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Visons of Peace Kids Clay Art Activity

Posted on January 18, 2018 – 8:18 pm

Students in grades K-12 are invited to the Portage Lake District Library to collaborate with Clay Artist Elaine Eikenberry on Saturday, January 27, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


Students will create clay art pieces that reflect the theme of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The clay art process includes using underglazes and carving in clay to create images of children. Participants may get a little messy working with clay, so they are encouraged to dress accordingly.


The completed projects will be sent to The Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery in Detroit to be shown during their Visions of Peace Exhibition February 24 – April 1, 2018. The exhibition’s mission is to transform the world by encouraging peace and human rights through education. It strives to raise awareness of the United Nations Rights of the Child and support the national campaign to ratify a new vision of peace and justice.


Students who participate in the January 27 clay art project will meet at the library to complete their projects on Tuesday, February 6, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


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


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Nerf Battle for Teens

Posted on January 18, 2018 – 6:15 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites teens to bring their own Nerf  Blaster for another epic battle in the library after hours on Friday, January 26, 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, and the waiver can be downloaded from the website. This event is for teens only and will be limited to 18 participants. Deadline for registration is 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24. 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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Feldenkrais Method, a Compliment to Basic Self-Care

Posted on January 16, 2018 – 1:36 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites you to give yourself a mid-winter gift and learn about an approach to improving your life using a series of gentle, mindful movements.


Debra Goldman will discuss the Feldenkrais Method on Tuesday, January 23, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Feldenkrais Method uses guided movement and attention to enable individuals to maximize their unique potential. Movements are done slowly and repeatedly before the next movement is introduced, and the atmosphere is meditative and non-judgmental.


The most immediate benefits experienced in a Feldenkrais lesson are increased balance, flexibility, coordination, tranquility and focus. With regular lessons, these benefits extend into improved athletic, academic and musical performance, enhanced creative expression, and healthier relationships. The Feldenkrais Method is a compliment to basic self-care, healthy pregnancy, and graceful aging.


There will be a mini-lesson following the presentation and a question and answer session afterwards.


Goldman has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1997. She teaches weekly Feldenkrais classes at the Superior School of Dance in Hancock, and Bring-a-Friend coupons will be offered to those who attend this presentation.


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



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North Woods Kids Awards Reception

Posted on January 13, 2018 – 2:36 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Copper Country Reading Council in collaboration with the Michigan Technological University English Education program for a North Woods Kids Awards Reception on Friday, January 19, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


This event celebrates young Western UP writers and artists who expressed what they appreciate about Lake Superior using creative writing and visual art. Ann Arbor’s children’s author and musician, Kitty Donohoe, visited classrooms in October to work directly with students on this project, and by December 1, the kids had submitted their work to be judged and exhibited. A panel of judges made up of teachers and professors selected winning submissions, and all submissions are currently on exhibit through mid February at the Portage Lake District Library.


Everyone is invited to enjoy the exhibit, and refreshments will be served.


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



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NoveList Training Sessions Cancelled

Posted on January 12, 2018 – 4:40 pm

These events have been cancelled as the presenter is out sick. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


The Portage Lake District Library will host two training sessions that will show participants how to use NoveList, a reader recommendation database that is available to patrons, on Wednesday, January 17, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.


With NoveList, users can browse read-alikes of their favorite authors or books, find book discussion guides, access lesson plans for popular novels, and more.


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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Essential Oils 101: Science, Sourcing and Safety

Posted on January 12, 2018 – 3:59 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host an essential oils class that will explore the science, safety, and sourcing of essential oils on Wednesday, January 17, at 5:30 p.m. This event will be presented by Dr. Kemmy Taylor, Emily Betterly, and Tanya Sajdak of Superior Essentials.


Topics that will be discussed include what essential oils are and why they are the pivotal key to living a natural lifestyle, how sourcing affects plants that are used to make oils, tips on how to incorporate essential oils into daily routines, and steps to take to reduce toxic load.


Participants will receive a free Superior Essentials product and a complimentary ITOVI health scan that gives immediate results. There will also be door prizes, raffles, and more.


Founded by Dr. Kemmy Taylor of Superior Family Chiropractic in Chassell, Superior Essentials delivers quality, up-to-date information regarding the safe use of 100% pure, therapeutic grade Essential Oils. The Superior Essentials team is committed to understanding and using cutting edge research as it continues to emerge from the scientific community. They deliver this information to the public through classes, presentations, one-on-one sessions, and casual, drop-in sampling sessions.


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

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Keweenaw Garden Club: Lightning Talks and Social

Posted on January 10, 2018 – 9:15 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for an evening of lightning talks and social.


This is the time of year when many gardeners engage in “armchair gardening, which entails curling up with a cup of tea and a stack of seed and plant catalogues to plan their garden for the upcoming growing season. To inspire people as they armchair garden this winter, six speakers will give short talks on great gardening or garden design ideas.


The presenters and their topics are as follows:

Mike Schira, Installing an Asparagus Patch

Ken Ropp, Cutting-Flower Bed for Flower Arrangements and Proven Conference Winners

Maria Janowiak, Garden Tool Favorites

Sarah Kuhl, Solarization

Tom Lennington, Rain-Barrel, Drip Irrigation for Your Home Garden

Quincy Higgins-Arne, Ten Favorite Plant Picks and Tips Using Them


There will be time to socialize and talk with the presenters afterwards.


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


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





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Food for Fines

Posted on January 5, 2018 – 5:57 pm

The Portage Lake District Library is offering its Food for Fines program from January 15 through March 31. Patrons can pay up to $10 in overdue fines by bringing non-perishable food items to the library. The food will be donated to local food pantries.


Patrons are encouraged to bring small, individual sized portions for recipients of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly programs. Large family size packages and canned goods will be donated to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. Donated food must not expire before August, 2018. 


The Food for Fines program is for overdue fines only and does not include money owed to the library for lost or damaged materials.


Those who wish to contribute food yet have no library fines are welcome to do so. All donations will be immensely appreciated.


The library staff thanks everyone who is participating in the Food for Fines program and wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

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Let the Adventures Begin! Retirement Celebration for Judy

Posted on December 27, 2017 – 8:11 pm

Join us as we wish Judy, our co-worker and friend, a happy retirement filled with adventures and joy. You can visit with Judy and enjoy refreshments on Thursday, December 28, anytime from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. See you there!

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Thursday, December 21st Storytime Cancelled

Posted on December 20, 2017 – 12:03 pm

Our Children’s Storytime event scheduled for Thursday, December 21st has been cancelled. Storytime events will resume at 10:15am every Wednesday and Thursday morning beginning January 3rd and 4th.

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