All You Need For a Snowman

All You Need For a Snowman
What an adorably small group for Toddler Time today.
It was fun to see the three Toddlers we had at toddler time really show off their personalities today.
For singing, there were lots of shouts of joy and peals of giggles as all their favorite songs were requested and immediately sang.
When it was time to sing about dear Old MacDonald, he had a kitty, a horse and an alpaca on his farm.
Yes, an alpaca.
We learned the sound that an alpaca makes thanks to the little girl who requested an Alpaca and added it to our song. You can learn something new every day!
And while the weather is a balmy 50 degrees with a little rain this morning and sunshine now so it feels all springy out, we had a snowman story and craft.
Our story was All You Need for a Snowman.

All You Need for a Snowman

And when the story was done, we had all we needed for a snowman face at our tables!
dscn4732We didn’t actually use the glue sticks. Miss Denise was sure they must be needed because we need glue every Toddler Time but Miss Alicia had not set them out and Miss Alicia knew we did not need them. That glue all over the paper plate pretty much takes care of the need for a glue stick.


After painting a special glue all over the paper plate, the snowman face parts were pressed on and then it was covered in glitter. Easy and sparkly!
We attempted many photos of the group but Miss Denise couldn’t get the camera to take them fast enough to get the awesome shots we knew we could have had.
Join us next week for a another snowman craft. It will be cold next week – different people have very different feelings about hearing that news – but snow man day next Tuesday as well!
Join us on Tuesdays at 10:30 am for Toddler Time at the library. We have coloring pages set out until 10:45 and then it is singing, reading a story, craft time, a quick snack of some kind of crackers usually and then time to play with toys while parents chat. Come on out to the library and join us!
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Craft, Uncategorized


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Newer Books at the Library

Newer Books at the Library

If I say Newer Books does that make them sound even more interesting????  I don’t know.  But I thought it was worth a try.  These are NEWER books then say, oh, a week or so ago.

Today the sun is shining and you just went to get out and soak up that Vitamin D.  That’s what Michiganders are like.  First hint of spring and we are all outdoors.  Why not bring a book along with you?  Maybe set up that hammock and snuggle with a blanket if you get chilled.  Sounds wonderful to me!

Here are brand new books in at the library:

Adults –

Heartbreak Hotel (Alex Delaware, #32) Humans, Bow Down Most Dangerous Place (Jack Swyteck, #13) A Piece of the World Racing the Devil (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #19) Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3) A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) Rescue Me (Montana Rescue, #2) Right Behind You (Quincy & Rainie, #7) Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2) Dining with Joy (Lowcountry Romance, #3) A Heart Once Broken (The St. Lawrence County Amish #1) More Than a Dream The Postcard (Amish Country Crossroads, #1) Rebecca's Promise (Adams County #1) Rebecca's Return (Adams County, #2) Until I Love Again

Young Adult –

Silver Stars (Front Lines, #2)

Picture Books –

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in New Books


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Finding Fogo Part 2

Finding Fogo Part 2

We have another installment of Finding Fogo by Scott Kuykendall. Have you figured out the mystery yet?

If you missed Part One, click HERE to go back and read it!



In the last installment, we started our journey traveling North on the Plank Road searching for Fogo. We still do not know who or what Fogo is but we will know who or what it is when we find it. As I said in the first installment, Fogo is actually a part of our township’s history that was found in a very obscure document while conducting research on our county.

The Martin Public Library and the Allegan County Historical Society have joined together to answer the question “What or who is Fogo?” Over the next few months, we will be making a journey around the Township of Martin searching for Fogo, and along the way, we will discover and explore the history of Martin Township since its inception in 1836.

If you already know the answer, PLEASE DO NOT POST IT! Let us not ruin the suspense of this historic journey for the rest of the history travelers. So, let us jump in our time machine and hop through time and across our township to learn about the people, places and interesting facts that make our community such a fantastic place to live today.

In our last installment, our time machine brought us to Section 32, Monteith Station, 1895. As we get out of the time machine we look around at a populated and bustling little village. We can see a building just off to our left. Maybe that will tell us if we are in the right spot. We walk over to the building and we see a sign on the front of the building: MONTEITH POST OFFICE. We made it. Right beside the door there is another sign: POSTMASTER: JOHN JAMES NEELEY. Neely was the first postmaster when the post office opened in 1871. We now know we are at the right location.


About a hundred yards in the distance, we can see the train depot. Let us walk over to the depot and maybe we will find Fogo. As we walk up to the train depot, we see the sign on the front of the building. MONTEITH STATION. This was a very important little town in Allegan County during this time. This was the crossing point for the East/West and North/South rail lines. The Grand Rapids and Indiana line went North/South and the Allegan and Southeastern line (also known as the Michigan Lake Shore line) went East/West. In about 20 years, this town is going to be even more important when the electric interurban starts running through here. We look around the depot, but there are no signs of Fogo.

As we walk out of the depot, we see a man standing next to us with his horse. He is dressed very nicely and does not appear to be a common worker. Could he be Fogo? We walk over to the man and I say “Excuse me, sir. We are not from this area and we were wondering how Monteith got its name.” The man smiles at us and says “Let me introduce myself. I am William T. Monteith. My father, Thomas Monteith, bought the land in section 32 of this township in 1836 when the U.S. Government was selling the land in Western Michigan. It’s named after my family” He then smiles at us and says “Do you want to hear about my family?” We all sit on the depot bench and await his first words. “My Grandfather came from Scotland in 1743 and settled in New York. That’s where the rest of our family was born. My Grandfather also fought in the Revolutionary War. My older brother, Walter, and I came here in 1837.


We brought a team from Livingston County, New York all the way to Plainwell. From that point, there were no roads cut yet and we had to take an Indian path up to our land. There were only two families in the township at that time. The Eldreds and the Whites. When we first got to the land my brother’s farm is on now, we built a small log cabin and cleared and sowed ten acres of wheat. That is how we got our start. My father, Thomas, eventually came out here from New York in 1841 giving me and my brother, Walter, a quarter of Section 32 each. The farms you see on our land are the result of hard work and today, the Monteith family owns over a 1,000 acres in this township. There are several people who have told me that our family has done more to advance growth and prosperity of the county than any other family. My father paid to have the first church built in the township. The building is a mile south of Martin Corners and it is being used as a school today. They call it school number one. My family has also been involved in politics in the county and the township. ” He hops up onto his horse and says “I need to head home now. My wife, Margery, is holding dinner for me.” Mr. Monteith had a great story, but he is not Fogo.


So far, we have not had any luck with finding Fogo, so we decide to travel a little east on what is now 114th Avenue. We travel for about a mile on this dirt road. The Monteith family owns all of the farm land and trees in sight. Then we get to section 28 on our left. There, the land is owned by R.H. Wylie. And then we see it. A small building on the road just to the left of us! Is this Fogo? We race over to the building and see a sign on the front. OAKSHADE School No.4. This is the school for Monteith. It was located east of 8th Street on 114th Avenue. Well, it is not Fogo, but it is the second school we have found so far. We do not feel that Fogo is in this area so we head back to our time machine

Now that we are back in the time machine, we enter Section 36, 1913 into our computer. Let us hope we can find Fogo there.

Thank you for your time involved in this, Scott Kuykendall.  We are REALLY enjoying these!


Check out more information (and maybe some clues!) at the Old Jail Museum.

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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in Fogo, history


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New Books For February!

New Books For February!

It’s a new month and time for some new books!

It always cracks us up how people think we have time to read here at the library.  NOPE!  We are always trying to catch up…right now we are planning our Summer Reading Program for this year!  That takes a lot of brain power.  Phew!  But at least we know at the end of the day we can take home a good book to get lost in it for awhile. That is for sure a perk of working at a library.  You always know what are going to be good books to take home!

Here are the newest books at the library this month.  There are more on their way and watch out for March.  March looks like a BIG new book month.  Can’t wait!  (However, the stack of books I have at home that I have barely touched beg to differ that oh yes, by the way, I CAN wait for March’s new releases.).

If you are looking for a book to get you through dreary February, well, look no further than here at your little local library!  Also worth noting, our middle display is filled with red covered books for the month of Red Love aka Valentine’s Day.  The books have no rhyme nor reason, they are just red books so come check one out!

To the new books!


Always Close to Home Summer on Sunset Ridge (Forever Freedom #1) Echoes in Death (In Death, #44) Robert B. Parker's Revelation A Vision of Lucy (A Rocky Creek Romance, #3) Because You're Mine Never Never (Detective Harriet Blue #1)

Young Adult:

(worth noting: The Victoria Aveyard (King’s Cage) book is a VERY popular series right now.  We haven’t had a chance to check it out yet but it is hard to keep this series in the library.  And note the new Veronica Roth book.  Veronica Roth is the author of the Divergent series and this is her latest first book of a new series.)
Freeks King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)

Young Readers:
Dragon Captives (The Unwanteds Quests, #1)

Want to be the first to know what books are new at the library?  Follow along with us on Goodreads.  We can’t stress enough how much we love this site.  We use it for work and for our own personal use as well.  We are always looking up books and what is really helpful is that this site will recommend other books too read based on a favorite author or book.  SO HELPFUL.  Follow along!  We “want to read” every new book that arrives at the library.

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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in New Books


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One Snowy Rescue

One Snowy Rescue

It was rain and dreariness and a bit of fogginess outside but it was all snowmen delight and laughter inside the library.

Toddler Time started a bit sleepy dreary but once the songs began, the fun began and these kiddos had a lot of fun today!

Dear Old McDonald had a hard time getting animals for his farm today. I think the thinkers may have been a bit sleepy to begin with. But Farmer McDonald ended up having a Horse, a T-Rex and a Cow on his farm.

They sang Five Little Monkeys and If You Are Happy And You Know It and Head And Shoulders Knees and Toes and a whole lot of other songs as well.

The story was One Snowy Rescue. Be sure to check this book out, it has touchable pictures throughout the book.

One Snowy Rescue

The craft was one we were excited to try but wondered how it would go over. You take equal parts shaving cream and glue and a whole lot of glitter. You have to keep the mixture refrigerated and that was funny to see in the fridge because it kept taking us by surprise.



Here is a link to the website we found the mix at. We found the idea on pinterest. We find almost all our ideas on pinterest. You should follow us! Send us some ideas!


After that fun craft, it was time for snack but the tables were so full of sticky gooey snow that we had a picnic on the floor instead. That meant getting toys out was more difficult and we ended up with toys everywhere but we just rolled with it and it went well.


Join us next week for Toddler Time! We meet on Tuesdays every week. We begin at 10:30 with coloring, singing begins at 10:45 followed by story time, craft time, snack time and play time. Contact us if you need more info.


Thanks for coming out in the rain to make a fun Tuesday!

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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Craft, Toddler Time


Memorial Donations

Memorial Donations

As so many of you are aware, our little community has been hit with some pretty tough losses in 2016.

With some of these losses, donations were made to the library in memory of some of those who have passed on that loved the library.

It is difficult to decide what to do when you are gifted with money, we realized.  We wanted something that would last, something that would spark conversation and something that we needed.

Well, this is what we ended up with.


As many of you recall, our library was crashed into two years ago.  Yes!  Two years ago!

Don’t remember?  Well, this post may jog your memory.

When the car crashed through the library, the couch that was along the front window literally exploded.  There were parts all over!  That couch was heavy and we feel it probably did a lot to help protect so much in the in the library.

Since then we have not had a “comfy” place for our visitors to the library.  When there are meetings or when we have someone needing to use their own laptops or when we had our tea and scones Jane Austen day, there was no comfy place to relax.

Now there is!


And what a great way to sit and recall with fondness those who have gone on before?  Those who loved our library and who we still miss.  Those who we wish we could have one more chat with, hear one more story from.

These chairs will never replace those we have lost but at least their memory goes on and we can share our memories of them when we are asked about these chairs.


The chairs were purchased from a company that specializes in library furniture.  They are THE company you go to for library furniture such as book carts, book displays, etc.  They have everything you can think of for the library and things you would never think of!  These chairs are that commercial grade quality that should stand up to years upon years of use.  They are also made with a special material that makes them very easy to clean (or so we read!).

Please stop in and take a moment to sit in our new chairs!

And thank you again to all those who donated in the memory of others.


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Bear Can’t Sleep Toddler Time

Bear Can’t Sleep Toddler Time

Toddler Time kicked off again today! Woohoo!!!!

And kudos to the parent who knew we’d need some coffee today. THANK YOU!!!!!!


We attempted our first facebook live video. We’ll see if we can get some more. Photos are awesome but sometimes a video is kind of grand too.

Our group seemed a bit sleepy today and we really had to work to get our dear Old MacDonald’s farm put together. Usually we have too many options for the man, but today we had a kitty, a duck and a horse.

Lots of singing.

Then we had a VERY entertaining bear book. Miss Alicia had great voices today for the story. Miss Alicia is awesome.


Here is a link to the book…

Craft was a bear face. Cute and easy.

Then it was animal crackers for snack and lots of play time with the trains.


Next week we celebrate Groundhog’s Day and we have a very special craft for that. Groundhog Day is kind of a big day around the library.

Want to join us?  We have Toddler Time every Tuesday at 10:30 am.  There is singing, story, craft, snack and play.  Contact the library for more information!

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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Toddler Time


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