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Summer is in full swing. Have you been to the beach yet? How about the Ludington State Park? Don't wait too long, or summer will be over.  Stop at your local library before the stay-cation, after work, or any time - because we have books and DVDs to take home or to take along. There are plenty of resources and programs available at both Ludington and Scottville libraries for everyone.


Every month the libraries add hundreds of new books, magazines, and DVDs to the shelves. 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, audiobooks, music and videos continues to grow. Check out all the new titles at the library's Up North 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. 






 New Book Alerts 


Annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, July 12, 9 am - 5 pm, and Sunday, July 13, 10 am - 5 pm 
Outside the Ludington Library, 217 E Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 

The Friends of the Library raises funds which are turned over to the library for various uses. 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.  
Magic Show!
Families of all ages are invited to 'Fizz, Boom, Read!' at the MCDL with Magician Gordon Russ
Gordon will be giving 3 performances Monday, July 7. He will be amazing Ludington audiences at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Ludington Library, and he will astound the people of Scottville at 4:00 pm at the Scottville Library. 
Gordon's shows display plenty of sleight-of-hand, oodles of jokes, and loads of audience participation. This performance is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Ludington Library.

Magic Lessons!
Gordon the Magician will be at the Library in Ludington, Thursday, July 10 to teach young magicians some of his favorite tricks. Magic students age 8 and younger are invited to attend a class at 1:00 pm. Aspiring magicians age 8 and older will have class at 2:30 pm. 
Registration is required, as space is limited for this popular event. Please call 231-843-8465 to register.
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Ludington Library.

Summer Science Camp

Young scientists are invited to the 'Fizz, Boom, Read!' Science Camp at the Mason County District Library, 217 East Ludington Avenue in Ludington. 

Dates are Mondays, July 14, 21, and 28, from 10:00 am to noon. Programs to be announced.

Space is limited for this program, and registration is REQUIRED. Students entering 3rd through 6th grades next fall may register at the library. This program is free of charge. Registration forms are available at the Mason County District Libraries in Ludington and Scottville.
StarLab Planetarium Program 

Explore the wonders of the night skies at your library! The Starlab Planetarium will be at the Mason County District Library in Ludington Monday, July 14
Shows will run continuously from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Shows include "The Sky in Your Eyes", with sky orientation, what you can see in tonight's sky, meteorites, constellations, and when you can see them. In "The Planets," audience members will explore planet names and myths, learn which planets are visible, and who discovered them. "Men, Myths and Monsters of the Summer and Fall Skies" features traditional Greek and Roman stories about the sky, constellations, and stars. 
These and other planetarium shows are offered for FREE at your library Monday, July 14. Children under age 8 MUST be accompanied by an adult. This planetarium visit is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Ludington Library.
Teddy Bear Picnic 

Children are invited to bring a favorite stuffed friend to a Teddy Bear Picnic at the Scottville Library on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:30 am. Learn about teddy bears, create a craft, and share a picnic with your favorite bear or sleep buddy.


Made in Michigan

Monday, July 21 at 11:00 am come on over to the Ludington Library for a children's program on products made in Michigan. 
It's part of our Summer Reading Program and will be held in the West Shore Bank Room.
Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All Mason County District Library programs are FREE. 
"Summer-een" Fun & Games

On Monday, July 28 at 11:00 am, swing in to the Ludington Library for a children's program we are calling "Summer-een" - like Halloween only in the summer. 
Multiple activities will be available for fun, games, and entertainment - for instance Watermelon Carving. 
Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All Mason County District Library programs are FREE. 
Friday Night Live

Starting Friday, July 11, stop by the Library's booth at Friday Night Live, between 6:00 - 9:00 pm for yummy cool treats and fun crafts.
Book Discussion Group - July   

A book discussion group meets at the Ludington Library. The next meeting will be Friday, July 18th at 9:30 a.m. 
This month's book is "The White Cascade, The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche" by Gary Krist. 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.

Get eBooks, Read Anywhere!

Get Digital Books -  Click Here! The "Up North Digital Collection" is the name of our libraries' eBook lending library. If you have not tried borrowing on a tablet or smart phone, now might be the time to start.
Books take up no extra space in your purse or backpack if they are digital! You can borrow up to 5 at a time for two weeks each. All you need to do is to have an account at Mason County District Library, and know your PIN. Call 231-843-8465 or 231-757-2588 for more information, or email digitalhelp@mcdlibrary.org  
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.


Forthcoming Books 

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

This list is sorted by release date, Click here!

For a list sorted by author, Click here!

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 you just picked up... 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 


Get Your Free Pass into MI Big Green Gym!Big Green
The MI Big Green Gym partnership* is putting FREE state park passes in participating libraries around Michigan. So, if you haven't yet purchased a Recreation Passport, visit your Ludington or Scottville Library for your free one-day trial!
Passes are valid for one day from the date of the check out until September 30, 2014. Get out to our beautiful Ludington State Park for a day, for free.
* Along with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association, and the Department of Natural Resources
 Weekly Events for Pre-Schoolers


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, 1 - 5 pm 
Tuesday, 11 am - 5 pm 
& Thursday, 11 am - 3 pm 
& Friday, 11 am - 5 pm 
 & Saturday, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm 
Summer Craft - Scottville - Wednesday, 1 pm 
Games Galore - Board Games and More - 
Ludington - Wednesday, 11 am - 5 pm 
Fun 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 

Fun 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. 
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

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...


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. 


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.

Looking ahead to August - Kid's Programs

Zoo to You - Ludington, Monday, August 4
Circus Day - Scottville, Tuesday, August 5

Juggling - Ludington, Monday, August 11
Science-Riffic Comedy - Ludington, Monday, August 18

Summer Reading Picnic - Ludington, Friday, August 22

Friendship Day - Ludington, Monday, August 25

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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