Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library

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Be Better @ Ransom This Winter - January 11 through March 20

Ransom District Library invites adults to "Be Better" this winter during our adult reading program.  Whether you are looking to be healthier; be motivated to live more fully or just be entertained we have you covered.

Adults, we know you have been envious of those scratch-off tickets your kids get all summer long to keep them reading!  This winter, we will be rewarding your efforts with a steady supply of scratch-off tickets to help you stay motivated to keep those New Year's Resolutions and be the best you can be.

It's simple: For every 3 books you read or one program attended, come in and get a scratch-off ticket.  Win something!  Prizes will include books, nifty adult trinkets, passes for exercise class, and of course candy!

The program kicks off on Thursday, January 11, 2018, and prizes will be awarded until the first day of spring: March 20, 2018.

Live Music @ The Library

Join us this winter for our free Sunday afternoon concert series kicking off on February 18 at 2 p.m. with the Out of Favor Boys.

Out of Favor Boys | February 18 at 2 p.m.
Since coming together in 2003, Out of Favor Boys has developed a reputation as an entertaining, interactive and energetic contemporary blues band from bars to festivals to private parties and everything in between.  Their four studio recordings show off their original songwriting, which runs the gamut of blues from Chicago style to the Mississippi Delta, and reflects the band's contemporary influences.

Bronk Brothers "Island City Hoe-Down" | February 25 at 2 p.m.
How much fun can you have with your boots on?  Grab your Stetson, polish those rhinestones, and come on down for the best party ever at Ransom Library featuring the Bronk Bros.  A blue-collar work ethic, big dreams, and a grassroots attitude has gained the Michigan-based brother duo, The Bronk Bros., respect in the Midwest music scene.  With over a decade of live performances, the act has shared the stage with more than 80 National touring country artists.

May Erlewine | March 4 at 2 p.m.
May Erlewine is a Michigan-based singer-songwriter and a member of the Earthwork Music Collective.  The sounds and influences you'll hear in her music range from good old fashioned folk and country swing to soul singers, rock and music from all over the wide world.  It's all bundled together with stories and melodies to take you on a journey of the heart.

Kaitlin Rose Band | March 11 at 2 p.m.
Kaitlin has been playing guitar and writing songs since the summer of 2001 after finding he mom's Alvarez in the hallway closet.  Since then, Kaitlin has recorded four full-length solo-albums in various basements and attics of friends and family members including All My Roses, Sentience, The Ideal and Organic Travels.

KSO presents King of Rag: The Life and Music of Scott Joplin | March 18 at 2 p.m.
Join us for this KSO original production honoring the great African-American composer and pianist, Scott Joplin.  KSO musicians will perform some of Joplin's best known works while they tell the story of his life and work.

Elden Kelly Trio | March 25 at 2 p.m.
The Elden Kelly Trio features Carolyn Koebel on percussion and Denis Shebukhov on bass.  Carolyn and Elden have worked together since 2010, cultivating a musical vocabulary based on a shared affinity for instrumental improvisation and exploration, unusual instrumentation, and original songs.  Denis completed the trio in 2015, and they have been performing together ever since.

Library Events

  • Walk 15 Class - Sat., Mar. 10 at 10:30 am
    With Deb Manville
    WALK 15 takes group fitness to a new level.  It is a low impact, multi-muscle, calorie torching, walking based workout -- with very effective results!  Anyone -- all fitness levels can do it!  Bad knees or hips and age are no excuse not to try this free introductory class!
  • The Four Agreements Book Discussion - Thurs., Mar. 15 at 7 pm
    With Todd Adams
    In The Four Agreements, bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.  Based on the ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.  In addition to being a Toltec teacher, Todd is a certified professional coach and hypnotist.
  • Stress Less with Mindfulness - Thurs., March 22 & 29 at 7 pm
    With Georgina Perry of Michigan State Extension
    Autopilot is the way we typically respond.  Our brain is wired to go down the same pathways we have used before, to have the same thoughts and feelings, to behave the same we have before.  Mindfulness offers a way out of this trap.  Participants will learn about the benefits of mindfulness and pinpoint behaviors which make us vulnerable or resilient to stress and experience mindful movements as a way to relax.  Registration is required for this two-part class.

Ransom Library Begins Seed Exchange

A seed exchange is a self-perpetuating collection of heirloom seeds.  Donations of saved seeds are needed to start our library.  The more seeds in the library, the more others can experience growing their own food.  Seeds will be accepted if they are properly dried and identified.  If donating commercial seeds, please be sure that the seeds are non-hybrid and non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds.

The seed library has officially launched!  Please stop by the circulation desk and ask us about it!

NEW Computer in the Genealogy Room

Ransom Library has added a new computer that is set up with a webcam in our genealogy room!  This will allow patrons the ability to conduct online job interviews or Skype with friends or family in relative privacy.

On Wednesday mornings, stop by and say hi to our Genealogy and Local History Department!  This is a great opportunity to learn about genealogy from our experts!

Computer Assistance & Classes

BOOK A GEEK! New at Ransom Library!  Book a private tutor for your technology questions!  Need a little help with your laptop, figuring out Excel, or downloading digital books?  Call the library at 685-8024 to set up a 30-minute session or you can book an appointment using the link below!

Book an appointment with Ransom District Library using SetMore  

Visiting Patron
For Residents & Nonresidents of Ransom Library

Why Visiting Patron?
Libraries that participate in the Visiting Patron program provide borrowing privileges to other libraries’ patrons without requiring reciprocal borrowing agreements or fees. VP is similar to MeLCat borrowing but it bypasses the shipping as it allows for the immediate pickup of materials. VP replaces the Michicard program.

Visiting Patron has many conveniences:

  • Quick checkout—your home library card is already in the statewide system.
  • Using Visiting Patron will reduce the number of (library) cards in your wallet.
  • Visiting Patron provides immediate pickup on borrowed items.
  • Convenient returns—your home library will ship materials back to the lending library for free.
  • Late fines are assessed by your home library. No owing fines in multiple places.
  • Items show up in your MyMEL and you can renew in MyMEL.

How to Use Visiting Patron:
Take your ID and Ransom Library card to any participating Visiting Patron library and check out their materials directly! (Tip: Be sure your fines are below $10 and your account is not expired before you go!)

VP applies to the following residents of the Ransom Library district: City of Plainwell, Gun Plain Township, Portion of Cooper Township in Plainwell, Otsego, and Gull Lake School Districts, and all other Plainwell Schools Students.

Refer to the http://elibrary.mel.org/screens/participating.html for libraries where you can be a VP!

Nonresidents with the following local Home Libraries may use their library card at Ransom as a Visiting Patron: Allegan Library, Henika (Wayland) Library, J.C. Wheeler (Martin) Library. If your home library is not on this list please refer to: http://elibrary.mel.org/screens/participating.html

Non-Participating Local Libraries: Otsego, Parchment, Portage, Kalamazoo, Delton, Richland. If one of these is your home library, ask the staff to consider participating.

Michigan Activity Pass

Looking for a fun, educational or outdoor experience for the family this summer?  Want to save some money?  The 2017-18 Michigan Activity Pass includes over 400 parks, cultural attractions, and other venues throughout the lower and upper peninsulas!

The 2017-18 Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) runs from May 24, 2017 through May 23, 2018 and will enable library cardholders to print a pass to hundreds of Michigan's state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds, and recreation areas throughout the lower and upper peninsulas.  Passes can be checked out online at the Michigan Activity Pass website listed below from either at home or the library.  Michigan State Park passes (previously offered through MI Big Green Gym program) are offered at no cost and are good for a one-time entry.  There will be five passes available per attraction per library each week.  Library patrons must print out their pass, which are good for seven days.

MAP Link for Passes: michiganactivitypass.info


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Ransom District Library - 180 S. Sherwood Ave. - Plainwell, Michigan 49080
Phone: 269-685-8024 - Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10-9 - Fri & Sat: 10-5 - Sun: 1-5

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