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Epic Nerf Battle for Kids Ages 8 through 12

Posted on April 20, 2018 – 9:57 am

The Portage Lake District Library invites kids ages 8 through 12 to bring their Nerf blaster for another epic battle in the library after hours on Friday, April 27, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Nerf versions of Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, and other games will be played, and pizza and refreshments will be served. The library will provide Nerf darts for everyone.

 

Registration is required and all participants must have a parent or legal guardian sign and return a waiver prior to the event. The sign-up sheet and waiver forms are available at the main circulation desk in the library.

 

Because we have hosted a Nerf Battle for this age group before, there are some former participants who already have valid waivers on file at the library. These kids do not need to turn in a new waiver, but they do need to call or come to the library and add their name to the sign-up sheet.

 

This event will be limited to 18 participants. Early registration is encouraged.

 

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

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Attitudes Towards Technology Survey

Posted on April 19, 2018 – 4:46 pm

Are you 55 or older? Are you new to computers, a mid-level user, or a pro?

Michigan Tech’s Safety, Technology, and Attention Lab is conducting a research study called “Attitudes Towards Technology” on Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. at the Portage Lake District Library.

You will receive $20 cash for participating in this study/survey. Each session takes about 60 minutes. Please choose which time you want to begin and arrive five minutes early.

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Make Your Own Composting Bin

Posted on April 19, 2018 – 4:35 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host Michigan Technological University students from the Green Campus Enterprise for a compost bin making workshop on Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Participants will learn how to make and maintain their own small scale, year-round, indoor composting bin that will fit under a kitchen sink. All supplies needed for this project will be provided along with composting tips and tricks.

 

Green Campus Enterprise is a student organization that works on projects such as solar thermal, wind energy, and building efficiency for Michigan Technological University. They are also active in the community by supporting and donating time for environmentally focused events and projects. Some of the community work they have done includes helping the Keweenaw Climate Community with events, attending Citizen’s Climate Lobby meetings, and working with the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET).

 

This event is open to all and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

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Celebrate National Park Week with Ranger Val!

Posted on April 18, 2018 – 7:59 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites children and their families to celebrate National Park Week and enjoy family programs presented by Isle Royale National Park Ranger Valerie Martin.

 

The programs are as follows:

 

Wednesday, April 25, and Thursday, April 26, 10:15 a.m.

Junior Ranger Storytime

Young children will celebrate National Park Week and the Year of the Bird with stories about the winged wonders of Isle Royale National Park. Children will also make binoculars and search for birds that are hiding in the library.

 

Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

Junior Ranger Family Program: Fantastic Beasts

Kids will join Ranger Val to discover the curious features of some of Isle Royale National Park’s aquatic creatures. This program offers adventures and activities that are suitable for families and kids ages five to twelve. Kids can also pick up their Great Lakes Junior Ranger booklet anytime at the library and bring their completed booklet to this program to receive their Great Lakes Junior Ranger badge.

 

Valerie Martin has been a National Park Service Ranger and educator for over twenty years. She has spent eighteen summers sharing the wonders of Isle Royale with others.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Library Closed Monday, April 16

Posted on April 16, 2018 – 7:19 am

The Library will be closed today, Monday, April 16th due to poor weather conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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UP Oilers Presents Spring Series of Essential Oils Classes

Posted on April 14, 2018 – 5:01 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host a series of essential oil classes presented by Gladys Anderson and her daughter Karissa Anderson of UP Oilers.

 

The classes are as follows:

 

Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.

Essential Oils of Ancient Times

Participants will learn the history of essential oils as they were used in ancient Egypt, China, India and Greece as well as how they were used during Biblical times. They will also explore the uses and benefits of these same oils in modern times.

 

Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Participants will learn how to make inexpensive household cleaning supplies using essential oils. Recipes will be available.

 

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m.

Strengthening Your Well Being

Participants will learn how to use essential oils safely in order to support their body in many ways including reaching goals and helping with focus.

 

Thursday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Health

Participants will learn how to combine essential oils with natural products to support women’s bodies with an emphasis on supporting women’s unique hormone systems. The discussion will include pairing essential oils with nutritional supplements.

 

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

 

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Poetry Readings with the Marquette Poets Circle

Posted on April 12, 2018 – 9:01 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to join the Marquette Poets Circle for an evening of poems as they celebrate the release their five-year anthology, Maiden Voyage, on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m.

 

Poets whose poems are in the book and who will be reading from Maiden Voyage are Beverly Matherne, Kathleen Heideman, Jesse Koenig, Janeen Rastall, John Taylor, and Richard Rastall.

 

The Marquette Poets Circle was formed in 2012 by Matt Maki to celebrate poetry. Maiden Voyage celebrates the fifth anniversary of the group and features the poems of thirty three local and regional poets with an expansive and varied collection of themes and images. The book opens with a preface by Martin Achatz, U. P. Poet Laureate, and an introduction by Richard Rastall, poet and creator of the anthology.

 

There will be a book signing and selling following the presentation.

 

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

 

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Keweenaw Garden Club: For the Love of Mushrooms

Posted on April 11, 2018 – 4:19 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for a two part presentation learning about wild mushrooms on Monday, April 16, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

“The Beautiful and Mysterious World of Wild Mushrooms” will be presented by Dana Richter.

Richter uses mushrooms in wood decay tests at Michigan Technological University’s School of Forestry, where he has been a researcher for many years. He will discuss edible and poisonous mushrooms and show examples of each.

 

Retired Michigan Tech professor Jim Pickens will also present “If You Cannot Tell the Safe Ones from the Bad Ones, Grow Your Own.” Pickens will discuss how to grow edible mushrooms with an emphasis on growing shiitake mushrooms.

 

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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Michigan Notable Book Author Daniel Wolff and Singer/Songwriter Chris Buhalis Present Storytelling and Music

Posted on April 10, 2018 – 7:57 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to an evening of readings, music, and first-rate storytelling with Michigan Notable Book author Daniel Wolff and singer/songwriter Chris Buhalis on Friday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m.

 

Wolff and Buhalis will present a one hour talk and musical exploration of Wolff’s award winning book Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913. Grown-Up Anger braids together biographies of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie with a labor strike in the Keweenaw to create an alternative history of 20th century America. The program will range from turn-of-the-century politics through the Great Depression and the 60’s civil rights movement to today.

 

Wolff is a Grammy-nominated author and has published other non-fiction books ranging from a biography of singer Sam Cooke to a documentary look at New Orleans’ recovery post-Katrina. He has also published three volumes of poetry, helped produce documentary films with the Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, and collaborated with a number of contemporary songwriters. Winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Book Award, his work has been featured on National Public Radio, Sirius Radio, and in publications from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Buhalis was nominated for Detroit Music Awards “Best Singer” and has released two critically acclaimed albums: Kenai Dreams and Big Car Town. He has appeared at numerous music festivals and folk venues across the country and, over the past twenty-five years, has performed with artists Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dave Van Ronk, Odetta and more.

 

There will be time for questions and answers and a book signing and selling after the presentation. This 2018 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Meijer, and the Michigan Center for the Book.  

 

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

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Michigan DNR Fisheries Division Updates

Posted on April 9, 2018 – 1:23 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division for “Conversations and Coffee” with the public on Thursday, April 12, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

George Madison, Fisheries Manager for the Western Lake Superior Management Unit, will discuss fish management topics that are pertinent to the local area. In addition to fisheries updates, there will be a discussion on a few sportfishing regulation change proposals. This meeting is geared to provide information and to collect public input on local fisheries management programs. People attending this meeting can also inquire about statewide regulations that impact anglers.

 

Information about Michigan sport fishing regulations can be found on the Department of Natural Resources website at www.michigan.gov/dnr or you may contact George Madison at 906-353-6651 for further information.

 

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

 

 

 

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