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Ontonagon, MI 49953


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Federal and State forms for paying your 2017 income taxes are now available at the library! 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, as well as Michigan state 1040s with or without home heating credit.



Lopultakin! Our popular Four Week Finn program will be back for another "semester" Monday afternoons in April 2018!


Classes will be held 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, and 4/30. All sessions are at 5:30 P.M.


The program costs $20, due at the first class session. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at the library or by calling 884-4411. 

Four Week Finn 2018 flyer

Category: Programs & Events

Have you ever wanted to know what went on in the past in Ontonagon County but didn't know where to look?

The Ontonagon Township Library has a device called a microfilm reader (a machine that can read old documents, newspapers, etc. that have been sized down on film to a really tiny scale that isn't readable by the naked eye.) These tiny newspaper copies (microfilms) can be stored on cassette tape-like devices or on reels, as they are at OTL.

So, if you want to look up historical documents or local newspapers going back to the late 1800s, all you have to do is ask the working librarian for some help and they can help you set up the machine and give you a quick walkthrough of operating the microfilm station. For those visitors less comfortable using technology, you can also provide library staff with the details of the article you're looking for, and they will try to locate it for you and provide a print-out or e-mail copy, usually with a one- to two-week turnaround time.


Written by Cassandra Steffensen for Ontonagon Township Library, 2017


Help us deck our halls—and win Christmas presents!

Here's how it works:

  1. Make a donation to the Ontonagon Township Library in any amount between now and Friday, December 22nd, and receive a blank (paper) ornament for our Deck the Halls challenge!

  2. Decorate your ornament at the Christmas Crafting Station inside the library, or take it to decorate at home, but it must be returned by Friday, December 22nd to be eligible for the contest.

  3. Put your name and phone number or e-mail on the back of your ornament, and include your age if entering the “12 and under” category.

  4. Entries will bedeck the bulletin board in the hallway near the bathrooms.

  5. When the library closes on Friday, December 22nd at 5:00 p.m., a photograph of each entry will be posted to the library's Facebook (

  6. The winner will be determined by number of Facebook “likes” collected, with the “voting” ending at 11:59 p.m. On Sunday, December 24th. (Heart reacts, wow reacts, etc., will also be counted as “likes”.) Entrants are encouraged to hack the democratic process by flooding social media with links to your contest entry.

  7. Winners will be announced on Facebook and notified via phone or e-mail. Prizes can be picked up during normal library hours beginning Wednesday, December 27th.

The contest is open to all ages, with separate prize packages for youth and teens/adults!

The Prizes!

All books are in new or read-once condition. Other items are new-in-box. All prizes are donated items, duplicates of items already in the library's collection, or prizes left over from other programs. No library funds were used to purchase prizes for the Deck the Halls contest.

Open/Adult Division

12 & Under Division

  • Louise Penny – The Long Way Home (hardcover, signed edition)

  • Karen Kingsbury – A Baxter Family Christmas (hardcover)

  • Henry Kisor – Season's Revenge (paperback, signed edition)

  • Henry Kisor – The Riddle of Billy Gibbs (paperback, signed edition)

  • J.D. Robb – Festive in Death (CD audiobook)

  • Bill O'Reilly – Killing Kennedy (CD audiobook)

  • Michigan Rocks” puzzle (550 pcs.)

  • J.K. Rowling – Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (hardcover)

  • The Goonies (DVD, rated PG)

  • Al Seckel – The Ultimate Book of Optical Illusions (paperback)

  • Rachel Renee Russell – Dork Diaries: OMG! All About Me Diary (paperback)

  • Rachel Renee Russell – Dork Diaries: How to Dork Your Diary (paperback)

  • LED fidget spinner

Category: Programs & Events

Michigan eLibrary Database Collection


Many people don’t have time to come to the library to search through books and articles for facts. Especially if you are a student busy with school and need to locate accurate information without wasting a lot of time. Well, going to the Michigan eLibrary (MEL) can help.


The Michigan eLibrary's (MeL) database collection provides access to nearly fifty high-quality databases, which are full of statistics, reports, articles, documents, and images. Many of the MeL databases are especially designed for helping students. MeL has a wide variety of databases you can access such as, Nursing Research center, an in-depth resource for medical professionals and nursing students, a fact website called Britannica designed for K-12 students, a Physical therapy and sports medicine database, several databases related to business, one on Psychology, the Health Reference Center database, Heritage Quest, two collections of online eBooks (one for Young adult and youth and another for all genres), a full-featured encyclopedia, and even some Spanish and multilingual resources. There are also special learning-oriented options for Kindergarten through 5th grade students, and even more that I haven’t mentioned.


You never have to worry about any of them being unreliable, because they are curated by information professionals at the Library of Michigan, and wouldn’t be included in the collection if they weren’t accurate. Best of all, the resources on the MeL database website are free to you just for being a Michigan resident. None of the links will spam you with ads or ask you to pay a subscription fee. If you are interested in any of the things listed above, check out to get to the full site listing. Have fun learning!



Written by Cassandra Steffensen for Ontonagon Township Library, 2017

In 2017, most libraries have phased out the use of VHS and other cassette-based media for obvious reasons. One common problem with this is that certain vintage, local-interest films may not exist on DVD or streaming formats. To that end, OTL began transferring our local-interest VHS collection to a digital archive this fall.


Thanks to the magic of YouTube, we are able to easily share the first two films we were able to save as part of this endeavor.


Local interest VHS transfers will eventually be available to check out in the library on DVD format.

Category: New Materials