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311. N. Steel St.

Ontonagon, MI 49953


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Using statewide library data from the previous fiscal year, we ran a report to compare the Ontonagon Township Library to similar Michigan libraries. For this report, we looked at all libraries with a service population of 3,999 or less, and a total operating income between $25,000 and $100,000.


Using these criteria, we found that there were 41 libraries in Michigan that serve similarly small populations on a budget comparable to ours.


Here is how OTL stacked up against the other 40...




  • The Ontonagon Township Library was #5 in physical audio units on-hand (e.g., music CDs and audiobooks) with 748 items.


  • The Ontonagon Township Library was #4 in total circulation with 28,116 items circulated.


  • The Ontonagon Township Library was #4 in items loaned to other libraries with 1,280 items sent out on interlibrary loan.


  • The Ontonagon Township Library was #3 in total number of print materials on hand with 30,944 books and periodicals available.


  • The Ontonagon Township Library was #2 in Children’s Materials circulated with 8,063 items checked out from juvenile, board book, and easy reader categories.


  • The Ontonagon Township Library was #2 in total collection size with 37,793 items available.


  • And the Ontonagon Township Library was #2 in total library visits, with an estimated 22,776 in-person instances of library use. (That’s almost 13 people for every hour we were open!)


Thanks to all of our friends and visitors for helping us achieve these numbers!

Due to the enthusiam generated at our recent Memoir Writing Workshop, we have decided to hold a monthly writing group in the Ontonagon Township Building meeting room.


You are invited to join us on the last Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM, regardless of your skill level or amount (or complete lack) of experience. We are very much open to new members and we will happily support your specific writing interests, whether we know anything about them or not: travel writing, haiku, short stories--it doesn't matter; we'd love to hear it. Are you super into John Stamos time-travel fan fiction set in 1600s Jamaica written in the form of reviews? SOUNDS TREMENDOUS, SEE YOU THERE! The group's interests and backgrounds currently range from poetry and playwriting to technical writing (and, of course, our new-found passion for the short-form memoir, which you will hear all about and learn the secrets of if you simply show up.)


Our goal is to sustain an open-ended, informal group activity that will be both useful and enjoyable for anyone in the area with an interest in the written word. There are no judges, no red pens, and no pressure... just a group of people who get together to share their work and ideas in a confidential, supportive environment.




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Category: Programs & Events

Ever wanted to write a book about your life? Does it seem just too difficult? Think you don't have the time, or the skill, to make it happen?


Join us at the library on Monday, November 2nd from 6 to 8 PM as we host Michael Czarnecki, a poet and publisher from New York who has developed a special method to make effective memoir writing possible for anyone!


The event is free. Writers and would-be writers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend! For more information, you can visit Michael's website.

Category: Programs & Events

It has been a magical and wonderous holiday season in Ontonagon thus far. Our terrific volunteer firefighters managed to get Santa downtown for a visit; we had Christmas fireworks better than towns ten times our size; many of us even witnessed an actual real-life holiday miracle on live television. (I refer, of course, to the Motor City Miracle.)

On the other hand... Hometown Christmas has come and gone. The Theater's annual Christmas concert is mere days away. ARE THERE TO BE NO CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES LEFT BY ACTUAL CHRISTMAS TIME???


Rest ye merry, ladies and gentlemen, for the Ontonagon Township Library will be cutting things deliciously close by holding their 2016 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE on Monday, December 21st at 6:00 PM. (Or as I like to call it, Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve.)

It works like this:


Step 1.) Bring in 2 dozen cookies (that would be 24 for those of you who count cookies using the metric system) or other holiday treats.

Step 2.) Take home 2 dozen assorted cookies and/or other holiday treats!

It's that simple, and it's a great way to get a little variety for your cookie tray early in the week before your guests start arriving! There is no cost to participate, and no sign-up required. If you have questions or would like to RSVP (totally optional, but it would be nice to have an idea of how many people will be participating) please give us a call at 884-4411.

And remember, we'll be closed on Christmas, the day after Christmas (or as I like to call it, National Compulsively Eating Leftover Christmas Food Every Time You Go Into the Kitchen Day), and New Year's Day.

Merry Christmas from OTL!

Category: Programs & Events

Is everybody ready to get SPOOKY?!


The Ontonagon Township Library is terrified, I mean thrilled, to announce the first annual OTL SPOOKY X-TREME CARVE-OFF CLASSIC to be held on Monday, October 26th at 6:00 PM in the township (library) building...

Category: Programs & Events

I've gotten way behind on posting these Author Profiles, so enjoy a holiday 4-for-1! Author Profiles are contributed to OTL by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library.


Clive Cussler was born in July, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois. He grew up in Alhambra, California and earned the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 14. After graduating from high school he went to Pasadena City College for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. While serving he was promoted to Sergeant and worked as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer for the Military Air Transport Service (MATS). After being discharged Clive Cussler married Barbara Knight in 1955. They were married for almost fifty years before Barbara died in 2003. The couple had three children Teri, Dirk, and Dayna.

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