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Essential Oils for Babies and Children

Posted on August 16, 2017 – 6:33 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host “Essential Oils for Babies and Children” on Monday, August 21, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 

Taylor Oliver will discuss safe and effective ways to soothe, uplift, and care for babies and children using essential oils. Participants will explore some great oils for children and be entered into a drawing for a theme giveaway.

 

Parents are invited to bring their children to this event. Kids will be able to play with oil infused play dough (BYO play dough toys) while parents enjoy the class. Parents are also encouraged to come prepared with ways to keep their children occupied since this class will be an hour in length.

 

Oliver has a heart for education and loves to see families empowered with knowledge of how to take charge of their own wellness. She is eager to share what she has learned about oils and how they have transformed her health.

 

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

 

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Music on the Menu with the Maple Sugar Folk

Posted on August 16, 2017 – 6:31 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 Maple Sugar Folk will sing on Friday, August 18, from noon – 1:00 p.m. Maple Sugar Folk is a group of a dozen singers and musicians celebrating the Keweenaw’s French-Canadian heritage with music and song. The group will present a variety of traditional folk and response songs of French Canada with plenty of opportunity for the audience to sing along.

 

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.

 

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State Representative Scott Dianda to Receive Award at the Library

Posted on August 15, 2017 – 5:40 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host an event for the Michigan Library Association on Friday, August 18, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. to thank State Representative Scott Dianda for his support in getting legislation passed that supports library funding.

 

For more than two decades, the Michigan Library Association and the library community have been fighting for a voice in the use of specially dedicated library millages by tax capture authorities such as Downtown Development Authorities (DDA), Tax Increment Finance Authorities (TIFA), and others. These entities capture a portion of library millages for use on their own projects often against libraries’ choice and without locally voting taxpayer’s knowledge or approval. When proposed special library millages disclose the required tax capture allocation, the millages are often defeated.

 

Dianda voted in favor of SB 619-624, which makes libraries exempt from Tax Captures from authorities. To celebrate the passing of this legislation, Library Director Dillon Geshel and Superiorland Library Cooperative Director Pam Christensen will present Dianda with an award. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

 

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

 

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View the 2017 Solar Eclipse from Quincy Hill

Posted on August 15, 2017 – 11:44 am

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will cross the continental United States. The total solar eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina and cross over 21 national park units and 7 trails. Here on the Keweenaw Peninsula, we will have a 71% eclipse.

Those interested in viewing the solar eclipse can attend a public viewing event on Quincy Hill from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. The partial solar eclipse (weather permitting) will be at 2:13pm. Staff from the Quincy Mine Hoist Association and Portage Lake District Library, park rangers and volunteers from Keweenaw National Historical Park and Isle Royale National Park will be on hand with viewing glasses, pinhole viewers, and hands-on activities. The event will take place on the lawn to the northeast of the 1918 Hoist House. Parking is available along Lower Pewabic Road and on the Quincy Mine Hoist property.

During the viewing event, it’s a good idea to bring a chair, hat, and water as it may be a warm day. When viewing the eclipse, remember to protect your eyes. All safe, solar viewers have a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard number printed on them. Park, library, and Quincy Mine staff will have viewing glasses available on a first-come, first-serve basis along with pinhole viewers. For more information on how to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

National parks and heritage sites offer an amazing setting for watching the eclipse. The National Park Service mission to preserve special places for the enjoyment of everyone means that you can experience this historic event in a place that represents our heritage. National parks are also places to learn about our world. For example, monitoring air quality and starry night skies helps us understand how hazy skies affect parks and visitors. Working with partners, we can protect what is special about parks so that they are there for you to enjoy. While you are visiting, events at parks will help you make the most out of this unique solar event while you learn about the park and heritage sites.

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Keweenaw Reads Community Book Discussion

Posted on August 9, 2017 – 4:27 pm

The Portage Lake District Library and the Copper Country Reading Council with support from the Michigan Reading Association invites everyone to join a Keweenaw Reads Community book discussion at the library on Thursday, August 17, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

The book chosen for this year’s discussion is Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet.

 

Tammet is one of only fifty high-functioning Autistic Savants in the world. His book visits the world from his point of view and sheds light on his unique relationships and incredible skills, including his one-of-a-kind understanding of numbers.

 

Born on a Blue Day was chosen for the 2017 Summer Reading As Inquiry Initiative for incoming students at Michigan Technological University to read and discuss during orientation week in August. The public is invited to a presentation by the author on August 29 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the MTU Rozsa Center.

 

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

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Nerf Battle for Teens

Posted on August 9, 2017 – 3:10 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, August 18, 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, August 16. 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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Family Free Day Aboard the Ranger III

Posted on August 9, 2017 – 3:08 pm

The Portage Lake District Library and Isle Royale National Park invite families for a summer celebration with programs and a tour of the Ranger III on Thursday, August 17. Families may participate in one, two, or three of the events.

 

Events are as follows:

 

10:30 -11:00 a.m.

Ranger III Kids Program at the Portage Lake District Library

Join Ranger Barb McTaggart as she explores the Ranger III from a kid’s perspective. This event is geared toward families and children ages 5 – 12.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A Walking Tour Aboard the Ranger III

Ranger III Captain Rand Attaway will lead a tour of the boat. Wear comfortable shoes and meet in front of the Isle Royale Visitor Center at 11:20 a.m. This is for all ages.

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cruise Aboard the Ranger III to Portage Lake and Back

This event requires a reservation, and all reservations are already filled. If you have a reservation, please pick up your ticket before noon at the Isle Royale Visitor Center. Light jackets are recommended, and the ship’s snack bar will be open.

 

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

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Music on the Menu with Jack Chamberlain

Posted on August 6, 2017 – 8:01 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.

 

Jack Chamberlain will perform easy listening accordion music on Friday, August 11, from noon – 1:00 p.m. His performance will include favorite polkas, waltzes, ragtime, Latin, country, and old standards music.

 

He will also give a “hands-on” demonstration showing what an accordion looks like on the inside. Using a disassembled accordion, he will show how the parts work together to make the sounds you hear when the accordion is played.

 

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.

 

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

 

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How to Access Library Materials in OverDrive Training Session for Patrons

Posted on August 1, 2017 – 7:56 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will offer two training sessions for library patrons that will show how to download eBooks and audio books as well as how to stream videos on Wednesday August 16, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.

 

Participants will be introduced to the Overdrive and the Libby apps, which can be used to access all digital materials available in the Great Lake Digital Library. Those who participate should bring their own laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other digital device, and library staff will assist in downloading and troubleshooting.

 

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

 

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Downtown Houghton Scavenger Hunt FUNdraiser!

Posted on August 1, 2017 – 6:26 pm

The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library will host a Downtown Houghton Scavenger Hunt as a FUNdraiser for the library on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Funds raised at this event will support library programs such as Storytime for kids, the Summer Reading Program, and educational programs and events for the community.

 

The Scavenger Hunt is designed for teams of 1 – 4 people. Teams will be given a list of items and tasks to complete in 1.5 hours. Examples of tasks include taking a photo of your team by a boat, finding a map for kayaking, making a sidewalk chalk drawing, and photographing an item or a display in a store. Each task will be assigned a point value, and prizes will be awarded for various categories. Boundaries for the event are the bike path along the water, the north side of Montezuma Avenue, the Miner statue, and the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

 

The entry donation for this family friendly event is $40 per team. Teams can register via email at folpldl@gmail.com or sign up at the Portage Lake District Library. Teams are asked to check in at the library between 10:00 – 10:15 a.m., bring a digital/phone camera, and sign liability waivers. Lunch will be served and prizes will be awarded between 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

 

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

 

 

 

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