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311. N. Steel St.

Ontonagon, MI 49953


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Tu: 11-5

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F: 11-5

Sa: 10-2

Su: X

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

Using Interlibrary Loan


Say you come to the library looking for a book but they just don’t have it. Instead of going home and sulking, or spending money to order something you're only going to read once, did you know the library has a way for it to magically appear in the next couple weeks? Well it does, and we call it an Interlibrary Loan.

If you go up to the person working at the library desk and ask them to get you an interlibrary loan for a certain book you really want to read, you should have that book in the next couple of weeks and you will get a phone call notifying you when it’s in.

It is also possible to process your own Interlibrary Loan requests using the Ontonagon Township Library website. This is a great option if you have privacy concerns, or if it is difficult for you to get to the library during operating hours. If you would like to learn how to make an Interlibrary Loan request, please ask library staff for assistance and they can walk you through the process of searching and requesting books, CDs, and DVDs all across the Upper Peninsula. (There is even a statewide system for searching and requesting items from any participating Michigan library if the item can't be found in the U.P.!)

When our library asks another participating library for a book that isn't in the local collection, that library will be happy to send it over the next time they do Interlibrary Loan processing. Libraries in larger towns and cities often process Interlibrary Loan requests every day. Smaller libraries, such as OTL, might only process once or twice a week. So depending on the lending library's size and distance from Ontonagon, it can take three or more weeks for your item to arrive, although items sent from other U.P. libraries often arrive within a two-week window. But if you can be patient, you can access virtually any book ever published without leaving Ontonagon.

Happy Reading!

Written by Cassandra Steffensen for Ontonagon Township Library, 2017

A second session of the Ontonagon Township Library’s popular “Four Week Finn” class is planned for this fall. Instructor Marlene Broemer (PhD, University of Helsinki) will return to conduct four more one-hour sessions in the meeting room of the Township Building.


There are several “sophomore” students planning to return for this second session, but there will also be room for a few new students. These slots will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis (with preference given to anyone who was on the waiting list for the first class.)


The class is open to anyone with an interest in Finnish language and culture, including beginners. The cost is $20 for all four sessions, payable directly to the instructor at the first class meeting on Wednesday, September 13th at 2:00 PM.


For more information, or to register, please contact the library at 884-4411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Ebooks and audiobooks


Sometimes you just live too far from our public library, or maybe our library doesn’t have the book you are looking for. Maybe you just don’t like carrying bulky physical books and prefer to read on a digital device or by listening to audiobooks. Well did you know that your public library loans out ebooks and digital audiobooks too? Here's  how to get to the website, and how to get the books downloaded:

  1. To get to the digital library you must either

    1. Go to the Ontonagon Township Libraries home page and looking on the Left side there is a sidebar with various pieces of useful information. One of the headings is "Local Links and  Helpful Resources". Under that headline one of the links will say "Great Lakes Digital library". Click on it. And Congrats you are at the page for checking out ebooks!

    2. Another way to get there is to search online Great Lakes Digital Library and it should be the first link that pops up.

    3. The other way to get there is through using an app on your portable device(s).The two e-reader apps currently compatible with Great Lakes Digital Library are "Overdrive" and "Libby". Both can be found by searching the Google Play app store and the iTunes store. When you launch the app, it will have you choose the Library you want to sign into. You should search for "Ontonagon" and the Ontonagon Township library is the only one that will pop up. Then Click on that, and then click on Great Lakes Digital Library, and the app will load a mobile version of the Great Lakes Digital Library homepage.

2. Now That you are on the site to check anything out you must sign in. In the top right corner when you get onto the page there should be a blue button that says Sign In. click on it to get to the sign in page. To sign in you will need your user ID number and your pin. Your user ID is the number on the back of your library card, and your default pin should be the last 4 digits of the phone number you used when registering for your library card. If you have any problems with your ID or pin, please contact library staff for assistance.


3. To borrow or place a hold.

    a. Borrowing is simple. After you find a book you like and click on it, there should be a blue button that says either "borrow" or "hold". If you click "borrow" you have borrowed the book and it is instantly added to your digital bookshelf.

    b. To place a hold, do the same thing as above. If there are no copies of the book currently available, you will see a "place hold" button instead of a "borrow" button. If you choose to place a hold, the book will automatically be added to your loans when it is available.

    4. Now it's time to download your book(s) so you can read or listen on the go. After borrowing a title, go to the upper right corner of the page. There should be a button looking something like three books leaning on each other. This is your "bookshelf", and clicking on that will show you a list of your current loans. (The layout may be slightly different on mobile versions, so look for the bookshelf icon, or a link that says "bookshelf".) Once you've accessed your bookshelf, simply click on the book you just loaned and should give you the option to download it. Click the"Download" button and follow the prompts to download the item. Depending on what sort of device you're using, and what title you're borrowing, you may be presented with options to download the book in different formats, or to read/listen directly in your internet browser. (Using the browser-based reader is a good choice for anyone reading or listening on a personal computer, but downloading a copy is essential if you plan to read or listen anywhere you won't have wireless data service.)  Congratulations, you have downloaded a book!





Great Lakes Digital Library homepage

Written by Cassandra Steffensen for Ontonagon Township Library, 2017.

We are no longer distributing eclipse glasses as of 8/16. You people have ripped through 950 pairs of them already. Monsters. Here are your options:

1. Pay $100 for 10 pairs on Amazon and probably end up with the weird imports that are not ISO certified and made out of asbestos and BPA.


2. Share. Seriously, there are 950 pairs out there. You might check with the Carp Lake Township Library or the Rousseau Bar, where some pairs were sent to serve the far reaches of our patronage, but I imagine they're both running low by now too.


3. Maybe just don't worry about it because it's probably going to rain anyway?




4. Come to the library the day of the eclipse, Monday, August 21st, where we will distribute our last 48 pairs of glasses on a first-come, first-served basis at precisely twelve o' clock noon, EST.



HANCOCK, MI - The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The CCCAC facilitates funding opportunities for arts projects in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula; Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon.


Minigrants for Arts Projects provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts projects, which provide special opportunities to address local arts needs and increase public access to the arts. Minigrants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects, which preserve, produce or present traditional and contemporary arts.


Minigrant dollars, matched 1:1 in cash/in-kind can be used for many types of arts activities such as exhibits, readings, performances, workshops, broadcasts, consultancies, commissions, festivals, art restorations, pow wows, conferences, seminars, video and film productions and screenings, publications, and arts activities for students.


Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities from the six counties may apply. A panel comprised of knowledgeable individuals from each of the six counties evaluates all funding proposals. The review criterion includes artistic merit, sound planning and management, as well as community service. Geographic distribution, underserved populations, cultural diversity, and a variety of arts disciplines are considered when determining awards.


Professional and Organizational Development grants make funding available for training courses, consultants, conference fees and related travel. Organizations or individual artists may apply for up to $1500. A 25% cash/in-kind match is required. Organizations may apply for both grant opportunities.


The deadline is 11:59pm on January 15, 2018 for projects taking place March 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. All applications must be submitted online using the e-grant system ( Application guidelines are available on line at (click on MCACA Grants in left hand column and scroll down to Minigrant Program).


A grant information workshop will be offered free and open to the public at Ontonagon Township Library on Wednesday, October 18 at 1 pm. The Ontonagon Township Library is located at 311 N. Steel Street in Ontonagon, MI. Individual assistance is also available. For more information or to make an appointment contact Cynthia Coté, Regranting Coordinator at (906) 482-2333 or e-mail.

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