Monster Mash Deadline

To celebrate October and all things spooky, we’re having a Monster Mash contest for kids! Create a monster out of whatever you can find. Paint a picture, building with Legos, use old jars and paper towel tubes – wherever your imagination takes you!

To submit an entry, bring your creation into any JDL branch OR take a picture and send it to with your name and home branch.

Entries will be accepted October 1-31. 

Winners will be selected from each branch and receive a $25 JOANN Fabrics gift card.

NaNoWriMo Short Story Contest

We are excited to announce the winners of our NaNoWriMo Short Story Contest in partnership with Concatenation Convention!

1st Place: Brad Hartke “Hubert, The Bee, The Corpse, and The Kiss”

2nd Place: Haley Lemon “The Lonely Ones”

3rd Place: Edward Burkhead “The Ritual”


Congratulations to our winners and everyone who submitted an entry to celebrate NaNoWriMo! You can read the winning stories here.


National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) is an annual writeathon that takes place during the month of November each year.

Writers around the world attempt to write 50,000 words of fiction between the 1st and 30th of November. Founded by writer Chris Baty in 1999, NaNoWriMo has grown from 21 participants in its first year to hundreds of thousands of registered participants annually.

JDL is an official NaNoWriMo Come Write In space for 2021.

Gingerbread House Contest

The Meijer Branch is hosting a Gingerbread House competition! There will be separate divisions for children, teens, and adults with prizes for the winners. Houses will be judged on craftsmanship and creativity.

Drop off your entry from Saturday, December 15th through Thursday, December 20th. Entries will be judged and the winner announced on Friday, December 21st. Please limit your Gingerbread House to a maximum footprint of 12″ x 18″. One entry per person, please.

For more information, please call the Meijer Branch at (517) 788-4480.

This is an All Ages contest.


Incognito Contest at the Spring Arbor Branch

Stop into the Spring Arbor Branch in your hat and/or mask! Enter to win the Incognito Contest prize for best disguise! Have your picture taken to enter the drawing.

All Ages Welcome! Call the Spring Arbor Branch at (517) 750-2030 for more information.

Ornament Contest

Create your own handmade Christmas Ornament to hang on our tree! Ornaments should be no bigger than 5″. Can be made by any material.

1 entry per patron. All ages welcome to enter. Judging will take place on December 20th. Prizes aware for children, teen, and adult entries.

Ornaments can be dropped off during branch’s open hours:

Monday 10 am – 7 pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday closed
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday closed



Pet Parade

Come to the Spring Arbor Branch for a Pet Parade!

Bring your pet to the Spring Arbor Library for a costume parade. This is your chance to win a prize for the best pet costume. Prizes awarded for several different categories!

Register your pets by October 13, 2018 by calling the Spring Arbor Branch at (517) 750-2030.

Intended for all ages.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Swing by the Parma Branch for a pumpkin decorating contest!

Bring in your pumpkins already painted or decorated. Prizes in three age categories. Refreshments provided.

Intended for all ages!

4th Annual Scarecrow Contest

Create your own scarecrow to decorate the Springport Village Main Street!

Registration and T-post pickups begin Monday, October 15. Bring in your entry when completed to be put on Main St. light posts.

scarecrow-clip-art-1568634 entries due by Monday, October 29th. Prizes given for ages under 12 as well as over 12. For more information, call the Springport Branch at (517) 905-1459. Branch must be visited during open hours.

Intended for all ages.