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Ira Township Library - closed Wed. Aug.23 - Mon. Aug.28
The Ira Township Library will be closed from Wednesday, August 23 through Monday, August 28th, for carpet installation.  Please refer all library service to the nearby Algonac-Clay (810-794-4471) and Marine City (810-765-5233) branches.  The Ira branch will reopen on Tuesday, August 29th, at 9 a.m..  

Thirteen Reasons Why: An Evening with Author Jay Asher

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As part of our 100-year anniversary speaker series, the St. Clair County Library System is proud to present Thirteen Reasons Why: An Evening with Author Jay Asher.  This is a free, ticketed event which will occur on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at the Blue Water Convention Center from 6 - 9:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6.  General admission.

At approximately 6:15, there will be a brief and informative presentation on local suicide prevention resources by Michael McCartan, Suicide Prevention Committee chair, and Amy Smith, St. Clair County Community Mental Health Assistant Division Director followed by Mr. Asher's presentation at 7 p.m.  After his presentation, Mr. Asher will engage in a question-and-answer period as well as signing books.  Books will be available on-site to purchase courtesy of the Fort Gratiot Barnes and Noble store. 

Free tickets for the Jay Asher event may be obtained by clicking here and printing them out.  Tickets will also be available at your nearest St. Clair County Library System branch.  

Jay Asher‘s debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past ten years. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the US alone and was recently made into a very popular 13-part series on Netflix.  His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was coauthored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler. His novels have been translated into over 30 languages. His third novel, What Light, was released in October 2016.

Reviews for Thirteen Reasons Why:

"Eerie, beautiful, and devastating." - Chicago Tribune

"A stealthy hit with staying power...thriller-like pacing." - The New York Times

"13 Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished read." Amber Gibson, NPR's "All Things Considered"

"When a book actually affects the way you breathe...you know it is powerful.  When a book changes the way you look at life, you know it is nothing short of spectacular.  Thirteen Reasons Why is that book.  I can't think of anyone who shouldn't read this book.  You will hurt, you will smile, and you will never be the same." - Diana, reader review. 

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Temple Grandin Lecture Video Now Available!
Dr. Temple Grandin spoke on May 3, 2017 at the East China Performing Arts Center as part of our 100 Year Anniversary Speaker Series of the St. Clair County Library System.  Ticket demand was incredible and we wish we could have fulfilled all of the hundreds of requests.  
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Upcoming Events
13 Reasons Why: an evening with author Jay Asher
As part of our 100-year anniversary speaker series, the St. Clair County Library System is proud to present Thirteen Reasons Why: An Evening with Author Jay Asher. This is a free, ticketed event which will occur on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at the Blue Water Convention Center from 6 - 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. General admission.

Free tickets for the Jay Asher event may be obtained by going to the link on the library home page and printing them out. Tickets will also be available at your nearest St. Clair County Library System branch.
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When:   Saturday, September 9, 2017
100 Year Anniversary Celebration
For our 100th anniversary of library service in St. Clair County, the library system will close at 3:30. The celebration begins at the Blue Water Convention Center at 4 PM with local dignitaries and the State Librarian Randy Riley speaking. Our special guest is best-selling author Terry McMillan who worked as a page at the St. Clair County Library herself courtesy of Town Hall. Refreshments catered by Chef Shell and musical entertainment provided by the Phillip J. Hale Trio round out our evening.
Where:   Blue Water Convention Center
When:   Friday, September 29, 2017
100 Year Anniversary Party
Don't miss this fantastic 100 Year Anniversary Party! 11:00 AM: Great Lakes Taiko Drummers Enjoy an entertaining show of Japanese Taiko Drumming! 12:00 PM: Bacchanal Promotions present: The Top Hat Side Show This amazing one-of-a kind vaudeville-style circus sideshow, includes an aerialist, fire act, magicians and other performers. This show is an action packed comedy show featuring the most dangerous and awe inspiring performers in their fields. They will also be doing free face painting and balloon animals. 3:00 PM: NERF Gun Battle with Joel Tacey Blast your friends…and have a blast with your friends! Players will have fun, dodge and dive as they try to out-wit and out-blast the competition during NERF Gun Battles. Lawn games will be outside all day for families to play, ( a few of which are Cornhole, Lawn Yatzee, Ladderball….) We will have cupcakes, cotton candy, popcorn and water bottles! There will also be a food truck set up outside for families to purchase a hot dog or something quick and yummy for lunch! Picnic tables will be available on the library lawn.
Where:   Main Library, Main Library Lawn; Donald Dodge Auditorium
When:   Saturday, September 30, 2017
Napoleon and America: Although He Was Never Here
Harness your horses and get ready for a speedy carriage ride through America, as viewed through the eyes of Napoleon from 1803 until 1817 (although Napoleon was never here).
Consider the course of history from the Louisiana Purchase, to the War of 1812 (that Napoleon contrived), to his exile that he first envisaged in America. Learn of the legacy he left in our very midst, including an array of place names. Even Michigan was not untouched.
Historian Dr. Susan P. Conner will take you on that journey through words, pictures, and commentary. She is professor of history emerita and retired provost of Albion College, Albion, Michigan and the author of The Age of Napoleon (Greenwood, 2004) as well as numerous other publications.
Where:   Main Library, Gilbert-Wilcox Meeting Room
When:   Wednesday, October 11, 2017
IP Address: 54.158.253.134