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Learn to download eBooks on your Nook device using OverDrive!


For anyone that has a Barnes and Noble Nook device, we will be giving instructions on how to download eBooks from our OverDrive service to your Nook. The date and time will be Wednesday, May 30th 1:00 pm at the Coldwater Branch Library. Please call the Coldwater Branch Library at 278-2341, extension 15 to make reservations. This will be for the first 10 people to sign up. We will be having other classes for help with downloading eBooks with the Barnes & Noble Nook as well as the Amazon Kindle devices.

11th Annual Friends of the Algansee Library Book Sale


On June 9th,2012 Friends of Algansee Library will have a Book Sale from 9:00 AM until 3:00pm. Lots of nice books, video-cassettes, magazines, all for Adult, Juvenile, and children.
All proceeds will go to Algansee Friends for programs here at the Library.
Come out to the country, take a look and buy a book!

Learn to download eBooks on your Kindle device using OverDrive!


For anyone that has an Amazon Kindle device, we will be giving instructions on how to download eBooks from our OverDrive service to your Kindle. The date and time will be Wednesday, May 16th 1:00 pm at the Coldwater Branch Library. Please call the Coldwater Branch Library at 278-2341, extension 15 to make reservations. This will be for the first 5 people to sign up. We will be having other classes for help with downloading eBooks with the Kindle as well as the Barnes & Noble Nook devices.

Wizard Art Display and Wizardfest

Image: BCCT's Wizard of Oz

The Coldwater Branch Library is partnering with Branch County Community Theatre to promote their upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz.

Wizard Art Display

The children's department of the library, Kids' Place, will be displaying artwork inspired by The Wizard of Oz, but you don't have to be a child to submit artwork. Artists of all ages are encouraged to participate. Artwork can be in any medium: paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures...anything!

Drop off your artwork in Kids' Place at the Coldwater Branch Library any time between May 7 and May 26. Art will be displayed from the time it is dropped off until June 2. If you would like your artwork back, please pick it up between June 4 and June 9. Any artwork left after June 9 will be discarded. The art display can be viewed any time the library is open.


On Saturday, June 2, from 10:00am until noon, be sure to visit downtown Coldwater for Wizardfest to meet all your favorite Oz characters and get pictures and autographs at several downtown businesses. The Yellow Brick Road begins at Integrative Somatics Institute at 73 W. Chicago St. (look for the balloons). Stop by there to get the list of participating shops and get your face painted.

You can continue down the Yellow Brick Road, collecting yellow Lego bricks from Oz characters in the shops along the way to the library. At the library, use those bricks to help build a toy yellow brick road to our "Oz" castle (OK, it's really Hogwarts since they don't make Oz Lego sets, but we can pretend!), then enter your name to win the Lego set!

Also be sure to catch The Wizard of Oz musical presented by Branch County Community Theatre at Tibbits Opera House, May 31 - June at 7:00pm, and June 3 at 2:00pm.

Image: BCCT's Wizard of Oz


Open House for New Library Director


The community is invited to help us welcome the new Director of the Branch District Library, Evette Atkin. Please join us at this open house on Thursday, May 17, 2012, from 4pm - 6pm in the reading area on the ground floor of the main branch in Coldwater. Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Book Sale


We are now accepting nice condition books for our upcoming June 1 & 2 Book Sale at the Quincy Branch Library. Books can be dropped off during regular open hours. No magazines, textbooks or Reader's Digest condensed books please.

Sherwood Internet Upgrade


Hey, guess what? Our library branch in Sherwood has DSL now. No more satellite! And no more restrictions on YouTube and other video sites because of bandwidth constraints. So bring your mobile device and enjoy some fast web surfing! And thanks to Frontier for seeing the value in bringing reliable high-speed Internet service to the Sherwood area.

We Appreciate Our Volunteers!


This is National Volunteer Week, a time when we recognize and thank our volunteers for all that they do. To anyone who volunteers in our community in any capacity, thank you for all your hard work. You make this world a better place and we couldn't do it without you. We especially thank those who volunteer at our library branches around the county. You are great!!

PPT Update


A recent poll in Michigan showed that 70% of voters opposed the elimination of the Personal Property Tax. Nevertheless, it seems elimination of the PPT is exactly what's going to happen. Hearings were held today in the Michigan Senate on this proposal, while groups like Replace, Don't Erase held demonstrations in Lansing. But so far it's not been enough and the worst fears of the library community are becoming closer to reality. Namely, that even though the proposed legislation has a plan to recover 81% of the lost revenue via expiring tax credits, there is no mechanism for district libraries like BDL to recover this lost revenue. Only municipalities are given the ability to get back lost PPT revenue in the proposed bills.

So as it stands now, it looks like our library really may lose an additional $73,000 a year by the time the PPT is completely phased out. But it's not yet too late, the bill isn't yet law, and there's still time for you to make your voice heard in Lansing. Please click the link below to learn more and find out how to contact your representatives. Please tell them not to forget libraries in this debate!


Announcing Our New Library Director: Evette M. Atkin

Image: Evette M. Atkin

Evette M. Atkin

The Branch District Library is pleased to announce the hiring of our new Library Director, Evette M. Atkin. Evette is coming to us from the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services in Lansing, where she has been the Coordinator for the Michigan Evergreen shared library system, and has generally had her finger on the pulse of trends in the public library world. It's fitting then that she's coming to be with us here in Branch County, the "pulse" of Michigan.

Evette received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and was named one of Library Journal's 2008 "Movers & Shakers". She was Adjunct Faculty at Wayne State University's graduate program in Library and Information Science, and has presented at numerous conferences including: Internet Librarian, American Library Association Annual Conference, Evergreen International Conference, Michigan Library Association Annual Conference, and the Michigan Association for Media in Education Annual Conference.

Evette will start with us in mid May, and we look forward to her joining our library team and providing renewed leadership in this challenging time for libraries. We'll have a reception for the community to meet and greet her around that time, so check back here for details to be posted soon.


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