2017 Summer Reading Program

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The Alma Public Library's Summer Reading Program starts on June 20th! Children of all ages can participate.  Sign up starts on June 20th at our Kick-Off Party!  If you can’t make it to the party you can sign up anytime at the library front desk. Children can keep track of their reading either by number of books read, or number of minutes read. Everyone who reads (or has read to them) 10 books or 6 hours over the course of the program will receive a completion certificate and a free book of their choice!  The program ends on August 1st.  Come to our Wrap-Up Party at 10 AM to collect your prize and enter for a chance to win even more prizes!


 

Schedule of Weekly Events:

 

Kick-Off Party

Tuesday, June 20th 

Drop In -- 10 AM-Noon

 

Rocket Launch and Rocket Building

Tuesday, June 27th 

10 AM

 

Kite Building

Tuesday, July 11th

10 AM

 

Collaborative Art Project

Tuesday, July 18th

Drop In -- 10 AM-Noon

 

Family Yoga Class

Tuesday, July 25th

10-10:45 AM

 

Wrap-Up Party

Tuesday, August 1st

10 AM

 

Read digital magazines with Zinio for Libraries!

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Zinio for Libraries features full-color, digital editions of 175 popular magazines for instant desktop or mobile device reading. To access, click the link on our website or download the Zinio for Libraries app on your mobile device. After creating an account with a Username and Password you can start reading instantly!

  • Select both new and back issues 
  • Add magazines to your personal reading list
  • No holds, no checkout periods, and no limits to the number of magazines checked out and downloaded at one time
  • Article search feature

Try it out -- Zinio for Libraries is very easy to use!

OVERDRIVE E-BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE!

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The Alma Public Library has expanded its services to include e-Book access from OverDrive. This company is a leading multichannel digital distributor of e-Books and other digital media. Library card holders can borrow popular e-Book titles by visiting the Library's website and clicking on the OverDrive icon. Titles from OverDrive can be read immediately on most major computers and devices with an internet browser, and all titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period(14 days). There are no late fees with OverDrive materials! Connect with OverDrive for a new reading experience.

ARRIVAL OF DAVID MCMACKEN'S NEW BOOK,

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We are very excited about Mr. David McMacken's new book, titled, "TAMING THE WILDERNESS. THE AMAZING STORY OF THE SETTLEMENT OF GRATIOT COUNTY". David has been working on this title for a period of time, and now it is available to all who are interested in the historic development of Gratiot County. The book chronicles the lives of Gratiot County's early settlers from 1850/1876. As David acknowledges, "This book is not a collection of family histories, nor is it a list of politicians, soldiers, store-keepers, or blacksmiths. Copious details about those folks are found in existing Gratiot County history books. Nor will this book be read from cover- to-cover. Rather, it is a narrative culled from many sources and covering many topics. It is the dramatic story of life in Gratiot County..." The book is $25.00, and can be shipped for an additional $6.00. Orders outside of the Great Lakes region should contact the library for applicable postal charges.

Alma Record

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The Alma Public Library has access to digitized issues of the Alma Record from June 5,1885 through April 2,1914. This access is through the website Chronicling America website, which provides information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. This collection is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment For the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC). The program is a long-term effort to provide an Internet-based searchable database of U.S. newspapers. The Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, is a local partner is this effort, and will be working to do more digitizing of our local newspaper resources. You can find the link to the digitized Alma Record under the On-Line Services tab on our website.

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