Welcome Richmond Township residents! This page is a quick reference for the services and activities that the library offers, but feel free to look around or call the us at (586) 727-2665 to learn more!
If you are a resident of Richmond Township, you are entitled to a full-service card at the Lois Wagner Memorial Library. Click HERE to apply online, or visit us in person!
What does a full service card get you? You are able to check out items at the Lois Wagner Memorial Library as well as any of the 21 partner libraries in Macomb County. This means if we don't have what you are looking for, we can get it from another local library. We receive deliveries of materials 5 days a week from these libraries, or you can also visit them in person with your card. It also gains you access to all of our electronic materials, which can be found using the Libby by Overdrive app, and access to Tutor.com for FREE.
In November 2018, the residents of Richmond Township approved passing a library millage for .3 mills per year for 5 years for full library privileges. This equals $.30 per $1000 of your home's taxable value. A home with a value of $150,000 and a taxable value of $75,000 would pay $22.50 annually for full services.
This enabled township residents to visit other libraries in the Suburban Library Cooperative, order items from other libraries, including the MeL state library system, and have access to all digital resources.
This millage is up for renewal on November 7th, 2023.
Our library has something for everyone-check out the tabs below to see the different ways our patrons use the library!
The cost of a new book on Amazon ranges between $20-$25. Save your money and get it at the library! We order new adult and children's materials monthly, and have Large Type versions and audiobooks as well. If we don't have it, we can get it for you from one of the Suburban Library Cooperative partner libraries, or from the state MeL system. There is also a material suggestion button on the library's homepage, in case you have a suggestion!
Be sure to grab a free copy of the BookPage monthly publication the next time you're in the library, provided by the Friends of the Library. This monthly magazine gives a round up of new books of the month, and is a great place to get ideas for new titles and authors.
Our library is part of the Suburban Library Cooperative OverDrive consortium, which provides all of our e-books, audiobooks, and digital magazines. Use the Libby app to download your favorite monthly magazine or an audiobook or two to get your through a long commute. An added bonus to using the Libby app is that the items return themselves on the due date! No fines are ever accrued for digital items.
Is your Internet giving you problems? Check out one of our 8 T-Mobile wireless hotspots for FREE. These hotspots have unlimited data and work wherever T-Mobile has service. The hotspots check out for 2 weeks at a time.
Parents of small children will like our Preschool Storytime sessions for kids 3-5 years old, and our Lapsit program for children 16-36 months old. These free programs are a great opportunity to connect with other parents in the area, and to help foster an early love of reading and the library. Session dates can be found in the library calendar below.
We also offer an at-home, year round reading challenge for children under 5 called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Parents receive a workbook with reading suggestions and sheets to track how many books are read. At each interval of 100 books read, a sticker is earned, and at certain levels, prizes are given. Once finished with 1000 Books, the child receives a certificate of completion, a $5 gift card, and is featured in the Library's monthly newsletter. Visit our Circulation Desk for more information!
You won't want to miss our annual Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Each summer we offer a reading challenge for children in addition to programming and special events, all to keep you children engaged in reading throughout the summer.
If your child is in need of homework help or tutoring, be sure to take advantage of a well kept secret-our patrons have FREE access to Tutor.com, a robust website that offers one on one online tutoring with expert tutors specializing in all subjects in grades Kindergarten-High School. Students can take subject specific practice tests, drop off math problems, submit a paper for review, connect with a tutor, or prepare for the ACT/SAT. Tutors are available from Noon-Midnight daily. A library card and PIN are needed for login; click HERE to access Tutor.com
Visit the library to access the Library Edition of Ancestry.com for free! Access is available with your device or laptop inside of the library, or feel free to use one of our public access computers to research. MyHeritage Library Edition is also available for free through MeL.org.
Interested in Richmond's history? The library has digital copies of the Richmond Review from the late 1910's through 1967. We also have physical copies of the newspaper from 1985 through present (now known as The Voice).
The Library is accepting puzzles in good condition for the Friends of the Library's Spring Puzzle Sale on March 23rd. Donations may be brought in at any time during the library's open hours of operation.