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 "Adults" group.

Sage Stitchers

10:00am - 11:00am
Sage Branch Library
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Bring your knitting or crochet projects and join others around our second floor fireplace. This program will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. ...
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Young Scientists: Healthy Teeth Storytime

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: 1
Event Details:
Join us at Sage Library on Friday, February 23 for Young Scientists: Heathy Teeth Storytime! For children ages 2-5 years old + Adult. We will have an hour of fun starting at 10:30 am! Get read to learn about hygiene with a special focus on your...

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.

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.

Teen Painterly Pottery

3:30pm - 4:30pm
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: 5
Event Details:
Items will be fired in the store's kiln and returned to the library for pick-up at a later date. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Due to the high demand of this program, please only register at one BCLS location – thank you!

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

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Painterly Pottery

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Items will be fired in the store's kiln and returned to the library for pick-up at a later date. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Due to the high demand of this program, please only register at one BCLS location – thank you!

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

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
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Items will be fired in the store's kiln and returned to the library for pick-up at a later date. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Due to the high demand of this program, please only register at one BCLS location – thank you!

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.

Busy Book Cafe

11:00am - 12:00pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:
Join us at Sage Library on Monday, March 4 for Busy Book Cafe! For children ages 0-3 years old + Adult. We begin at 11 am. Craft supplies and directions will be available for parents to build a page for a baby busy book. Toys will be out for ch...

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

Story and Activity

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Sage Branch Library
Registration
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Room: Sage Branch Community Room
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children, Tweens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Children ages 3-12 are invited to join us at Sage Branch Library for Story and Activity on Tuesday, March 5 at 1:30 pm. Get ready to make a picture pillow! We look forward to seeing you!  Call us at 989-892-8555 opt 4 if assistance is ne...

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 "Adults" group.

Sage Stitchers

10:00am - 11:00am
Sage Branch Library
Library Branch: Sage Branch Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Bring your knitting or crochet projects and join others around our second floor fireplace. This program will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. ...