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Spring 2018 Newsletter Now Available

Posted on April 9, 2018 – 10:27 am

The library’s latest edition of PRISM, our quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Click the link below to learn about upcoming events, new programs, reader recommendations and more!

PRISM Newsletter, Spring 2018

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Celebrate National Library Week!

Posted on April 4, 2018 – 7:53 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to visit the library and celebrate National Library Week from April 9 – April 14.

 

Programs that will be offered throughout the week are as follows:

 

Monday, April 9

Baby and Me Storytime, 10:15 a.m.

The library is launching its first ever storytime for babies as part of its new “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading program. Baby and Me Storytime is for ages 0 – 18 months and a loving adult. Older siblings are welcome to join along for stories, fingerplays, songs, and socializing.

 

Downloading eBooks with Libby, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Participants will learn how to use a computer, smartphone, or tablet to download free eBooks and audiobooks using OverDrive’s new Libby app.

 

Wednesday, April 11

Storytime for Pre-Schoolers, 10:15 a.m.

Kids will make their own book after reading stories about libraries. This storytime is for children ages 2 – 5, and younger and older siblings may also attend.

 

Learn a New Language with Mango Languages, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Participants will learn how to use the library’s online language learning resource, Mango Languages. Mango includes courses in over 70 different languages, including English.

 

Read-to-Me Dogs, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Children can gain confidence and build reading skills by reading at their own pace to very loving, non-judgmental, and attentive listeners. These trained and registered therapy dogs are in the library every Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m..

 

Travelogue: Africa, Part II, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mike and Susanna Ausema’s journey through the wilds of Africa continues in Part II with stories and pictures from Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya.

 

 

Thursday, April 12

Storytime for Pre-Schoolers, 10:15 a.m.

Kids will make their own book after reading stories about libraries. This storytime is for children ages 2 – 5, and younger and older siblings may also attend.

 

Library Card Design Contest Reception, 1:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments and celebrate the winning quotes in the new library card design contest.

 

Friday, April 13

Author Visit and Book Talk with Daniel Wolff, 6:30 p.m.

Michigan Notable Book author Daniel Wolff will discuss his book, Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913. Wolff will be traveling with Michigan musician Chris Buhalis, who will perform some of the music referred to in the book.

 

Saturday, April 14

Building Adult Skills in Computing, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Free, individual tutoring is provided by Michigan Tech Computer Science students and faculty for anyone who needs computer or digital device help. Participants can bring their own device or use the library’s public computers while MTU experts assist with any questions they may have.

 

Storytime for Pre-Schoolers, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This Storytime is provided by Houghton High School Key Club students. Children are invited for stories, a craft, and a really good time.

 

All Week

Fine Forgiveness

Donate nearly new books, DVDs or CDs and receive $1.00 in fine forgiveness per item donated during National Library Week.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’re Hiring!

Posted on April 2, 2018 – 1:34 pm

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The library is currently seeking applicants for the positions of Library Page and Acquisitions Manager. Please visit our Employment page to access the job postings and learn how to apply!

Posted in Miscellaneous

Material Donation Guidelines

Posted on April 2, 2018 – 11:44 am

Spring will soon be upon us, and we often see an increase in book donations due to spring cleaning. Below is a friendly reminder of our material donation guidelines.

The library appreciates the donation of books and materials from patrons. Some items may be added to our collection or sold in a library book sale. We accept donations on Tuesdays between 10am – 1pm. Here are a few guidelines to remember when donating books:

  • As a general rule, if you would not buy it at a sale, we cannot accept it
  • We cannot accept textbooks
  • We cannot accept medical books older than 5 years
  • We cannot accept books without covers or with writing in them
  • We cannot accept audio/visual materials without original cases
  • We cannot accept books that smell musty, smoky, etc.
Posted in Miscellaneous, News

Essential Oils Series of Classes

Posted on March 31, 2018 – 3:27 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host a series of essential oil classes presented by Dr. Kemmy Taylor and Emily Betterly of Superior Essentials.

 

The classes are as follows:

 

Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.

Mood Management

Participants will learn how scent stimulates nerves in the emotional center of the brain from which anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate. Oils that promote good brain health and mood management will be discussed. This class will take place in the library’s Michigan Room.

 

Saturday, April 14, 12:00 p.m.

Essential Oils 101: Science, Sourcing and Safety

Participants will learn how essential oils work in the body, the chemistry behind them, the importance of sourcing, and the safe way to use them. This class will take place in the library’s Michigan Room.

 

Saturday, April 21, 12:00 p.m.

Women’s Health

Participants will learn how to use essential oils to relieve stress and help create more balance in their lives. This class will take place in the library’s community room.

 

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m.

Essential Oils for Babies and Children

Participants will learn how to use essential oils effectively, appropriately, and safely with their children. This class will take place in the library’s Michigan Room.

 

All presentations will offer make and take roller bottles, free health scans, and complimentary resources and materials.

 

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

 

 

Posted in Events

Tips for Using Genealogy Software

Posted on March 31, 2018 – 2:43 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Houghton Keweenaw County Genealogical Society on Tuesday, April 10, at 6:00 p.m. for a presentation by Doug Terrell on “Tips for Using Genealogy Software.”

 

Terrell will discuss good data practices, mistakes to avoid, and features found in most popular genealogy programs that include grouping, searching, merging, color coding, and data management. This discussion will be presented as generic to all programs, but Terrell will use RootsMagic as a demonstration platform.

 

This presentation is geared towards beginner and intermediate users, but all experience levels are welcome.

 

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

 

 

Posted in Events

Portage Lake District Library Partners with Copper Country Great Start Collaborative to Expand Early Literacy Programming

Posted on March 30, 2018 – 12:39 pm

In November of last year, the Portage Lake District Library launched its new early literacy program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The self-paced and year-round program is aimed at getting children ready to read by the time they enter kindergarten. Research shows that children who have access to books and are read to at an early age have a more sophisticated and broader vocabulary, have better understanding of context and interpretive skills, and are more likely to have grasped the basic elements of written language when starting kindergarten.

 

Thanks to generous support from the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative, the Tree House Indoor Playground will now act as a remote location for registering 1,000 Books participants. All Tree House visitors are welcome and encouraged to register for the program. Sign-up is free for all.

 

Participants will receive a folder that contains the first 100 books log sheet, recommended reads, a book mark, coloring pages, and additional information about the program. For every 100 books read, participants will bring their child to the library to receive a small reward. Reach larger reading benchmarks and participants will take home free books for their child.

 

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

 

 

Posted in Events

Poetry Writing Workshop and Musical Performance

Posted on March 26, 2018 – 2:48 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to join them as they celebrate National Poetry Month with an interactive creative poetry writing workshop and musical performance on Thursday, April 5.

 

Marquette poets and musicians, Troy Graham, Emily Susan Smith and April Cote, will lead the creative poetry writing workshop from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. This workshop is designed to ignite creativity and is for all skill levels of writers from beginners to advanced.

 

The duo musical group, “Girl on a Boat” featuring Graham and Smith, will perform with April Cote as they weave poetry and music together from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Their music includes traditional classic folk and gospel songs along with original folk tunes.

 

Graham has been performing folk, bluegrass, old-time and gospel music for more than 10 years in the Midwest at festivals, schools, libraries, and concert series and is a published poet. Smith has classical music training and a background in theater and the arts. Cote joins the performance group adding her original published poetry.

 

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

Posted in Events

Burying the Myths about Green Burial

Posted on March 26, 2018 – 12:29 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Green Burial Alliance (KGBA) on Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for a forum on “Burying the Myths about Green Burial.”

 

Members of the KGBA Board of Directors will give a community update on the status of green burial options in the Keweenaw. They will provide information, present the facts, answer questions, and confirm some rumors and dispel others that are floating around about green burial.

 

There are two cemeteries in the area that have designated sections for green burial: Chassell Township Cemetery and Forest Hill Cemetery in Portage Township. In those sections, bodies are not embalmed or are embalmed using only non-toxic green embalming fluid. Biodegradable caskets or simple shrouds are used, and bodies are not placed in concrete vaults. This is a legal and economical alternative to conventional burials. Chassell Township Cemetery also allows winter burial in their green plots.

 

The Keweenaw Green Burial Alliance is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to the promotion of green burial practices in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula and surrounding areas. For more information, visit the KGBA website at https://kgba.weebly.com.

 

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

 

Posted in Events

Adventures in Hawaii

Posted on March 14, 2018 – 1:17 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host a travelogue about the Hawaiian islands on Tuesday, March 27, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Join Ayla Miller, 6th grade student at the Chassell Township Schools, as she presents a slideshow about her family’s adventures on the big island of Hawaii, Oahu, and Kauai this past January. Miller will show slides of wildlife including sea turtles, whales, endangered Monk seals, and wild horses. Her photos will illustrate the thrill of hiking to flowing lava, swimming under a waterfall, and seeing numerous exotic and unusual fruits and plants for the first time. She will also describe what her family did on January 13 when the emergency alert was sent telling everyone to seek immediate shelter because of an inbound missile threat.

 

Everyone is invited to hear about her memorable experiences and learn more about these beautiful, tropical islands.

 

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

 

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