Margaret Dunning 1910 - 2015
We are sorry to share that Margaret Dunning, community matriarch, passed away Sunday at the age of 104 in Santa Barbara, California. Miss Dunning was an amazing woman who lived her life to the fullest and touched the hearts of many in our community.
Known for her philanthropic endeavors, Margaret and her mother, Bessie Dunning presented the City of Plymouth with land and building for a local library, now the Plymouth District Library. She was also the proud benefactor of the Plymouth Historical Museum.
Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized, but the funeral is planned to be held at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main Street, Plymouth. Look for details as they become available on the funeral home's website at http://www.schrader-howell.com.
The Library will be closed on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday morning, May 26th. The drop box located on the south wall of the library will be open for return items all weekend. Enjoy your holiday!
Everyone's Reading 2015
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
In May and June, PDL will participate in Everyone’s Reading, the one-book community reading program sponsored by Metro Detroit public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties. Everyone’s Reading promotes public dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book with friends, neighbors, and other members of our community.
This year's selection is the The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer, a thriller with intriguing historical details about a ring of spies working for George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
PARTICIPATE by reading the book and joining the book discussion at the Library: Contemporary Books meets on June 9 at 7:30pm. No registration is necessary. Copies of The Inner Circle will be available at the Library.
MEET the author, Brad Meltzer, on June 22 at 2pm at the Rochester Church of Christ or later that day (June 22) at The Jewish Community Center - Handleman Hall, West Bloomfield at 7pm. Tickets are free, but limited - call the Library for ticket availability, 734.453.0750, ext 4.
Read with us and discover the best kept secret of the United States Presidency!
Alternate Entrances to Library for Easy Access!
YES, the Library is open, but please use the alternate entrances!
With our steps and ramp under construction, please continue to use our two alternate entrances. All regular library services will continue as usual.
The temporary main entrance is located along the side of the Library facing the rear of the Penn Theatre. Library users are encouraged to park in that area.
Barrier-free access is available through the staff entry door, behind the fire station. Handicap parking has been moved adjacent to this entrance, behind the fire station. This entrance will be staffed during library hours to make your entry as easy as possible. The library’s drive-thru book drop remains open.
By mid June you should be able to enjoy the new steps, pavers, ramp and entry doors when you come to check out books and take advantage of the rest of our services. We really appreciate your patience as we make repairs to your community Library!
Below - Roofers strip off old shingles from the portico over the Library's entrance.
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 109 arts and cultural organizations around the state participating in 2014, 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, the MI Big Green Gym, and Tickets & More, please visit our Michigan Activity Passes page. For a quick listing of the places included in MAP for 2014, 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.