Food for Fines: Thank you!
On behalf of the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library's partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Food for Fines program, we'd like to give you a GIANT thank you! We received over 120 greatly needed donations to help combat hunger in southeast Michigan. We are so proud to serve a community that helps and watches out for the well-being of others! If you missed it this time, keep an eye on the Gleaners website to see what other food drives are happening.
CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDWE WILL BE CLOSED STARTING TODAY, THURSDAY MAY 24TH AT 5PM, THROUGH MONDAY, MAY 28TH. WE WILL RE-OPEN ON TUESDAY, MAY 29TH AT 10AM.
Friday, May 25th - Tuesday, May 29th
On Tuesday, May 29th, the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, along with many other local libraries who work together through The Library Network, will be switching over to a new inter-library system, called CARL. This updated system will provide new benefits, and should be more user friendly. Services will be suspended over the Memorial Day weekend while we make the switch, beginning at 6pm on Friday, May 25th. Over the long weekend, you will be unable to:
- View the catalog
- Place holds
- Renew items (nothing should be due during this time)
- Pay bills
- Access your account
The online databases found at tln.org should still be available, as should access to Overdrive. We will be closed for the long weekend, beginning at 5pm on Thursday, May 24th, and resuming our normal hours of operation at 10am on Tuesday, May 29th. As always, the dropbox is available for returns, which will be backdated to Thursday, May 24th. We anticipate a busy day on the 29th, as we all adjust to a brand new system, while also serving heavy traffic due to the lengthy closure. Staff will have undergone training to use CARL, but we ask for your patience if the switch is not entirely smooth. MELCAT will continue to be unavailable, we still tentatively hope to resume that service on July 1st.
If you have any questions regarding this change, or concerns regarding the suspension of services over Memorial Day weekend, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're looking forward to many successful years using CARL!
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental illness in a given year, and 1 in 25 experiences a serious mental illness that severely impacts their quality of life. An estimated 1 in 5 youth (13 - 18) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, as will approximately 1 in 9 children. There are significant links between mental illness and incidence of homelessness and incarceration. Many people remain undiagnosed and/or untreated, leading to other health problems, dropping out of school, and suicide. Remember, there is nothing shameful about mental illness, treatment does work and anyone suffering deserves to get the help they need, just as people with physical injuries or illnesses do.
The Southgate Veterans Memorial Library is partnering with Community Care Services to raise awareness and make information available. CCS is a non-profit organization that provides treatment for mental health conditions, as well as substance abuse, for adults, teens, and children. This year, CCS wants to focus on the mind/body connection, and the benefits of proper self-care. Sleep, nutrition, exercise, and hobbies can all have a profound impact on mental well-being. We have plenty of books on these topics, and can help you find more information. Please, come in and see what we have to offer!