Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library

Library News & Events

Winter Concert Series
Ransom Book Discussion
Library Events
Computer Assistance & Classes
Visiting Patron
Michigan Activity Pass

Winter Adult Reading Contest
January 24 - March 20, 2019

Everyone is a winner at Ransom Library with our adult reading contest running from January 24th through March 20th, 2019.  Ransom District Library will be encouraging adults to keep reading and participating in programs this winter by offering an incentive much like our summer children's reading program.  It's simple: For every 3 books read or one program attended, come in and get a scratch off ticket.  Win something!  Prizes will include books, nifty adult trinkets and, of course, candy.  Unlike the lotto, everyone is a winner who reads at Ransom District Library this winter!

Winter Concert Series
Join us this winter for our free Sunday afternoon concert series kicking off on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. with Fauxgrass.

Rachel Davis
February 24 at 2 p.m.
Rachael Davis has been singing on-stage since she was two years old. Her influences range from the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald to the soulful pop vocals of Patty Griffin -- with many more in between. She is a contemporary songwriter but is equally at home singing anything from traditional ballads to Cole Porter to Joe Henry.

Creole du Nord “Mardi Gras Party”
March 3 at 2 p.m.
Creole du Nord’s sound can be traced to southwest Louisiana’s traditional music. On fiddles, accordion, guitar, bass, pedal steel, and drums, they mix things up - keeping uneasy company with  slicker stuff of today’s music. When you hear Creole du Nord you move to the groove, dance and have fun. And if you’re wondering “Where do they get their passion?” It seems that Creole, Cajun & Zydeco music from Louisiana music bring a real element of passion to this band. It’s become of mission of band leader Mark Palms to find Cajun & Zydeco tunes, waltzes, and old time  fiddle tunes that lift the spirit and inspire his talented band mates.

An Dro
March 10 at 2 p.m.
An Dro is an ensemble of eclectic instrumentalists who speak from the heart with uncommon synergy. Their music is a blend of traditional and original melodies from across the globe, reaching  back to the past, with an eye to the present and the future.

Ransom Book Discussion
Join us on the 3rd Monday of each month for what is sure to be a lively and entertaining book discussion lead by the remarkable patron reader Jamie Hill, who is a mother (she has time to read -- so no excuses!) and local educator.  She enjoys many genres, especially memoirs, and her three favorite books of all-time are Anne of Green Gables, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Devil in the White City.

Monday, February 18 | 7 p.m.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Monday, March 18 | 7 p.m.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Healthy Aging Series | Sponsored by Life Care Center in Plainwell
Join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. for a unique topic paired with doughnuts and coffee sponsored by Life Care Center of Plainwell.

Staying Safe in Winter: Fall Prevention with Lindsey Brand, Life Care Center of Plainwell
Wed., February 20 at 2 p.m.
Winter is a perfect time to slow down and take stock of your home and your safety. Cold weather, while usually forcing us to remain cozy indoors, can also bring many fall risks for older Americans. According to the National Institute of Health, 6 out of every 10 falls happen in or around the home. Making small changes, both to your home and your lifestyle, can prevent many of these falls.

Advance Care Planning with Hillary Kerr from Bronson Hospital
Wed., March 20 at 2 p.m.
It may be tough to think about, but there may be a time when you cannot make healthcare decisions for yourself. No matter what your age, planning ahead for your future is important. Advance care planning offers one-on-one support to help you determine your wishes, complete an advance directive and have the conversation with family and friends.

Edward Jones Financial Series | Presented by Ginger Titus

Five Money Questions for Women
Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Women face unique financial circumstances. A strong financial plan is vital. During this presentation, five critical money questions for women will be covered. Registration required.

Library Events

Midnight at the Masquerade | Presented by the Murder Mystery Company
Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The rustle of silks and feathers under muted conversation was probably the last thing heard by the tragically and unexpectedly deceased at the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball. With a mystery under each feathery façade, unmasking the killer may be quite a challenge. It’s up to you to determine which partygoer is guilty, bring this crime to justice, and save the party! Attend the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball and help get this soiree back on track by trading clues with your guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away! Evening wear, ball gowns, Venetian masks, suits, and tuxes are what to wear to this high class night of masks and murder. Get ready for a glamorous evening of mystery, and intrigue.

Free Tax Assistance
March 6 at 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Volunteers will be on hand to help patrons file their own taxes using MyFreeTaxes.com. My Free Taxes is a free, safe and easy way for anyone earning $64,000 or less to file state and federal taxes. For the past nine years, United Way has partnered with H&R Block to offer assistance and encouragement in filling your own taxes through their “My Free Taxes” program. Since that time, the partnership has helped more than 750,000 taxpayers claim every deduction and credit they deserve.

Wild Women of Michigan with Author Norma Lewis
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Countless Michiganian women performed extraordinary acts that challenged and improved the world. Author and historian Norma Lewis commemorates and celebrates these women who boldly left their marks during Women’s History Month. Norma Lewis loves local history and is a member of the Grand Rapids Historical Society, the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven. Wild Women of Michigan is her thirteenth book.

Ransom Library 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!

Computer Assistance & Genealogy Help

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!

If you have local history questions, stop by on Wednesday mornings between 10 a.m. and about 2 p.m. and talk to our local history volunteers.  Not free during this time or looking for information beyond Plainwell?  You can schedule a 60-minute session at the link below to get some one-on-one help with your family history.  These appointments are specifically for genealogy research only.

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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Phone: 269-685-8024 - Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10-9 - Fri & Sat: 10-5 - Sun: 1-5

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