Ruth Hughes Library, Imlay City
restaurant team up for promo


IMLAY CITY — So how do you prefer your blizzards?
In the form of fluffy white precipitation falling from the sky?
Or as an ice cream treat with toppings such as cookie pieces, brownies and candies — possibly with a cherry on top?
You know, like the Blizzards available at your local Dairy Queen.
Now there is yet another blizzard option for local residents.
During the month of January 2020, the staffs at Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library and Imlay City Dairy Queen are teaming up to sponsor a Blizzard of Books.
From January 2-31, Ruth Hughes customers are being encouraged to stop by the checkout desk to acquire a Blizzard of Books card.

Mandy Summers, Ruth Hughes’ Youth Services Coordinator, shovels out from a recent ‘blizzard of books’ as library associate Lisa Cox checks the wintry skies in search of the next heavy bookfall.

Mandy Summers, Ruth Hughes’ Youth Services Coordinator, said customers who use the card to check out 20 items from the library in January will have their cards “snowflake-punched” after every five items they check out.
She said qualifying check-out items can include books, movies, CDs or audio books.
Once a library customer receives four punches, the cards can be redeemed at the Imlay City Dairy Queen, 1761 S. Cedar St. (M-53), for a free mini-Blizzard treat.
They will also be automatically entered in a drawing to win a $50 Dairy Queen gift card.
Summers said she has enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with Dairy Queen for the library promotion.
“The people at Dairy Queen really thought this was a cool idea and have been great to work with,” said Summers. “For someone like me, whose mouth is full of ‘sweet teeth,’ this is really a lot of fun.
“I feel our library is a place to come, not only to learn or study, but to have fun,” Summers added. “I truly believe the Ruth Hughes Library is one of the most important hubs and meeting places in our community.”
The Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library is located at 211 N. Almont Ave. in downtown Imlay City.
For more information about the Blizzard of Books and other upcoming programs at the library, call 810-724-8043, or visit their website at

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.