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August Happenings

at the 
Ludington and Scottville Libraries

 

We are winding on toward the end of summer. Getting in those family visits, kid's activities, garage sales, or fishing trips. Come on in to our libraries between activities, or to participate in the many events we have going. We have books, audio books, and DVDs to take home or to take along - wherever you go. 

Hundreds of new books, magazines, and DVDs have been added throughout the summer. 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.

MCDL's collection of downloadable eBooks, audio books, music, and videos is growing constantly. So, if you don't have time to come to the library, check out all the new titles at the library's Up North Digital CollectionAnd 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.

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NEW BOOKS & VIDEOS AT MCDL

New Book Alerts


 

Sculpture Dedication - "Double the Fun"
at Mason County District Library, Ludington

The public is invited to join us Friday, August 15 at 5:00 pm in the Craig R. Rasmussen Outdoor Activity Area at the Ludington Library as we dedicate the latest addition to the Mason County Sculpture Trail. "Double the Fun," a bronze sculpture by artist Stanley Proctor, is given to the people of Mason County by Jon Ferguson in memory of his wife, Sallie Peterson Ferguson

Sallie grew up on a fruit farm outside of Ludington. She was a hard-working farm kid, spending her summers picking cherries, peaches and apples. A high school English teacher, Sallie was passionate about literature and public education. She helped found the Montessori School of Kalamazoo. Sallie created a myriad of educational opportunities for her daughters, often working with limited resources. Sallie was devoted to childhood learning. 

Artist Stanley Proctor, a native Floridian, has installed numerous public and private commissioned monumental bronzes, including works at the Florida Governor's Mansion Children's Park, Hackensack University Medical Center, the Living Desert Museum in California, and the University of Southern Alabama. 

Speakers at the Sculpture Dedication will include Dr. Bill Anderson, Chair, Cultural Economic Development Task Force; Jon Ferguson, sponsor; Stanley Proctor, artist; and Cliff Haka, Director, Michigan State University Libraries. 

A brief reception will follow the dedication program Friday, August 15, 5:00 pm, Craig R. Rasmussen Outdoor Activity Area, Ludington Library.

 

 

Forthcoming Books 

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

This list is sorted by release date, Click here!

For a list sorted by author, Click here!

 
 Traveling Zoo
 
The Traveling Animal Show from John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids will visit the Mason County District Library in Ludington Monday, August 4 for two shows at 11:00 am and 12:15 pm. Children of all ages are invited to come and meet some zoo animals. 

All Mason County District Library programs are free. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library.
 
Circus Day
 
The circus is coming to Scottville! Children age 12 and younger are invited to Circus Day at the Mason County District Library in Scottville, Tuesday, August 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
 
There will be a bouncy house, games and prizes, Pixie's Ponies, and balloon animals with John Marek. Children under age 8 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party!                

Coming to the Ludington Library on Wednesday, August 6, 1 - 4 pm.

Party with us to celebrate those reptilian ninja masters of the sewer. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael... Celebrate mutant turtles! Make a mask, play some games, learn some ninja turtle martial arts. 

Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All Mason County District Library programs are free.
 
Learn to Juggle!
 
Juggler Joel Tacey will be at the Ludington Library, 217 East Ludington Avenue, on Monday, August 11, at 11:00 am. 
 
Joel begins the program with a 10-minute mini-juggling demonstration using a variety of exciting props. Then, while sharing juggling trivia and anecdotes, Joel teaches attendees how to juggle using his easy-to-learn 3 ˝ step juggling method. Everyone will learn to juggle and have a great time at the library. 

ScienceRiffic

Magician Joel Tacey will be at the Ludington Library, 217 East Ludington Avenue, on Monday, August 18, at 11:00 am for a ScienceRiffic Comedy Show.  

Discover a secret lab and help Joel find his missing sidekick, Maze the Mouse.  Comedy, magic, music, and lots of audience participation guarantee that everyone will have a great time at the library.
 
 
Summer Reading Picnic 

Children who participated in the Mason County District Library's Fizz, Boom, READ Summer Reading Program and their parents or caregivers are invited to a picnic Friday, August 22 at 11:30 am at Memorial Tree Park at the north end of Washington Avenue in Ludington.  

Hot dogs, punch, chips and dessert will be served. Summer picnic sponsors include Meijer, Save a Lot, Shop-n-Save, and Walmart. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Please register by calling 231-843-8465. ALL Mason County District Library programs are free. The generous support of the Friends of the Library makes this program possible.

 
Friendship Day 

In honor of Craig R. Rasmussen, children of all ages and their families, caregivers, and FRIENDS are invited to enjoy Friendship Day at the Craig R. Rasmussen Outdoor Activity Area at the Ludington Library Monday, August 25, 10:00-12:00 pm.  
 
There will be ice cream, games and activities to celebrate, enjoy and honor our friends. 
  

 

Art Exploration  
Art

Students entering 5th through 10th grades this fall are invited to explore their artistic side beginning August 11 at Mason County District Library with a series of two-day classes presented through the generosity of West Shore Art League. 

Jewelry - Alayne Speltz - August 11 & 12 - (M/T) 1:00-3:00
Grades 5, 6, 7 
Ludington Library
Not string and beads! This class will teach students how to make wearable art using basic metalsmithing tools and techniques. Students may bring an interesting small object to incorporate into a ring or pendant such as a favorite stone, cool pop bottle top, or any little found object. 

Jewelry - Alayne Speltz - August 13 & 14 - (W/Th) 1:00-3:00 
Grades 8, 9, 10 
Ludington Library 
Not string and beads! This class will teach students how to make wearable art using basic metalsmithing tools and techniques. Students may bring an interesting small object to incorporate into a ring or pendant such as a favorite stone, cool pop bottle top, or any little found object. 

Clay - Nathan Grubich - August 13 & 14 - (W/Th) 9:00-11:00 
Red Door Gallery 
Explore a number of basic clay techniques while creating unique masks depicting our very own creatures. Real or surreal we'll have fun doing it! 

Drawing - Lynda Blankinship - August 18 & 19 - (M/T) 2:00-3:30 
Grades 5, 6, 7 
Ludington Library 
Have fun Drawing: Use Graphite Sticks, Conte Crayon and Charcoal to create drawings. Learn about when and how to use line, shape, and value to make your drawings extraordinary. 

Drawing - Lynda Blankinship - August 18 & 19 - (M/T) 3:30-5:00 
Grades 8, 9, 10 
Ludington Library 
Have fun Drawing: Use Graphite Sticks, Conte Crayon and Charcoal to create drawings. Learn about when and how to use line, shape, and value to make your drawings extraordinary. 

Painting - Lynda Blankinship - August 20 & 21 - (W/Th) 2:00-3:30 
Grades 5, 6, 7 
Ludington Library 
Have fun Painting: Use Pallet knives as well as brushes to put acrylic paint on canvas boards. Learn to mix your own colors, and when to use line, shape, and value to make your paintings extraordinary. 

Painting - Lynda Blankinship - August 20 & 21 - (W/Th) 3:30-5:00 
Grades 8, 9, 10 
Ludington Library 
Have fun Painting: Use Pallet knives as well as brushes to put acrylic paint on canvas boards. Learn to mix your own colors, and when to use line, shape, and value to make your paintings extraordinary. 

Mixed Media - Amanda St. Hilaire - August 20 & 21 - (W/Th) 9:00-11:00 
Red Door Gallery 
A true experiment with a number of mediums: Painting, drawing, printmaking and collage to create a one of a kind landscape. Let's explore the possibilities together! 

Students may register for ONE CLASS ONLY. 

Students must be entering 5th through 10th grade this fall. 

FREE. 

Registration forms are available at the Mason County District Libraries in Ludington and Scottville. 

This opportunity is made possible by the West Shore Art League

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.
First Day Ice Cream

Mason County District Library invites students to enjoy First Day Ice Cream on Tuesday, September 2, 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. 

 

Friday Night Live


Continuing during the August Friday Night Live events is the Library's Snow Cone booth. Stop in between 6:00 - 9:00 pm for yummy cool treats and fun crafts.
 
 
Book Discussion Group - August   

 
A book discussion group meets at the Ludington Library. The next meeting will be Thursday, August 14th at 9:30 a.m. 
 
This month's book is "A Trick of the Light" - a youth fiction book by Lois Metzger. 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.
 
 

 

Digital Book Borrowing Help 
  

Want to read books on your iPad, Nexus tablet, or smart phone? Have you been given a Kindle or a Nook, and want to read library books for FREE? There are thousands of eBooks, audio books, and videos you can borrow from Mason County District Library's Digital Collection. 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. Also helpful - know your Amazon account login if you have a Kindle, and have your email address handy.

 

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 

 

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!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
afterschool   

 

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 
preschool
 & 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. 
 

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...
  

     MeLCat

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.

 

IndieFlix

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 September


Happy Feet will be back! Mondays at 10 am with Miss Karen

Family Crafts in Scottville on Tuesday afternoons

Adult Crafts on Tuesday evenings in Ludington

   
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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