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

  • Cluttered Lives: Understanding Hoarding Disorder - Thurs., May 11 at 7 p.m.
    Learn what hoarding is and isn't, what causes it, and how to best address and treat it, as well as exploring your own relationship to "stuff."  Presented by addictions therapist Terrence Shulman, Founder/Director of the Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding and author of Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls.
  • Evening Poetry Reading - Thurs., May 18 at 7 p.m.
    Poets Kathleen McGookey, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, and Cindy Hunter Morgan will be reading.
  • Get Smoking at Ransom: Advanced Grilling Techniques - Thurs., May 25 at 7 p.m.
    You may know how to grill but do you know how to smoke?  Be prepared for summer cookouts with tips from local CRPC and grillmaster Don Weyenberg.  Registration is required for this tasty class.
  • Color Me Calm "Adult" Coloring Club - Thurs., June 8 at 7 p.m.
    Release your inner child and join us each month for a coloring get-together.  Coloring is a fun and unique way to unwind and express creativity.  And it can actually lower stress.  All materials will be provided.  Just drop in and join us!
  • Women's Self Defense Class - Sat., June 24 at 10 a.m.
    Taught by Master Scott of Tae Kwon Do USA located in Repz Gym.  Registration required.  For women age 13 and up.
  • Feng Shui 101 - 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 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.


4th Annual Author Fair

Ransom District Library invites local authors and illustrators to attend our fourth annual author fair to be held on Thursday, May 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Whether you are an avid reader or aspiring writer, the fair provides an excellent opportunity to talk with local writers about their books and purchase signed copies.

This year's keynote speaker will be Kristina Riggle, who lives and writes in West Michigan.  Her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, was a Target "Breakout" pick and a "Great Lakes, Great Reads" selection by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.

Authors who register by March 3, 2017, will be featured in our next newsletter!  Registration forms may by picked up at the library or printed off our website here.

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 or figuring out Excel?  Call the library at 685-8024 to set up a 30-minute session!

  • Just the Basics Computer Class - Sat., May 6 at 2 p.m.
    Are you new to using computers?  Do you wonder what people mean when they say the cloud, Windows, ISP, or app?  Then this is the class for you.

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 2016-17 Michigan Activity Pass includes over 400 parks, cultural attractions, and other venues throughout the lower and upper peninsulas!

The 2016-17 Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) runs from May 24, 2016 through May 23, 2017 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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