Thursday, June 11, 2015

Portage Library to host Used Curriculum Sale, Kids' Fishing June 13; new library art exhibit on display

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host two events this Saturday, June 13 -- a Used Curriculum Sale by Copper Country Home Educators and a fishing activity for kids. The library is also hosting a new art exhibit.

Used Curriculum Sale

The Copper Country Home Educators invite everyone to their annual Used Curriculum Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, in the Portage Library community room.

The used curriculum sale includes materials in math, science, English, language arts/pleasure reading, social studies, geography, history, government/civics, art, music, foreign language, computing, inspiration/religion, parenting, homeschooling, mixed curriculum, and curriculum by grade.

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or email the Copper Country Home Educators group at

Kids! Go Fish!

The Portage Lake District Library and Big Brothers Big Sisters invite kids to bring a fishing pole and go fishing with them on the docks outside the library and the U.P. Kids building from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Members of the Fishing Club at Michigan Tech University will be available to teach kids how to fish and help them with bait and tackle. Bait will be provided, and the Fishing Club will have several fishing poles to loan if kids don't have their own.

Fishing licenses are not required during this annual Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend. Snacks will be provided, and everyone is encouraged to bring a water bottle.

Kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times during this event.

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

New art exhibit: Michael N. Friend

The current exhibit at the Portage Lake District Library is pixilation paintings by Michael N. Friend. Friend earned his MA in art education from Northern Michigan University. After his 35-year career as an art educator, Friend set up a studio and began to focus on his second career as a producing artist. He developed a painting technique involving slow transitions of color change by the application of dots using acrylic paint on canvas. His artistic influences are Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Chuck Close, and Walt Disney.

The exhibit, on display through July 31, is a collaboration between the Copper Country Community Arts Council and the Portage Lake District Library. The Library is located at 58 Huron Street in Houghton. For more information about the exhibition contact the Copper Country Community Arts Center at 482-2333.

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