Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)


The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) presented by The Library Network (TLN) debuted May 24! This statewide partnership offers enhanced access to arts and cultural organizations in Michigan.

MAP is an online program. Library users with a valid library card can print a pass, either from home or at the library, to one of the nearly 60 participating institutions. Find out what discoveries await you by going to: http://michiganactivitypass.info. Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires within one week from the date it is printed. Each library will have five passes for each of the participating organizations available.

Passes are for one-time use and are not transferable.  The institution will collect the pass when you visit.  Special exhibits may not be covered, and other exclusions may apply.

Each library has access to five passes per week, per participating cultural partner. Passes will be available for checkout by library patrons during normal hours of operation. Please note that the pass is good for seven days from the day of checkout, unless a cultural partner is closed or has otherwise specified a “blackout day” when a pass may not be used. Only one MAP pass is available per library card.


From the start page, enter a location in box 1 [for best results, use a zipcode; when entering a city, please input city and state]. In box 3, begin typing and a dropdown menu of library names will appear. Select the appropriate response. Select “get passes” under your desired institution. Available dates will be shown.  Select “request pass.” Type in your information. Select “continue” to view and print your pass.

Click here for a map of participating locations.

Flower Sale 2014 a Success!

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We had quite a group of volunteers come out for our annual Friends of the Library Flower Sale, held on May 10th on the library lawn. The Flower Sale is the Friends’ biggest fund-raising event of the year, and usually brings in about $2000.00 that is then used for library programming. This year was no exception, and thanks to the Friends and volunteers and every who bought flowers this year, we will once again have a successful year of library programs to offer to our faithful patrons!

Fancy Nancy 2014!


Fancy Nancy 2014 was a enormous hit! The girls were treated to a ballet performance from Dance Center Stage in Sturgis; and a ballet lesson immediately following the performance. They made a beaded coaster, enjoyed a Fancy Nancy Storytime, very fancy food (all made by volunteer Carolynn Dulin), including fruit kabobs, fancy vegetables, a salad and meatballs. They had a variety of cupcakes flavors to choose from for dessert. The lollipop center pieces and photo booth were created by Martha Stutzman.  Angie Vanderstraaten of Visions Photography donated her talent during the event taking photos of each girl as well as candid s during the event. Thank you everyone for making this years event a success!

Christmas in Colon @ CTL!

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Hundreds of people came out to the Colon Township Library last Friday for the annual Christman in Colon event, and by hundreds I do mean hundreds.

We had reindeer in our yard, the Colon Garden Club upstairs putting on a gift-wrapping workshop for the kids, a children’s book giveaway by the Kiwanis of Colon, and the Friends of the Library Book Sale downstairs. The Kiwanis gave away nearly 150 books, there were more gifts wrapped for parents than our volunteers could count, and we made a nice chunk of cash for the Friends of the Library with the book sale. As always, we couldn’t be more impressed with the people of Colon, who braved some serious cold weather to attend our library functions, and we are happy to repay that dedication in any way we can.  We miss having Santa at the library, but we will certainly find ways to spread the holiday cheer without him!

What will we be doing next year? It’s a bit early to be revealing our secrets, but we hope to make it even bigger and better than ever. Stay tuned!


Ruth McNally Barshaw to Visit CTL!

images (3)We are very pleased to announce that Ruth McNally Barshaw, author of the popular kids book series Ellie McDoodle, will be visiting Colon Township Library on January 18th, 2014 at 10am. Barshaw plans to speak to attendees about her book, and will even be offering a short lesson on how to draw! Come out to CTL, meet the author, and have your own book signed. For more information about Ruth McNally Barshaw and the Ellie McDoodle series, please visit her website.

Genealogy Class @ CTL


If you’ve ever attempted to find out where you come from, what your family roots are, or simply what kinds of variations your last name might have taken in years past, then you’re probably aware that it can be an intimidating task to jump into the world of genealogy. Colon Township Library and the Tri State Genealogy Society want to help, and so we are offering a two week introductory course on genealogy! The class will be held in the Smith Room at CTL, and will run for two hours, for two consecutive weeks. The class will use the textbook, Online Roots, which will be provided for checkout to all those who register and attend.

This genealogy class with run for two weeks, and will start on November 5th, and run from 3-5pm. The follow-up class will be on November 12th, and will also run from 3-5pm. You can register by calling Colon Township Library, so get out here and start filling in that family tree!

Storytime Resumes!


As the summer months finally come to a close, we’ve wrapped up our summer programming and are transitioning back into regular story-times for the kids!  We will resume story-times on Fridays in October, with our very own retired super-star Director, Patti Miller, coming in to read to the kids. In November we will transition into Wednesday story-times, to avoid conflicts with other kids groups in the area.

Storytimes in October will run the 11th, 18th, 25th, from 10:00am – 10:45am, and new dates for November story-times and on will be posted at a later date. Bring the kids to the library, and let them experience the magic of storytelling!

Our themes for October are as follows:

-Leaves are Falling

-Mice are Nice

-Silly Monsters (just in time for Halloween!)


Paranormal Activity at CTL…


Have you ever been in the library stacks and felt a chill run down your spine? Ever feel a cool draft coming inexplicably from behind some books that are no where near a window? Various citizens over the years have hinted that the Colon Township Library might indeed be haunted. We’ve taken these rumors very seriously and have contracted the services of a paranormal investigations group out of Coldwater. On September 28th, 2013, After Light Investigations pulled up to our small library in their mystery van and conducted a thorough search of every nook and cranny of CTL. It took them all night, but they came upon some very interesting results, and now….we are going to share those results with you!

Join us in the Smith Room on October 30th, Halloween Eve, to see the results and how the team uncovered them. Snacks and beverages will be provided, as well as a hearty share of spookiness!