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New Library Cards Are Now Available

Posted on May 18, 2018 – 2:32 pm

In March of this year, the Portage Lake District Library introduced a contest for library users to redesign the library cards using fun, creative and inspirational quotes about the library. Quotes could express what they love about the library or why the library is important to them and their community.

 

The new library cards are now available with six winning quotes to choose from. There is no charge for patrons who choose to exchange their current library card for a new one.

 

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

 

 

 

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Keweenaw Garden Club: Lilacs for the U. P. Gardener

Posted on May 12, 2018 – 2:32 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for its final presentation for this season on Monday, May 21, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

MSU Master Gardener Amanda Binoniemi will present “Lilacs for the U.P. Gardener.” She will discuss the history and lore of lilacs from the Old World to the New and share tips for selecting varieties and caring for lilacs in a home garden.

 

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/ and contact them by email at keweenaw.gardenclub@gmail.com

 

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

 

 

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MTU Attitudes Toward Technology Survey Continues

Posted on May 12, 2018 – 2:29 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host Michigan Technological University’s Safety, Technology and Attention Lab while they conduct a research study titled “Attitudes Toward Technology” on Wednesday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 2:00 p.m.

 

The Safety, Technology and Attention Lab is looking for people who are 55 or older who are either new to computers, a mid-level computer user, or a pro to fill out paper questionnaires. Each participant will be paid $20 cash, and each session will take approximately 60 minutes. Participants can choose which session they want to attend, and they are asked to arrive five minutes early. Registration is not required.

 

For more information about this survey, please call or text Kay Tislar at 906-231-5150 or send an email to her at cltislar@mtu.edu.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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CANCELED: Sea Change: Addressing Climate Change on Lake Superior

Posted on May 9, 2018 – 1:25 pm

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Houghton Keweenaw County Genealogical Society

Posted on May 3, 2018 – 7:29 pm

The public is invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Houghton Keweenaw County Genealogical Society on Tuesday, May 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the Portage Lake District Library.

 

This meeting will include networking and discussions about successes and problems members of the society have had with doing their genealogical research. Experienced members will offer suggestions, guidance, and assistance to those who need a helping hand with genealogy projects.

 

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

 

 

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Manitou Island Light Station Project

Posted on May 3, 2018 – 6:52 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites those who are interested in learning about the Manitou Island Light Station project to a presentation on Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m.

 

Bryan Lijewski, licensed architect with the State Historic Preservation Office, and Michelle Smay, owner of Smay Trombley Architecture, will discuss new reports analyzing current conditions of the Manitou Island Light Station. Their presentation will include an in-depth look at the history and development of the light station, rarely seen old photographs, and images of the structure as it stands today. Current challenges facing preservation efforts and possible solutions will also be shared as well as information about how the community can become involved in the preservation effort.

 

Construction of the Manitou Island Light Station was authorized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861. The Keweenaw Land Trust acquired the 93 acre property from the U.S. Government in 2004 under the auspices of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The island is a refuge for a vast number of birds during spring and fall migrations, and it is open to the public for rock collecting, kayaking, bird watching, and visiting the lighthouse grounds.

 

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

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MTU Attitudes Toward Technology Survey Continues

Posted on May 2, 2018 – 6:20 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host Michigan Technological University’s Safety, Technology and Attention Lab while they conduct a research study titled “Attitudes Toward Technology” on Thursday, May 10, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 2:00 p.m.

 

The Safety, Technology and Attention Lab is looking for people who are 55 or older who are either new to computers, a mid-level computer user, or a pro to fill out paper questionnaires. Each participant will be paid $20 cash, and each session will take approximately 60 minutes. Participants can choose which session they want to attend, and they are asked to arrive five minutes early. Registration is not required.

 

For more information about this survey, please call or text Kay Tislar at 906-231-5150 or send an email to her at cltislar@mtu.edu.

 

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

 

 

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Sea Change Expeditions: Addressing Climate Change on Lake Superior

Posted on May 1, 2018 – 5:12 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host Mark and Katya Gordon, their daughters, and the crew of their custom built 40 ft. steel sailboat, the Amicus II, for an evening learning about climate change on Lake Superior. This event will take place on Wednesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m.

 

The Gordons will share the story of their liveaboard sailing experiences and discuss climate science as it relates to the changing eco-systems of Lake Superior and its surrounding coasts. They will also suggest carbon-cutting solutions.

 

The Gordons have been taking youth and young adults sailing with them on voyages lasting from four days to three months on their Sea Change Expeditions since 2010. Students experience the immensity and wildness of Lake Superior while they study, collect, and record data to support climate change research on the lake.

 

Mark Gordon has been a licensed Captain for more than 28 years and currently holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Masters License with offshore sailing endorsement. He also has been a licensed EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) for over 26 years. He has spent over 1000 days leading wilderness trips with groups of all ages and has directed three wilderness programs. He has sailed over 20,000 miles on the Great Lakes and on the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Katya Gordon has over 16 years experience leading canoeing, backpacking, and snowshoeing expeditions all over North America for adolescents and adults of all ages and abilities.

 

Sea Change Expeditions is a non-profit sailing program that combines Lake Superior voyaging with community engagement focusing on climate change as it relates to local ecosystems and economies. Contact Sea Change Expeditions at 1-218-340-9648 and visit their website at www.SeaChange Expeditions.org

 

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 30, 2018 – 5:53 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for a two part presentation learning about wild mushrooms on Monday, May 14, 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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E-Waste Recycling Event and Film: Death by Design: The Dirty Story of Our Digital Addiction

Posted on April 25, 2018 – 5:35 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites the public to join the Copper Country Recycling Initiative (CCRI) and the Michigan Technological University Center for Science and Environmental Outreach for an Earth Day film screening and discussion at the library on Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m.

 

The film Death by Design: The Dirty Story of Our Digital Addiction shows the dark side of our ever growing use of electronic devices from smartphones to personal computers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From China to New York to Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

 

A discussion will follow the film and information about new, state certified and secure electronic waste recycling that has returned to the Keweenaw will be announced. The Copper Country Recycling Initiative, in partnership with Goodwill Industries, MTU, and the cities of Houghton and Hancock, recently received funding from the Michigan DEQ for local electronic waste recycling. Spring and fall collection events are planned for 2018 in addition to the development of two permanent collection sites at local Goodwill stores.

 

People can drop off office and household electronics and computer components and accessories on Friday, May 4, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Goodwill Industries located near the Houghton County Memorial Airport. This two day event will be free of charge. Future collection events may have a minimal charge for each item. A complete list of electronic items that can be recycled is available at the library and by emailing CCRI at coppercountryrecyclereuse@gmail.com

 

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

 

 

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