Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library

Library News & Events

Library Events
New Genealogy Computer (with webcam!)
Computer Assistance & Classes
Visiting Patron
Michigan Activity Pass


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Library Events

  • Kayaking 101 - Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m.
    Presented by Plainwell Kayak Company
    Kayaking is fun, but it's not always easy. The river is right here. Buying your own kayak seems logical in the moment, until the summer ends and you realize that you only used it a handful of times and now you probably have nowhere to store it the rest of the year.  Come learn about the basics of kayaking including safety and discover if kayaking is for you. Participants will have a chance to win kayaking passes to the Plainwell Kayak Company.  Registration required.
  • Change the Room, Change Your Life with Feng Shui - Thurs., July 27 at 7 p.m.
    Learn the Chinese art of placement that deflects ill fortune and attracts good luck by harnessing and harmonizing environmental forces.  Instructor Christine Thompson is a certified massage therapist and holds a diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.  Registration required.
  • The 2017 Great American Eclipse - Wed., Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.
    Presented by Kalamazoo Astronomical Society President Richard Bell
    On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast.  Occurring during the summer vacation season, it holds the potential to be seen by more people than any other eclipse in history.  The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society President, Richard Bell, will give a preview of this historic event.  He'll also explain why solar eclipses occur and how to view them safely.
    Join us for the big event itself!  Our Eclipse Viewing Party will take place on August 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.  Free viewing glasses from our mini-grant will be available so you can watch the eclipse safely.  Drinks, snacks, and fun activities will fill in the time we are waiting.  This event is, unfortunately, weather-dependent, so if the day is overcast or rainy, the party will be cancelled.  Please call ahead if the weather is dicey.
  • Toward Living Well With Less - Thurs., Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.
    Presented by Roger Ulrich
    Roger's book is a compilation of articles that tell the background story of his own transition that led to a return to the deep roots of Amish Mennonite heritage, and resulted in the ongoing living experiment at the Lake Village Homestead community.  He is an emeritus research professor of the Psychology Department at Western Michigan University, where he also served as the department head for several years.  He is a well-known advocate of the preservation of farmland and the natural environment.
  • One Fought On: A Soldier's Story - Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
    Presented by author Norman LeRoy
    LeRoy will share the story of Corporal Lee A. Horton from Otsego, his life and military experiences on three war fronts from 1908 through the end of WWI in 1918.
  • The Beatles: Band of the Sixties - Wed., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
    Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the bands seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road.  The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
  • A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First Five Years - Sat., Sept. 30 at 11 a.m.
    Presented by Kristin Meekhof
    Kristin's work has appeared in Organic Spa magazine, Huffington Post, The Shriver Report, Intent, The Elephant Journal, Psychology Today, and ESME.  She is honored to be a part of the book Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy.  This free workshop and book talk will cover healthy ways to cope with grief and loss.  Registration required.

     

Ransom Library Begins Seed Exchange

A seed exchange is a self-perpetuating collection of heirloom seeds.  Donations of saved seeds are needed to start our library.  The more seeds in the library, the more others can experience growing their own food.  Seeds will be accepted if they are properly dried and identified.  If donating commercial seeds, please be sure that the seeds are non-hybrid and non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds.

The seed library has officially launched!  Please stop by the circulation desk and ask us about it!


NEW Computer in the Genealogy Room

Ransom Library has added a new computer that is set up with a webcam in our genealogy room!  This will allow patrons the ability to conduct online job interviews or Skype with friends or family in relative privacy.

On Wednesday mornings, stop by and say hi to our Genealogy and Local History Department!  This is a great opportunity to learn about genealogy from our experts!

Computer Assistance & Classes

BOOK A GEEK! New at Ransom Library!  Book a private tutor for your technology questions!  Need a little help with your laptop, figuring out Excel, or downloading digital books?  Call the library at 685-8024 to set up a 30-minute session!
 


Visiting Patron
For Residents & Nonresidents of Ransom Library

Why Visiting Patron?
Libraries that participate in the Visiting Patron program provide borrowing privileges to other libraries’ patrons without requiring reciprocal borrowing agreements or fees. VP is similar to MeLCat borrowing but it bypasses the shipping as it allows for the immediate pickup of materials. VP replaces the Michicard program.

Visiting Patron has many conveniences:

  • Quick checkout—your home library card is already in the statewide system.
  • Using Visiting Patron will reduce the number of (library) cards in your wallet.
  • Visiting Patron provides immediate pickup on borrowed items.
  • Convenient returns—your home library will ship materials back to the lending library for free.
  • Late fines are assessed by your home library. No owing fines in multiple places.
  • Items show up in your MyMEL and you can renew in MyMEL.

How to Use Visiting Patron:
Take your ID and Ransom Library card to any participating Visiting Patron library and check out their materials directly! (Tip: Be sure your fines are below $10 and your account is not expired before you go!)

VP applies to the following residents of the Ransom Library district: City of Plainwell, Gun Plain Township, Portion of Cooper Township in Plainwell, Otsego, and Gull Lake School Districts, and all other Plainwell Schools Students.

Refer to the http://elibrary.mel.org/screens/participating.html for libraries where you can be a VP!

Nonresidents with the following local Home Libraries may use their library card at Ransom as a Visiting Patron: Allegan Library, Henika (Wayland) Library, J.C. Wheeler (Martin) Library. If your home library is not on this list please refer to: http://elibrary.mel.org/screens/participating.html

Non-Participating Local Libraries: Otsego, Parchment, Portage, Kalamazoo, Delton, Richland. If one of these is your home library, ask the staff to consider participating.


Michigan Activity Pass

Looking for a fun, educational or outdoor experience for the family this summer?  Want to save some money?  The 2017-18 Michigan Activity Pass includes over 400 parks, cultural attractions, and other venues throughout the lower and upper peninsulas!

The 2017-18 Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) runs from May 24, 2017 through May 23, 2018 and will enable library cardholders to print a pass to hundreds of Michigan's state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds, and recreation areas throughout the lower and upper peninsulas.  Passes can be checked out online at the Michigan Activity Pass website listed below from either at home or the library.  Michigan State Park passes (previously offered through MI Big Green Gym program) are offered at no cost and are good for a one-time entry.  There will be five passes available per attraction per library each week.  Library patrons must print out their pass, which are good for seven days.

MAP Link for Passes: michiganactivitypass.info


 

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Ransom District Library - 180 S. Sherwood Ave. - Plainwell, Michigan 49080
Phone: 269-685-8024 - Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10-9 - Fri & Sat: 10-5 - Sun: 1-5

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