Friday, October 01, 2010

Portage Lake District Library to host book signing Oct. 2

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host a book signing with local author Lisa A. Shiel from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Shiel will present her latest book, Forgotten Tales of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and share wonderfully offbeat and all-but-forgotten tales from the U.P.'s history. Find out why the barber said to the corpse, "That’s the best I’ve ever seen you look." Meet the sleeping man who rode the rails without a train. Discover the truth behind the rumors that one mining town was cursed with the ten plagues of Egypt, and learn why hugs terrified an entire city.

A resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Lisa A. Shiel researches and writes about everything strange, from Bigfoot and UFOs to alternative history. She is the author of six books, including Strange Michigan and the award-winning Backyard Bigfoot. She formerly served as president of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. You can find her online at

Children's Storytime begins Oct. 6

Storytime for the school year begins on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Portage Lake District Library and will be held every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Young children are invited to come for stories, craft projects, occasional music and lots of fun.

During inclement weather, weekday sessions will follow school closings. For Saturday programs, please call the library to check for closings.

Children are also encouraged to use the Children’s Listening Center at the library. Music, foreign languages and stories on CDs are available for use during their visits to the library. Up to four people at a time can use the equipment, including parents who want to help their children learn another language or simply enjoy music or a good book together. Please ask a librarian to help get you started.

Library presentations are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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