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

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

The Polar Express

All Day 12/3 - 12/6
Veterans Memorial Library
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Age Group: Adults, Everyone, Kids, Teens
Program Description:
Stop by Veterans Memorial Library to see our model train in action! The Polar Express train will be set up in the children's area during open hours on Friday, December 3rd until Monday, December 6th. Children may also pick up a jingle bell at the Hel...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Babies/Pre-K" group.

Family Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Veterans Memorial Library
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
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.  *We will be doing our best to bring you in-person programming while keeping up to date with...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Middle School" group.
This event is in the "High School" group.

Teen Take & Make Kit: Beaded Snowflakes

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Veterans Memorial Library
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Room: Annex Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Middle School, High School
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 5
Program Description:
Join us as we create beautiful beaded snowflake decorations!  You can join us at Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. to work on our projects together OR you can pick up your kit* at your local branch to...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Babies/Pre-K" group.

Family Storytime

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.  *We will be doing our best to bring you in-person programming while keeping up to date with...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Middle School" group.
This event is in the "High School" group.

Teen Take & Make Kit: Friendship Bracelets

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Veterans Memorial Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Veterans Memorial Library
Room: Annex Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Middle School, High School
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Program Description:
Join us as we learn the art of making friendship bracelets!  You can join us at Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, January 11 at 6 p.m. to work on our projects together OR you can pick up your kit* at your local branch to c...

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.