Pulitzer prize winning author Bryan Gruley to speak at annual luncheon
This annual Friends event will welcome award-winning author Bryan Gruley on Friday, May 6, 2016, 11 :30 a.m. at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center. Mr. Gruley’s work includes Starvation Lake: A Mystery, The Hanging Tree and The Skeleton Box. He shared in the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks in his time on staff with The Wall Street Journal. Cost per person is $30 – reservations will be accepted until April 22 at 12noon. Download a reservation form here.
Great Michigan Read and Author Visit
Plymouth patrons will once again join hundreds of communities across the state participating in the Great Michigan Read 2015 -16, the statewide one-book reading initiative sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council, by reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our humanity.
Station Eleven is the story of the Traveling Symphony, a troupe of Shakespearean actors and orchestral musicians traveling the shores of the Great Lakes in a post-apocalyptic Michigan. Striving to maintain their humanity in the altered landscape of a world where 99% of the population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic, the Traveling Symphony operates under one credo: “Survival is insufficient.”
Meet the Author:
We are delighted to host the Great Michigan Read author, Emily St. John Mandel,
here at the Library this spring. Join us as we welcome this award-winning novelist to Plymouth on Wednesday, May 18 at 1 pm when she will speak about her inspiration for Station Eleven and her experiences as a writer. Sign-up is requested at 734.453.0750, ext. 4 or online at plymouthlibrary.org.
Read with us - Join the conversation:
Other activities at PDL will include two book discussions of Station Eleven:
Brown Bag Books will meet on Wednesday April 27 at noon, and the Contemporary Books Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. All are invited for lively conversations about this thought-provoking book. No registration is necessary to participate. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the Library. Reader’s Guides will also be available.
Travel with us as we envision the new world of Station Eleven.
The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council, with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities and a host of other sponsors.
Now available - thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access to Library patrons! Plymouth card holders can download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.
Residents may download up to four items per month in any format. Movies and televisions shows are checked out for 3 days; music albums for7 days; and comics, eBooks and eAudiobooks for 21 days. No more worries about overdue fees or waiting on hold lists. All materials are "always available" for checkout and will automatically expire on their due date.
Sign up for your free account here. Click on the Log In button in the upper right corner. Then click on the blue "sign up now" button on the next page. Click on the large blue button that says Plymouth District Library! All you need is your Plymouth Library Card number! Create your own free account and you are set to go. Be sure to download the hoopla digital app if you are using a mobile device such as Android, Kindle Fire, iPad or iPhone.
For information about devices supported, account settings, specific media help and more, see the hoopla support page.
Free Tutorials on Popular Internet Topics
TechBoomers is a free site that offers over 40 short courses on the Internet's hottest websites and topics, from social networks and online marketplaces to information directories and even resources & tools for Internet safety & privacy.
Curious about using Dropbox, Facebook, Skype or Google Docs? This is the perfect place to see step-by-step instructions along with lots of screenshots.
Mouse over Research on the black menu bar at the top of this page and select TechBoomers from the pulldown menu or go to https://techboomers.com to take advantage of this great resourse!
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 403 arts and cultural organizations around the state participating in 2016, 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 2016, 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.
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Wireless access is provided using a public, unsecured network.