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February Greetings 

From your Libraries in 
Ludington & Scottville 


Brrr! It may be chilly outside, but we keep our libraries warm inside. Come on in and browse around for the latest bestseller new arrivals, the latest editions of magazines and newspapers, and our expanded offerings on DVDs. You can now get new arrival alerts to your email - see below - so you will know when the new books will hit the shelves. Also, our website is available 24/7 from your computer or tablet, http://www.MCDLibrary.org, where you can 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.


Need help with a new digital device? See the "Digital Saturdays" article below. Lisa will be available, and can help walk you through the "how-to" and help you enjoy digital borrowing.





 New Book Alerts 

Discovery Club

In February, Discovery Club is meeting on the 1st 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, February 5, at 4 pm. Explore winter fun in Michigan with snowshoes and outdoor snow games. BE SURE TO DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! Snacks are provided. Please call 231-843-8465 if you have questions.
Family Craft Time in Scottville

At the Mason County District Library in Scottville on Tuesday, February 4 at 
3:00 pm, the Family Fun Craft series features Valentine banners. Families are invited to drop in any time between 3:00 and 5:30 pm and get creative. 

Coming up: March 4 - Painting Birdhouses; April 1 - Celebration Plates; May 6 - Summer Serving Trays. Children under age 8 must be accompan
ied by an adult. 
ALL Mason County District Library programs are free of charge. Family Craft - 1st Tuesday - 3:00-6:00 pm - Scottville Library.
Adult Craft in Ludington
Tuesday, February 4 at 6:00 pm, crafters are invited to the West Shore Bank Room at Ludington Library to create a fabric Valentine banner
This activity is open to adults only. There is a limit of 20 participants. Supplies are provided at no charge, but donations are appreciated. 


Forthcoming Books 

Click this link to find out which bestselling books will coming in to your Libraries in February and March. The list is sorted two different ways. One list is sorted by author, the other list is sorted by release date.
'Wired' Sculpture on Display in Ludington 

Come in to the Ludington Library to see David Masten's 'Wired' sculpture. The copper wire, springs, rods, and other materials form a 'wired' man that stands over 6-feet tall! Dave's "Wired" man was a Michigan Tech University "My Great Lakes Showcase" entry in 2013, taking first place in 3D art.

In the artist's words, "Wired is about that feeling of being too connected, too plugged-in, too wound-up. In other words, feeling a little too 'wired'."

You can follow this link if you are interested in more information about the juried Showcase of fine arts and crafts.
Author Alerts - Find out First!
Get notified by email or text message when our libraries order new items by your favorite authors or performers. This new service is easy to sign up for. CLICK HERE to register for this free Author Alert service.


Valentine Party 

Be Creative at your Library! There will be a Valentine Party at the Mason County District Library in Ludington Thursday, February 13, at 4:00 pm. Families are invited to attend. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 

ALL Mason County District Library programs are free of charge.



Digital eReader Help  

Want to read books on your tablet or smart phone? Have you been given a Kindle or a Nook, and want to really use it? How about that new iPad your received at Christmas... You get the idea! There are thousands of eBooks, audio books, and videos you can borrow. You can also download popular magazines on these digital devices.


Learn how! The Ludington Library offers one-on-one instruction - just you and your device with Lisa, our digital expert. Come on in on Saturdays any time between 12:00 noon and 4:30 pm. Bring your digital device for one-on-one help, and please make sure to have it charged.


If you are in the Scottville area, Chris is also available for digital help on Wednesday evenings between 3:30 and 7:30 pm  


Questions? Call (231) 843-8465 or email DigitalHelp@MCDLibrary.org

Access the Library's digital collection online at MCDLibrary.org/upnorth 


Book Discussion Group - February   

A book discussion group meets at the Ludington Library. The next meeting will be Friday, February 14th at 9:30 a.m. 
This month's book is "A Million Years With You", a memoir by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. 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.

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. 


February marks a change in our library as we welcome Eric Smith as the new Director of the Mason County District Library. After 37 years, first as the director of the County Library in Scottville, and for the last 20 years as the director of the combined city-county District Library, I will be retiring at the end of February. Libraries have undergone huge changes in the past 37 years with all the new technologies, but at their core libraries are still the same amazing community organizations they've been for generations. Libraries have focused on children's literacy, lifelong learning and community enrichment for over 100 years - and that will continue to be our focus for the next hundred years.
It has been a pleasure to get to know so many wonderful people and to serve such a wonderful and generous community. 

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

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...

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. 


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/Tenant, Deeds, Power of Attorney, Bankruptcy and more.


1998 to Present 
Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived 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.

 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


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

English for speakers of other languages. 


 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 March


First Tuesday Scottville Craft  - Tuesday, March 4
Mardi Gras Party - Ludington - Tuesday, March 4

Adult Craft - Ludington - Tuesday, March 4
Discovery Club - Ludington - Wednesday, March 5
Dr. Seuss Party - Ludington - Thursday, March 13 


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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