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The Library Network shared system libraries, including the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, are upgrading to a new shared online catalog and checkout system (CARL) in May.

In preparation for the switch to the new system, MelCat services will be suspended on April 1, 2018 with a tentative resume date of July 1, 2018.

MelCat requests will not be allowed during this period, but any previously checked out MelCat items can still be returned. Thank you for your cooperation as we get ready for our new system.

Food for Fines

A soup can with the Southgate Library logo, and the following text: Food for Fines. Help feed the hungry while paying your fines! Southgate Veterans Memorial Library 14680 Dix-Toledo Rd. Southgate, MI 48195. 734-258-3002.

From Monday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 28th patrons will receive $1 off their fines for any non-perishable good donated. This applies only to Southgate residents and fines on Southgate items, and cannot be used for lost item replacement fines.

Donated food items must be non-perishable, such as dry grains or canned food. The following is a list of examples.

  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Tuna and Salmon
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly (no glass)
  • Canned or Dry Soups
  • Canned Stews and Chili
  • Canned Pasta
  • Canned Vegatables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Pasta (Spaghetti “O’s”)
  • Hot and Cold Cereals
  • Rice
  • Cake Mixes
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Powdered Milk
  • Packaged Pasta (Macaroni & Cheese, etc.)
  • Juice Boxes
  • Canned Juices
  • Canned Beans
  • Spam
  • Canned Gravy
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baby Food & Cereal (glass jars accepted)
  • Baby Formula (Enfamil/Similac)
  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal Bars

Featured Events

Craft Stick Builders

A tower built from colorful craft sticks and clothespins.

Saturday, March 1tth, 2:30-3:30PM in the craft room

Kids ages 5 and up, and their families, are invited to build structures and complete engineering challenges using craft sticks, binder clips, and clothes pins. How many big books can your building hold up? How tall can you make your tower? How long can you make a bridge? Parents are encouraged to stay and help younger kids. See you there!

Author Visit - Herb Boyd

Author Herb Boyd


Contact: Don Priest, 734-258-3002

The Southgate Veterans Memorial Library is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the author Herb Boyd on Thursday, April 5th, at 6pm. His book, Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination, was chosen by the Library of Michigan as one of the 2018 Michigan Notable Books. His visit to Southgate was made possible by the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Education, and sponsors for the Michigan Notable Book Tour.

Mr. Boyd is a journalist, activist, teacher, and author or editor of 23 books, including this year’s Great Michigan Read, The Diary of Malcolm X, edited with Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter. He will be talking about Black Detroit at the event, copies of which will be available for purchase thanks to partnership with The Book Beat, located at 26010 Greenfield, Oak Park MI 48237. The Southgate Veterans Memorial Library address is 14680 Dix-Toledo Rd., Southgate MI 48195.

The cover of Black Detroit

Phone: 734-258-3002 - Address: 14680 Dix-Toledo Rd. Southgate, MI 48195

Hours - Mon-Thurs: 10am-9PM - Sat: 10am-5pm