Library Programs

Book Discussion Group

Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:00am
*** Due to Independence Day, the July meeting
has been moved to Wednesday, July 11  ***

The July 11 reading selection is
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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

United Way Literacy Day of Action at the Alanson Library
        Thursday, June 21 at 10:30 - 11:30am
For Grades K-2
Join Ron Fowler and Char-Em United Way volunteers partnering to enhance literacy
by reading stories and providing music and other activities,
as well as free literacy kits for each child.
 No registration ~ Must be accompanied by an adult ~ Siblings Welcome

Storyhour with Ron Fowler
Tuesdays at 10:30am - Spring Session Dates: May 22 through June 26
Summer Session: July 24 - August 28
Fall Session: September 18 - October 23

Join Ron for his own special stories, music and crafts,
as he accompanies himself on the banjo and ukulele!
For  ages 4-7 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

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 Hamilin, 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!


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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