February 2018                                                                                                 Chilly but busy.....

New Library Building Update: We are happy to announce we received $10,000 from the Robert W. & Eileen E. Hesse Memorial Fund. We appreciate and are thankful for the grant donation we have received. Have to say, we are also very happy with the support from the community; to date residents themselves have donated a little over $30,000 to the new building project. Why we are thankful, we do also have to report that we still have not reached the goal to proceed with the project. 

The deadline for raising the additional needed funds has been extended until August 2018. This gives the library another 7 months to raise the almost 1 million still needed. We know it sounds like a lot, but we do have almost 2/3 of the funds needed; we know we will be successful and reach the goal----we are not giving up on providing the community with a new library that the residents deserve!
February is the month the Friends of the Library holds their membership drive. The Friends support the library through volunteering their time and helping with fund raising. Consider joining the Friends group and helping with the book sale in May and other library events. Dues are just $1.00 per year for one person or $4.00 for family membership. 

Ben Cohen is back!

Join us at the library on Thursday March 8th at 6:30 pm for the spring opening of the 2018 Seed Library season! This is a great time stock up on seeds for your spring planting and to bring back any seeds you harvested from your gardens last year! Local seed keeper Ben Cohen will return for a fun presentation on seed saving for veggies, flowers and herbs! We'll talk about how to save seeds and why its so important. We'll also discuss how we can continue to grow our community seed sharing program for years to come! Bring your gardening questions for Ben and any seeds you'd like to share!
Hop on in for our Drop-In Craft Day on February 15th from 1:30 pm - 7 pm!  This FREE craft is for both adults and kids.   Stop on in anytime that day between 1:30 and 7 to make a craft for spring/Easter.  
Come check out our Makerspace Station located at the blue table in the Juvenile Section of the library!  This is a self help activity that changes every 2 weeks.  These activities make kids think, learn, and create all while having fun at the library.  This month's activities are:

January 29th - February 9th  .....Reflection Snowflake

February 12th - February 23rd  .....Candle Windmill

February 26th - March 9th ......Paper Circuit

Have some spare time and want to keep the kids occupied?  Come hang out at the library and try out some of the STEM kits.  These kits are available for use at the library anytime, just ask at the counter.  They make noise, light up, and are fun for the kids (adults too)!   

Programming (reminder, you do not have to have a library card nor reside in our service area to participate in our activities, both computers and programming are open to everyone).

Drop in Craft: Thursday, February 15th 1:30 pm - 7 pm

Page Turners will discuss "The Hundred-Foot Journey" by Richard Morais on Monday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m. New members are always welcome!

Play to Learn:  Meets on  Mondays, 9:30-11.  This is for children from birth - age 5.  Parents/children meet up for social time, crafts, and music.  

You can help support the Friends by using when you shop on Amazon. Simply select the "Friends of the Rauchholz Memorial Library" as your charity of choice. Each time you shop, Amazon will donate .05% to the Friends.The Friends use the funds raised to support library programming. You can access the link directly on the library's web page at 
It's MAP time--all year long! Though really, it is available all year round! As everyone begins to enjoy the beauty of living in Michigan, be sure to check out the Michigan Activity Pass at You can search by zip code to find events and locations that participate in MAP; then enter your information to get tickets or discounts on the events you are interested in. There is a variety of things to choose from: campgrounds, state parks, museums and more. Take a look; it might be nice to have a back up plan for a vacation rainy day.

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W-Th 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Oct-May)

Community Happenings
Library Board Meeting
Mon., February 5; 5:00 p.m.
Hemlock Board of Education
Mon., February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Richland Twp. Board Meeting
Tues. February 13; 7:00 p.m.
Hemlock Business Association
Tues., February 20, noon

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