Veterans Memorial Library

Location Details

Address: 

301 S. University Ave
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Phone: 

989-773-3242

 

Corey Friedrich

Director, Chippewa River District Library

Email: cfried@crdl.org

Phone: 989-773-3242, ext. 210

Branch Hours

Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday - Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Upcoming Events

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The "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover" Challenge

All Day 2/1 - 2/29
Veterans Memorial Library
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Age Group: Everyone, Kids, Babies/Pre-K, Elementary School
Program Type: Book Club, Storytime
Program Description:
Give a mystery book a try this February and see if you can fall in love with a new type of reading! We'll match you with an unknown, wrapped & covered picture book that you check out at the Library without knowing the genre, author, or title. ...
This event is in the "Babies/Pre-K" group.

Babytime

10:00am - 10:30am
Veterans Memorial Library
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Room: Annex Meeting Room
Age Group: Babies/Pre-K
Program Type: Storytime
Program Description:
Join us for a special storytime just for babies and young toddlers.  If you would like to have a CRDL Storytime experience in the comfort of your own home, a playlist of our Virtual Storytimes is available to view here. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Babies/Pre-K" group.

Family Storytime @ VML

10:30am - 11:00am
Veterans Memorial Library
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Room: Annex Meeting Room
Age Group: Kids, Babies/Pre-K
Program Type: Storytime
Program Description:
Babies to preschoolers will enjoy stories, songs, and dancing while building vital early literacy skills! This storytime is for children ages 0 to 5.  If you would like to have a CRDL Storytime experience in the comfort of your own home, ...
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This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Babies/Pre-K" group.

Rainbow Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Veterans Memorial Library
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Room: Annex Meeting Room
Age Group: Everyone, Kids, Babies/Pre-K
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytime
Program Description:
Join us for color-themed stories, songs, and crafts while celebrating diversity. This storytime is for all ages.  You can also enjoy a CRDL Storytime experience in the comfort of your own home. View the playlist of our Virtual Storytimes...
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The Marsh King's Daughter: Visit with Author Karen Dionne

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Veterans Memorial Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Room: Annex Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Club
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Program Description:
Join us for a truly memorable meeting of our True Crime Club, in which we will host #1 international bestselling author Karen Dionne. Karen will chat with us about her book, The Marsh King's Daughter, and answer all our questions about how she w...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Tech Tuesday - Basic MS Word

5:00pm - 6:30pm
Veterans Memorial Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Room: Burgess Computer Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Program Description:
Learn to create and save documents in MS Word 2013. Learn about using spell check, cut-copy-paste commands, manipulate text, and more. ...

Veterans Memorial Library History 


Mount Pleasant's first library was organized on March 15, 1879. It was known as the Library, Literary, and Musical Association of Mount Pleasant and housed wherever there was an available space. Being an association, its materials were only available to its members. After most of the books were destroyed in a fire in 1895, the Library, Literary, and Musical Association faded away. In 1909, the Mt. Pleasant Woman's Club supported a movement to establish a public library in Mount Pleasant. The library opened on March 19, 1910. Within a few short years, the library had outgrown the building and relocated to the First Congregational Society of the City of Mount Pleasant on the southeast corner of Illinois Street and Normal Avenue (now University Avenue). Veterans Memorial Library remains in this location. In 1953, plans for financing and construction of a new library building were studied by community leaders. The new library building was constructed and opened in April 1957. Not only was there a new building, but a new name as well. On May 24, 1957, the library was dedicated to Mount Pleasant's veterans of all wars - Veterans Memorial Library. By 1974 the library was already running into space limitations and as the community continued to grow, so did the demand for library services. After years of exploring multiple possibilities, voters approved a $1.2 million bond in June of 1983 to expand the Veterans Memorial Library into the building used today. The building expansion was completed in 1985.

In 2010, Veterans Memorial Library was renovated using funds from the library's millage and support of many generous donors. The renovation included new lights, HVAC systems, computer networking, paint, and carpeting as well as rearranging the layout of the building to better accommodate patron needs.