Thursday, June 19, 2014

Portage Library to host Summer Reading Program opening, Friends of Library Book Sale June 21

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host two events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, June 21 -- opening activities for the Summer Reading Program and a Friends of the Portage Lake District Library book sale.

Summer Reading Program is for all ages

Chris Alquist, right, Portage Lake District Library community program director, helps Ann Desrochers, left, and Kate Desrochers sign up for the library's Summer Reading Program at last year's opening event (June 2013). (Keweenaw Now file photos)

The Portage Library's Summer Reading Program is open to all ages, children through adults. During Saturday's opening day activities and registration, kids are invited to make crafts and everyone can create and enjoy an ice cream sundae in the community room.

At the June 2013 opening of Portage Library's Summer Reading Program, kids enjoy their ice cream sundaes. At other tables, library assistants and parents help children with craft projects.

The "Fizz, Boom, Read!" science theme Summer Reading Program will continue through Saturday, Aug. 16, and people may register throughout the summer. Participants will receive a reading log, book bag, and bookmark when they register and prizes as they progress through their reading lists. Reading logs may include books, magazines, audio books, reading to young children, or being read to.

The Summer Reading Program includes Storytimes and programs and events for all ages. Look for programming information in the library, in the media, and at Everyone is invited to join the fun and see what they will discover when their scientific curiosity begins with reading!

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

Friends of the Library to hold Book Sale June 21

The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library invite everyone to their Book Sale on Saturday. The sale will take place in the Michigan and Local History room. New and gently used books will be sold to raise money for library projects, materials, and events that the Friends provide.

Volunteering for Friends of the Portage Lake District Library at their June 2013 Book Sale are Nancy Bird, left, and MaryFran Desrochers.

Adults' and children’s hardcover books will sell for $2, while paperbacks, audio books, DVDs, and CDs will sell for $1. A half price sale will begin at 2 p.m.

Iranian sweets and treats made by Mina Nikfarjam will be available for free and for sampling throughout the day. Nikfarjam sells her popular traditional foods and desserts at the Tori Market in Hancock throughout the summer.

Projects that the Friends of the Library have done include buying books and other materials, furniture, computers, and the Children’s Listening Center. They also sponsor numerous free events year round at the library for all to enjoy. Information on how to become involved with the Friends will be available at the book sale.

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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