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April Greetings 

From your Libraries in 
Ludington & Scottville 


Spring is here, technically, although winter seems to be keeping us in its grip. While you are waiting to be able to plant the garden, rake the lawn, or even see green on the trees (have hope, it will happen) - come on in to one of our libraries and browse for books and DVDs to keep yourself upbeat.


Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? See the article below for information, and a playlist of our librarian's poetry picks. Events this month include crafts, Discovery Club, Earth Day Celebration, and kids activities nearly every day of the week. Did you know there is an adult book discussion club that meets monthly? See the article below.


New books, DVDs, eBooks, audio books, and magazines arrive every week in both Scottville and Ludington. Stop in or browse our website at www.mcdlibrary.org and find out what is new. 






 New Book Alerts 


Children of all ages are invited to the Mason County District Library in Ludington during Spring Break for free children's activities.  There will be crafts and art projects, puzzles, and card and board games available from 10:00am-5:30 pm March 28 & 31, and April 1, 2, 3, and 4.  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.  All Mason County District programs are free.


April is National Poetry Month! 

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Mason County District Library has put together a playlist of some of our favorite poems being read aloud. Hear Robert Frost's famous poem about apple picking, W.B. Yeats describe swans, and Robert Burns' loving tribute to a haggis. 

Listen to them here (http://muco.alexanderstreet.com/Playlists/410579), and check out other poetry, spoken word, and music at Alexander Street PressYou can also find a link to Alexander Street Press on our website. Of course, the library also has poetry books for young and old. So whether you prefer free verse or strict meter, epic or modernist, great classics or the new beats, the Mason County District Library can help you celebrate National Poetry Month.


Discovery Club

In March, 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, April 2, at 4 pm to explore the 5 mile long bridge that connects Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. Build your own replica of the Mackinac Bridge. 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, April 1 at 3:00 pm, the Family Fun Craft series features Celebration Plates. Families are invited to drop in any time between 3:00 and 5:30 pm and get creative. 

Coming up: 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, April 1 at 6:00 pm, adult crafters are invited to the West Shore Bank Room at Ludington Library to create Greeting Cards.
This activity is open to adults only. There is a limit of 20 participants. Supplies are provided at no charge, but donations are appreciated. 


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.


Computer Classes

Bring your laptop, iPad, or tablet to the Mason County District Library in Ludington on Sundays, 10:30 am, for assistance in learning to use your device.  ALL Mason County District Library programs are free of charge. 

Earth Day Celebration 

Children of all ages are invited to the Mason County District Library to celebrate Earth Day! On Saturday, April 26, 11:00 am in Ludington, young environmentalists are invited to learn all about Animals and the Environment

Live animals will be available to get acquainted. There will be fur, feathers and bones to examine as well. In addition, on Tuesday, April 22, 4:00 pm, and Saturday, April 26, 9:30 am-2:30 pm in Ludington, kids can create Earth Art.  

AFFEW's Earth Day Celebration begins at 12:00 pm Saturday, April 26 right across the parking lot from the library at Community Church. 

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



Forthcoming Books 

Find out which bestselling books will coming in to your Libraries in April and May. The list is sorted two different ways. 

One list is sorted by author, Click here!

The other list is sorted by release date, Click here!
Libraries Closed Easter Sunday 

Our Libraries in Ludington and Scottville will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 20th. Have a blessed day with your family.
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 - April   

A book discussion group meets at the Ludington Library. The next meeting will be Friday, April 25th at 9:30 a.m. 
This month's book is "Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret," a non-fiction book by Steve Luxenberg. The book has been newly selected as a Great Michigan Read 2013-2014, and a Notable Book for 2010. Visit or call the Libraries at 231-843-8465 or 231-757-2588 to reserve a copy, or to ask about getting a copy through MeLCat. 
If you are interested in joining the Book Discussion Group, 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 1:00 and 4:00 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. 


 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. 

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Looking ahead to May


First Tuesday Scottville Craft - Tuesday, May 6


Adult Craft - Ludington - Tuesday, May 6
Discovery Club - Ludington - Wednesday, May 7
Memorial Day - Monday, May 26 - Libraries are closed
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.
Ludington Library: (231) 843-8465
Scottville Library: (231) 757-2588

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