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Fenton-Winegarden Library

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Hours of Operation

Monday, Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Friday, Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

This library has an after hours drop box.

Contact Information

Phone: 810-629-7612
Children Center: 810-714-0917
Fax: 810-629-0855
Address: 200 E Caroline St., Fenton, MI 48430
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About the Library 

  • 11 computers available for public use
  • Fax and copy service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Children’s Center – 5 computers for public use
  • Teen Reading Room
  • Gaming Collection (coming Fall 2022)
  • Home to “The Librarian” sculpture by James Haven 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 Wednesday 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
  • Renovated in 2015
  • Additional public parking added in 2019
  • Sanitizing and charging station, 3D printer and Retro Station available

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 and leaving a message.

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. 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. Patricia Peterson was the librarian. It was awarded the Michigan Municipal Achievement Award in 1988. The former library building now houses the A.J. Phillips 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. Carla Sharp was the first Children’s librarian.

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 experience 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 donation 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 the 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.

2020 and Beyond

We had two Library Chairs, Adam Hazlett and the current chair Skip Bancroft. Christine Heron is the Senior Librarian.

Our roof was replaced in the summer of 2021.

We adjusted to the many changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. We shut down completely between March 2020-June 2020, and in mid-November 2020. We moved to door side service in December 2020 until February 2021. We did not host in person programming for children until June 2022.