News & Updates

A New Kind of “Book Sale”

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The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library are excited to announce our Grab Bag Book Sale! Clean out those closets and drop off any books that you would like to donate. The library will accept donations from October 26 – 31 during library hours. Since this is a grab bag sale we would prefer books that are less than …… Read More

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Summer Reading Program Logs Thousands of Hours, Raises Funds for Area Nonprofits

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Through a collaboration with the Portage Health Foundation (PHF), Read for Relief engaged community members in summer reading while also helping the local nonprofit community heal from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will award funds to area nonprofits thanks to a challenge grant provided by PHF…. Read More

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Keweenaw Garden Club Zoom Program Monday, 10/19 @6:30pm: Butterfly Gardening with Dr. Thomas Werner

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In this presentation, you will learn the differences between butterflies and moths. The life cycle of a butterfly will be shown from the egg to the adult. The main focus of the talk is to introduce you to a couple of the more commonly seen butterfly species that you can find flying around in the city of Houghton (and other …… Read More

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New Episode of Biblio Bistro

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Our latest episode of Biblio Bistro airs on 10/9! The fifth episode of Biblio Bistro highlights slow cooked kale, which is a quick, warm and fresh recipe using ingredients mostly available at the Copper Country’s amazing farmers’ markets…. Read More

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LEAP Student Library Cards

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The Portage Lake District Library is launching a new educational initiative in partnership with Houghton-Portage Township Schools (HPTS) this fall. PLDL is currently working to ensure that all K-12 students have library cards. Library cards that were included in school materials at the start of the school year will need to be activated before students can begin to use our …… Read More

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What The Eyes Don’t See: A Conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

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On Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm, all are invited to attend a virtual conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate, whose research exposed the Flint water crisis…. Read More

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National Voter Registration Day 9/22/2020

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If you haven’t registered yet to vote, please stop by Portage Lake District Library on Tuesday, 9/22, from 10am-2pm. The League of Women Voters will be on site to assist you with a brief and safe online registration process.

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League of Women Voters Zoom Program Tuesday, 9/22@6:00pm:Mail-in Voting

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PLDL will host speakers from The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country in a zoom forum on mail-in voting. Topics will include reasons you can have confidence in mail-in voting, advantages, and how-to information on obtaining and tracking your ballot…. Read More

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PLDL Offers Chromebooks For Take-Home Checkout

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The Portage Lake District Library is now offering Chromebooks for checkout, which cardholders can take home for up to 14 days. Library patrons must be cardholders in good standing to checkout a Chromebook.The Chromebook comes with a carrying case and charger.  “Previously, these Chromebooks were only available for in-library use,” Said Library Director Dillon Geshel. “With many students in our …… Read More

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Hancock Library Partnership Promotes Short Story Contest

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The Hancock School Public Library is partnering with the Kent District Library and Schuler Books to host the ninth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew over 1,000 Michigan writers last year. Writers of all ages are invited to enter, with separate categories for youth, teens, adults and Spanish language (11 and younger). Winning entries will be published and …… Read More

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