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Whether you are coming back from summer vacation, enjoying a stay-cation, getting ready for school, sending kids off to college, working, or retired - there are books, DVDs, audio-books, and magazines available for your entertainment and enlightenment at your local library. You can also borrow digitally on a tablet or smart phone (see below), and subscribe to electronic magazines (Zinio). 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.


Numerous new books for adults, young adults, and children, plus DVDs for all ages, have been 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. Need help with the electronic device? See the "Digital Fridays" article below. Someone can help walk you through the "how-to" and help you enjoy digital borrowing.


  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 

Libraries Closed Labor Day &
Sunday Hours are back!     


In honor of Labor Day, the libraries in Ludington and Scottville will be closed Monday, September 2.  Beginning Sunday, September 8, Sunday hours return. The Libraries in Ludington & Scottville will be open from noon to 4:00 pm every Sunday.

First Day Ice Cream!

Mason County District Library invites students to enjoy First Day Ice Cream Tuesday, September 3, 4:00 pm at the Ludington Library. Celebrate the First Day of School with an ice cream cone! Children under age 8 MUST be accompanied by an ADULT. ALL Mason County District Library events are free of charge.  

Adult Craft Night - Ludington Library



Adults are invited to create a fabric pumpkin and fabric hoop hanger - decorative Fall pieces for your table and wall - on Tuesday, September 3, 6:00 p.m. - Ludington Library. There is a limit of 20 participants.  Supplies are provided at no charge, but donations are appreciated.  

Family Craft Time in Scottville


Looking for a fun activity to do with the whole family? Family Craft Time will be back at the Scottville Library Tuesday, September 3 from 3-5:30 pm. The first craft of the season will be pencil holders. The entire family is invited to enjoy this fun filled craft. All supplies are provided along with a snack and refreshments. Please call 231-757-2588 if you have questions.

Join the book discussion group   

A book discussion group meets at the Ludington Library, on the 3rd Friday of each month, at 9:30 am. The next meeting will be Friday, September 20. 
This month's book is "Off to the Side: A Memoir" by Jim Harrison, a Michigan author. Visit or call the Libraries at 231-843-8465 or 231-757-2588 to reserve a copy.
If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please email librarian@MCDLibrary.org - or ask for details at the Ludington Front Desk.

Calendar Contest

Children of all ages are invited to create a seasonal drawing to decorate a calendar page.  Winning designs will be printed and sold at the Mason County District Libraries in Ludington and Scottville.  Winners will receive one of the calendars they helped to create.  Artists must use the back of the entry form.  Entry forms are available at the Mason County District Libraries in Ludington and Scottville and on the Library's website www.MCDLibrary.org.  Contest deadline is September 30, 2013  

Scarecrow Creating

Mason County District Library will host Scarecrow Creating Thursday, September 19, beginning at 4:00 pm and continuing through the weekend (while supplies last) at the Ludington Library.  Young artists are invited to create a scarecrow.  All supplies and materials for scarecrows will be provided by the library.  Children under age 8 MUST be accompanied by an ADULT.  ALL Mason County District Library events are free of charge.  

Thank you to the Artists!

Free Art Exploration classes in August for area children who were going into grades 6 though 9 were made possible by the West Shore Art League, from a legacy donation. Mason County District Library in Ludington thanks the artists who donated their time and talent:

Painting - Lynda Blankinship 
Jewelry - Alayne Speltz
Drawing - Lynda Blankinship 
Mixed Media - Amanda St. Hilaire
Performing Arts - Chris Plummer
Clay - Nathan Grubich  
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.

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 Saturdays any time between 12:00 noon and 5:00 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: Happy Feet with Ms Karen -
Ludington - Monday 10 am 
Pre-School-K: Story Time with Ms Sue -
Ludington - Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am
Pre-School-K: Story Time with Ms Tammy -
Ludington - Thursday - 10 am


Pre-School-K:  Story Time with Ms Robin -
Scottville - Wednesday - 10 am

Weekly Programs for Kids   
Creative Kids - Express Yourself through Crafts -
Ludington - Monday, 
Tuesday & Thursday, 4 - 5:30 pm
 Saturday, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Games Galore - Board Games and More - 
Ludington - Wednesday, 4 pm 
Book Club - Reading, Games & Activities with Ms Leona -
 Ludington - Thursday 4 pm 


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

Ludington - Saturday 1 pm - 4 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 October


Discovery Club - Ludington - Wednesday, October 2, 4 pm 
 Pumpkin Party - Ludington - Thursday, October 24, 4 pm 
 Downtown Trick or Treat - Ludington - Saturday, October 26, 2 pm
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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