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The J.C. Wheeler Library is located in the heart of Martin, MI across from the Elementary School and Fire Barn/Township Hall.


Summer Reading is in full swing and our patrons are reading reading reading!
We love it!

Stop into the library to get signed up or to learn more about our fun summer reading program!


Sometimes our little town gets some flack for being so small.  Well, this summer we have a chance to prove to all those naysayers just how awesome we are.  Our library is competing with various other libraries in the area in a food drive competition.  Every week someone will be in at the library to pick up any non perishable food donations.  Our goal is to have 2,350 items donated.  This also happens to be the same amount that Hopkins library has for a goal.

  Let's do our best to show them we are the best food gatherers BEFORE our cut off date of AUGUST 3rd. 

All donated food stays right here in Allegan county so while this may be a little friendly competition, it will make a very large difference.

Every food item donated by the kids or the teens will get them one ticket per item. Just one more incentive to bring in food!




We asked what you loved about the library and you responded!  Thank you to all who took the time to tell us in written word what this library means to you.  To read the winning essays, click HERE or read them on our blog.

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If your family is anything like mine, your summer is starting to look a little busy. 

Before every weekend is taken up, be sure to mark this home town day on your calendar!

July 25th will be our MARTIN SUMMER FESTIVAL!!!!

Saturday, July 25th from Noon to 4pm in Downtown Martin there will be a Car/Tractor Show, shopping area with crafters and local home-based businesses, petting zoo, games/activities, ice cream, musical entertainment and more!  Be sure to check their Facebook page (Martin Main Street) for more information on this as well as other upcoming Martin events.


Book Club



Our last book read was our kick off to the Summer Reading Program for Adults and was be held Monday, June 22 at 1pm in the midst of a rain downpour.  Our food to pass around was scrumptious and our tea and coffee poured freely as we discussed this non fiction book.  Some who visited also had newspaper clippings and shared memories of moments having met Diet.  What a hero!  We truly enjoyed the conversations we had discussing Diet Emman: Things We Couldn't Say. 
 Things We Couldn't Say

This book is available at our library.

Our next book to read is also related with the Hero Theme. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott (available on MeL in book or audio cd form).


We will meet on Monday, July 27 at 1pm to discuss this non fiction book.  It is 433 pages long of interesting civil war "unknown" stories but it is also a book to fully concentrate on (so many names!) so plan accordingly.  I have only just begun this book but am quite taken with it, it reads easily like a fiction book.

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This Monday the teens met together for a two hour Personal Safety class.  They learned a lot!  Teen Council meets every Monday at 3pm throughout the summer. 



 And they are still talking about the outdoor Scrabble game!


   Thankfully we had a break in the rain and plenty of rocks to keep the tiles made from cardboard from blowing away.

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The boys fought hard for first place and in all  honesty it was literally a tied game for most of the game!  But in the end, it was the girls who got a win.  They may have been a bit excited and they may have rubbed in in a bit.  That's just what they should have done!

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Join us on Mondays at three for food, an activity and some major competition.  Or just for conversation.  Either way, we work hard to make sure they have fun!





Toddler Time is BACK!  Join us on Tuesdays at 10:30 am for a great time of singing, story, craft and snack.





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Summer Reading Program is off to quite the heroic start.  Join these small town heroes and others on Saturdays at 10:30 am for our fun events through out the summer. 


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1576 S. Main
Martin, MI 49070

Mon: 12pm-7pm
Tue-Wed: 10am-5pm
Thur: Closed
Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 9am-1pm
Sun: Closed

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