Upcoming Programs & Events!



Mother Goose Times
Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4 & 11
10:30am
Zauel Library
Mother Goose Times is a six-week storytime series for children 18-24 months old and a loving adult. This storytime features stories, songs, puppets, fingerplays, and fun for all. Registration for this program is recommended, as space is limited.

Money Smart Week
Saturday, April 22
2pm
Hoyt Library
Making Sense of Cents
Tuesday, April 25
4pm
Wickes Library
Show Me That Money!
Friday, April 28
10:30am
Zauel Library
Preschool Storytime: Money Makes the World Go Round
Saturday, May 6
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Lego Club Goes Money Smart
The Public Libraries of Saginaw is happy to participate in the national campaign - Money Smart Week. The campaign is a public awareness initiative designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. During our programs, children will learn the value of money, listen to stories, and participate in money smart activities at all of our library locations. Thanks to the Frankenmuth Credit Union and Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, each child in attendance will receive a copy of the book A Dollar for Penney by Julie Glass.

Starting a Business Seminar
Thursday, April 27
5pm
Hoyt Library
This seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or are at the beginning stages of starting a business. An introduction to tools used to evaluate market and sales potential for products and services; as well as information on how to assess abilities to lead and manage a company will be shared.

Throwback Thursday: The Outsiders
Thursday, April 27
6pm
Zauel Library
Fifty years later and it is still staying gold! Celebrate The Outsiders Golden Anniversary by joining us for a special screening of the 1983 adaptation of SE Hinton's timeless novel. Rated: PG. Running time: 2 hours and 11 minutes.

Makerspace Mondays!
Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, & 22
5pm
Butman-Fish Library
Come and tinker with us! Drop in from 5-7pm for new activities each week. Examples of activities include K-nex, Snap Circuits, LEGO, Magnatiles, crafts, and more!

Butman-Fish Contemporary Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 2
6pm
Butman-Fish Library
This contemporary book discussion is for ages 18 and up. May's book is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. The discussion will be led by Maisha Sharper from Butman-Fish Library.

Butman-Fish Adult Coloring Club
Wednesday, May 3
1pm
Butman-Fish Library
Relax and destress with others who enjoy making beautiful artistic creations. Bring your own coloring books and supplies or let us supply you with coloring sheets, colored pencils, markers, coffee, and tea. No experience is necessary. Join us the first Wednesday of each month.

First Wednesday Westerns
Wednesday, May 3
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us the first Wednesday of each month as we make our way through some of the greatest Western movies of all time. This month's featured Western is The Searchers (1956) starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and Vera Miles. An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. Running time: 1 hour and 59 minutes. Winner of a Golden Globe for Best New Star of the Year.

Film Festival Favorites
Thursday, May 4
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us as we show favorites from the first ten years of the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival. This month's featured film is A Better Life (2011) starring Demián Bichir, José Julián, and Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo. A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. Running time: 1 hour and 38 minutes. Rated: PG-13.

Drop-In Storytime
Fridays, May 5, 12, 19, & 26
10:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Drop-In Storytime includes books brought to life by Ms. Maureen, along with music and movement for Preschoolers. Join us!

Introduction to Proposal Writing
Saturday, May 6
2pm
Hoyt Library
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include the basic elements of a proposal; the "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal; and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no. Registration required. Call 755-9832 to register.

Lego Club
Saturday, May 6
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Children ages 7-12 years are invited to attend our Lego Club where they can create their own masterpiece. Adult participation is welcome!

Hoyt Library Chess Club
Saturdays, May 6 & 20
1pm (New Time)
Hoyt Library
Hoyt Library’s chess club meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 1 to 4:30pm. Chess boards, pieces, & clocks will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring you own if you prefer. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you don't know how to play, library staff will be on hand to help you learn.

Children's Coloring Club
Monday, May 8
4pm
Hoyt Library
Who doesn't love to color? Join us for a fun hour of coloring. Coloring pages and crayons will be provided. For children ages 6-10. Children 6 and under need an adult helper.

Design Time Tuesday: My Mama Rocks!
Tuesday, May 9
4pm
Wickes Library
It's Design Time Tuesday and participants will have the opportunity to create something special using a variety of rocks for their mother, grandmother, or someone special in their lives. From ladybugs to messages of love, this will be a fun and attractive gift for anyone. Remember . . . Mother's Day is May 14!

Saginaw Community Writing Center
Tuesdays, May 9 & 23
4-7:30pm
Butman-Fish Library
May 9 – Writing Personal Journals 6-7:30 pm (With on-on-one tutoring from 4-6 pm).
May 23 – Creative Writing Studio & Letter Writing Workshop 6-7:30 pm (With one-on-one tutoring from 4-6 pm).
Founded in October 2015, the Saginaw Community Writing Center (SCWC) is the first community writing center in the State of Michigan, staffed by trained Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) tutors to help any member of the Saginaw community on any writing project. We can help you with writing a college application essay, creating an effective resume and cover letter, crafting a short story or poem, or any other type of writing you might need help with.

Second Wednesdays: DIY Graphic Novels
Wednesday, May 10
6pm
Zauel Library
Love to read graphic novels? Great! Now learn how to make your own. Options for all abilities and grade levels (Kindergarten - 8th Grade) will be available to help you write and illustrate your own story. Children under 7 need and adult helper.

Updos and Don'ts with Nikki
Thursday, May 11
7pm
Zauel Library
Are you ready to spring into fashion with the lastest updos and braids? Learn how to style your hair for Prom and any other upcoming special occasions. Stylist Nikki Martus, of New Image Salon, will give you step-by-step instruction and tips on how to recreate your new style at home. Supplies will be provided. Please register by calling 989-799-2771 or stop by the reference desk. Registration closes May 10.

Letters Lost Then Found: A Conversation with Two Brothers 1942-1945
Saturday, May 13 - Author Visit
2pm
Hoyt Library

Saturday, May 20 - Preserving Family Documents and Photos Class
9am-Noon
Hoyt Library

Tuesday, May 23 - Letter Writing Workshop
6-7:30pm
Butman-Fish Library

Entire Month of May - War Artifacts Display
Normal Library Hours
Hoyt Library
"Letters Lost Then Found" is a published collection of letters between Saginaw brothers, Fred and William Raubinger, written during Fred's time serving in World War II. On Saturday, May 13, at 2pm, author, Amy Johnson, will appear at Hoyt Library and speak about how her book came to be. She will share some of her actual letters and take questions from the audience. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

In conjunction with this program, Hoyt will be featuring a display of war artifacts that are part of our Local History and Genealogy Collection. This display will run the entire month of May during normal library hours.

On Saturday, May, 20, Leo LeFevre will host a Preserving Family Documents and Photos class at Hoyt. This class will run from 9am to Noon and will focus on basic preservation and storage techniques for family documents and photos.

Finally, on May 23, the Saginaw Community Writing Center will hold a letter writing workshop from 6-7:30pm at Butman-Fish. No registration is required for any of the programs.

Hoyt Knitting Group
Tuesday, May 16
10am
Hoyt Library
Bring your current project and enjoy a morning of knitting and chatting.

Pages of History Book Club
Tuesday, May 16
Noon
Castle Museum
Join us for this month’s discussion of the book The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance by Mardi Link. This discussion takes place at Castle Museum and is led by Leo LeFevre of Hoyt Library.

Zauel Spring Booksale
Friends Only Presale (May Join at the Door) - Wednesday, May 17
5-8pm
General Public Booksale - May 18 & 19 with the Bag Sale on Saturday, May 20
Zauel Library
Join us for our annual Spring Booksale. For more information, call 989-799-2771.

Hoyt Book Discussion
Thursday, May 18
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us for a discussion of the book Air Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller. Discussion led by Bill O'Brien and Jim Cherry of Hoyt Library. This discussion will be shown live on Facebook!

Hoyt Library Open House
Thursday, May 18
5-7pm
Hoyt Library
Come and see some of the changes we've made at Hoyt Library and find out about a new service we are offering - - the Michigan Legal Self-Help Center. While you're here, you can check out our great selection of materials and learn about upcoming library programs. We hope to see you there!

Literature in Color Book Club
Thursday, May 18
5pm
Wickes Library
Join us for a discussion of the book Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Discussion led by Rhonda Farrell-Butler of Wickes Library.

Duplo Club
Saturday, May 20
11am
Zauel Library
Children ages 3-6 and a loving adult are welcome to drop-in and spend some time together playing and learning with Duplo blocks. See where your imagination and creativity leads you.

Preserving Family Documents and Photos
Saturday, May 20
9am
Hoyt Library
Local History and Genealogy Librarian, Leo LeFevre, will share basic preservation and storage techniques for family documents and photos. Your family history is history. Preserve it! No registration is required. Class runs from 9am to Noon.

Dance Party
Saturday, May 20
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Tweens and teens are invited to our Xbox Dance Party! Make new friends, meet up with old friends, have fun, and exercise! What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Hoyt Adult Coloring Club
Monday, May 22 – 6pm
Tuesday, May 23 – 10am
Hoyt Library
Relax and destress with others who enjoy making beautiful artistic creations. If you like, feel free to bring your own coloring books and supplies. We will supply coloring sheets, colored pencils, markers, coffee, and tea.

Celebrating Me
Tuesday, May 23
4pm
Wickes Library
Tween and teen girls will enjoy this fun pampering activity as they learn about celebrating themselves. From everyday beauty tips to etiquette, this will be a learning experience for all taking part. A special gift awaits participants who pre-register. Grab a friend or come on your own and meet us at Wickes Library. Pre-register by calling 989-752-3821 or visit the Wickes reference desk.

Friends of the Public Libraries of Saginaw Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 23
6pm
Butman-Fish Library
Please join us for our annual meeting. New officers will be welcomed and you will be treated to light refreshments while we hear from Dean Emerson, CEO of SVRC Industries. He will tell us about the project development at the old Saginaw News building downtown, which will soon be home to the Downtown Farmers' Market and other tenants. Join us!

Star Wars Open House
Saturday, May 27
1pm
Zauel Library
May the Force be with you! Celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars: A New Hope." Fans of all ages will enjoy Star Wars crafts, anacks, trivia, and a special showing of the movie that began this legendary saga. No registration required.