Monday, April 11, 2016

Portage Library to celebrate National Library Week April 11-16

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library (PLDL) invites everyone to visit the library and celebrate National Library Week from April 11 – April 16.

Programs that will be offered throughout the week are as follows:

Monday, April 11
Grant Seeking Resources for Non-Profits, Artists and Students, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
As the only Funding Information Network for the Foundation Center in Houghton and Keweenaw counties, the Portage Lake District Library makes available the most comprehensive database of grantmakers and their grants in the United States. Library Director Dillon Geshel will present on using this resource.

Tuesday, April 12
Indieflix: Free Streaming Video from Your Library, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
A premier online streaming video service that provides award-winning independent films as well as 7,000 high quality shorts, documentaries, and classic TV shows is now available for PLDL patrons. A presentation that shows how to use Indieflix will be followed by the screening of two short films. Popcorn will be served.

Wednesday, April 13
Children’s Storytime and Craft, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Young children are invited to a library themed Storytime. Kids will enjoy listening to stories and will create their own book afterwards.

SCOLA: Television and Radio Broadcasts from Around the World, 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization that receives and re-transmits television programming from around the world in native languages and will be added to PLDL’s resources in May. Library Director Dillon Geshel will show participants how to access SCOLA and its many features.

Thursday, April 14
Children’s Storytime and Craft, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Young children are invited to a library themed Storytime. Kids will enjoy listening to stories and will write their own book afterwards.

Open House for New Library Director Dillon Geshel, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to stop by the community room to meet and chat with the library’s new director, Dillon Geshel. Refreshments will be served.

Dillon Geshel, new Library Director for the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton. The public is invited to an Open House for Dillon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 14. (File photo courtesy Jennifer Donovan)

Local Author Visit and Book Talk with Corey LaBissoniere, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Corey LaBissoniere is the author of two novels for young adults. His presentation will include a discussion and readings from his newest book, Return to Enchantas. There will be a book signing and selling afterwards.

Friday, April 15
Michigan eLibrary Resources for Small Businesses, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
The library recognizes business information resources as a necessity for new and developed businesses. Aspiring entrepreneurs need good information about their markets, customers, industry, and competitors. Library Director Dillon Geshel will show how Michigan eLibrary Business Resources can help businesses.

All Week
Fine Forgiveness
Donate nearly new books, DVDs or CDs and receive $1 in fine forgiveness per item donated during National Library Week.

Libraries Transform Communities Photo Challenge
Fill in a blank "speech bubble" sign telling why libraries matter to you or your community. Your photo will be taken with your sign, and one selected winner will receive a $50 Keweenaw Cash Certificate.

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

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