Branch Librarian: Chris Heron

 

Hours & Contact Infofenton

Mon & Wed: 10am - 6pm
Tue & Thurs: Noon - 8pm
Fri & Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun: Closed

This library has an after hours drop box.

Phone: 810-629-7612
Children Center: 810-714-0917

Fax: 810-629-0855
Address: 200 E Caroline St., Fenton, MI 48430 (view map)
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About the Library 

  • 11 computers available for public use
  • Fax and copy service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Nice collection of DVDs
  • Children's Center - 5 computers available
  • Teen Reading Room
  • Collection of Wii, Xbox 360, WiiU and PS3 games
  • Home to “The Librarian” sculpture by James Havens located in the memorial garden in honor of Pamela “Mrs. Blue Shoes” Hennig.
  • The library is housed inside the vintage U.S. Post Office built in 1938
  • Lively Fiction Book Club group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at 10am
  • Located within walking distance of historic downtown Dibbleville; home to Crust, Fenton’s Open Book, Fenton House, Fenton Fire Hall and more.
  • Recently underwent a $350,000 remodeling/renovation project. Re-opened to the public on March 2, 2015.
  • Additional public parking added in 2019.

 

Friends of the Library

The group holds an ongoing book sale on a cart in the lobby. You may contact them by calling 810-629-7612. 

History

The first library in Fenton was named the A.J. Phillips Library and was dedicated in January 1906. Mr. Phillips made the building bequest and donated $500 for books. In order to support the library, the City of Fenton asked voters to approve a .5 millage which they approved in 1905.  The first library board was also appointed that year.

In 1922 Ella Williams, the first librarian, started a card catalog with help from the State Library. 

In 1962 an addition was built onto the library. The A.J. Phillips Library joined the Genesee County Library system in 1967 and Margaret Renwick was the librarian. Furniture in the current building is dedicated in honor of her 30 years of service.

In 1987, the library moved into the former U.S. Post Office that was built in 1938 with New Deal funding. It was awarded the Michigan Municipal Achievement Award in 1988. The former library building now houses the A. J. Phillips Fenton Museum and Historical Society.

The renovation of the lower level of the library and subsequent grand opening of the Fenton Children’s Center was held in 1999.

In 2002 the A.J. Phillips Library was rededicated in memory of Jack R. Winegarden, a longtime library services advocate and chairman of the Genesee District Library Board.

Throughout this decade the lower level experienced many floods due to a variety of environmental and structural issues. Planning began for an updated library.

A $450,000 renovation occurred in 2015 and was funded by the City of Fenton, the DDA, the Friends of the Fenton Library and generous donations from residents including businessman Gerry Willey.

The Fenton Library Board had two chairpersons during this time, Wayne Tucker and Bobbi Sweetman.

Many wonderful programs were offered at the Fenton library during these years including the Spooky Tea party, the Poet’s Café, Guest Reader story times featuring teachers from the Fenton Area Public Schools, special literature and contemporary culture themed parties (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Angry Birds, and Pirates), and visits with authors such as Jonathan Rand, Harlan Coben, and Alexander McCall Smith. Librarians at the branch during this time period were Marilyn Brown, Marian Hesse, and Christine Heron. 

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From Your Fenton-Winegarden Librarian

Chris's Book Recommendations:

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
The Bright Hour:  A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Fenton-Winegarden Fiction Book Club Good Reads

Adult Fiction:

Delicious! By Ruth Reichl
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Young Adult:

Wonder by RJ Palacio
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

 

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