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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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Ancestry Library Edition Training for the Public

Posted on December 13, 2017 – 2:33 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host two training sessions that will show participants how to use Ancestry Library Edition to search family records on Wednesday, December 20, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.


Ancestry Library Edition contains billions of records in census data, birth, marriage and death certificates, passenger lists and immigration records, military records, land records and wills, schools and church histories, city directories, newspapers, photos, and much more.


At this training, participants will learn how to use basic search techniques to discover their own family’s stories as they navigate the many collections that are offered in Ancestry. 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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Keweenaw Garden Club: Preservation of the Quincy Mine Historic Landscape

Posted on December 8, 2017 – 3:18 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for a discussion about the preservation of the Quincy Mine Historic Landscape on Monday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m.


Steve DeLong, Landscape Architect for the Keweenaw National Historical Park, will focus his presentation on the resources, preservation and stewardship of the Quincy Mine historic landscape. He will also describe methods the Park uses to determine which historic projects are worth preserving, projects the Keweenaw National Historical Park has been involved in, and his role in this process.


There will be time for questions and answers following the presentation.


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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Library Closed Due to Weather

Posted on December 5, 2017 – 7:10 am

The library will be closed today, Tuesday, December 5th due to the poor weather conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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The Finnish Jouhikko: Lecture and Live Music

Posted on December 4, 2017 – 8:24 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to join instrument maker Alice Margerum and musicians Matthew Durocher and Clare Zuraw to learn about the traditional Finnish instrument called the jouhikko on Tuesday, December 12, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


After a brief discussion about the history, construction, and uses of the instrument, the group will demonstrate how the instrument is played, and they will perform traditional Finnish tunes. The presentation features instruments built in Finland as well as in the Copper Country.


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

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Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Holiday in Downtown Houghton

Posted on December 2, 2017 – 2:50 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to join them as they celebrate the holidays in Downtown Houghton events.


On Saturday, December 9, Chris Alquist will present a Gingerbread and Holiday Storytime at the Carnegie Museum from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Other activities at the Museum include traditional music by Sul Ponticello, a confectionary playhouse and village, sweet treats, a visit from Santa, and more.


Immediately following this event there will be horse and sleigh (or wagon) rides starting at the library from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. as part of the City of Houghton’s Victorian Inspired Christmas celebration. There will also be handmade candle making demonstrations at the library. Other activities for people to enjoy include visiting downtown shops, strolling with Victorian villagers, and the lighting of the Christmas tree at Bridgeview Park at 6:30 p.m. Free roast beef sandwiches will also be served at a food stand on Sheldon Ave. during the event.


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BASIC Topics

Posted on December 2, 2017 – 1:28 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host students from the Computer Science Department at Michigan Tech for “BASIC Topics,” a series of presentations covering various topics in digital technology.


These programs will be presented by the MTU students who offer individual computer help in the weekly BASIC (Building Adult Skills in Computing) program at the library. Participants may bring their own digital device or use one that will be provided.


The programs in this series are as follows:


Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m.

Fighting Fake News

Participants will learn what fake news is, why and how it is made, why we should be concerned about it, how to spot it and how to stop it.


Thursday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.

Finding Your Way Around the Internet

MTU students will help participants use digital search and navigation options to help them get where they want to go and learn what they want to learn. Participants will also learn how to sort the right answers from the wrong ones and go on an online Treasure Hunt.


Tuesday, December 12

Sharing (but not too much) on Facebook

Participants will learn the different ways to share on Facebook, how to set things up to be in touch with people, and how to know what is being shared and who it is being shared with. Participants should have a Facebook account set up prior to this presentation.


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



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Mini Arts Grant Workshop

Posted on December 2, 2017 – 11:37 am

The Portage Lake District Library will host Cynthia Cote, Director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, for a free informational workshop about mini-grants that are available for art projects on Thursday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m.


The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The CCCAC facilitates funding opportunities for arts projects in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula: Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon, Gogebic, and Iron.


Mini-grants for Arts Projects provide up to $4000 for locally developed, high quality arts projects, which provide special opportunities to address local arts needs and increase public access to the arts. Mini-grants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce, or present traditional and contemporary arts.


Mini-grant dollars, matched 1.1 in cash/in-kind can be used for many types of arts activities such as exhibits, readings, performances, workshops, broadcasts, consultancies, commissions, festivals, restorations, pow wows, conferences, seminars, video and film productions and screenings, publications, and arts activities for students.


Non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities from the six counties may apply. A panel comprised of knowledgeable individuals from each of the six counties evaluates all funding proposals. The review criterion includes artistic merit, sound planning and management, as well as community service. Geographic distribution, underserved populations, cultural diversity, and a variety of arts disciplines are considered when determining awards.


For more information contact Cynthia Cote, Re-granting Coordinator at (906) 482-2333 or email


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

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Ancestry Tutorials Cancelled

Posted on November 29, 2017 – 8:38 am

Ancestry tutorials scheduled for today, Wednesday, November 29th at 1pm & 6pm are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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