relax and destress with others who enjoy making beautiful artistic creations. If you like, feel free to bring your own coloring books and supplies. We will supply coloring sheets, colored pencils, markers, coffee, and tea.

Storytime
Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31
10:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Drop-in storytime includes books brought to life by Ms. Maureen, as well as music and movement for preschoolers. Join us Fridays in March!

Family History for Beginners
Saturday, March 4
9am-1pm
Hoyt Library
Genealogy expert and local historian Leo LeFevre will teach basic research techniques and strategies used by genealogists. Traditional and online resources will be shared.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party
Saturday, March 4
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with fun party activities and yummy cake! Children under the age of 7 must have adult supervision.

Children’s Coloring Club
Monday, March 6
4pm
Hoyt Library
Who doesn’t love to color? Let your creative side go and join the coloring craze! For children ages 6 to 10. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper.

Second Wednesdays: 3D Printing
Wednesday, March 8
6pm
Zauel Library
Learn about 3D printing and create your own design to print on our 3D printer! Younger children will create an object out of play dough to scan into the printer, while older children will use the website Tinkercad to design their 3D creation. For children in grades K-8. Space is limited, so registration is required. Call Miss Kathy or Miss Beth at 989-799-2771, extension 3 to register.

Make Your Own Book Bag
Thursday, March 9
7pm
Zauel Library
March is National Reading Month. Book it to Zauel to celebrate your love of reading! Express yourself by decorating your very own personalized book bag. Registration is required.

Parenting and Childcare Provider’s Workshop 2017
Saturday, March 11
10am-1:15pm
Hoyt Library
Do you want to know how to engage your child or student in a solving real-world problems? Do you want to help them think creatively or invent solutions? Then you don’t want to miss this fun, hands-on workshop that helps you explore ways to bring design thinking into your home, school, after-school program, or library. This event is free. Three SB-CEU credits are available for those individuals registered with the Michigan Department of Education. Please register at http://bit.ly/sag-design or phone 989-755-0904 Ext. 1125 for more information.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week – Get Ready to Code!
Saturday, March 11
1-3:30pm
Butman-Fish Library
Learn about the mystery of computer coding when the Public Libraries of Saginaw partners with Engineering for Kids – Great Lakes Bay. Tweens and teens (ages 10-15) can register by calling 989-799-9160. Space is limited and registration is required.

Introduction to Finding Grants
Saturday, March 11
2pm
Hoyt Library
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the ten most important things you need to know about funding grants.

Design Time Tuesday
Tuesday, March 14
4pm
Wickes Library
Everyday materials, including toothpaste and balloons, will be used to learn fun and simple science experiments during this Design Time Tuesday.

Saginaw Community Writing Center
Tuesday, March 14 & 28
4-7:30pm
Butman-Fish Library
March 14 – Writing the SAT essay 6-7:30 pm (With on-on-one tutoring from 4-6 pm).
March 28 – Creative Writing Studio 6-7:30 pm (With one-on-one tutoring from 4-6 pm).
Founded in October 2015, the Saginaw Community Writing Center (SCWC) is the first community writing center in the State of Michigan, staffed by trained Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) tutors to help any member of the Saginaw community on any writing project. We can help you with writing a college application essay, creating an effective resume and cover letter, crafting a short story or poem, or any other type of writing you might need help with.

Pages of History Book Club
Tuesday, March 21
Noon
Castle Museum
Join us for this month’s discussion of the book Murder & Mayhem in Grand Rapids by Tobin Buhk. This discussion takes place at Castle Museum and is led by Leo LeFevre of Hoyt Library.

Learn to Knit for Teens & Adults: Make a Scarf!
Saturday, March 25
2-4pm
Hoyt Library
Have you always wanted to knit? Did you learn once, but can’t quite remember? Come to Hoyt Library and learn how to make a simple garter stitch scarf. Supplies and instruction will be provided. Registration is required. Call 989-755-0904, extension 1 to register today!

Celebrate the Power: Nutrition, Reading, and Exercise
Tuesday, March 28
2pm
Wickes Library
Children ages 7-18 will lean the facts about good eating habits and exercise as they rock their way to good healthy living. A variety of books will be on display and MSU Cooperative Extension will be present to make this a fun learning experience. A nutritious snack will be served.

Take a Spring Break Story Break
Wednesday, March 29
2pm
Hoyt Library
Celebrate the open road with this family storytime featuring the 2017 Michigan Reads! Title Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler. Come for stories, a craft, and, of course, bubble gum!