Southwest Michigan Third Annual Library Hop! Scheduled for the Month of April


The Annual Library Hop is a way to introduce people to area libraries and the programs each library offers.  Each participating library has planned special events during the month of April.  The Dowagiac District Library is offering Blackout Poetry—where patrons take a page from a book no longer in circulation and use a pencil to black out some of the text while strategically keeping other words visible, which creates a new and unique poem.

The Library Hop provides a wonderful opportunity to plan road trips with family or friends in Southwest Michigan.  The first week of the Library Hop coincides with Dowagiac Union Schools Spring Break and any student and parent who is enjoying a vacation would benefit from this a great opportunity to be educated and entertained.

The Library Hop is a great way to showcase the charm of small communities. There are interesting shops and restaurants in each location.  These communities have beautiful parks which would be great places to have a picnic.  And there is history.  Did you know that the Harvester/Thrasher combine was invented by one of the first settlers in Climax?  Did you know that at least two of the communities represented were part of the Underground Railroad? 

This is the Third Annual Library Hop and it occurs from April 1 through 30.


Patrons can pick up a “passport” at one of local participating libraries.   As the libraries are visited, patrons can get a stamp on their passport from the library visited.


This year there are 20 participating libraries. There is a website available at, and also a facebook page highlighting the special events during the month of April.

Participating libraries are: 

Athens Community Library

Burr Oak Township Library

Cass County District Library

Colon Township Library

Comstock Township Library

Constantine Township Library

Dowagiac Community Library

Galesburg-Charleston Memorial Library

Lawrence Memorial Library, Climax

Wood Memorial Library, Marcellus Township

McKay Library, Augusta-Ross Township

Mendon Township Library

Nottawa Township Library

Parchment Community Library

Richland Community Library

Schoolcraft Community Library

Sturgis District Library

Three Rivers Public Library

VanBuren District Library

Vicksburg District Library


Patrons can find the websites and addresses for each library at the Library Hop website at