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To access your Library Account, your library card number is your username and password. Once into your account, you may view your checked out materials and renew materials.

You may also reserve materials online. Just search our catalog, locate the item and enter your library card number for your username and password. This can also be done through our Catalog Computers in the library!

Attention Michicard Users!

The Michicard program ended December 31, 2013. As anticipated for some time now, Michicard has been eclipsed in terms of service and convenience by the Michigan eLibrary Catalog and Resource Sharing system (MeLCat). For more information please see our Library Cards Page.

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Ongoing Kids & Teens Programs:

Story Time
Mondays & Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.

Caffeine Teens
Mondays 3 p.m.

Lego Club
1st & 3rd Mondays at 4 p.m.

Teen Writers Group
4th Monday Monthy at 7 p..m

Elementary Kids
Discovery Hour
Tuesdays 4 p.m.

Young Adult Culture Club
Wednesdays 3 p.m.

Guitar Club
Thursdays 4 p.m.

Parachute Playtime
Fridays 11 a.m.

Guitar Jam Club
Fridays at 3:45 p.m.

New Members Welcome to all groups!

Please see our Children's & Teen's Pages for more details on these groups as well as a listing of our special events!

Ransom only emails you once a month or as needed for the following reasons:

-Reserve Notices
(As Needed)
-Interlibrary loan (MEL)
(As Needed)
-Item Due Notices
(As Needed)
-Overdue Notices
(As Needed)
-Ransom eNewsletters
(Once a Month)
-New Book Alerts
(Once a Month)

Sign up your email to your account and/or your child's account today!

Be sure to view all of Ransom District Library's events!

All events are listed on Ransom's calendar.

But for program details on Children's & Teen's events visit: Children's Page and Teen Page.

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Troan Yearbooks

Ransom District Library is missing the following
yearbooks and we would appreciate donations of the following years:
1953, 1957, 1969, 1979, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998.

Local Historic Papers are now available electronically!

The electronic format (PDF files) is available on all patron computers.  (Not available online.) The electronic papers are searchable (such a wonderful, time-saving feature!!) and can be printed. Currently, they include The Forwarder (1948-1949), New Enterprise (1971), Otsego Union (1970-2011), and Plainwell Enterprise (1886-1974), [Plainwell-Otsego] Union Enterprise (1974-2011).

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Order on MEL? Review your MEL Account and renew items! Go to www.mel.org, click MyMel to log in. Or go to MyMel directly to check for due dates, renew your MEL materials, and see the status of your requests. Just select your library (Ransom District Library) from the drop down list and login with your name and library card number.

Need more information?  Go to our Library Cards page for more information.


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Friends of Ransom Library Upcoming Book Sales

Save money and help the library at the same time by shopping at one of these upcoming book sales:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

All sales are from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 All money made is used for future book purchases and special programs. Most books are $1 or less!

Can't make it to the Book Sale? Don't forget the Friends Book Sale Shelves!
The Book Sale Shelves (behind the coffee counter) hold our best sale materials and are regularly restocked with the finest selection. These items are available for browsing and purchasing everyday during library hours!

If you are cleaning house and have audiobooks, CD's, books or DVD's consider donating them to Ransom.
Don't forget: Donations are tax deductible, too!

For more information about the
Friends of Ransom Library please visit their page.

Friends of Ransom District Library News

Thanks to all who helped out and attended Dr. Seuss Night on Tuesday, March 4! Our annual
celebration of childhood literacy and America’s favorite picture book author was once again a success.

Doing spring cleaning? Consider donating books, DVDs, etc. to the library for our sales. We use the funds from the sales to purchase books and sponsor programs for the library. Our next sale is May 17 from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.

We can always use volunteers and new members. If you have an hour or two that you could volunteer or would like to join us, please give Char a call at 269-685-6646.

– Jan Ragainis, President of the Friends of Ransom Library

Reserve the Meeting Room!

Ransom's Burchfield Room can be reserved through the Meeting Room Form or by calling the library. Please see our Meeting Room Policy for rules. The room is available to non-profit organizations only. There is no charge for use. Please check our calendar for dates and times that already have the room reserved or in use for a library event.

Ransom will be closed on:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Memorial Day
Monday, May 26, 2014

Independence Day
Friday, July 4, 2014

Labor Day
Monday, September 1, 2014

Free Electronics Recycling @ Ransom

Ransom has partnered with New Life Inc. Electronics Recycling to offer free recycling! We now accept: computers, monitors, printers, scanners, laptops/tablets, servers, televisions, still cameras, video cameras, MP3 Players, fax machines, phone systems, cable, radios, speakers, projectors, routers, modems, PDA's, video game consoles, external drives, dvd players, vhs players, cable receivers, satellite receivers, digital converter boxes, video game consoles, alarm clocks, cell phones and chargers, any type of batteries and more! No large appliances, please. A large variety of items are accepted, if you do not see your item on the list, please contact info@nlerinc.com. Please drop off items during regular library hours.

What about your personal data?

There is no need to worry about your personal data. All hard drives will be wiped according to the Illinois EPA guidelines with our data destruction program that meets Department of Defense Standards. - NLERINC


Poetry Reading - April 23 from 7:30 -9 p.m.

April is National Poetry month and Ransom District Library is celebrating with a poetry reading by John Rybicki, Patricia Clark, Arnold Johnston and Ron Riekki.

 Poet John Rybicki was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of the poetry collections Traveling at High Speeds (1996) and We Bed Down Into Water: Poems (2008). His third collection, When All the World Is Old (2012), was written in response to the long illness and death of his wife, the poet Julie Moulds.

Rybicki has been a writer-in-residence at Alma College. He teaches poetry to young writers through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project and Wings of Hope Hospice.

 Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. She is the author of four books of poetry. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Poetry, Mississippi Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Pennsylvania Review, North American Review, Seattle Review, and Iowa Woman. She has also co-edited an anthology of contemporary women writers called Worlds in Our Words.

 Arnold Johnston lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he was chairman of the English Department at Western Michigan University (1997-2007) and has now returned to teaching in the creative writing program. His plays, and others written in collaboration with his wife, Deborah Ann Percy, have won awards, production, and publication across the country. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared widely in literary journals.

 Ron Riekki has an M.F.A. in Theater Arts/Playwriting from Brandies University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. His work has been published widely, and he has been awarded several writing and journalism awards.

Homesteading 101: Goats, & Bees

Presented by Caroline Abbott of Abbott Farms in Otsego, Michigan. Start your own homestead with one session or both. Registration required.


Got Your Goat? - Thursday, May 8 @ 7 p.m.
Learn the basics of keeping goats, whether as pets, for milk, or for meat and what to consider before getting goats.


To Bee or Not to Bee? - Thursday, June 5 @ 7 p.m.
Honeybees are one of the most efficient pollinators in the world. They are responsible for over one third of all the food we eat. Find out how to start your own hive. 


Mark Sahlgren & Friends
Sunday, April 27 | 2 p.m.
Sahlgren has been a local favorite for years, playing bluegrass since the 1950s in a variety of groups and festivals. Beginning with the Weavers and the New Lost City Ramblers, then delving further into the ‘roots’ music of groups like the Skillet Lickers and Flatt and Scruggs, the guitar became the driving force in his musical life. Having led his own band, Sweetcorn, for many years, developing recording projects, producing music festivals, teaching guitar workshops throughout southern Michigan, and hosting the radio program Grassroots on public radio for over 30 years - Mark remains active in Americana music.
Image Courtesy of Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Site

Bell, Book & Canto
Sunday, May 18 | 2 p.m.
Bell Book and Canto started out as an offshoot from the
Hearth and Grove Fellowship Chorus in 2008. While mostly
focusing on Sacred Song and Folk tunes, they enjoy and
perform a wide range of various styles and genres of music.
They have performed at a number of events, including the
Renaissance Festivals, along with putting on non-profit shows for local charities like Kalamazoo Animal Rescue and Loaves and Fishes Food Bank benefit fundraisers.
Image Courtesy of Bell, Book, and Canto's Site

Computer Classes:

Walk in Ebook Help
Saturday Mornings 
Have a question about how to use the South West Michigan Digital Library to download eBooks? Stop in Saturday mornings with your questions and your device. Need more than a little help? Call the library at 685-8024 to set up an appointment. General questions about the South West Michigan Digital Library are always welcome!

Computer Basics and Beyond 
Saturday, May 3 & 10 at 10:30 a.m. 
This class is ideal for those who have had little exposure to computers. There will be an overview of parts of the computer and terminology including: desktop, menus, mouse instruction, scrolling, saving, and basic Internet skills on May 3rd. Then comeback on May 10th to set up an email account and learn the basics of sending and receiving email. 

Craigslist 101 
Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. 
Don’t want to have a garage sale? Summer is the perfect time to sell your stuff online. Learn how Craigslist works and the dos and don’ts of online buying and selling.


Download Free eBooks & Audiobooks
can "check out" and download audiobooks,e-books, music and video from the Southwest Michigan Digital Library (SMDL) website. You must have a resident library card in order to use this service. If you have a reciprocal library card please use your home library card in order to access the SMDL site.
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