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Fixit Hanging Bike 071616The Fixit  includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. 

 The Fixit is located near the library’s bike racks, just steps from the main entrance. 

 This unique equipment was made possible through the generous contributions of the Plymouth Lions Club and local landscape design firm, Serene Landscape Group . 

 

The Plymouth District Library adopted the public policy set forth in the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, 1976 PA 442 on July 21, 2015. The Plymouth District Library Freedom of Information Act Procedures and Guidelines and Written Public Summary of the Freedom of Information Act Procedures and Guidelines are available via the library's website.

Free copies of these documents are also available at the Plymouth District Library.

FOIA requests are to be directed to the library's FOIA Coordinator at:

Plymouth District Library Attn: FOIA Coordinator
223 S. Main Street
Plymouth, MI 48170

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Fax: 734-453-0733

librarycardHow Do I Get a Library Card?

Library cards are free to everyone within our borrowing area.  If you wish to check out materials or use other in-house services the library provides, it will be necessary to visit us at the Circulation desk on the main level, at your convenience, to apply for and pick up your library card.  Please provide photo ID with proof of your mailing address, such as current Driver's license, pay stub, current utility bill or checkbook when you apply for a card.  See our Circulation Policy.

 

 Want to get a card for your child under 18?  Download a printable application form for minors and bring it with you the next time you visit us.  Parents must be present if registering a child under 18.

 

Online Registration Form

computerIf you are over 18 and do not currently have a library card, our online registration gives you a temporary library card number which allows you to place a hold on items today!  We will notify you at the email address you provide when the materials become available.  After completing the form, and reviewing our Circulation Policy, click "I ACCEPT" and a temporary library card number will be assigned to you.  You may log in using this temporary number along with your PIN, which is the last 4 digits of the phone number you've provided.  Your temporary library card number is only valid for 30 days.  It will still be necessary to stop by our circulation desk on the main level, bringing with you the required photo ID with proof of your address.

 

 

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The Library offers the following services through the Low Vision Center:


1.  Books and pamphlets about vision loss and where to get assistance.


2.  Large Print books, both fiction and nonfiction.

3.  Audio Books - Books on CDs and "Playaways"

4.  Magnifying Glasses that may be checked out for a 3 week loan.

5.  CCTV Reading Machine

6.  Internet Terminal with ZoomText (englarging software)

7.  Access to audio books from the National Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


Low Vision Info Sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month, at 1:00 p.m., at the Plymouth District Library, and are intended for anyone for whom glasses are no longer sufficient. Participants share advice on coping skills and adaptive technologies in a supportive atmosphere. These social and informative sessions are free and open to anyone with low vision, caregivers and friends. Guest Speakers are frequently scheduled and cover a variety of topics relevant to living better with low vision. Advance registration NOT required. For more information contact Marjorie Sadler, Adult Services Librarian, 734-453-0750, ext. 205 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

After You - Jo Jo Moyes

The Alice Network - Kate Quinn

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Annie's Ghosts - Steve Luxenberg

Arc of Justice - Kevin Boyle

The Astronaut Wives Club - Lily Koppel

Atonement - Ian McEwan

The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie

Beach Music - Pat Conroy

Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate

Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo

Behold the Dreamers - Imbolo Mbue

Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

The Book That Matters Most - Ann Hood

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Brooklyn - Colm Toibin

Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Commonwealth  - Ann Patchett

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese

Defending Jacob - William Landay

Digging to America - Anne Tyler

The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery

Faith - Jennifer Haigh

Fly Away Home - Jennifer Weiner

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

The Girls from Ames - Jeffrey Zaslow

The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Go Set a Watchman  - Harper Lee

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society -
Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Homegoing  - Yaa Gyasi

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet
- Jamie Ford

The Hours - Michael Cunningham

The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

The Inner Circle - Brad Meltzer

In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson

The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd

Jade Dragon Mountain - Elsa Hart

The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Fowler

The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom

The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult

Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

Little Fires Everywhere  - Celeste Ng

Loving Frank - Nancy Horan

Maine - J. Courtney Sullivan

Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear

A Man Called Ove  - Fredrik Backman

March - Geraldine Brooks

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helin Simonson

Me Before You - JoJo Moyes

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

Never Let Me Go - Kashiro Ishiguro

Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith

Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Tale  - David Maraniss

Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline

Our Souls at Night - Kent Haruf

The Paris Wife - Paula McLain

Peace Like a River - Leif Enger

A Piece of the World - Christina Baker Kline

Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult

The Postmistress - Sarah Blake

The Pull of the Moon - Elizabeth Berg

Redeployment - Phil Klay

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick

Remarkable Creatures- Tracy Chevalier

Room - Emma Donoghue

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

Rules of Civility - Amor Towles

Saint Maybe - Anne Tyler

Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay

The Sandcastle Girls - Chris Bohjalian

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

The Secrets of Mary Bowser - Lois Leveen

Shanghai Girls - Lisa See

The Shoemaker's Wife - Adriana Trigiani

Silver Girl - Elin Hilderbrand

Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See

Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

Stealing Buddha's Dinner - Bich Minh Nguyen

Still Alice - Lisa Genova

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin

The Summer Before the War - Helen Simonson

The Tender Bar - J. R. Moehringer

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance - Jonathan Evison

The Turner House  - Angela Flournoy

The Underground Railroad

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

X: A Novel - IlyasahShabazz & Kekla Magoon

 

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Book Clubs |  Class Visits  |  Exam Proctoring  |  Library Groups  |  Low Vision Center  |  Meeting Rooms  |  Outreach  |  Public Computers


R.E.A.D._program_intro_photoFor the youngest patrons and their parents, there are regularly scheduled storytimes, as well as special holiday events and the annual Summer Reading Program. R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) is a service for those in grades 1-6 who would like to spend 15 minutes reading to the special therapy dog that visits the Library. Homeschoolers and their parents have events scheduled regularly to highlight features of the Youth Services Area. Youth collections include picture books, easy-readers, chapter books, nonfiction, youth graphic novels, DVDs, audio books, music CDs, puppets, media kits, video games, computer games, and magazines.

Teens have a multitude of collections and programming for their personal and educational needs, including video gaming, craft programs, a book discussion group, and volunteer opportunities. There are also programs designed to prepare teens and their parents for the college admission process. Teens can also take advantage of Summer Games events and have their own collection of graphic novels, audio books, graphic novels, and manga, as well as regular teen fiction and nonfiction books.

Adults are invited to attend a diverse assortment of programs offered at the Library. The Friends of the Library sponsor speakers from the Detroit Institute of Art on a regular basis. The ongoing Rhapsody; Music at the Library is another popular series backed by the Friends. Money Management Seminars and Medicare workshops take place several times each year. The Great audience_w-speakerMichigan Read Program takes place annually, and the library's book discussion groups take part, as well as the general public. Other library groups focus on needlecrafts, gardening, film discussion, papercrafting, and support for those with low vision. Computer classes take place in the library's computer lab. Adult collections include traditional fiction and nonfiction titles, DVDs and Blu-Rays, audio books, e-media to read and play on personal devices, video games, magnifiers, music CDs, large print books, magazines, and graphic novels. Outreach services and home delivery are available for local residents, as well as exam proctoring. 



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Low Vision Info Sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month, at 1:00 p.m., at the Plymouth District Library, and are intended for anyone for whom glasses are no longer sufficient. Participants share advice on coping skills and adaptive technologies in a supportive atmosphere. These social and informative sessions are free and open to anyone with low vision, caregivers and friends. Guest Speakers are frequently scheduled and cover a variety of topics relevant to living better with low vision. Advance registration NOT required. For more information contact Marjorie Sadler, Adult Services Librarian, 734-453-0750, ext. 205 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Brown Bag Books - This daytime group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at noon in the library. Group members bring their own lunches and beverages are provided by the Library. Multiple copies of the works to be read are available for checkout. Please click for a schedule of books to be discussed during the next few months. For more information, contact Tim Sherman, Adult Services Librarian, 734-453-0750, ext. 206 or email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Contemporary Books - This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the library. Group members decide which books will be discussed and take turns moderating the meetings. Multiple copies of the works to be read are available for checkout. Please click here for a schedule of books to be discussed during the next few months. For more information, contact Susan Patterson, group facilitator. (734) 453-0750, ext. 241, or email her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Garden Group - This group discusses various aspects of gardening and landscaping. Meetings are at 7:00pm on the 4th Thursday of each month, April through October. For more information, contact Alice McCardell, Adult Services Librarian, 734-453-0750, ext. 240, or email her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Great Books - This discussion group is open to anyone who would like to explore great literature and meet with others to develop a deeper appreciation of it. The group meets every other Monday evening at 7:30 from September through May. The group is open to anyone who is curious and willing to work with others in developing an understanding and appreciation of great literature. For more information contact Karen Berrie, group facilitator. (734) 453-2454.

 

low_visionLow Vision Info Session – This group meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Participants share coping skills and adaptive technologies in a supportive atmosphere. Sessions are social as well as informative, and often feature a guest speaker. Library staff members are available to provide assistance with library equipment and services.  For more information contact Marjorie Sadler, Adult Services Librarian, by phone at 734-453-0750, ext. 205, or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Needlecrafters - Welcome knitters, quilters, and other kinds of handicrafters! Bring your current project to share with this group on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. For more information contact Sean Glasgow, Adult Reference Librarian, 734-453-0750, ext. 208 or email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Writing Group: Area writers are invited to share their writing and exchange ideas. All levels of writing experience welcome. This group meets at the library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, from 1:30- 3 p.m.

 

Schools and Teachers
At Plymouth District Library, we are committed to supporting the needs of our students and teachers. We will work with Plymouth educators to find ways to make library resources accessible for classrooms. If you have additional questions or ideas about new ways to collaborate, please send us an email.

Class Visits
Whether you would like a librarian to come to your classroom or you would like to plan a field trip to our building, please fill out the request form at least two weeks in advance.  Library staff will follow up to coordinate the specifics. Please send us an email with the following information: educator name, contact number and email address; name of school; grade level, preferred date and time for class visit; and best time to contact you.

Library Materials in the Classroom
If you would like to offer library materials for your students to use in the classroom, please fill out a request form at least 7 days in advance.  We will put together a bag of resources on any topic you need and drop it off at your school.

To request a resource bag, please send us an email containing the following information: educator name, contact number and email address; name of school; grade level, what do you need; number of copies; date needed; and best way to contact you.

The Library has several meeting rooms that are available to area non-profit groups during regular library hours. There is no rental cost for these rooms. We do require that at least one member of the group lives in the City of Plymouth or Plymouth Township. Our largest room accommodates up to 120 people, seated theatre style. Room availability and reservations can be made by contacting Susan Stoney at 734-453-0750, ext. 242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also have several private study rooms, accommodating 2-6 people. These can be found on our upper level and are available on a first-come first-served basis.

 

iStock_happywomanreadingbook.XSmallThe Plymouth District Library Outreach Program provides services to the community through monthly visits by volunteers to area nursing homes and retirement communities. The following sites are served by the library on a regular basis:

   Independence Village
   Plymouth Court
   Plymouth Inn
   Plymouth Towne Apartments
   St. David's Gate Apartment
   Tonquish Creek Manor
   MediLodge

The library also offers Home Delivery Service to Plymouth and Plymouth Twp. residents who are physically unable to come to the library due to a permanent or temporary illness or disability. To arrange for home delivery, please contact Alice McCardell at 734-453-0750, ext. 240 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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The Plymouth District Library offers proctoring services at no cost for students of accredited colleges and universities. The service is limited to patrons who qualify for a Plymouth library card. Proctoring is done by appointment only. To arrange for this service, please contact Alice McCardell at 734-453-0750, ext. 240 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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Contemporary Books

This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Library. Titles for discussion are chosen and moderated by the group members. Each month the current title is available at the Reader's Advisory desk on the Main Level in the Library. For further information, please call Sue Patterson at the Library, (734) 453-0750.

 Upcoming Books

Books Discussed 1990 - 2018

 

Brown Bag Books

This book discussion group meets at the Library at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Group members are welcome to bring a lunch with them, with coffee provided by the Library. A copy of the current title can be obtained at the Help desk on the Main Level. For further information, please call Tim Sherman at the Library, (734) 453-0750, ext 206.

Upcoming Books

Books Discussed 1999 - 2018



Books On Tap

Meetings take place at Liberty Street Brewery, 149 W. Liberty Street, at 7:00pm on the third Thursday of each month. Copies of the book on deck are available at the library Help desk on the Main Level. Cheers! (BYOB: Buy your own beverages.) For further information, please call Holly Hibner at the Library, (734) 453-0750, ext 213.

Upcoming Selections

View our past reading selections

 

Great Books

The Great Books Foundation is a nonprofit education organization that has helped advance critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of readers of all ages in the U.S. and other countries. The local group meets every other Monday evening at 7:15p.m., September through May. For more information, please call Susan Stoney at the Library, (734) 453-0750, ext 242.

 

Book Club Kits

BookClubKitHave you ever wanted to host a book discussion group but didn't know how to get started?
The Library offers Book Club Kits, a simple way to get your book club up and running. Established book groups will find having multiple copies available and information at your fingertips a great advantage. Each bag contains multiple copies of a title and numerous resources on how to start and maintain a book discussion group. Kits in canvas bags will be checked out as a unit to one member of your group for 8 weeks. You may place reserves on Book Club Kits at the Help Desk on the Main Level, 734-453-0750, press 4.


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