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Enjoy the outdoors, our big lake, the Ludington State Park, and fishing while this great, weather lasts. But first, stop by one of your library branches to check out a book, DVD, or audio-book to take along while you play. You can also borrow digitally on a tablet or smart phone (see below). Our libraries are here to provide you with great reading, entertainment, information and education. There are plenty of resources and programs available at both Ludington and Scottville libraries for everyone to join in.


Hundreds of new books and DVDs are added to the shelves by your libraries. Click the 'NEW BOOK ALERTS' below to see just some of the new books and DVDs the library offers. Visit the library and check them out or go online to reserve them. Don't have time to come to the library? MCDL's collection of downloadable eBooks, audio-books, music and videos continues to grow. You can use your smart phone, Android tablet, iPad, or other eReader to borrow and read through the library's UpNorth Digital Collection.  And if you love magazines then read your favorite titles (over 100) available at Zinio - with no check out or return. You just download and read -  FREE. 


  Join the NOT List (New Online Titles) to get first notice when new items are added to our digital collection.  Downloadable audiobooks and eBooks from the Library's digital collection are compatible with computers, Nooks, Kindles, iPads, many audio devices and Apple and Android mobile devices. eMail Librarian@MCDLibrary.org





 New Book Alerts 

Thank you, Friends of the Library!

The Friends of the Library raises funds which are turned over to the library for various uses. A major fundraiser is the Annual Used Book sale each July. This year, over $7,000 was raised. 
Thank you to everyone who donated books and multimedia materials to the sale, and thank you to all the people who came out on a sunny July weekend to browse and buy. 
The Friends have provided funds for new books and videos, book shelves, book carts, storage cabinets, paperback racks, and new furniture in the Reading Area. The Friends offer funds which are used for the library's many children's programs, from providing paperback books to give as prizes for the Summer Reading Program, to paying for performers and events such as the summer magic show. Also, the Science Camp in July, which was a huge success, was funded by the Friends and by Occidental Chemical Company.
"Hadley: A Mother's Story of Autism and Hope" 

Autism book
The public is invited to meet local author Mary Ann Payne at an Open House Saturday, August 3, 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Ludington Library to celebrate the publication of her new book, "Hadley: A Mother's Story of Autism and Hope".

In the author's words: "This is a collection of stories that I have written over the years regarding our daughter and her autism. Using education, inspiration, and lots of humor, you will see how we were able to turn our trials into triumphs. Over the years, as I penned my woes, my tears began to turn to laughter and I thought maybe these stories could be something to share with others. 

" 'Hadley' tells of fortunate and not-so-fortunate events that actually took place. It is my hope for the reader to learn from our pain as well as our pleasure of living and dealing with autism. None of us plan on having adverse circumstances in our lives. Our circumstances can be out of our control, but it is how we react and respond accordingly that helps shape our lives. You will laugh and cry as you read this true story about Hadley and our family's struggle to live with autism and not let go of God."
Traveling Zoo

The Traveling Animal Show from John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids will visit Library in Ludington, Monday, August 5, for two shows - at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a FREE program, made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Ludington Library.

Circus Day

Join us at the Scottville Library on Tuesday, August 6, from 1 - 4 PM for Circus Day. Children under age 14 are invited to Circus Day , where there will be a bouncy house, games and prizes, Pixie's Ponies, and balloon animals with John Marek.

Earth Science

Explore geology at the Library in Ludington Monday, August 12 at 1:00 pm. Children old enough to wield a hammer are invited to come and crack open a geode, and dig into learning about rocks and minerals. All Mason County District Library programs are FREE. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. 

Friendship Day

Children of all ages and their families, caregivers and FRIENDS are invited to enjoy Friendship Day at the Craig R. Rasmussen Outdoor Activity Area at the Ludington Library Monday, August 19, 1:00-4:00 pm.  There will be ice cream, games and activities to celebrate, enjoy and honor our friends.  Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

West Shore Art League Exploration

Students entering 6th through 9th grades this fall are invited to explore their artistic side beginning August 7 at Mason County District Library with a series of two-day classes presented through the generosity of West Shore Art League. The series includes: 

Painting - Lynda Blankinship - August 7 & 8 - (W/Th) 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00, Ludington Library 
Have fun Painting: Use Pallet knives as well as brushes to put acrylic paint on canvas boards. Learn to mix your own colors, and when to use line, shape, and value to make your paintings extraordinary.

Jewelry - Alayne Speltz - August 13 & 14 - (T/W) 10:00-12:00 & 1:30-3:30, Ludington Library 
Not string and beads! This class will teach students how to make wearable art using basic metalsmithing tools and techniques. Students may bring an interesting small object to incorporate into a ring or pendant such as a favorite stone, cool pop bottle top, or any little found object.

Drawing - Lynda Blankinship - August 15 & 16 - (Th/F) 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00 Ludington Library 
Have fun Drawing: Use Graphite Sticks, Conte Crayon and Charcoal to create drawings. Learn about when and how to use line, shape, and value to make your drawings extraordinary.

Mixed Media - Amanda St. Hilaire - August 21 & 22 - (W/Th) 9:30-11:00 & 1:00-2:30 Ludington Library 
A true experiment with a number of mediums: Painting, drawing, printmaking and collage to create a one of a kind landscape. Let's explore the possibilities together!

Performing Arts - Chris Plummer - August 26 & 27 - (M/T) 9:00-11:00 & 1:00-3:00 Ludington Library 
Let's Create a Character! 
We will focus on creating a character; physically, vocally and emotionally. Then we will create a short scene through improvisation involving the interaction of our characters. Start to observe the people around you to give you some fun ideas!

Clay - Nathan Grubich - August 29 & 30 - (Th/F) 9:30-11:00 & 1:00-2:30 Red Door Gallery
Explore a number of basic clay techniques while creating unique masks depicting our very own creatures. Real or surreal we'll have fun doing it!

Students may register for ONE CLASS ONLY.
Students must be entering 6th through 9th grade this fall.
This is a free opportunity; however, no-shows will be billed for supplies, usually about $15-$30, depending on the class. Cancellations will be accepted up to 24 hours before the class begins.  
Registration forms are available at the Ludington and Scottville Libraries and by going to www.MCDLibrary.org/art
This opportunity is made possible by the West Shore Art League.The West Shore Art League, established in 1967, dissolved in May after 45 years of purpose "to promote a wider understanding, a deeper appreciation and advancement of the useful knowledge of art in our community".

The West Shore Art League was founded and run in its entirety by volunteers who believed in the above mission and established programs and events to that end. Some of these programs will live on as a West Shore Art League legacy to the community through others.

Friday Night Live  

On Friday, August 2 and August 9, stop by the Library's booth at Friday Night Live, between 6:00 - 9:00 pm for a cool snow cone and fun crafts.

Summer Reading Program Celebration Picnic  
 Children who participated in the Mason County District Library's Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program and their parents or caregivers are invited to a picnic Friday, August 16 at 11:30 am at Memorial Tree Park at the north end of Washington Avenue in Ludington. Hot dogs, punch, chips and dessert will be served.  Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register by calling 231-843-8465.  ALL Mason County District Library programs are FREE. The generous support of the Friends of the Library makes this program possible.

Get Your Free Pass into MI Big Green Gym!

Thanks to support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Library of Big Green  Michigan, FREE passes into MI Big Green Gym are available through nearly 500 libraries around Michigan. More than 100 state parks are available for you to explore - many offering free Rec 101 programs. Choose your state park by visiting the Michigan DNR Parks and Trails Directory!

Passes are valid for seven days after check-out and are good for one free day into any state park or recreation area, or at the KLR Splashpad in Oxford Township, a universally accessible facility that is a hit with kids of all ages and abilities.

Get your FREE pass at your Ludington or Scottville Library today!
Dig into Digital at the Libraries 

The Library continues to offer one-on-one instruction on using eReaders and audio devices with Library materials. Drop in Fridays any time between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm at Ludington Library to test drive top-selling devices and learn how to use the Library's FREE downloadable collection. 


If you are in the Scottville area, Chris is also available for digital help on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 and 7:30


If you already have a device and are looking for assistance, please bring a laptop, if possible, and the USB cable to connect your device to a computer.


Questions? Call (231) 843-8465 or email LDains@MCDLibrary.org
Access the Library's digital collection online at MCDLibrary.org/upnorth


Block Party Saturdays   

Children and their families are invited to a Block Party using Lego brand bricks every Saturday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, at Ludington Library. Blocks will be provided by the library. Children under age 3 are NOT invited to this event - there are many, many small parts that could be ingested. 


Great Services available 24/7, from anywhere, through your Library


Alexander Street Streaming Music 

A collection of over 255,000 streaming music recordings - A Capella to Zydeco.  Collections include Classical Music, World Music and American Traditional and Folk Music. 
Stream to your computer, iPod, iPhone or Android smartphone.



Get unlimited access to thousands of streaming film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more. IndieFlix is available on Apple®, Android™, and all Internet enabled devices.  Patrons can also watch on Roku. 



Ludington Daily News Archives
1998 to Present
Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and mucn more from current andarchived issues of the Ludington Daily News. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials,announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.
Access it for Free through the library.



Borrow books & other items from hundreds of Michigan Libraries. Search, select and have your request delivered to your library in Ludington or Scottville for pickup.



Learn American Sign Language in FREE interactive online lessons. All you need is your MCDL registration number. Use Signing Savvy in a variety of ways to practice your sign language skills.



A collection of THOUSANDS of downloadable audiobooks & eBooks including
all Project Gutenberg public domain titles that are always available and do not count within the check-out limit. Download your selection to Nooks, Kindles, and many other eReaders, iPhones, iPads & iPods, Android devices and more... 


Universal Class

Take advantage of over 500 FREE online courses on wide range of topics, all taught by live instructors. Although not for credit, many courses offer Continuing Education Units

for formal educational advancement.

Take courses from AromaTherapy to Wedding Planning 101


Transparent Language Online

A language-learning service, with over 90 language options including

English for speakers of other languages. 



Zinio Magazines

A collection of 100+ popular and specialty electronic magazines from Zinio, the world's largest digital newsstand. Read selections on a computer, Kindle, or Apple or Android mobile devices. 


 Weekly Events for Pre-Schoolers



Pre-School-K    Story Time with Ms Sue -

Ludington - Tuesday & Wednesday 10AM

Pre-School-K    Story Time with Ms Tammy -
Ludington - Thursday - 10AM
Pre-School-K     Story Time with Ms Robin -
Scottville - Wednesday - 10AM

Weekly Programs for Kids   
Creative Kids - Express Yourself through Crafts -
Ludington - Monday, 11 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm
Friday, 10 am - 5 pm
Games Galore - Board Games and More - 
Ludington - Wednesday, 10 am - 5 pm 
Book Club - Reading, Games & Activities with Ms Leona -
 Ludington - Thursday 4 pm 


Block Party with Legos® (ages 3 and older) -

Ludington - Saturday 10 am - 1 pm

Book Club - Reading, Games & Activities with Ms Leona -
 Scottville  - Wednesday 4 pm

Don't forget! Self-directed reading, games for all ages, coloring sheets,
our KWCC sailboat, a Thomas and Friends train table,
dollhouse, and costumes are available for fun whenever the Library is open. 

Looking ahead to September    


Calendar Contest

Ends September 20


Scarecrow Creation

Thursday, September 19, 4pm & continuing through the weekend, while supplies last  - Ludington Library


Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult when
 attending any program or using any library service. 
ALL Mason County District Library programs are free.

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