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Ancestry Library Edition Training for the Public

Posted on November 16, 2017 – 11:02 am

The Portage Lake District Library will host two training sessions that will show participants how to use Ancestry Library Edition to search family records on Wednesday, November 29, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.

 

Ancestry Library Edition contains billions of records in census data, birth, marriage and death certificates, passenger lists and immigration records, military records, land records and wills, schools and church histories, city directories, newspapers, photos, and much more.

 

At this training, participants will learn how to use basic search techniques to discover their own family’s stories as they navigate the many collections that are offered in Ancestry. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops so they can follow along with the tutorial, but bringing a laptop is not a requirement for attendance.

 

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

 

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The Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Posted on November 16, 2017 – 11:00 am

The Portage Lake District Library will host Mary Niemela, Executive Director of the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home, for a presentation on Tuesday, November 28, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Niemela will discuss the dynamics of domestic violence, why victims stay with their abuser, and the effects domestic violence has on children. She will also explore reasons why domestic violence is still happening.

 

Niemela has worked at the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home for 27 years. Before becoming the Executive Director, she held various positions there including Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Coalition Coordinator, and Outreach Advocate.

 

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter is committed to ending all forms of violence in personal relationships and within the community. The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter recognizes that violence in the home is a significant crime impacting the whole community’s health and well being. In addition to providing ways to access safety and support, the Shelter also offers counseling, advocacy, and referrals to other agencies in the community that work for or with those affected by domestic violence. 

 

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570.

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Searching for Grants and Grantmakers Using the Foundation Center

Posted on November 15, 2017 – 11:19 am

The Portage Lake District Library will host two training sessions that will show participants how to use the Foundation Directory to search for grants and grantmakers on Wednesday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.

 

Participants will learn how to get started using the largest collection of grants and grantmakers in the United States, the Foundation Center Directory. The directory is a great place for non-profits to research grantmakers and their grants to learn if they might be a good fit for their institution.

 

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops so they can follow along with the tutorial, but bringing a laptop is not a requirement for attendance.

 

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

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Keweenaw Garden Club: Beekeeping

Posted on November 15, 2017 – 11:17 am

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for an evening learning about beekeeping..

 

“Bees in the Backyard” will be presented by David Wiitanen on Monday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn why pollination is important for gardens and people as they consider the ins and outs of beekeeping. Wiitanen will also discuss which bee species thrive in the Keweenaw and what plants encourage a bee-friendly garden. There will also be samples of honey to taste.

 

Wiitanen is a hobbyist beekeeper for 138 local hives.

 

The Keweenaw Garden Club was established by and for gardening enthusiasts. They have presentations at the Portage Lake District Library on the third Monday of each month September through May. Those who are interested in learning more about the club can visit https://sites.google.com/site/keweenawgardenclub/

 

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

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Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange: It’s Future

Posted on November 15, 2017 – 11:15 am

 The Portage Lake District Library will host the monthly meeting of the Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange on Monday, November 20, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

The group is inviting those who are interested in eating gluten-free to attend this meeting to discuss and decide the future of the Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange. Ideas for presentations, speakers, films, and more are welcome, but if interest in continuing these meetings has waned, the group will take a break and no longer meet unless and until people want it to resume.

 

The Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange is organized by and for those who are interested in or required to follow a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free eating requires the avoidance of all wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Most people find it challenging at first, but are excited to find recipes and foods that are fun and easy to make and tasty to eat. The Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange is an opportunity to share those great recipes and learn from others. Everyone who is interested in learning more about gluten-free eating is encouraged to attend.

 

All library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Posted on November 10, 2017 – 3:53 pm

As part of its commitment to early literacy, the Portage Lake District Library invites families to participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge.

 

The kick-off party for this project will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Families can sign up for the program and receive a folio that contains everything they need to get started including the first reading log sheet, book recommendations, and a bookmark. Kids can also participate in Storytime and a craft project at 11:15 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m.

 

Reading out loud to pre-school aged children is one of the most important predictors of school success for children, and this self-paced, year-round program is aimed at getting children ready to read by the time they are in kindergarten. Reading 1,000 books to a child before kindergarten might sound daunting at first, but reading one book per day for three years will reach this goal.

 

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

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Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Posted on November 10, 2017 – 3:19 pm

The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library invite all book lovers to their Used Book Sale beginning on Friday evening, November 17, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and continuing on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

On Friday early shoppers are encouraged to make a $5 suggested donation to the Friends of the Library and enjoy music and refreshments while they shop the “Sneak-a-Peek” sale for the best selection. On Saturday everything goes on sale for half price from noon until 1:00 p.m.

 

The sale will take place in the Michigan room at the library. An excellent selection of new and gently used books, audio books, and DVDs for adults and children plus some miscellaneous items will be sold to raise money for library projects and items that the Friends provide.

 

Items that the Friends of the Library have purchased include books, furniture, computers, a work bench for staff, the Children’s Listening Center, and other materials. Proceeds from book sales also pay for annual events sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Information on how to become involved with the Friends will be available at the book sale.

 

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

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Inclement Weather Policy

Posted on November 9, 2017 – 10:27 am

With our first winter storm upon us, it seems as good a time as any to remind patrons about our inclement weather policy. The library does not close by default when area schools close for inclement weather. Instead, the decision to close the library will be an internal judgement made by the library director.

As always, in the event that the library does close due to weather, the public will be notified through our website, Facebook page, a sign on our front door, and an alert in the media.

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Superior AmeriCorps Book Club for Kids

Posted on October 31, 2017 – 2:56 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Superior AmeriCorps Book Club for Kids on Saturday, November 4, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Kids ages 3 through 9 are invited for stories, cookie decorating, crafts, games, and more.

 

The Superior AmeriCorps Book Club for Kids will continue throughout the school year from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.

 

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

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Library Resources and Millage Renewal Informational Presentations

Posted on October 31, 2017 – 2:14 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites the public to join them for informational presentations given by library staff on Thursday, November 2, at 1:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m.

 

Library Director Dillon Geshel will describe library resources and what the library offers to our community and share information about the upcoming millage renewal vote on November 7.

 

There will be time for questions following each presentation.

 

All are welcome to attend. For more information please call the library at 482-4570.

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