Library Programs

Book Discussion Group

Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:00am
The June 6 reading selection is
Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

For more information, please contact George Kirkby at (231) 548-5473.


Toddler Tale Tuesdays with Ron Fowler!
Tuesdays at 10:30am - Spring Session Dates: May 22 through June 26

Join Ron for his own special stories, music and crafts,
as he accompanies himself on the banjo and ukulele!
For toddlers accompanied by an adult - Siblings welcome.

No Registration required.

Now available for check-out !
Learn a new skill, or brush up on an old one!
In collaboration with Blissfest, the Alanson Area Public
 Library is now offering a limited number of ukuleles for loan
to AAPL patrons whose accounts are in good standing.

Ukes may be checked out for 21 days.
* Patrons under 18 must have a parent/guardian present at check-out.
* Other policies apply—For complete information, call or stop in the Library!

 2018 Speaker Series

Voyage of Southern Cross - A Sailing Classroom
Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00pm with Howard Rice

Join northern Michigan resident Howard Rice as he tells the story of Southern Cross, the small— 11’ 11” - sailboat he built to explore the world, while also creating a sailing classroom to connect with students around the globe via live-streaming video. Having recently completed her 2017 maiden voyage - a challenging and exciting exploration down the Strait of Magellan and into the Beagle Channel in Tierra del Fuego, Chile— Howard will be sharing with us his stories, mission, and vision for the future Voyages of Southern Cross.

Great Lakes Freighters: A Firsthand Account
Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00pm with David Lyle

Michigan residents and visitors alike are fascinated by the iconic freighters that are the workhorses of the Great Lakes. Local resident David Lyle has spent a lifetime sailing America’s inland highway from Lake Superior to Lake Erie, including time spent working on freighters in his early years. Join David for this engaging presentation describing his time on the Great Lakes as deckhand, deckwatch, seaman, first mate and captain.

“The Lucy”
The Sinking of the Lusitania
Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00pm with David Kaplan

Well-known both locally and worldwide as a leading historian and expert on the sinking of the Titanic, David Kaplan has also studied the sinking of RMS Lusitania by a German U-boat, which took place on May 7, 1915. The attack killed more people than the Titanic disaster, and was a factor in the U.S. eventually entering WWI. Join David for this narrated slide presentation which covers multiple aspects of Germany’s torpedoing of the British ocean liner, including background on the ship, the Cunard Line, the Lucy and U-Boat captains, and the political and logistical conditions that preceded the attack.


'Kanapima: He Who Is Talked About'
The Impact and Life of Augustin Hamlin, Jr.
Wednesday, August 22 at 7:00pm with Eric Hemenway

Kanapima (he who is talked about), also known as Augustin Hamilin Jr., was one of the most influential Odawa leaders in the 19th century. Without his leadership, skills as an interpreter and ability to communicate with his chiefs during critical treaty negotiations for the Odawa, the tribe may have been removed to Kansas. Come learn more about a man from Mackinac who helped shape Michigan history.

“A Starry Night”
  Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00pm with John Riggs

Do you ever look into the night sky, and wonder?
Of all of the pinpricks of lights in the night sky, which are stars, which are planets? Where—and what - is the Big Dipper? Can you really see the rings of Saturn? When is the best time to see these things?
If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, join John Riggs of Thorne Swift Nature Preserve to learn the basics of what you’re seeing in the night sky, how to use a telescope, when best to observe special sky “events", and more!



And more to come! Check back here for further information soon.
All programs begin at 7:00pm and take place in the Alanson Community Hall
  (adjacent to the Library) unless otherwise noted.
There is no charge to attend and no reservations are required.

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