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Halloween Party for Kids and Their Families

Posted on October 19, 2017 – 7:27 pm

 

The Portage Lake District Library and the City of Houghton Police Department invite kids and their families to wear Halloween costumes and have a frightfully good time at the library on Friday, October 27, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

“Special guests” will read stories throughout the evening during the Haunted Storytime. There will be Halloween games and activities, hot dogs and veggie dogs, chips, apple cider, and Halloween treats. Kids can walk through the gently “spooky” Michigan Room, watch a Halloween movie, and take home a pumpkin to decorate.

 

This event is free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at

482-4570.

 

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Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Posted on October 19, 2017 – 6:21 pm

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness month, and the Portage Lake District Library will host Mary Niemela, Executive Director of the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home, for a presentation on Tuesday, October 24, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Niemela will discuss the dynamics of domestic violence, why victims stay with their abuser, and the effects domestic violence has on children. She will also explore reasons why domestic violence is still happening.

 

Niemela has worked at the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home for 27 years. Before becoming the Executive Director, she held various positions there including Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Coalition Coordinator, and Outreach Advocate.

 

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter is committed to ending all forms of violence in personal relationships and within the community. The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter recognizes that violence in the home is a significant crime impacting the whole community’s health and well being. In addition to providing ways to access safety and support, the Shelter also offers counseling, advocacy, and referrals to other agencies in the community that work for or with those affected by domestic violence. 

 

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

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Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange

Posted on October 12, 2017 – 4:40 pm

Regular meetings of the Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange are held on the third Monday of each month September through May from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Portage Lake District Library. The next meeting will be October 16, and everyone is invited to participate.

 

Participants are invited to bring recipes and a favorite autumn or harvest season food to eat and share. Copies of the recipes will be made at the library. Please list all ingredients used in making foods that are shared at these meetings and identify the brand names of the gluten-free ingredients. Bringing food is not a requirement for attendance.

 

The Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange is organized by and for those who are interested in or required to follow a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free eating requires the avoidance of all wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Most people find it challenging at first, but are excited to find recipes and foods that are fun and easy to make and tasty to eat. The Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange is an opportunity to share those great recipes and learn from others. Everyone who is interested in learning more about gluten-free eating is encouraged to attend.

 

All 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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Storytime on Saturdays

Posted on October 9, 2017 – 6:25 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites children and their families to participate in Storytimes that will be held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month throughout the school year beginning October 14.

 

These programs will be presented by members of the Houghton High School Key Club and will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Storytime includes listening to stories and making a craft. Everyone is welcome and all programs are free.

 

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

 

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National Novel Writing Month Prep Sessions

Posted on October 9, 2017 – 2:13 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone who loves to write to explore their creative talents at a series of writing “prep sessions” designed for those who accept the challenge of National Novel Writing Month.

 

Known as the largest writing event in the world, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) “Come Write In” program encourages participants to write a 50,000 word novel during November.

 

To help writers prepare for this feat,  NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaisons for the U.P., Rebecca Frost and Colleen Hix, will hold two novel writing prep sessions at the library on October 14 and 21 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

The first session will focus on plots and story arcs, and the second session will show how to create believable characters and worlds. Participants will also learn tips on how meet daily word goals and how to navigate this mad-dash competition with themselves.

Participants are asked to bring a notebook or paper and a pen.

 

National Novel Writing Month is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes all stories matter. Through their programs including the Young Writers Program, the Come Write In program and Camp NaNoWriMo, they hope to empower and encourage vibrant creativity around the world.

 

For more information about National Novel Writing Month, visit www.nanowrimo.org.

 

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

 

 

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A Primer on Running for Local Office: Getting You to “Yes”

Posted on October 5, 2017 – 6:11 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Houghton County Democratic Party on Wednesday, October 11, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for “A Primer on Running for Local Office: Getting You to “Yes.”

 

This workshop will be lead by Valorie Troesch and will address the truths and myths about what it takes to run for local office. Participants will learn what the local elective and appointed positions are and what qualifications are required for each position, how to get on the ballot, how to prepare to run for local office, how to run a winning campaign, and what resources are available to support candidates. People who have run for local office will share their experiences.

 

“We Democrats work hard to advocate for values and policies that reflect who we are and that promise better lives for the people in our community,” Troesch commented. “Too often, however, local elective offices go unchallenged by Democrats because the prospect of running for office is so daunting. If you have ever considered putting your hat in the ring, this workshop is for you!”

 

There is no cost to attend, and light refreshments will be served. Those who are interested in participating may contact Troesch at  houghtondems@gmail.com.

 

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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In the Cards: Mining the C & H Employment Records

Posted on October 5, 2017 – 5:32 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Houghton Keweenaw County Genealogical Society on Tuesday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m. for a presentation for the public.

 

Emily Riipa, Assistant Archivist at the Michigan Tech Archives, will present “In the Cards: Mining the C & H Employment Records.” Riipa will share information about how to accurately read an ancestor’s C & H employment card.

 

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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Library Closed Wednesday, October 4th for Annual Staff In-service

Posted on October 3, 2017 – 4:57 pm

The library will be closed on Wednesday, October 4th for our annual staff in-service. We will return to regular hours on Thursday, October 5th. Thank you for your understanding while we learn about new and innovative ways to better serve you!

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Millage Renewal Informational Presentations at Houghton City Council and Portage Township Offices

Posted on October 3, 2017 – 12:48 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites the public to join them for informational presentations given by library staff at the Portage Township Offices on Monday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m. and in Houghton at the City Council Chambers on Wednesday, October 11, at 5:30 p.m.

 

Library Director Dillon Geshel will describe what the library offers our community and share information about the upcoming millage renewal vote in November.

 

There will be time for questions following each presentation.

 

All are welcome to attend. For more information please call the library at 482-4570.

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Getting Help with Mental Illness in the Keweenaw

Posted on September 28, 2017 – 5:14 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for a panel discussion about how to get help with mental illness in the Keweenaw.

 

This event will be held on Thursday, October 5, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Panelists include Rebecca Crane from Dial Help, Nick Roberts from the Houghton City Police Department, Vicki Mikkola from Copper Country Mental Health (CCMH) and members of NAMI.

 

Topics that will be discussed include Dial Help’s Help line and their new mobile crisis team, the Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Program, an explanation of the process for getting mental health services at CCMH, and the kinds of education, support, and advocacy services that NAMI provides for families, consumers, and other support services in the community.

 

This event will coincide with activities that are being held nationwide during Mental Illness Awareness Week. In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and its efforts to raise mental health awareness, take action on mental health issues, and work against stigma.

 

NAMI-Keweenaw Area meets at The Institute on Sharon Ave. on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. For more information call 231-2738.

 

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

 

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