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"Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future."
Ray Bradbury

Welcome to the South Haven Memorial Library!
We are located in beautiful downtown South Haven, Michigan.
We proudly offer over 54,000 materials including books, audiobooks, and magazines. We also offer downloadable media through our OverDrive program, daily newspapers, free wireless internet, a community room for public use, children's programs, and much more!  
View our Calendar to see our latest programs.

Van Buren Reads 2016
From September 1 through October 16, all Van Buren readers are encouraged to join together and read 2016 Michigan Notable Book Garden for the Blind
by Kelly Fordon.
  Join us for the opportunity to meet award-winning author 
 Kelly Fordon on Tuesday, October 4th at the Lawrence
 Conference Center. The program will start at 7pm and be
 followed with a book signing. No registration is required, but
 seating is limited.

 Pick up a copy of the book at any of the Van Buren 
 District Library branches, the Paw Paw District Library, the South Haven Memorial Library, the Hartford Public Library, or the Lawton Public Library.

Storytime Resumes Tuesday, September 6, 2016
For children and an accompanying adult. Join Miss Doni for stories, songs & crafts!
11 a.m. in the SHML Community Room.
Now Available!
The 2016 Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is ready to use!
Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan's cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card! You can "check out" FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, seven National Park Service venues, and more.

Free for library cardholders; just print out the pass before you go.
Click on any link in this announcement to access, or on the balloon icon to the left.
You must have a valid library card to use MAP.
Tax Capture Bills for Libraries Await Action
Update: July 28, 2016
The Push for Relief from Tax Capture Continues this Fall
The Michigan Senate and Senate leadership recognized the importance of supporting the funding structure for Michigan’s libraries and voted 36-2 to pass the seven-bill package allowing libraries to protect their dedicated special millages. The bills, SB 579 and SB 619-624, are now awaiting introduction in the House Tax Policy Committee.
A number of work groups are currently working on a more broad-based solution to the tax capture issue that would impact all special millages. As a result, House leadership is looking to those potential bills as a solution prior to moving the library package. While the Michigan Library Association would prefer immediate action on our tax capture package, it understands the significance of a comprehensive fix to the tax capture issue and awaits the outcome of the work group’s efforts.
On average, nearly 80 percent of library funding comes from locally dedicated special library millages. The Michigan Library Association see these bills as a step toward taxpayer accountability, tax capture transparency and ensure dedicated library millages go to support the voters’ choice.
Did you know that $8 million per year is diverted
from library budgets to tax capture districts?

Under current law, local taxes approved by voters for library funding are being captured against the libraries' choice, without taxpayers’ knowledge or approval. 

Local TIFs capture $36,000 from the South Haven Memorial Library's annual budget.
Imagine what SHML could do with those funds.

    Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.