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311. N. Steel St.

Ontonagon, MI 49953


M: 11-8

Tu: 11-5

W: 11-8

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F: 11-5

Sa: 10-2

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Author Profiles are contributed by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library.

Sherryl Woods

Sherryl Woods is an author with more than 100 romance and mystery novels to her credit. She grew up in Virginia and she graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a journalist with most of those years working as a television critic for newspapers in Ohio and Florida. She also worked as a coordinator for a motivational program for the more than 8,000 employees at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She has lived in numerous states in her lifetime including Ohio, Florida, and California. Today she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia. When she isn't writing or reading, Sherryl pursues and follows many of her other interests including gardening, tennis, theater, and ballet. She also is a huge fan of baseball and loves the movie “Bull Durham.”

Category: Book Reviews

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!

Captain Joseph Bannister… if the name fails to bring you to your knees, trembling in a state of fear, you’re not alone. Bannister is without question one of the most overlooked principals of piracy’s Golden Age, yet there are sound arguments to be made that he was one of the most fascinating men ever to terrorize the waterways of the Caribbean, and also one of the most successful. In short, one of the best pirates ever.



A once-respectable Englishman who willingly traded a good transcontinental shipping commission for a black flag, Bannister stole the same ship twice, escaped from prison, cavorted with notorious French swashbucklers, and fought the Royal Navy head-on before his career (and his life with it) came to an end.


The book Pirate Hunters follows world-renowned shipwreck divers John Mattera and John Chatterton on their quest to find the burned and sunken remains of Bannister’s ship, the Golden Fleece. From their first meeting with an eccentric backer in the United States, the reader feels like part of the crew. The book takes all these various narratives—Joseph Bannister’s life and turn to crime, Mattera and Chatterton’s backgrounds, the technical aspects of shipwreck salvage, political and familial drama—and weaves them around the reader until, suddenly, we’re right there in the middle of a complete and coherent story that spans a handful of centuries and several main characters.




The fact that I knew next to nothing about Joseph Bannister or the Golden Fleece (or Mattera, or Chatterton, or shipwreck diving) before picking up Pirate Hunters was in no way a hindrance to my enjoyment of the book. If anything, it made for a more exciting read. As the facts were revealed one-by-one through Kurson’s expertly-paced narrative, it felt like I was right there with Chatterton and Mattera: on the boat, tediously weaving back and forth to drag newfangled magnetic imaging equipment over the turquoise bay; in a library in London, squinting at stacks of four-hundred-year-old commerce records and ships' logs, desperately hoping for any class of clue; under the water, shoving aside debris and abandoned lobster traps, hoping to find a cannonball, a fragment of pottery, anything.


And what about the actual author of Pirate Hunters, Robert Kurson? Frankly, he doesn’t need my endorsement. The fact that Mattera and Chatterton sought him out after their adventure, eager to the put the story in his capable hands, says more about his literary abilities than anything I could type up. Kurson is that rare sort of nonfiction talent who is able to write someone else’s true story in a way that is nonetheless conversational and deeply personal. It takes a certain kind of writer to keep a story urgent and engaging when the topic turns to the procedures by which one might scrape the barnacles from a ship's hull some four hundred years ago. Kurson is that kind of writer.


Pirate Hunters is highly recommended by your library director—not just for those readers interested in shipwrecks, pirates, diving, or the Dominican Republic, but for anybody who likes a good story.


Pirate Hunters can be found in nonfiction at call number 910.9 KUR, and is also available to check out as an eBook through OverDrive!

Category: Book Reviews

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.

Category: Book Reviews

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out for our summer programs. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did!

The Super Mega Hardcore Fancy Acoustic Concert a couple weeks ago was a great success. Here are some pictures of the action...




Author profiles contributed by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library

Beverly Lewis was born Beverly Marie Jones in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She began her artistic career with piano lessons at age four and at the age of five she made up lyrics to the "little fingers" piano pieces she learned and she started writing at the early age of age of nine with short stories and poetry. Her first manuscript was a semi-autobiographical story about a young girl whose parents can no longer afford to give her piano lessons. The manuscript was 77 pages long and titled "She Shall Have Music." She went to Evangel University and became a schoolteacher. Beverly is married to David Lewis and they have three grown children and three grandchildren and they live in Colorado.

Category: Book Reviews