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Summer 2017 Library Newsletter

Posted on June 26, 2017 – 3:17 pm

The Library is excited to begin publishing a quarterly newsletter. Check out the Summer 2017 newsletter to learn about Library resources, events, volunteer opportunities, our annual fund campaign progress, and more! Click the link below to access a digital edition of the newsletter.

Summer 2017 Newsletter (PDF)

Posted in Events, Miscellaneous, News

Music on the Menu with the Thimbleberry Band

Posted on June 24, 2017 – 2:57 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring their lunch and enjoy “Music on the Menu,” an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library.

 

“The Thimbleberry Band” will perform on Friday, June 30, from noon – 1:00 p.m. The band will play toe-tapping, old-time Copper Country music from Finnish, Slovenian, Croatian, French-Canadian, and Irish roots.

 

Everyone is invited to eat, relax, and enjoy their lunch hour while listening to some great music. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the community room.

 

This event is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program and is free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

Posted in Events

Mr. Potato Head is Back!

Posted on June 24, 2017 – 12:31 pm

Kids will be able to get creative and make more Mr. Potato Heads using real veggies as part of the Downtown Houghton Farmer’s Market series of events.

This event will take place in the community room at the Portage Lake District Library on Tuesday, June 27, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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

Posted in Events

Isle Royale Family Programs

Posted on June 24, 2017 – 12:23 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host a series of family programs throughout the summer presented by Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw Park Rangers. Programs will be held every Tuesday, June 20 through August 26, from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

 

These programs offer adventures and activities that are suitable for families and youth ages five to twelve. Programs include a short presentation followed by hands-on activities.

 

The next program in this series will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 p.m.

Lodge Construction Ahead with Ranger Lori Honrath

Kids will become an Isle Royale beaver and build their own lodge.

 

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

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Patron Survey: Music At Your Library

Posted on June 23, 2017 – 2:00 pm

Music Survey graphic

Did you know that the Library has a collection of over 1,600 music CDs available for checkout? We’re working on expanding and revitalizing this collection and are interested in hearing from you! Visit the link below to take a short patron survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/librarymusicsurvey

Posted in Miscellaneous

How to Attract Pollinators: Make a Bee Condo

Posted on June 22, 2017 – 6:41 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites kids who want to learn about the amazing world of solitary bees to an evening with  Jackie Manchester-Kempke as she presents “How to Attract Pollinators: Make a Bee Condo” on Thursday, June 29, from

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Using a puppet to help explore bee culture, Manchester-Kempke will describe the difference between solitary bees and social bees, explain why solitary bees are important as pollinators, and show how to attract solitary bees to gardens, orchards, and yards by making bee houses.

 

After the presentation, children and their families will make a bee house to take home and use to attract these important pollinators to their yards. All materials will be provided.

 

Manchester-Kempe is a Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer. She is fascinated by the important role bees have in nature and is eager to share her enthusiasm for solitary bees with others.

 

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

 

Posted in Events

Music on the Menu with Dave Morehouse

Posted on June 21, 2017 – 1:07 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring their lunch and enjoy “Music on the Menu,” an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library.

 

Dave Morehouse will carry his eclectic vision of music out to the audience on Friday, June 23, from noon – 1:00 p.m.  He will be opening with a few fiddle and mandolin tunes and continue by performing some solo guitar and vocal work featuring both original tunes and classic covers. Sometime during the performance he will briefly wield an accordion or concertina, but, rest assured, he has filled out and submitted the required permits and alerts with proper authorities. The music will be good, but more than anything, he promises to have fun.

 

Morehouse has been playing both acoustically and electrically for more than forty years. Beginning as a lad on the acoustic guitar, he expanded his playing to electric guitar and mandolin. Over the years he fell in love with every instrument he ever picked up and was driven to learn, play, and own each of them. Today he owns and plays a variety of stringed, bowed, and reeded instruments, and music remains his passion and mainstay.

 

Everyone is invited to eat, relax, and enjoy their lunch hour while listening to some great music. Due to the sensitive nature of several of his instruments, this program will be held indoors in the community room.

 

This event is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program and is free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bergonzi String Quartet Children’s Concert

Posted on June 21, 2017 – 11:46 am

The Bergonzi String Quartet of the Pine Mountain Music Festival will perform a free children’s concert at the Portage Lake District Library on Saturday, June 24, at 1:00 p.m.

 

The Quartet has introduced thousands of children to classical music in their engaging and entertaining children’s programs over the years. On Saturday the group will play a variety of classical music on violins, a viola, and a cello that was chosen for their appeal to young audiences. Kids will be able to interact with the musicians afterwards and ask questions about their music and instruments.

 

The Bergonzi String Quartet has been Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Miami in Florida since 1992, and its members are Scott Flavin, Ross Harbaugh, Evija Ozolins, and Chauncy Patterson. The members have extensive collective experience, performing in virtually every major center in the world, with concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, New Zealand, and Asia. The quartet has generated enormous excitement around the world for their superb blend of seasoned and sensitive virtuosity and is an important cultural asset for the Pine Mountain Music Festival and the Upper Peninsula.

 

There is no admission for this concert and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kids! Create Your Own Mr. Potato Head

Posted on June 20, 2017 – 9:40 am

As part of the Opening Day Celebration of the Downtown Houghton Farmer’s Market season, kids will be able to make their own Mr. Potato Head using real veggies in the community room at the library from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. today, June 20.

Join the fun and support the local farmers and gardeners who will be bringing fabulous produce to the Farmer’s Market every Tuesday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. throughout the summer and early fall.

Please call the library for more information at 482-4570.

Posted in Events

Essential Oils and How to Use Them

Posted on June 20, 2017 – 9:33 am

The Portage Lake District Library will host Britton and Hannah Bimel for a presentation about using Essential Oils on Tuesday, June 20, at 5:00 p.m. This event will take place in the library’s Michigan and Local History room.

 

Participants will learn what essential oils are, how to use them, who can benefit from using them, and why essential oils help improve health. There will be samples to try and time for questions following the presentation.

 

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

 

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