Upcoming Events!

African-American History Month
YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region One Book, One Community

The Public Libraries of Saginaw invites you to join us as we host a One Book, One Community Read to celebrate African American History Month.  The event will take place on Thursday, February 11th, 6:00 p.m. at Hoyt Library, 505 Janes Avenue, Saginaw.  It is sponsored by the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region and will feature the #1 New York Times Bestseller and National book award winner, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  The discussion will be facilitated by Chey Davis, Associate Professor of English, Delta College.  Please check out books from any of our Saginaw library locations and join us for this FREE event.

Through the framework of a letter to his adolescent son, Coates tries to put into the context of United States history with its dark undercurrent of racism, what it means to be black in America today.  Not all readers will agree with Coates, but his writing is eloquent, his love and concern for his son is evident, and his book will make all readers re-examine their thoughts about racism in this country.

Thursday, February 11
6:00 p.m.
Hoyt Library

 


MakerSpace Mondays!

Come and tinker with us!  Drop-in from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Activities will vary each week.  Call 989-799-9160 for information.

Mondays - February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
5:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library

 


Non-Profit Grant Seeker Webinars

Join us at the Hoyt library for this webinar if you run a non-profit and are looking for ways to find funds through grants and fundraising.  There will be time after the webinar for questions.  Class size is limited to 12.  Call Brenda at 755-0904 ext. 1152 to reserve your seat. 

 

Introduction to Proposal Writing
This webinar will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. 

Wednesday, February 17
1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 


Free Computer Classes

Excel:  Spreadsheets & More!

Learn the basics of Excel including how to use built in tools to master formulas and functions.  Students will also learn how to create graphs and charts to give their spreadsheet a professional edge.  Students must be proficient at using the mouse and keyboard.  Students who have no experience with computers should take Computer Basics and Beyond before attending this class.  Class size is limited to 12.  Please call 755-9832 to reserve your spot. 

Friday, February 12
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hoyt Library

Computer Basics and Beyond
Are you a new computer user, feeling a little overwhelmed?  We can help!  Join us for this two week session that will introduce you to mouse and keyboard basics.  We will also touch on browsing the Internet in week two.  Class size is limited and you must attend both parts of this session.  Call 755-9832 to register today. 

Tuesday, March 15 & 22
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hoyt Library

Pinterest Pizzazz for Adults!

Have you heard of Pinterest but don’t have a clue where to begin?  Join us for this fun class where you will create an account and begin your pinning journey!  We will navigate through the ins and outs of pinning, finding friends and setting up boards. Students who have no experience with computers should take Computer Basics and Beyond before attending this class.  Class size is limited to 12.  Please call 755-9832 to register today. 

Wednesday, March 9
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hoyt Library

 


LEGO Club

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 9
4:30 p.m.
Wickes Library

 


Adult Coloring Club

Relax and de-stress with others who enjoy making beautiful artistic creations.  Bring your own coloring books and supplies if you like.  We’ll supply coloring sheets, colored pencils, markers, coffee and tea.  No experience is necessary.

Mondays - February 8 - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays - February 9 - 10:00 a.m.
Hoyt Library

 


Saginaw Community Writing Center

The Saginaw Community Writing Center (SCWC) is open for FREE tutoring and writing workshops on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 4-7:30 p.m. The SCWC is staffed by trained, SVSU Writing Center tutors. There is no need to register for workshops or tutoring in advance.

Tuesdays - February 9, 23 and March 8, 22
4:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library

WORKSHOPS

Creative Writing for grades 6-12
February 9 & March 8 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Writing for the SAT
February 23 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cover Letter and Resume Writing
March 22 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 


Preschool Storytimes

RHYME TIME VALENTINE
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Preschool Storytime!  Children 3-5 years of age with a loving adult are invited to attend our storytime for 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and fun!

Friday, February 12
10:30 a.m.
Zauel Library

 

MIND YOUR MANNERS
Manners help make the world go round smoothly.  Children 3-5 years of age with a loving adult are invited to attend our storytime for 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and fun!

Friday, February 19
10:30 a.m.
Zauel Library

 


Animal Hugs and Kisses Stories and Craft

Celebrate Valentine's Day with stories and a craft all about animal hugs and kisses! For children ages 6 - 10. Children under the age of 7 must have an adult helper.

Saturday, February 13
2:00 p.m.
Hoyt Library

 


TWEEN Anti-Valentine’s 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 13
2:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library

 


African-American History Month Puppet Show - Anansi and the Talking Melon

Saginaw's favorite Puppeteers:  Ms. Rhonda Farrell-Butler and Ms. Linda Bryant

Greedy Anansi is up to his old tricks again in this African Folktale, Anansi and the Talking Melon.  Lazy Anansi eats his way into Elephant's melon, but is then too full and bloated to crawl out. The sneaky spider decides it is a perfect opportunity to play a trick and so he convinces Elephant that he owns a talking melon. Elephant can't wait to share his exciting discovery with King Monkey.  Everyone will enjoy all the commotion as other animals in the jungle join Elephant on his journey to tell King Monkey about his talking melon.

Monday, February 15 - 4:30 p.m. - Wickes Library
Saturday, February 20 - 2:00 p.m. - Butman-Fish Library
Monday, February 22 - 4:30 p.m. - Hoyt Library
Friday, February 26 - 10:30 a.m. - Zauel Library

 


Butman-Fish Book Discussion

Discussion of “The Distance Between Us: A Memoir” by Reyna Grande.

Thursday, February 18
2:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library

 


Starting a Business

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 www.SBDCMichigan.org or call (989) 686-9597. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Thursday, February 18
5:00 p.m.
Hoyt Library

 


Family History for Beginners

The basic research techniques and strategies of genealogy will be presented.  Traditional and online resources will be examined.

Saturday, February 20
9:00 a.m.
Hoyt Library

 


Urban Grind Book Club

Like to read Urban Lit (aka "Street Lit", "Urban Fiction (and Nonfiction)")?  We do too!  Check out what books are taking over the shelves of libraries and today's best-seller lists. Urban Literature takes artistic writing to a whole new hard-core level. Join us for this exciting new adult book club on the last Wednesday of the month.  February's selection is “Luxe” by Ashley Antoinette.  Bring your lunch if you like and be ready for a lively discussion of this exciting novel! Refreshments served.

Wednesday, February 24
12:00 p.m.
Wickes Library

 


Connect with Cartoons

Take time to connect with cartoons and create your own unique drawings. Members from Saginaw Valley State University's Comics Club will teach tweens and teens (grades 5-12) the basics of cartooning. Stroke-by-stroke explanations will be given; along with tips on how to bring your artwork to life. If time permits, basic techniques for drawing backgrounds will also be covered. All supplies are included. Registration is required.

Saturday, February 27
11:00 a.m.
Zauel Library

 


Duplo Club

Young builders 3-6 years of age with a loving adult are invited to bring their imaginations to our Saturday Morning Duplo Club.  We supply the Duplo building materials for the children to make their ideas come to life.

Saturday, February 27
11:00 a.m.
Zauel Library

 


Learn to Knit a Headband

Learn to knit a headband class for teens and adults. Knitting needles and yarn will be supplied. Class is limited to 25. Call 799-9160 to register.

Saturday, February 27
2:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library

 


African-American History Month Community Celebration

THE WINGMAN: SAGINAW’S GENERAL DAVID HALL

A documentary produced by Ricardo Verdoni

The 2016 theme for African American History Month is "Hallowed Grounds:  Sites of African American Memories."
We have chosen to recognize and salute one of our own living legends, General David Hall.

Born during the period of infamous Jim Crow laws, General David Hall overcame many obstacles to achieve a distinguished career in the military, in industry, and education. Saginaw videographer Ricardo Verdoni has captured the story in a documentary entitled “Wingman.”

Influenced by his father’s positive attitude and his own determination, Hall not only rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the Air Force, but later as a civilian, had a distinguished career in industry and education. Following his 30 years of military service, Hall joined General Motors as an executive for ten years during which time he was transferred to Saginaw where he has remained ever since. In 1993, Hall left the corporate life to teach for Northwood University and later was selected to be Executive in Residence for the business school at SVSU.

Monday, February 29
6:00 p.m.
Hoyt Library