Donna Lee Gauntlett Visits the Library
The library is pleased to host a book signing with Watervliet Native, Donna Lee Gauntlett on Tuesday, August 23 from 5pm-7:30pm. Gauntlett's memoir, "Finding Pockets of Happiness: an Illustrators Memoir" along with her creative coloring journal, also titled "Finding Pockets of Happiness" will be available for purchase during the event. Gauntlett is offering a free art print with the purchase of any of her books. Please visit donnaleegauntlett.com or call Donna Gauntlett at (941) 587-3255 with any questions.
Donna Nelson Gauntlett was born in Watervliet and later moved to Sarasota, Florida. Her family has been in the area since 1919. Her grandfather and his brother owned a local business on Main Street called Nelson Brothers. They sold many miscellaneous items such as jewelry, auto parts, automobiles, radios, televisions, and guitars to mention a few. Later her dad joined the business and the name was changed to Nelson Auto Parts. Donna's grandmother, Lavinia Nelson was the organist and music teacher at The Plymouth Congregational Church for over twenty years. After retirement her parents have returned seasonally for the last twenty years and reside in the old Nash home.
Story Hour is on a short break and will resume on Wednesday, September 14th @ 10:30 am.
Michigan Activity Pass
"Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan's cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card! You can "check out" FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, seven National Park Service venues, and more." Click Here for more information and to print your pass. Passes may also be printed at the library for $.10/page. Enjoy!
The Coloma Library Book Club is meeting for a book discussion on Thursday, September 1 @ 5:30 pm. The title to read before the discussion is One Dead in Attic by Chris Rose. Generally, depending on demand there are titles available for check-out at the front desk.
The Book club regularly meets every other Thursday and is always looking for new members. If you are interested in more information please click here or stop in the library.
Ancestry.com Library Edition
The library has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier. Ancestry® Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname. Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition's millions of records – as far back as the 1400s.
Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you'll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched. Key in the name, click on "Search" and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists. It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images census records and civil registrations. Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you'll assemble. These records have "clues" to the past – places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc – that lead to more information. Names can be added to form the "tree" or searched to find more clues.
Ancestry.com Library Edition can be used on any of the computer workstations at the library. To get on the library computers you do need to have a library card. Please call (269) 468-3431 with any questions.
Past issues of the Coloma Courier (November 1899-1969), Watervliet Record (1890-October 1984) and Tri-City Record (1984-2010) are available for searching and browsing on this website. A special thank you to Karl Bayer at the Tri-City Record for allowing the library to make these papers available to the public. Also a special thank you to the Watervliet District Library for their support with this project.
The library's catalog is available for you to search from home! Simply click "Catalog" from the menu bar on any page to visit the library's website. When you arrive at that site click "Coloma Public Library" and begin your search.
There you will find further instructions on how to search for books, renew items you have checked out and place holds. If you have any questions, please call the library at (269) 468-3431.
The library is glad to offer ebooks to patrons living within the library's service area. If you need assistance adding ebooks to your device, click here!
*Not all authors/publishers participate in ebook lending to libraries.
**Thank you to the Coloma Lioness Club, their generous donation has made many titles available for everyone to read!