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.

Historical Sage images

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Children" group.

Mad Scientists: Take and Bake

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: 0
Event Details:
Children ages 6-12! Join us at Sage Library for Mad Scientists: Take and Bake on Wednesday, December 7 at 4:30 pm. Get ready to become mad scientists! Mix and decorate your own ice cream bread. Then take it home and bake! We look forward to...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Make a Gift

4:30pm - 5:15pm
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: 0
Event Details:
Join us at Sage Branch Library for an in-person program Make a Gift on Thursday, December 8! We will be decorating a wooden lantern and inserting a battery operated tea light to make it glow! A great gift to give to someone you love. Program is for a...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Make a Gift

5:30pm - 6:15pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Join us at Sage Branch Library for an in-person program Make a Gift on Thursday, December 8! We will be decorating a wooden lantern and inserting a battery operated tea light to make it glow! A great gift to give to someone you love. Program is for a...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Gingerbread Story Time

10:00am - 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: 9
Event Details:
It seems like a long break between story time sessions! Join us at Sage Branch Library for an in-person program special story time on gingerbread! Get ready for stories, activities and craft. The program is for children ages 2-5 + Adult. We look forw...

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.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Sage Book Club

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sage Branch Library
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Sage Book Club- Everyone Welcome ...
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Gingerbread Story Time

10:00am - 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: 13
Event Details:
It seems like a long break between story time sessions! Join us at Sage Branch Library for an in-person program special story time on gingerbread! Get ready for stories, activities and craft. The program is for children ages 2-5 + Adult. We look forw...

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.

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: 5
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! You are welcome to bring your own supplies, but we have lots of dice so no need. Please bring a lev...

Disclaimer(s)

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

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

Book and a Movie: Descendants (G)

12:30pm - 3:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Children, Tweens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:
Winter break is here! Join us at Sage Branch Library for an in-person program of Book and a Movie! Receive a free graphic novel book of the Descendants when you sign up for the program and then watch the movie while you craft! For children ages 9-12 ...

Disclaimer(s)

Please alert staff to any food allergies.

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