Southgate Veterans Memorial Library

Southgate Veterans Memorial Library Reopening Monday, August 3rd!

The renovations are done, the shelves are full, and we are ready to open the doors! Starting at 10am Monday, August 3rd, the library will officially be open once again, after nearly five months shut down. Come browse the shelves, make some copies, and of course, check out our new look!

There are going to be a number of changes to how library visits work; the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, and we have to take steps to protect both fellow patrons, and library staff. Please keep these restrictions in mind when planning to visit the library; hopefully, as time passes, we will be able to slowly move back towards our normal operation. We ask for your patience, and your understanding; these rules may change as we learn what works, and what doesn’t.

  1. Hours of operation are limited to: Monday & Wednesday, 10am – 5pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 2pm – 9pm; Saturday 10am – 5pm.
  2. Library occupancy is limited to 15 people; this includes library staff. For this reason, visits to the library will have a 30 minute time limit. We want to let people stay and enjoy the library, browse at their leisure, but to give everyone a chance to come in, and to better enable social distancing, this is a necessary precaution.
  3. Staff will be monitoring the number of people in the building. If the library is full, we will notify those waiting to come in. Once a patron leaves, another will be allowed inside, in the order they arrived to wait. Please be aware that we have limited space to wait outside the library, and to maintain a 6ft distance between yourself and others.
  4. Due to the time limit on library use, computer access is similarly reduced to 30 minutes per day. Please plan your computer use ahead of time, making sure you have passwords, documents, flash drives, etc., all prepared and ready to use.
  5. The number of accessible computers has been reduced, to better facilitate social distancing. There will be 4 computers available in the adult computer lab, and 2 in the children’s area. Computers in the children’s area will be available for adults to use if the lab is full.
  6. Masks, covering both the nose and mouth, will be required for entry into the library, in accordance with Executive Order 147. An exception is made for children under the age of 5, as well as for those who are medically unable to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask upon entry, one will be offered to you. Refusal to wear a mask, apart from the accepted exceptions, will result in service being denied, and you will be asked to leave.
  7. All meetings and events for the month of August have been cancelled. We will review this decision as time passes, and hopefully restrictions are lifted or eased.
  8. All returns should be placed in the dropbox. Returns will be quarantined for 4 days before being processed. Fines and/or fees may be applied to your account due to this delay; do not pay these fines/fees. When the quarantine has ended, staff will backdate the returns to when they were received, and any erroneous charges will be removed or reduced (fines may remain if the item was originally returned late).
  9. Staff will be disinfecting areas of high contact at set intervals throughout the day, to try and reduce the likelihood of contamination. Cleaning staff will be performing more thorough cleaning and disinfecting daily.
  10. Curbside service will be available for picking up hold requests. To participate, place an item on hold, either yourself or by contacting library staff. Once you have received notification that your hold is available, come to the library during when we are open (see above for our new hours of operation). Once here, call us from your vehicle. We will ask for your name, description of your vehicle and where you are parked, as well as your library card number if available. Staff will then check out your holds, bring them out, and verify your identity before handing them over. Please do not come to the library planning to ask for an item that is not already reserved for you; curbside service is only for items waiting to be picked up.
  11. The Summer Reading Program is being extended until Saturday, September 12th. While there will be no more events, bags with reading logs and a few activities are still available, and prizes can still be earned for filling out your reading logs.
  12. Please do not come to the library if you feel unwell. Patrons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, coughing, fever, etc., will be asked to leave.
  13. Please maintain social distancing as best you can while in the library. We have narrow aisles, that do not allow for easy passing; consider waiting until other patrons have moved on, or walking further around to reach your destination. The floor near the front desk will be marked with appropriate places to stand while waiting for assistance.

If we all work together, we can beat this pandemic, and keep the library open. It’s up to all of us to do the best we can, for ourselves and for each other. We hope to provide the best service possible while staying safe! Welcome back!

Get an updated Library Card Remotely

We are now offering the opportunity to sign up for a library card remotely! Any Southgate resident who does not have a card, or who needs to update an old card, can send us their information, and we will reply with everything you need to gain access to our digital collection. If you already have a card beginning with 29014, you should be set; this is for new cards and updates only.

To get a new or updated card number, send the following information to the Director, Don Priest, through email, with the subject heading "New Library Card".

Director Priest's Email address:

Once we are able to, we will enter your information into the system, and send you your card number and PIN. It may take a day or two, as staff is only in the building for a few hours a week. This card number will be good for 3 months. To extend its lifespan, and to retrieve the physical card, you will need to come in when we are open again, and provide proof of identity and address (drivers license is ideal). We'll fill in the rest of the details of your account, and you'll be set for the standard 3 years.

To find out more about our digital offerings, follow the link on the navigation bar for Ebooks & Eaudio.

Stay home, and stay safe!

A Job Well Done!

A huge thank you to the folks at Jabro Carpet One, here in Southgate, who installed the new carpet, as well as to Quality Painting Systems, in Ypsilanti, who handled the painting. A lot of long hours and hard work went into these jobs, and the results are fantastic! We couldn't be happier, and appreciate the effort and expertise they brought in!


Summer Reading Program 2020

While the virtual events are all over for this year, the reading program is being extended through September 12th. Bags and reading logs are still available for pickup at the front desk, and prizes will be provided to children who complete their log until we close on the 12th.

Social Distancing Kids Activities

Sadly, we aren't yet able to do live, in person programs for any age group yet, so in the meantime here are some other options to keep kids entertained and learning!

  1. While we lack the resources to do our OWN Virtual Storytime, there are many organizations making these available during these difficult times. One resources that's great for young kids, available for free at ANY TIME, is the SAG-AFTRA foundation'ss Storiline Online website. Famous actors read picture books aloud, using their talents, and the magic of online video, to bring the stories to life. This is an excellent resource for early literacy, and much better for kids than the average youtube video binge.

  2. For more virtual storytimes, see this list for upcoming live events that popular children's book authors are volunteering their time with over the upcoming weeks. There's nothing better for early literacy than hearing stories read aloud!

  3. Mo Willems, of "Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "Elephant and Piggie" (and other) fame, did a more-than-one month long series of Lunch Doodles available to everyone, for free! Most of those videos are still available, along with occasional new offerings. Stretch your creative muscles!

  4. The American Association of School Librarians as made a curated list of educational apps that are actually both fun and educational! A lot of apps out there claim to help kids learn, but many are lackluster at best. This list has all the best apps for teaching and learning that 2019 had to offer, with links to high quality websites and lists from 2018 available through their website.

  5. Tumble Books has kindly given us FREE access to a wide selection of their eBooks and eAudiobooks for ALL AGES through August 31st! See the following list for links to various collections. This information will also be available on the eBooks page on this website.

  6. MidAmerica Books has also opened up free access to hundreds of educational books and their child oriented ABDO Zoom research database!

  7. Storytime Yoga with Stuffies: Grab your favorite stuffed animal and get ready for a yoga adventure!

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

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