Friday, June 26, 2015

Portage Library to host Summer Reading Program Opening Day family activities, Used Book Sale June 27

Parents and kids enjoy making their own ice cream sundaes during the 2014 Portage Lake District Library Summer Reading Program Opening Day activities. This Saturday, June 27, 2015, the library's community room will again be the scene of ice cream sundaes and craft activities for the whole family.  (Keweenaw Now file photos)

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will hold two events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27: Opening Day activities for their Summer Reading Program and a Used Book Sale.

Summer Reading Program

The Portage Library Summer Reading Program is open to all ages, children through adults. This Saturday, kids are invited to make crafts and everyone can create an ice cream sundae in the community room.

Parents, library aides and volunteers help kids with craft activities during the 2014 Summer Reading Program Opening Day at Portage Lake District Library.

The "Every Hero Has a Story" Summer Reading Program will continue through Saturday, August 29; 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, the media, and at Everyone is invited to join the fun and learn the stories of heroes!

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

Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library invite all book lovers to their annual Summer Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Gloria Melton of Houghton and Cindy Barth of Dollar Bay are pictured here at the 2014 Friends of the Library Used Book Sale at Portage Library. This year the sale will again take place at the same time as the Summer Reading Program, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

The sale will take place in the Michigan and Local History room at the library. An excellent selection of new and gently used books, audio books, and DVDs for adults and children will be sold to raise money for library projects and items that the Friends provide. A half price sale will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Projects that the Friends of the Library have done include buying books, furniture, computers, a work bench for staff, the Children’s Listening Center, and other materials. Proceeds from book sales also pay for annual events sponsored by the Friends of the Library including the Salsa Contest, the Summer’s Bounty Social, Scrabble Tournaments, Blind Date with a Book, the Friendship Tea and more. 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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