Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library

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Get Ready for ROCKTOBER

Trixy Tang: Rocktober Concert
Thursday, October 24th at 7 p.m.
Trixy Tang will bring back the music of the 80s during this year's Rocktober concert on October 24th, at 7 p.m.  But the fun doesn't stop there: Ransom Library will hold a special adult and teen Halloween contest the night of the show to set the mood!  Trixy Tang not only performs the party favorites from the heyday but also performs their own original music with a large influence from the 80s.  Their new full-length self-titles album was released in April.  Playing nearly 52 weeks out of the year, Trixy Tang has performed all over the state of Michigan in front of thousands of people in major festivals and venues sharing the stage with: Jackyl, Great White, LA Guns, Skid Row, Faster Pussycat, Stryper, Bang Tango, Kip Winger, Dokken, Warrant, etc.  They were voted #1 Best Original Band in West Michigan by the 2019 Revue Magazine Reader's Poll as well as taking the slot for #3 Best Cover Band in West Michigan.  According to Klay Fennema, lead singer of the band, the library is "literally the last place I'd ever imagine playing a gig when I got my start!  Libraries have always seemed like a place that would be anti-rock n roll, and for a library to endorse this type of event is not only incredible, it's memorable!"  Fueled by rock n' roll, fun costumes and candy  this free family concert is sure to be a memorable event for everyone involved!

Ransom Rocktober Halloween Costume Contest
Who says Halloween is just for kids?  Adults and teens (13 & up) are invited to sign up for our Halloween costume contest prior to the Trixy Tang show.  Participants may enter one of the three categories: best 80s costume (think hairband!), best book character and best overall costume (be creative!).  Winners will walk away with a $50 gift card generously donated by Meijer.  Runners up will receive gift cards donated by Sweetwater Donut Mill, 4 Roses Cafe, and Otsego Barber Shop.  Members of the band Trixy Tang and staff will judge the contest.

Library Events

Preserving Our Graveyard Rocks | Presented by Gary Swain
Thursday, Oct. 17th at 7 p.m.
Gary Swain is well-known as an officer in Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, a Michigan fraternal organization.  He was regimental commander of the Kalamazoo regional camp and now serves as the Graves and Memorial registration officer for a group that covers Kalamazoo, Van Buren, Allegan and Kent counties.  The groups' efforts are dedicated to putting markers on Civil War veterans' graves.  They take charge of cleaning the graves and keeping track of the 9,200 grave sites in the four-county area.

Poetry Reading: Dennis Hinrichsen, Kimberly Ann Priest & Andrew Collar
Thursday, November 7th at 7 p.m.
Dennis Hinrichsen's most recent work is [q / lear], a chapbook from Green Linden Press, and Skin Music, winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press.  Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of White Goat Black Sheep (Finishing Line Press) and her poetry has appeared in several literary journals.  She is an MFA graduate of New England College, and Assistant Professor at MSU, a reviewer for NewPages, and an editor for the Nimrod International Journal.  Andrew Collard is a PhD student and creative writing instructor at Western Michigan University.  His poems can be found in Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, and Mid-American Review, among other journals.

Genealogy Lock-In
Friday, November 15th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The library will be open after hours with the sole purpose of working on genealogy!  Computers will be turned on, the Genealogy room and archives unlocked, and there will be some light refreshments to fuel your research.  A staff member will be on hand to help you with any brick walls you might encounter.  Registration is required.

Create a Santa Claus Ornament
Thursday, December 12th at 7 p.m.
Make and take an adorable Santa Claus ornament with local crafter Barb Stewart.  This is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.  Barb is owner and designer of the jewelry line Stoney Creek Arts and a crafting guru, but participants need not be crafty to attend.  This free class is designed for ages 14 and up.  Registration is required.

Computer Classes | Presented by Kris Hayes

Rock Your Home Networking
Wednesday, October 16th at 7 p.m.
Learn the basics of setting up an efficient and secure home network with your own equipment.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Wednesday, November 13th at 7 p.m.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are some of the biggest shopping days of the year.  Find out how to tell which deals are worth going after, which might not be, and how to know if you should buy on Black Friday or wait for Cyber Monday.

Basic Cybersecurity
Wednesday, December 4th at 7 p.m.
Cybersecurity is all over the news today.  Learn a bit about the ins and outs of it and some things you can do to protect yourself.

Healthy Aging Series - All sessions are at 2 p.m.

Nov. 20th: Healthy Living for your Brain and Body | Speaker: Alzheimer’s Association

Dec. 18th: Coping with Grief | Speaker: Heartland Hospice

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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Ransom District Library - 180 S. Sherwood Ave. - Plainwell, Michigan 49080
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