Bids Sought for Library Construction Projects
McCarthy & Smith, Inc. serving as the Construction Manager, will receive sealed proposals from qualified bidders for the Plymouth District Library Building Re-Roofing and 2015 Miscellaneous Projects Bid Package #3.
Parking Lot Main Entrance Open
A portion of the steps leading up to the main entrance to the Library is now open for public use as well as a brand new bike rack conveniently located next to the steps. Temporary handrails are in place until the permanent ones are installed in July. The handicap ramp and the rest of the stairs will remain closed off for a few more weeks, so our barrier-free entrance is still open for those needing the elevator.
We really appreciate your patience as we move forward with completing the entrance replacement.
Summer Library Closing
Library Closed for 4th of July Holiday - The Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of this holiday. We will re-open for regular business on Sunday, July 5th at 12 noon.
Enjoy the Good Morning USA Parade from 9:00 am - 11:00 am on Main Street - From Theodore to Hartsough.
Plymouth Township Fireworks will take place on July 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm at Township Park - 46640 Ann Arbor Trail; east of Beck Road in Plymouth, Michigan 48170.
Library Closing - Art in the Park
The Library will be closed on Sunday, July 12, 2015 due to Art in the Park. We will re-open on Monday morning, July 13, at 9:30 a.m. The book drop on the outside of the building will be available for returns around the clock.
For more information on Art in the Park, please see their webpage - http://www.artinthepark.com/
Using Genealogy Databases for Family History Research
Due to patron response, two additional sessions have been added in July! New dates are Tuesday, July 7th from 10 - 11:30 am and Wednesday, July 22nd from 7 - 8:30 pm . Click on the Events Tab and sign up.
If you have always wanted to try your hand at researching your family history, but didn’t know how to use the research tools here at the Library, now is your chance to learn! In this hands-on class, you’ll find out the basic search strategy for Ancestry Library Edition, American Ancestors.org, the newly updated HeritageQuest.com, and more.
Bring the names of several family members to research along with approximate dates of birth/death and the state or country where they resided. Remember, you will be doing the research, so you must have basic computer keyboarding skills and know how to use a mouse. Internet searching skills would be helpful.
Space will be limited to twelve students per session since we will be using the Computer Lab, so be sure to register for one now!
A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure
Wednesday, July 15, at 7:00 p.m.
Author/Adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis shares highlights from her most recent 1,000-mile trek, having completed the third and final installment in her Great Lakes trilogy. Most recently she set foot on islands in every Great Lake and in their connecting waterways, from hiking the rugged wilderness of Isle Royale in Lake Superior, to strolling the metropolis on Montreal Island in the St. Lawrence River. Q&A follows presentation.
Registration is requested by phone at 734.453.0750, ext. 4, or online.
Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Announcing Our Local History Portal
Thanks to a generous grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Plymouth District Library has launched an online Local History Portal to provide access to the rich culture and heritage of our community.
Long before the days of television or Internet, local newspapers were the primary means of recording daily life, announcing important national or local news, and informing residents of upcoming events. In the Plymouth area, The Plymouth Mail filled this purpose. For the past twenty-five years, Library volunteers have viewed microfilmed copies of this weekly paper, first published in 1887, and have meticulously indexed personal names, events, businesses, organizations and even advertisements. This index covers the years 1887 through 1914 and is now fully searchable online through our Local History Portal.
No matter what season of the year, it's time to start discovering the museums and other activities around the state of Michigan. Just go online and print off free or discounted passes to over 230 arts and cultural organizations around the state participating in 2015, including Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia, Chippewa Nature Center in Midland , University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Waterford Historic Village and many others. For more information on the MAP program, and Tickets & More, please visit our Michigan Activity Passes page. For a quick listing of the places included in MAP for 2015, see the new brochure!
Need to brush up on your computer skills or prepare for college entrance exams? Are you curious about digital photography, planting a vegetable garden or starting your genealogy? Is real estate investing or book publishing a dream you've wanted to pursue? Then take two hours a week and try some Gale Courses (formerlyLearn4Life) classes in these and many other subject areas! The Library now offers over 325 different courses. Take each class entirely over the Internet whenever you want -whether from work, home, school, or elsewhere...24/7, 365 days a year! Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin monthly. Best of all, they are free to Plymouth residents!
All you need is a computer with Internet access and your valid Plymouth District Library card. Just select the Research tab at the top of this page and use the pull-down menu to see the Gale Courses option. Select that link and create a free account. Use this account to get your free passcode used when you register for a class.
When you use Plymouth District Library's wireless network you have agreed to accept our Internet Use Policy.
Wireless access is provided using a public, unsecured network.