CLOSED MLK Jr. Day

BCLS is closed on Monday, January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Historical Sage Library

CLOSED MLK Jr. Day

BCLS is closed on Monday, January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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:
Google Maps

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

Graphic Novel Book Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Tweens, Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this session will be rescheduled at a later date. Keep an eye on our calendar, Facebook page and newsletters for an update.   Do you like graphic novels? Are you looking for a group to talk about some great...

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 "Teens" group.

'Sour' Slime

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Come to the library and make slime inspired by Olivia Rodrigo's Album, Sour!  ...

Disclaimer(s)

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

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Chevron Abstract Canvas Craft

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Using tape and paint, create this modern looking canvas art piece at the library! ...

Disclaimer(s)

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

This event is in the "Children" group.

Paint a Castle Bank

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Paint a castle bank. Wear old clothes as it may get messy!   ...

Disclaimer(s)

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: 6
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! ...

Disclaimer(s)

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

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

Graphic Novel Book Club

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Tweens, Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Do you like graphic novels? Are you looking for a group to talk about some great reads? Join our Graphic Novel Book Club where we read and discuss a new title each month at Sage Library. We'll talk about everything from the stories to the graphic nov...

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 "Children" group.

Pups & Pages

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: 12
Event Details:
Practice reading with a therapy dog. For children ages 5-12.  We request an adult supervise or be present in the library.     ...

Disclaimer(s)

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

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Cookie Decorating

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Come to the library and create your own fantastic cookie designs!  ...

Disclaimer(s)

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