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Grace A. Dow Memorial Library

Grace A. Dow Memorial Library - 1710 W. St. Andrews Midland, MI 48640 Phone: 989-837-3430   Contact Us

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SERVICES AND EVENTS

Book Club in a Bag
Book Express
Facilities Rental
Government Documents
Midland Daily News Indexing
Local History & Genealogy
From the New Shelf Display
Proctoring
Reference
Inter-Library Loan
Library Newsletter
Youth Services

SPECIAL LIBRARY EVENTS

Battle of the Books
Spring Writer's Event
Summer Reading Programs


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Book Club in a Bag
The library offers a quick and easy way to hold a book discussion group: Book Club in a Bag. Each kit contains ten copies of a popular book and information about the author and book, including some discussion questions, all packaged into a sturdy zipper bag for you to carry.

View titles available for the Book Club in a Bag.



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Book Express
The purpose of Book Express is to get new popular books into the reader's hands as quickly as possible and to move a book from person to person with a minimum amount of time involved. These books circulate for one week and do not allow holds. (Additional books are available for holds.) The collection is located in front of the Reference Desk.

View titles currently on Book Express.



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Facilities Rental
A 266-seat auditorium, conference rooms, and a meeting room with kitchen are available to community groups and individuals for a modest rental fee. Call the Library office at (989) 837-3432 for more information.

View more Information about the Rooms for Rent.



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Government Information Center
The Library maintains a partial collection of City of Midland documents which includes annual reports, budgets, and proposals. EPA and a limited number of other government reports are also available. Documents are housed near the Reference Desk.

Online resources available on the City's web page:
Press Releases, City Council Information and Meetings
City Charter and Code of Ordinances


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Midland Daily News Indexing
Find citations for Midland area information and local obituaries from the Midland Daily News.   

Full text copies of the Midland Daily News are available at the Library in paper format for the last three months and in microfilm from the 1870's to the present year. The library  maintains an index to articles since the mid 1980's.

View the Index for 2003 to present year.



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Local History & Genealogy
The room, next to the new adult titles, houses local history and genealogy collections. The user can find information on the history of Midland includes Midland City directories, Midland County plat books, Midland telephone directories, early land records of Midland County, church histories, and many various general histories on the City of Midland and Midland County.

Specially trained volunteers are available to offer in-depth assistance to patrons Monday - Thursday 1-4pm.

Guide to Internet Genealogy Resources.



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From the New Shelf Display
Each week the Library highlights 8 books that are new to the Library. These items can be checked out.

View the New Shelf Display lists.


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Proctoring
The library provides a proctoring service for distance learning students. Please contact the Reference Desk for more information 837-3449.

        View more information


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The Library Connection
The Library Connection newsletter is a free publication of information and happenings of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. It is published 6 times a year.

View the newsletter online.



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Reference
We provide reference service such as statistics, business information, homework help, reader's advisory services, and much more to the general public and local government. When you have a question, call us at 837-3449.



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Inter-Library Loan
When information is not readily available at the Library, we will help you locate it in another location.



Library Events

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Battle of the Books
This is a special reading program for students in Grades Four and Five who participate in reading teams. The teams read from a list of 20 books during the period of November to March. After preliminary written rounds, 16 teams compete in a series of oral battles for the championship.

View the Battle page.



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Spring Writer's Event
Each Spring the Library hosts a free 2 hour workshop on writing, marketing or publishing. The event evolved from the Midland Writer's Conference. View past speakers.

View the Writer's Event page.



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Summer Reading Programs
Read to earn prizes, attend fun activities, and view free movies! The programs run from early June to mid-August. With four levels: young children, older children, teen, and adult, there is a program for everyone.

View the summer programs.



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Youth Services
Offers a variety of resources and services designed especially for children from birth through 18 years and their parents, caregivers, and teachers. There is a large collection of fiction and non-fiction books, along with various multimedia materials. At the YS desk, there are helpful librarians ready to answer questions or offer readerís advisory. There is much to see and do in our inviting youth-centered environment, from the various childrenís activity stations to the lively Teen Spot. Storytimes and special programs are offered throughout the year for all ages.

For details about programs or resources, view the Youth Services page for more information.