Library staff now accepting clean, durable winter coats


IMLAY CITY — Are you feeling the chill? Could you use a nice warm coat to ward off the coming wintry weather?

If so, Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library is now accepting donations of clean, gently-used winter coats to be given away for free.

Jessica Bostian, Ruth Hughes’ Technical Service Director, said the library is asking those with a spare or no-longer-worn winter coat to donate it to the library.

Bostian said all donated coats should be in generally good condition and be able to withstand another harsh Michigan winter.

Ruth Hughes staff members Lisa Cox and Jessica Bostian pose with some of the coats donated for the library’s 2019 coat drive.

“If you have a spare coat that you no longer wear or don’t need, please donate it to the library and make it available to others who need one for free,” she said.

That would be a fair exchange at any time of year and particularly during the holiday season.

“Take a coat, leave a coat,” is Bostian’s motto.

“We can all work together and help make this season a little warmer for people.”

She said used and unwanted coats can be dropped off at any time during library hours.

Current open library hours are Monday/Wednesday/Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For further information, call the library at 810-724-8043 or send an email to

The Imlay City Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library in Imlay City is located at 211 N. Almont Ave. in downtown Imlay City.