A Brief History. . .
The Marine City Library which serves a population of over 4,500 residents got its start in 1889 through the Ladies Library Association. The first library was housed in the City Hall at Main Street and Broadway. In 1919, the City assumed responsibility for the operation of the library, and it was relocated in 1939 to the Newport Academy at Washington and Main Streets.
The Marine City Library became part of the St. Clair County Library System in 1967. A newly constructed library was opened in 1983 thanks to the generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Miller and other donors. In October of 2010 a new wing, paid for by TIFA, was added to the building. In the spring of 2016 Branch Lead Lois Kaufman asked the Friends of the Marine City Library to consider paying for the construction of an outdoor pavilion. The plans for this pavilion where beginning to take shape when a beloved member of the community and a huge library supporter, Bob Foster, passed away. The Marine City Library received many donations in Bob’s memory and when the Foster family learned about the planned pavilion they pledged to donate whatever additional funds were necessary to complete the project. The pavilion was completed on July 30, 2016 and a ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony was held that very day for the Robert M Foster Memorial pavilion. That same community spirit of giving is reflected in the dynamic library today which provides a wealth of programs and materials for the public.
Don’t have time to sit and read a book?
- We also have theatrical and educational video, music CDs, books-on-tape and DVD
- Free internet access (to St. Clair County residents)
Our staff is waiting to help – just ask!
Requests from Home:
- If you have internet access and a Marine City Library card, you can request any circulating item in the St. Clair County Library system from home.
- Items will be delivered to the Marine City branch and you will receive a phone call reminder.
Public Notice – Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, Music, eBooks and More:
St. Clair County Library has partnered with Hoopla Digital to give patrons the ability to have online and mobile access to free movies, music, ebooks, and more! For further information on this NEW opportunity please read the document below or visit the Marine City Library to ask the friendly staff members!
24/7 Wi-Fi Access at the Library:
The value of your library card now extends even further past the
physical branch hours by being able to use the internet within the Wi-Fi reception area at
any time. This is another way your Library connects you to a world of information.
Help keep someone warm this winter! Trim the mitten trees. Trees will be set up at each library location to receive store bought or handmade scarves, gloves, hats and mittens to help those in need. Items collected will be donated to local charitable organizations in each library community.
November 13th – December 15th during Library hours
Activities for Children
Share songs, stories, and play in a program designed to support the development of literacy skills. Ages 0-5.
December 20th & 27th at 10:00am
January 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th at 10:00am
Tutors For Kids:
Could you use help with your homework? Your local library can help! Receive one-on-one free tutoring in the subject of your choice with local high school National Honor Society students. Call to register.
December 19th at 6:00pm
January 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th at 6:00pm
Activities for Teens and Adults
Join local hobbyist Adele, as she helps us create our own greeting cards. Sponsored by “Friends of the Library.” This event requires registration and is limited to 12 participants.
December 17th at 6:00pm
January 28th at 6:00pm
Join us as we watch the latest shows, discuss various Japanese topics, learn some basic words, and enjoy origami crafts. This month we’re watching The Ancient Magnus’ Bride and will talk about Japanese cooking. Light refreshments available. Ages 12-19. A permission slip signed by parents is required in order to attend. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
December 18th at 3:00pm
January 22nd at 3:00pm
The Cast Off’s Knitting Group:
Calling all knitters and crocheters! Whether you’re new or experienced, join us, along with Lydia, for learning and laughter!
December 17th at 1:00pm
Teen Tabletop RPG Club:
Grab your sword, ready your bow, and prep your spells for an afternoon of tabletop role playing adventures! From creating a character to running a campaign, we’ll learn how to do it all. Beginners and experienced players are all welcomed to join us. Ages 12-18. This event requires registration and is limited to 15 participants.
December 20th at 4:00pm
January 17th & 31st at 3:00pm
Teen Writer’s Club:
Calling all aspiring writers! Come share your work with other young writers and get feedback to hone your story crafting skills. Please bring a sample of your work that is typed, double-spaced, and no longer than two pages. Ages 12-18. This event requires registration and is limited to 10 participants.
January 8th at 3:00pm
Unleash your creative side as we design a personalized mug! This event requires registration and is limited to 12 participants.
January 16th at 6:00pm
Crossings Book Club:
Join us for some lively conversation as we discuss Christian books. Call for titles. This event requires registration and is limited to 8 participants.
January 28th at 1:00pm
Activities for All Ages
Friends of the Marine City Library Meeting:
Become a part of your community library and discuss plans for the future.
January 14th at 6:00pm
Upcoming Activities & Classes:
Check out our selection of new or gently used books at our bi-annual book sale!
November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2018 during Library hours
Friends Of The Library Book Sale: Proceeds support library programs and events.
Friends of the Library
Become a part of your community library as you create and discuss plans for the future.
- Enhance the Library’s collection of books
- Promote the Library’s usefulness
- increase public awareness of Library functions
- Provide programs for the Marine City community
Project Friends sponsorship ideas:
- Used Book Sales
- National Library Week programs
- Programs for all ages
- Literary programs
- Reading clubs
- Purchase of books on tape, CDs and new library equipment
This group meets quarterly on the second Monday of January, April, July and October. Join today! Fill out and print the Membership Form.
To learn more about the Friends of the Library, click the following link ⇒ (More Info)