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For more information about the project or for other possible "re-tour" routes to Ransom Library, please visit plainwell.org.
There will be a ceremony in downtown Plainwell to celebrate our city's historic plaque project on Thursday, May 30th at 7 p.m. The project is a documentation of oral history, folk lore, and interesting stories about historic buildings in downtown Plainwell. Come toast Plainwell and all the folks who worked hard to honor and remember our local history.
Friends of RDL News
Friends of Ransom District Library President,
Friends of Ransom Library Upcoming Book Sales
Sat., July 20 from 10-3PM
Can't make it to the Book Sale? Don't forget the Friends Book Sale Shelves!
Ransom will be closed:
Monday, May 27, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
New Years Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Ransom District Library is missing the following yearbooks and we would appreciate donations of the following years:
1957, 1961, 1969, 1979, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998
Parents: Add your email address to your child's account - get overdue notices sooner to help reduce fines! Just fill out the Contact Us Form with your name, your email, and child(ren)'s name.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Questions about item loan periods, fines, and overdue items? Visit our Library Cards Page for more information!
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Reserving the Meeting Room
The Library has a meeting room available for reservation. The room is available to non-profit organizations only. There is no charge for meeting room use. Please check our calendar for dates and times that already have the Burchfield Room reserved. If you would like to reserve the room, please call the Library for further information or use our Meeting Room Reservation Form.
Amazing New Services! Click the links for more info....
Whether you are just getting started with computers or need a refresher course, our computer classes offer you the skills you need to perform entry level computer functions. Registration is required for these FREE programs.
Facebook “Fun” damentals and Beyond
Over time each of us experience many different losses: the death of someone close; loss of a physical ability; any kind of broken relationship; loss of possessions or a sense of safety or security; loss of a future we thought we were going to have; or perhaps, loss of hope. The list seems endless. This workshop will highlight the process of coming to terms with our losses, show how people have successfully found the resources to meet the challenges loss brings, and suggest ways of “being” as well as ways of “moving” toward hope, healing, and renewed life.
For further information about this free program, please call (269) 686-8659 or 1-800-796-2676 and ask for Bill Brady or David Green.
Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
Wet your appetite for the road and discover some great summer trip ideas when Steve Ellis, editor of new West Michigan magazine "Spark" visits Ransom. Steve worked for the Kalamazoo Gazette for 23 years, and has assembled over 600 odd and amazing tales from the greater Kalamazoo area. He is bringing his photographic presentation here, along with a treasure lode of memorabilia from area businesses. Registration required.
Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m.
Paper quilling is an exciting and stunning artwork of creating decorative and intricate designs from delicate thin strips of paper. Learn how to make a truly unique card in this free class. Registration required.
(Pin numbers are typically your library card number, so enter your library card number for both lines.)
What is Freegal?
Freegal is a downloadable music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and, if your library requires it, a PIN. Freegal offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries.
Please also see: Freegal FAQ's.
Introducing Rocket Languages!
Your ticket to:
- Speaking with a perfect accent!
- Understanding when spoken to
- Cutting learning time up to 50%
- and having FUN while doing it!
About Rocket Languages for Libraries:
Our extensive range of products allows you to learn a language on your own terms and in your own time. With our comprehensive multi-media packages you will be speaking and improving your language skills with every lesson by taking part in the modern, everyday conversations that make up our Interactive Audio Course. In addition, you will learn to speak the language naturally with our language and culture lessons and you can also build on your vocabulary and improve your audio recognition of common words and phrases (and have fun at the same time) with our popular MegaGames range.
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Free Online Classes!
This is an amazing service provided by the Goodwill Community Foundation.
Start anytime, finish anytime - Study at your own speed!
Use for just one tutorial or complete a whole class!
750+ free lessons – receive a Certificate of Completion & accredited Continuing Education Units!
Just to name a few…Topics range from:
- Microsoft Office: Windows, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher, Word, Excel, & Access – available in XP, 2000, 2003, 2007, & 2010
- Career Building: Resumes & Cover Letters, Interview Skills, Job Searching & Applications
- Internet Basics, Email Basics, Apple, Google, Mobile Apps, & Social Media Math Basics, Reading, Money, & “Everyday Life”
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Why don't you have [Bestseller / Award Winner / etc.] as an eBook?
Chances are it's because we don't have a choice. Not all eBooks available to individuals are available to libraries. Sadly, unlike a regular person, a library cannot pay Amazon or Barnes & Noble for an eBook and then lend it out to people. eBooks and other digital content are treated differently than print books and other physical formats by the publishers and the companies who manage digital content licensing. We desperately want to offer you these eBooks but the companies won't let us. As your library, we commit to continuing advocacy for change in these policies.
The following publishers currently refuse to sell or license eBooks to libraries. If you disagree with their policies concerning libraries and eBooks, please contact them and make your opinion known.
Macmillan Publishing - 75 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521 email@example.com
Simon & Schuster - 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000 http://simonandschuster.com/about/contact_us
Penguin Group - 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hachette Book Group - 466 Lexington Avenue #131, New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100 email@example.com
Brilliance Audio - 1704 Eaton Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256 firstname.lastname@example.org
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