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February  Newsletter



February News.

Directors Corner


THE QUESTION WAS:  DID PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL SEE HIS SHADOW OR NOT?  He did not see his shadow so HOORAY, maybe an early spring.  I am going with that. 


The 120th Anniversary scavenger hunt is off to a great start!  February’s find is the “Blinker Light”.  Find out where it was and then send me a picture with you in it.  It’s that easy.  Any guesses of where it was?  If you have not signed up for the 12 month scavenger hunt, it is not too late.  Please come into the library or call us so we can get you signed up ASAP.


The Winter Reading Contest is full force.  If you have not signed up yet, it is not too late. Please help Kaylee and Jennie with their “Winterlicous Sledding Competition” .  Come in and check out the board.  Let’s see how far they get this week.


The Viking Lego Club is every Tuesday at 3:00 – stop in and build.  Story time with me is every Tuesday at 10:30.  Bring the little ones for some songs, dancing and maybe a book or two. 


Enjoy the sunshine – I know it’s out there.   Stop in and check out our newest titles.  Have a fantastic February.


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In case you missed it, we are now into our 2nd month of our year long birthday celebration. 

We are holding a year long scavenger hunt throughout the City of Potterville.

There will be a CLUE hidden in each e-newsletter. Find the clue, then find the item/location in the City of Potterville, take a photo of yourself with the item, and bring it in to the library (or email us at . If you would like to participate, we will have a form that we will keep at the circulation desk with your name on it, and for each month that you complete, we will then mark it as completed. 
When you complete all 12 months successfully, you will be entered in to a grand prize drawing. 




Our 2024 Winterlicious Winter Reading Program is now in progress! If you haven't already signed up, it's not too late to do so. Patrons will be keeping a reading log through March 8th. Each participant will be assigned to either "Team Jennie" or "Team Kaylee" and as they completes their goals, Jennie and Kaylee's sleds will make their way closer to the finish line.  


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How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely

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A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks any part of the Sun's bright face. On Monday, April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across nearly all of North America. All 50 U.S. states (excluding most of Alaska) will experience at least a partial solar eclipse, as will most of Canada, all of Mexico, and all countries in Central America. Anyone within a roughly 115-mile-wide path across Mexico, from Texas through Maine, across parts of Eastern Canada will experience a total solar eclipse, one of the most spectacular sights in all of nature.

Click here to view more.

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UP Notable Book Club presents a Q&A session with Jennifer McGraw about "The Unsolved Mysteries of Father Marquette's Many Graves" - A History

UP Notable Book Club: The Crystal Falls Community District Library in partnership with the U.P. Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) has scheduled author events with winners of the UP Notable Book List. The 34th event is with historian Jennifer McGraw who will take us through the odyssey of the remains of Father Jacques Marquette (1637 - 1675 A.D.), arguably one of the U.P's most influential clerical pioneers. Marquette was a French Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Sainte Marie, and later founded Saint Ignace. In 1673, Marquette, with Louis Jolliet, an explorer born near Quebec City, was the first European to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River Valley. 
When: February 8th, 2024 at 7 pm Eastern / 6 pm Central
Where: on the Zoom platform -- please contact Evelyn Gathu in advance by, or by phone at (906) 875-3344. We recommend you borrow a copy of these books from your local library or purchase from your local bookseller in advance to get the most out of these events.
JENNIFER MCGRAW writes non-fiction history focusing on the 1600s and the Michilimackinac region.  Her latest book, The Unsolved Mysteries of Father Marquette's Many Graves, discusses his time in the Great Lakes area, his life at Sault Sainte Marie and Saint Ignace, his trip down the Mississippi, and his death.  It then goes on to extensively cover the multiple times that he was buried and dug up as well as the evidence that led people to conclude that the remains they had found were him.  It tells of the treatment given to his bones when he was dug up which included scraping the flesh from them, likely cremating that flesh, and disarticulating his skeleton to prepare his bones for transport. This book follows other books or booklets she has authored including Lawless Mackinac and The David Haynes Dig.  She is also co-author of a collection of writings called The Reminiscences of David Corp (co-authored with Prentiss M. Brown, Jr.). The Unsolved Mysteries of Father Marquette's Many Graves is available at multiple area bookstores and gift shops.  It can be purchased online at or by contacting Island Bookstore on Mackinac Island at

More information about the U.P. Notable Book list, U.P. Book Review, and UPPAA can be found on

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Great news! We have teamed up with Impression 5 Science Center!! We now have a day pass that you can check out for a family of 4. Your family is going to love it!


If you haven't had the chance to do so, you'll want to download our Librista app to your phone or tablet. 

This nice feature lets you know which library books you have out, when they're due back AND

you could even be the 1st person to reserve one of our newest arrivals!

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Story Time

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Attention parents of toddlers!!

Story Time is on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.

Stop in for a story, music/dancing and a fun craft. 


Viking Lego Club

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The Vikings Lego Club is on Tuesdays from  3:00-4:00pm. This is for 7-12 year olds and must be signed up by a parent. There will be a sign up sheet at the circulation desk. Join us for a weekly Lego challenge. 





The Happy Bookers: BookAholics Book Club

The Book Club will be taking a little break and will resume in March.

The Well Read Shed

The Well Read Shed is closed for the season.  It will reopen in April.

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We have childrens books for sale.  (*Pricing varies, from 25 cents to $1.00)

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New Books in the Adult Section

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New in Childrens Section






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Important News!
The groups of OverDrive consortia that are participating in the statewide reciprocal borrowing agreement keeps growing. 


To add partner libraries to your Libby app:

Tap on the Libby logo in the center 

Select Menu
Select Add Library

Search for one of the Partner Libraries (listed below)
Select Sign In With My Card
Under Partner Libraries select Your Local Public Library
Enter your Card Number and PIN
Select Next
Repeat process until all Partner Libraries have been added

Partner libraries are: Lakeland Digital Library, Suburban Library Cooperative, Download Destination, Great Lakes Digital Libraries, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, Up North Michigan Consortium, Woodlands Downloadable Library, White Pine Library Cooperative, Metro Net Library Consortiu


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Around the Community


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Don’t forget, we now offer FREE passes to The Potter Park Zoo. This covers free entry for your household and free parking. Be sure to treat your family to a fun filled day at the zoo!


Library Days and Hours

Monday 12:30 - 5:30

Tuesday 10:00 - 6:00

Wednesday 12:30 - 6:00

Thursday 12:30 - 5:30

Friday 12:30 - 5:30

Saturday 10:00 - 1:00


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