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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Jeanette R. Marks headshot

Jeanette Marks
Managing Librarian
jmarks@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

This event is in the "Children" group.

Kid-Lit Camp: Summer Fun Inspired by the Book Paperboy

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Participants will receive a free book The Paperboy and participate in the STEAM activity of making a flipbook. So fun the kids won't even know they are preventing "summer slide". Register for sessions individually. If you need assistance in the regis...

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

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Dungeons and Dragons Club

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Event Details:
Use your wit, skill, and some lucky rolls of the dice to create characters, fight bad guys, and maybe even save the world. No experience necessary! ...

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Participant must be in grades sixth through twelfth (6-12) to register for this program

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Painterly Pottery

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Join us as Painterly Pottery brings pieces for you to make your own. Pick up glazed pieces a week later. ...

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

This event is in the "Children" group.

Summer Science: Water Works

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Join us at Sage Library for Summer Science on Thursday, August 11 at 4:30 pm. We invite children ages 6-12 to get ready to dive into some amazing science. You may want to bring a towel. Disclaimer(s): This program will take place IN-PERSON at...

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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.

Friday Fun: New Places

10:30am - 11:00am
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytime
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
Event Details:
Join us at Sage Branch Library for an in-person program Friday Fun: New Places! The program is for children ages 2-5 + Adult! Explore the new places with stories and songs. We look forward to seeing you! Disclaimer: This program will tak...

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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 "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Let’s Move in the Park: Line Dancing

11:00am - 12:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Lawn (Pershing Park)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 28
Event Details:
We are having intro exercise classes on the lawn outside Sage all summer long! Join In Cahoots for line dancing on the front lawn-no experience necessary! Registration is required and a waiver filled out on site must be completed to participate...

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

This event is in the "Children" 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
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 6
Event Details:
Join us at Sage library on Wednesday, August 17 for Pups & Pages for ages 4-12! Read to a a certified therapy dog beginning at 5:30 pm. Bring a book from home or come a few minutes early to look at books as readers are assigned to a dog as they a...

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

This event is in the "Children" group.

Book and a Movie: Balto

10:30am - 12:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Details:
Join us at Sage Branch Library for an in-person program of Book and a Movie! Receive a free book when you sign up for the program and then watch the movie while you craft! For children ages 9-12 and registration is required.  Disclaimer: This...

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