Upcoming Programs & Events!



African American History Month

Fun Facts for Tweens & Teens Visit Wickes Library in February and enter to win weekly prizes. Participants will learn about African-American history and culture.

African American History Month Community Celebration – Celebrate with Music
Saturday, February 18
Noon
Hoyt Library
In honor of music education, the Public Libraries of Saginaw invites you to our community celebration in song featuring the Bamecians Ensemble of Bethel AME Church and Demona Reed’s Music Studio students. For 42 years the Bamecians have ministered in song the personal and communal belief of the African-American culture. Join us as we salute our featured artists and journey with them through traditional and gospel sounds. Reception with light refreshments will begin at Noon with program immediately following at 12:45pm.

Movies Tell the Story
Thursday, February 23
6pm
Hoyt Library
Southside With You (PG-13): President Barack and Michelle Obama

African Folktale Puppet Shows
Tuesday, February 21
4pm
Wickes Library
Friday, February 24
10:30am
Zauel Library
Saturday, February 25
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
In celebration of African-American History Month, the Public Libraries of Saginaw hosts acclaimed puppeteers Linda Bryant and Rhonda Farrell-Butler as they perform the African Folktale Who’s In Rabbit’s House?. Children under age 7 must have an adult with them.

Regular Programs & Events

Preschool Story Time
Fridays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24
10:30-11am
Zauel Library
Children ages 3-5 with a loving adult are invited to join our drop-in story time for 30 minutes of read-aloud stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun.
February 3 – Portly Pachyderms
February 10 – Be My Valentine
February 17 – Crocs & Gators
February 24 – Who’s in Rabbit’s House?

Makerspace Mondays!
Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 and March 6, 13, 20, & 27
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!

Family Film: The Secret Life of Pets
Thursday, February 16
4pm
Hoyt Library
Find out what pets do when you’re not at home in this animated comedy rated PG. Running time is 87 minutes. Children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Learn to Knit Class for Teens and Adults
Saturday, February 18
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Knit a warm, cozy scarf. Learn how to cast on stitches, knit (English style), and make a slip knot. Needles and yarn will be provided with the lesson. Space is limited. Register today!

Hoyt Knitting Group
Tuesdays, February 21 and March 21
10am
Hoyt Library
If you love to knit, come join us at Hoyt Library. Whether you’ve done it for years or are just learning how, this group is for you. Bring your project and enjoy a morning of knitting and chatting.

Pages of History Book Club
Tuesday, February 21
Noon
Castle Museum
Join us for this month’s discussion of the book Stripped Gears, Retired Generals, and Grounded Hawks by Buzz Soderman. This discussion takes place at Castle Museum and is led by Leo LeFevre of Hoyt Library.

Duplo Club
Saturdays, February 25 and March 18
11 am- Noon
Zauel Library
Duplo Club is designed for children 3-6 years of age with a loving adult to strengthen problem solving, building and mathematical skills and vocabulary skills using building blocks. This hour of building fun allows you to play and interact with your child while challenging their imagination.

Family Storytime: Penguins!
Saturday, February 25
2pm
Hoyt Library
Where does a penguin keep his money? In a snow bank! Join us in a celebration of these adorable birds with stories and crafts. For children ages 6-10. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper.

Adult Coloring Club
Mondays, February & March 27 – 6pm
Tuesdays, February & March 28 – 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.

Saginaw Community Writing Center
Tuesday, February 28
4-7:30pm
Butman-Fish Library
Creative Writing Studio 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.

Adult Coloring
Wednesday, March 1
1pm
Butman-Fish 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.

First Wednesday Westerns
Wednesday, March 1
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us at Hoyt Library the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm as we make our way through some of the greatest Western movies of all time. Our March movie is Hud (1963).


Intro to the Internet
Wednesday, March 1
9:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Basic Internet instruction with emphasis on our web page, catalog, and Google searching. Specific questions will be addressed at the end of the session.

Film Festival Favorites
Thursday, March 2
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us at Hoyt Library the first Thursday of every month, January through May, for a selection of audience favorites from the first ten years of the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival. On March 2, we will be showing The Standbys (2014).

Storytime
Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31
10:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Drop-in storytime includes books brought to life by Ms. Maureen, as well as music and movement for preschoolers. Join us Fridays in March!

Family History for Beginners
Saturday, March 4
9am-1pm
Hoyt Library
Genealogy expert and local historian Leo LeFevre will teach basic research techniques and strategies used by genealogists. Traditional and online resources will be shared.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party
Saturday, March 4
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with fun party activities and yummy cake! Children under the age of 7 must have adult supervision.

Hoyt Library Chess Club
Saturday, March 4 & 18
2pm
Hoyt Library
Hoyt Library’s chess club meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 2-4 pm. 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, March 6
4pm
Hoyt Library
Who doesn’t love to color? Let your creative side go and join the coloring craze! For children ages 6 to 10. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper.

Butman-Fish Reading Group
Tuesday, March 7
6pm
Butman-Fish Library
Join us for a discussion of the book Already Home by Susan Mallery. Our discussion will be facilitated by LaRunja Brown.
This group is tailored to ages 18 and up. Need a copy of the book? Borrow a copy from the Public Libraries of Saginaw today.

Intro to Tablets
Wednesday, March 8
9:30am
Butman-Fish Library
Learn the very basics of Android tablets or iPads, including logging on to WiFi and understanding basic settings and apps. Class size is limited, so register today. Please bring your tablet with you.


Second Wednesdays: 3D Printing
Wednesday, March 8
6pm
Zauel Library
Learn about 3D printing and create your own design to print on our 3D printer! Younger children will create an object out of play dough to scan into the printer, while older children will use the website Tinkercad to design their 3D creation. For children in grades K-8. Space is limited, so registration is required. Call Miss Kathy or Miss Beth at 989-799-2771, extension 3 to register.

Make Your Own Book Bag
Thursday, March 9
7pm
Zauel Library
March is National Reading Month. Book it to Zauel to celebrate your love of reading! Express yourself by decorating your very own personalized book bag. Registration is required.

Parenting and Childcare Provider’s Workshop 2017
Saturday, March 11
10am-1:15pm
Hoyt Library
Do you want to know how to engage your child or student in a solving real-world problems? Do you want to help them think creatively or invent solutions? Then you don’t want to miss this fun, hands-on workshop that helps you explore ways to bring design thinking into your home, school, after-school program, or library. This event is free. Three SB-CEU credits are available for those individuals registered with the Michigan Department of Education. Please register at http://bit.ly/sag-design or phone 989-755-0904 Ext. 1125 for more information.

Sensory Storytime
Saturday, March 11 and April 8
11am
Zauel Library
This storytime is designed for children with special needs and their typically developing peers to experience the senses through music, movement, stories, and play. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of our other story times or programs, this is just what you are looking for.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week – Get Ready to Code!
Saturday, March 11
1-3:30pm
Butman-Fish Library
Learn about the mystery of computer coding when the Public Libraries of Saginaw partners with Engineering for Kids – Great Lakes Bay. Tweens and teens (ages 10-15) can register by calling 989-799-9160. Space is limited and registration is required.

Introduction to Finding Grants
Saturday, March 11
2pm
Hoyt Library
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the ten most important things you need to know about funding grants.

Pages of History Book Club
Tuesday, March 14
Noon
Castle Museum
Join us for this month’s discussion of the book Murder & Mayhem in Grand Rapids by Tobin Buhk. This discussion takes place at Castle Museum and is led by Leo LeFevre of Hoyt Library.

Design Time Tuesday
Tuesday, March 14
4pm
Wickes Library
Everyday materials, including toothpaste and balloons, will be used to learn fun and simple science experiments during this Design Time Tuesday.

Saginaw Community Writing Center
Tuesday, March 14 & 28
4-7:30pm
Butman-Fish Library
March 14 – Writing the SAT essay 6-7:30 pm (With on-on-one tutoring from 4-6 pm).
March 28 – Creative Writing Studio 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.

Intro to eBooks, Audio Books, and More!
Wednesday, March 15
9:30am
Butman-Fish Library
This class will provide basic instruction on how to download eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive; as well as instruction on how to download eBooks, audio books, music, movies, and tv series from Hoopla. Please bring your tablet or eReader.

Hoyt Book Discussion
Thursday, March 16
2pm
Hoyt Library
Join us for a discussion of the book The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Literature in Color Book Club
Thursday, March 16
5pm
Wickes Library
Join us for a discussion of the book Born Bright by C. Nicole Mason.

Starting a Business Seminar

Wednesday, March 22
1pm
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.

LEGO Club
Saturday, March 25
2pm
Butman-Fish Library
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to attend our LEGO Club where they can create their own masterpieces. Adult participation is welcome!

Learn to Knit for Teens & Adults: Make a Scarf!
Saturday, March 25
2-4pm
Hoyt Library
Have you always wanted to knit? Did you learn once, but can’t quite remember? Come to Hoyt Library and learn how to make a simple garter stitch scarf. Supplies and instruction will be provided. Registration is required. Call 989-755-0904, extension 1 to register today!

Celebrate the Power: Nutrition, Reading, and Exercise
Tuesday, March 28
2pm
Wickes Library
Children ages 7-18 will lean the facts about good eating habits and exercise as they rock their way to good healthy living. A variety of books will be on display and MSU Cooperative Extension will be present to make this a fun learning experience. A nutritious snack will be served.

Take a Spring Break Story Break
Wednesday, March 29
2pm
Hoyt Library
Celebrate the open road with this family storytime featuring the 2017 Michigan Reads! Title Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler. Come for stories, a craft, and, of course, bubble gum!