Historical Sage Library

Sage Branch Library exterior with foundation and steps leading to entrance

Library Location, Contact, and Hours

Address:
100 E. Midland St.
Bay City, MI 48706

Directions:
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Amy Churchill
Managing Librarian
achurchill@baycountylibrary.org

Phone:
989-892-8555 ext. 307

Fax:
989-892-1516

Additional Contacts

Children's Department
Dani DiAmico
989-892-8555 ext. 309

Teen/Adult Departments
Emily Marsh
989-892-8555 ext. 315

Hours:
Monday – Tuesday: 9AM-5PM
Wednesday – Thursday: 12PM-8PM
Friday: 9AM-5PM
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

The Sage Branch Library is located on the west side of Bay City, Michigan. This historic building and its staff provides full library service, including programs, WiFi, and computers with high-speed access to the Internet. It houses a varied collection of books, CDs, magazines, audio books, DVDs, and videos for people of all ages, as well as puppets and toys for children. A community room is available for meetings of groups and organizations.

Historical Sage Public Library

The Sage Public Library, now known as the Sage Branch of the Bay County Library System, was dedicated to the people of West Bay City, Michigan, in January, 1884. It was a gift from Henry W. Sage of Ithaca, New York, who owned and operated one of the world’s largest sawmills on the west side of the Saginaw River in Bay City.

The library originally occupied the second floor, with a reading room that was used by the Young Men’s Debate Society. The first floor was used for school classes and the Superintendent of Schools had an office on the third floor. Historic features include a grand stairway from the lobby to the third floor and a large fireplace in the front reading room on the second floor. The fireplace has a massive wood mantle with a firebox opening surrounded by hand painted ceramic tiles depicting figures from literary works and fairy tales. A portrait of Henry Sage hangs over the fireplace.

The building’s architecture has been described as a combination of French Chateau, Ruskin Gothic, and Victorian Gothic in style, with a gabled roof and dormers, and a bay window. A niche in the front houses a statue, the Lady of Learning, an imported terra cotta figure representing literature and science. Also highlighting the front yard is a cast iron fountain with a statue depicting Leda and the Swan, characters of Greek mythology. The building is on both the State and National Registers of historic sites.

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Upcoming Events

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Meet Up Eat Up & Read Up - Sage

12:00pm - 12:45pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children, Tweens, Teens
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 116
Event Details:

Due to the hot weather, his program has been moved to St Alban's Episcopal Church, 105 S Erie St, Bay City, MI 48706.

 

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Family" group.
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Juneteenth Freedom Celebration with Rae Chesny

12:30pm - 1:15pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Lawn (Pershing Park)
Age Group: Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children, Tweens
Program Type: Performance
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 86
Event Details:

Children ages 0-12 and their families are invited to join us for Juneteenth Freedom Celebration with Rae Chesny! Hear stories, music by Deonta Gaddy and make a craft. 

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Chess at the Library

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:

Open to chess players of all ages. Come for an opportunity to connect with other chess players in our community room over the board. 

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.

Pups & Pages - Sage

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Children, Tweens
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:

Join us at Sage Library on Wednesday, June 19 for Pups & Pages for ages 4-12! Read to a a certified therapy dog beginning at 5:30 pm.

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Children" group.
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Tween Hang Out: Para-chord Compass

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Children, Tweens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:

Join us at Sage Library for Tween Hang Out: Para-chord Compass on Thursday, June 20 at 5:30 pm.

For children ages 8-12. Have a snack and build a para-chord compass!

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Please alert staff to any food allergies.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Young Scientists: Animal Adventure

10:30am - 11:30am
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:

Join us at Sage Library on Friday, June 21 for Young Scientists: Animal Adventure!

For children ages 2-5 years old + Adult.

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Meet Up Eat Up & Read Up - Sage

12:00pm - 12:45pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children, Tweens, Teens
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 116
Event Details:

Meet Up, Eat Up, and READ Up at your library! Kids and teens ages 0-18 can enjoy a free lunch on the lawn along with a free book! 

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Stories & Songs in the Park

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Lawn (Pershing Park)
Age Group: Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Music, Storytime
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 91
Event Details:

Join us for Stories and Songs in the Park at Sage Library! Stop by Pershing Park (next to Sage Library) for some story time fun weather permitting. Geared toward children ages 0-6 with adult and family! Registration is required.

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.