The Mint City Singers want you
Ovid Library to host local author January 14
Plan now for a paint party at IQhub February 6
Briggs District Library News
Local students on Dean’s List

The Mint City Singers want you

If you can sing in the shower, you can sing in the choir. Enrollment is active now. All singers ages 14 – Adult are invited to join them when they resume rehearsals on January 9. No previous experience needed.

Visit for detailed information about the choir, membership, and enrollment, or contact director Ellen Hoard (989) 233-5775.

Ovid Library to host local author January 14

Nearly forty percent of American adults are obese, and Jon Stanton is one of them. The former Carland and Ovid resident has struggled with obesity most of his life.

FAT: A Life Unfiltered is a frank portrayal of the life of the obese, but with an emphasis on more humorous experiences of being overweight.

Stanton will be signing books on Tuesday, January 14 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Ovid Public Library, 206 N. Main St. He will also speak to the Women’s Book Club about the writing process from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The book is $12 for a single copy or two copies for $20. For those unable to attend, the book is available from via Stanton’s website

For more information about the event, visit

Plan now for a paint party at IQhub February 6.

Grab some friends and go to IQhub to paint these fun winter scenes. Colors and style can be changed to suit your own taste.

This is a public paint pARTy by Tracie Davis will be hosted by IQhub on Thursday, February 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 1130 S. Dewitt Saint Johns.

There is no experience is necessary. All supplies and instruction are included. You are welcome to bring your favorite food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy while painting. Paper plates, silverware, napkins cups, and bottled water will be provided for your use.

Pre-Registration is required to ensure that they are ready for you. Register here for $35.

Briggs District Library News

Ancestry – The library recently purchased Ancestry Library Edition for genealogical research, and we will be holding an introductory class to help patrons make better use of this great resource. The class will take place on Monday, January 13, from 6:30-8:00 pm, and will cover the basics of using Ancestry Library Edition. No library card is needed to attend, but advance registration is appreciated.

YMCA at Briggs Library – The Dewitt YMCA is coming to town. Come join Yeno, a certified personal trainer and fitness coach, on Wednesday afternoons for a new year of health and fun. Patrons will have the opportunity to choose from three different classes. A Balance and Stability class will be offered from 1-2. A Zumba class will be offered from 2:15- 3:15 and a Cardio Drumming class will be offered from 3:30-4:30. The cost of the classes will be $5 per session for adults and $3 for youth. Participants do have the opportunity to pay for the whole month. Registration is required for these programs. Please contact the library or the Dewitt YMCA for more details. Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 15.

Bookaholics Book Club – The January selection for our adult book club is Vox by Christina Dalcher. This dystopian thriller shows a near-future United States where women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words per day. Dr. Jean McClellan has her restrictions lifted when she is needed to help the president’s brother, and she begins to fight back for herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced. Copies of the book are now available. We will meet in front of the bay window at the library to discuss Vox on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30pm.

Adulting 101 – The library is introducing a series of programs designed to showcase life skills for teens and young (and young-ish) adults. Our first Adulting program is taking place Monday, January 27 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. A representative from St. Johns Business and Tax Services will be at the library to provide an overview of several personal finance topics, including filing federal and state taxes, budgeting, and saving. The information provided at this program is for informational purposes, so our presenter will not offer specific tax or financial advice. This program is designed for teens and young adults, but anyone is welcome to attend. Registration is now available.

Science Lab – Middle schoolers, grades 6-8, can join us for an afternoon of weird science on Friday, January 31 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Registration is required.

Sip and Stitch – Bring your knitting, crochet, or other hand-stitch project to Briggs the first Tuesday of each month, starting February 4th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This is a chance to socialize and gather inspiration with other crafters. Registration for this program is appreciated, but not required. Tea and coffee provided.

Toddler Storytime – Children ages 2-3 (with a participating adult) are invited to join us on Wednesday mornings, 10:30-11:00, February 5 – February 26, when we will read stories, move to the music, and explore our imagination with crafts. Registration is required.

Coloring Club for Adults – Relax and get creative on Wednesday evenings from 6- 7:30 pm, beginning February 5. Use our coloring supplies or bring your own to this fun, independent program for ages 18+.

Read with the Animals – Potter Park representatives are bringing stories and animal friends to Briggs Library on Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m. Registration for this program is appreciated.

Seed Swap – Abigail Harper from MSU Extension will be here on Monday, February 10 to discuss the One Seed, One State program and share the importance of saving seeds. We will also package seeds for the library’s seed collection. Participants are encouraged to bring seeds from their own garden to share with others during our second annual seed swap. This program will begin at 6:00. Registration is appreciated and begins on Monday, January 13.

Lapsit Storytime – Children ages 12 – 24 months with adult participation are invited to join us for age appropriate stories, music, creative movement and simple sign language. Choose Friday mornings, 10:30 – 11 from February 14- March 20 OR Monday evenings, 6:30-7 from February 17 – March 23. It is a wonderful opportunity for children to socialize with each other. Registration is required.

Chef’s Surprise – Budding chefs ages 7-10 can join us Monday, February 17, 10:30- 12:00 when we will learn to make a Presidential Breakfast. Registration is required for this program and begins Monday, January 20.

Babysitting Workshop – Representatives from the Cardio Pulmonary Resource Center, Inc. will hold a babysitting workshop at the library, on Saturday, March 14 from 9:00- 3:00. The class is geared towards 11-15 year olds, and costs $30 per student. Upon completion of the class, the student will receive a Pediatric CPR card, a Basic First Aid card and a Babysitting Course certificate. Registration for this program is limited and begins on Friday, January 17.

Tales to Tails – Ruger, a certified therapy dog will be back at the library this winter! Children ages 6-12 can sign up for a 15-minute session to practice reading aloud to Ruger on the 2nd or 4th Thursday of each month. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Connections – Patrons needing help with OverDrive/Libby, RBDigital, or any of the library’s other e-services will be able to come to the library for drop-in tech help each Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

No library card is needed to attend our programs. For more program information or to register, visit the library’s website or Facebook page or call (989)224-4702.


Contact Information:

Library Director: Sara Morrison
Phone: 989-224-4702 * Fax: 989-224-1205
Street address: 108 E Railroad * Saint Johns, MI 48879

Local students on Dean’s List

Following local student has been named to the Alpena Community College 2019 Fall Semester Dean’s List. The Dean’s List recognizes students of great distinction who have earned perfect 4.00 grade point averages and students of distinction whose grade point averages are between 3.50 and 3.99. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have full-time course loads of 12 or more credits.

Dustin Ambrustmacher


Spring Arbor University Fall Dean’S List

DeWitt, MI
Danielle L. Carter, First Time Freshman
Rebekah Ruth Carter, Senior
Nathan Wayne Foddrill, Senior
Adam J. Zarotney, Senior