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Hoopla - Now with eBooks!

Cromaine Library resident card holders can now download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com  to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios and record companies – available to borrow for instant streaming on your computer or temporary downloading to a smartphone or tablet. Audiobooks included!

Computer Help at the Village!

Get your computer questions answered by experienced computer volunteers or library staff at Cromaine in the Village.

Struggling with the difference between Office 2003 and 2007? Not sure how to get your software installed? Have new software your child's been told to use and you don't know it either? Want to set up an email or social media account but their "Help" doesn't make sense?  Free Computer Help is available at Cromaine! Call 810-632-5200 today to set up your appointment.

"A Bit of Poe" now available on Amazon!

Did you miss out on our Big Read 2013 Anthology "A Bit of Poe from Hartland, Michigan?"

It is now for sale on Amazon, with a portion of the proceeds coming back to Cromaine Library.

Thank you to Thomson-Shore, Inc for supporting Cromaine and our Big Read!  Without their dedicated staff, we would not have been able to put together this book!!

Ciao, Mango, Bonjour.

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:47pm -- alynch

Learning a new language enriches one's understanding of his or her first language, increasing writing and communication skills all around.

Cromaine offers a great resource for beginning language learning -- Mango. For Cromaine Library card holders, it is completely free to create a Mango account and enroll in courses in French, Spanish, Italian, and many more. Mango even offers a fun course where you can learn to talk like a Pirate. 

Collection Spotlight: Early Readers

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 10:58am -- hdraft

If you have visited the Children’s section of the library over the past few months, you may have noticed that our Early Reader collection has had a bit of a makeover.

Branching Out--your next great read!

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:20pm -- eidzior

Lately I've been trying to branch out of my comfort zone with my reading choices. Spring seems like the perfect time to try some new kinds of books. Here are a few of the recent books I've read that were a little outside my comfort zone that I highly recommend!

Ducks at Village Elementary!

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:13pm -- hdraft

Village Elementary was in the news for a very cool reason: ducks! For the past thirteen years, a duck named Vanessa has returned to Village Elementary to lay her eggs, and each year, students and teachers alike welcome her with open arms. Find out more information at this link.

If your children are interested in reading about ducks, here are a few of the many great books available for checkout at Hartland's Cromaine Library!

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:54pm -- hdraft

Last week, the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2016 were chosen! The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 to "honor excellence in journalism and the arts." You can find the list of winners here, and if you are interested in a title from the Letters, Drama, and Music section, stop by the library and we will be happy to place a hold for you.

Blackout Poetry

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:02pm -- hdraft

Yesterday, tweens were invited to try blackout poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Blackout poetry is a unique writing form that uses pre-existing texts, highlights certain words from that text to create a poem, and crosses out the rest of the unused words.  This can be accomplished in an endless amount of ways, from simply writing over words with a black marker, to adding bright colors, to creating fun or beautiful  images around your new poem. Here are a few examples from last night that you can use as inspiration to create your own blackout poetry at home!

Youth Staff's Favorite Storytime Read Alouds

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:56am -- hdraft

As March is Reading Month comes to a close, members of the Youth Staff are excited to share some of their favorite storytime read alouds with you. All of these books are available for checkout, and if you would like more recommendations, please let us know.

 

Ms. Marta’s Favorites

I'm a Frog: An Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willems

Piggie sends Elephant into a meltdown when she declares that she is now a frog. Apparently you can pretend to be things you are not. Who knew?!

Great Reads for National Poetry Month

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 6:04pm -- alynch

Hum by Jamaal MayIn May's debut collection, poems buzz and purr like a well-oiled chassis. Grit, trial, and song thrum through tight syntax and deft prosody. From the resilient pulse of an abandoned machine to the sinuous lament of origami animals, here is the ever-changing hum that vibrates through us all, connecting one mind to the next.

Storytime Bunny Crafts

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 11:44am -- hdraft

At this week’s Toddler and Preschool Storytimes, we hopped into Spring with some bunny crafts. Both projects can be duplicated at home, and both are great for developing fine motor skills.

The toddler craft this week was an adorably bunny mask. To make it, all you need is one paper plate, some cotton balls, glue, scissors, construction paper, and crayons.

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