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The holidays are fast approaching. Take some time out for yourself, and come on in to get a couple of books to read, or movies to watch. Remember, you can go to our website on your computer or tablet, http://www.MCDLibrary.org. Keep up to date on happenings with the interactive calendar, or click around to find about the numerous resources and programs that are available at both Ludington and Scottville 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. Also, new books are available ever day via the library's UpNorth Digital Collection, the electronic lending library. Use your smart phone, iPad, Kindle, Nook, or other eReader device and borrow today! And if you love magazines, you can read your favorite titles (over 70) available at Zinio - with free checkout and you never need to return them. You just download and read -  FREE. Need help with the electronic device? See the "Digital Saturdays" article below. Someone can help walk you through the "how-to" and help you enjoy digital borrowing.





 New Book Alerts 

Family Craft Time in Scottville

Looking for a fun activity to do with the whole family? Come in to the Scottville Library Tuesday, December 3, from 3-5:30 pm. This month, the craft is Christmas card holders. Families are invited to drop in any time between 3:00 and 5:30 pm. All supplies are provided. Snacks and refreshments are served. It's a good time for all. Please call 231-757-2588 if you have questions.
Adult Craft in Ludington
Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00 pm, crafters are invited to the West Shore Bank Room at the Ludington Library to create fabric Christmas ornaments.  This activity is open to adults only.  There is a limit of 20 participants.  Supplies are provided at no charge, but donations are appreciated. 


Discovery Club

In December, Discovery Club is meeting on the 2nd Wednesday. Retired teacher Kathy Radtke will lead students as they explore or world through books, games, art, and other activities. For the 2013-2014 school year, the theme is Discovering Michigan.

Children in grades 2-5 are invited on Wednesday, December 11, at 4 pm to make handmade Christmas ornaments to decorate the library, and to take home. Snacks are provided. Please call 231-843-8465 if you have questions.
Children's Christmas Craft Night
There will be a Christmas Craft Night for children at the Mason County District Library in Ludington Friday, December 6, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Activities include crafts and stories. Children who are able to handle scissors and other implements of creation competently on their own are invited to attend. 
Children must be checked in and out of the library by an adult. The Library closes at 6:00 pm; doors will not open for the party until 6:45. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult for the evening. All Mason County District Library programs are presented free of charge.  


Christmas Create-A-Gift                

Last-minute holiday gift givers are invited to Mason County District Library in Ludington Thursday, December 19, and Friday, December 20, noon to 5:00 pm to create a gift.  Supplies will be provided for creating handmade gifts.  Givers of all ages are invited to attend.  The activity will continue through the weekend while supplies last.  

Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  All Mason County District Library programs are free. 


Book Discussion Group - December   

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, December 20th. 
This month's book is the historical fiction: "The Bookseller's Sonnets" by Andi Rosenthal. 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.

Christmas Break Children's Activities 

Children of all ages are invited to the Mason County District Library in Ludington during Christmas break for free children's activities. There will be crafts and art projects, puzzles, and card and board games available from 10:30-5:30 pm December 20, 23, 26, 27, and 30, and January 2 and 3, and on the weekends as staffing permits.
In addition, there will also be video games and Legos on some of the days, depending on available space. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. And don't forget to Light Up the Lake at our free Family New Year's Eve Party Tuesday, December 31, 7:00-11:30 pm. 
Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult at this particular party. All Mason County District programs are free.


Holiday Hours 
The Libraries in Scottville and Ludington will observe the following special hours: 
Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve (Closing at 1:00)
Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day (Closed)
Tuesday, December 31 - New Year's Eve (Closing at 1:00)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - New Year's Day (Closed)
Light Up the Lake!

Ludington Library invites families, children and teens to celebrate New Year's Eve with a family party Tuesday, December 31, 7:00-11:30 pm. There will be crafts, games and activities for party-goers of all ages - including board games, lots of Legos, and video games. 

At 11:30 pm, the party will leave the Library and parade downtown to enjoy the downtown Ball Drop. Light Up the Lake with your family at the Ludington Library! Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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 4:30 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. 


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!

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. 


Gale Legal Forms

Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues including; Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Divorce, LLC & Incorporations, Name Change, Landlord/Tennant, Deeds, Power of Attorney, Bankruptcy and more.



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.


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... 



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.


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


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

English for speakers of other languages. 


A collection of 80+ 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 January


First Tuesday Scottville Craft  - Tuesday, January 7

Adult Craft - Ludington - Tuesday, January 7
Discovery Club - Ludington - Wednesday, January 8



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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