Summer Book Club 2020

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sbc2020 graphicDue to the ongoing pandemic and the building’s pending remodel, the Alpena County Library’s Summer Reading Program has been revamped and relaunched this year with programs for all ages: PreK, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Tweens, Teens, and Adults!

This summer our program will run for 7-weeks, beginning Sunday, June 28. Each week the Library will provide a variety of activities for participants to take part in. While each age group has a slightly different program, overlapping activities for all ages encourage family fun! Participants who sign up by Friday, June 26, will receive a physical kit with craft supplies, activities, and information for each week.?

Those who miss the sign-up period will have access to virtual kits that can be printed at home; these participants will need to source their own craft materials. There is no cost to participate in the ACL Summer Reading Program 2020! This program is open to all library cardholders at Alpena County Library.

Don’t have a card? Sign up here: https://www.alpenalibrary.org/?q=node/108

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To sign-up, please complete the following form by Friday, June 26 https://forms.gle/6ofgpfo5xoFMo4S36

For more information click here.

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Director's Statement on Library Building Renovation & Reopening Services

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Statement from Director graphicEarlier today I approved a legal advertisement to open the bidding process for renovating the Library. This is very exciting and we are thrilled that these long-awaited improvements can now start. Under the current timetable, the library board is slated to award the contract on July 15 with renovation starting on or about August 1. Between now and then we will have to move and/or store much of the library collection and have the remaining asbestos abatement performed. This means the library building will be closed to the public for much of the month of July and into August.

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The progress of the building project creates a problem of how to handle reopening from the COVID-19 related State of Emergency closure. Reopening needs to be done in a way that protects the safety of the community and library staff. We are concerned that the building project timeline will mean it will be a long time before our full range of activity will be restored. The library board believes it makes very little sense to assume the risk and liability of opening to the public for a very short period of time with very limited service before we would need to close back down again for renovations. Therefore, we are working on other ways to improve the availability of services in this challenging time.

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One of our most important responsibilities is to do everything we can to keep children reading during the summer. With public assemblies still banned and social distancing requirements in place, we have had to cancel many parts of our Summer Book Club, including the carnival. We are launching a program that has both virtual and physical components so that all children may take part. Participants will receive weekly kits to encourage reading and facilitate early and continuing literacy at home, as well as take part in social-distanced community projects, Story Walks, and virtual programming. Sign-ups for the 7-week program will begin on June 14.? We are also working on ways to allow access to physical books even with the library building closed.? Eventually, we will be offering some form of contactless pickup and/or delivery service.? We are working on ways to improve our public Wi-Fi access outside the building for those who lack good service at home.

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On June 15, pending approval from the Library Board of Trustees, we will reopen the dropbox for items to be returned to us.? We have some 6000 items which need to be returned; these items will have to be quarantined before they can be reused.? We are granting amnesty for all overdue fees on all items that are currently checked out.? We do not want all 6000 items back at once or for people to make unnecessary trips.? This will allow for the safe handling of returned items and keep the risk of exposure for both patrons and staff very low.?

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These are very exciting and challenging times.? It is safe to say that not much has gone the way we thought it would this year.? Please feel free to contact me at emeacl@alpenalibrary.org or 356-6188 ext 11 , if you would like to share any questions or concerns you may have.? Stay safe out there…

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Library Closure Services

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Apply for a Library Card Online!

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Would you like to take advantage of the Library's digital services but don't have a library card?? No problem!? Alpena County residents can apply online!


Dial-A-Story Offers Storytime Experience At Home

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Check out the Library's newest service: Dial-A-Story.? To access stories all you need is your phone.? Summer Reading participants won't want to miss The Tale of Desperaux on June 28th.? Click here for more information.

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Access Ancestry Library Edition from home.

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1.? Click Search Catalog
2.? Log in to your library account.
3.? Click Ancestry link on left hand bar.

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Activities To Do At Home

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Looking for resources and activities to do while we shelter-in-place?? Check out the fun activities that our staff have put together.? Read more...

Share Your Story

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Living in a current state of unprecedented crisis,? historians and everyday people of the future will want to know how we spent our days. What was the NE Michigan, lived experience of a global pandemic from a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. In hopes of sharing peoples' stories with current and future generations, the Special Collections Department, of the Alpena County Public Library, invites you to keep a diary of living during the COVID-19 epidemic in Northeast Michigan.

Diarists may type or write by hand, transcribe news, draw, compose poems, gather stories and so forth. No stress needs to be placed on proper grammar, spelling or style. The emphasis is on self-expression and a willingness to be a social commentator. Events are changing by the day. They are specific to you, and to your families and friends and communities. Please start writing now! The Special Collections Department will welcome your diary’s deposit in either analog or digital form.

To submit your information and to view writing prompts from the Library of Michigan visit Google submission form.? Questions about this project can be directed to Don La Barre, Head of Special Collections, at dlabarre@alpenalibrary.org.

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Digital Services

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RBdigital is the world's largest newsstand. Now, readers can read 136 different magazines on any screen.

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Get free access to thousands of movies using your library card.

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Download digital Audiobooks and Ebooks- 24/7? to your PC or Mac and mobile device.

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Virtual Reference Help just one click away. Mon-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m and Friday 11 a.m. - 2 pm

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Heritage Quest Online

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Genealogy/History/Biography. Full text and indexing.? Available through Michigan eResources.? Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

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Michigan's 24/7 digital library.? State-wide electronic resources just one click away!

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We connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it.? What do you need to do good today? To acces the database click here.

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