Dickinson County Library -
schedule of events for the month of October
(Thursday - September 30, 2021) - "TeenTober" is celebrated at libraries across the nation each October as a way to reach out to teen patrons. Each week, the library will feature an activity or program related to a different teen service area: literacy, writing, technology, and the arts.

Monday, October 4: Teen Subscription Box Pickup for grades 9 through 12. These boxes contain a handpicked library book as well as treats to enjoy while you read. Return the box and library book once you have finished reading; the treats are yours to keep. At this time, boxes are limited to the first five registrants; please visit the Main Branch and fill out an information sheet to register.

Monday, October 11: DIY Smash Book Kit Pickup for grades 9 through 12. Smash books are a fun way to blend a scrapbook and journal without a lot of planning. These kits include a discarded book, washi tape, stickers, ribbon, scrapbook paper, gesso, a sponge brush, and directions. Kits are available at all branches; simply call your local branch to reserve one or just stop in and ask at the circulation desk.

Monday, October 18 from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Main Branch: College Prep with Learning Express for grades 9 through 12. Learning Express is a free online resource to prepare for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, and college placement tests. Library staff will provide one-on-one help in setting up an account and trying out the programs. Call the Main Branch at 906-774-1218 to register and schedule a time slot.

Monday, October 25: Ping Pong Jack-o-Lantern Kit Pickup for grades 9 through 12. Using ping pong balls, tea lights, and paint, teens can make their own miniature luminary Jack-o-Lantern, complete with a spooky flickering flame effect. Kits are available at all branches; call your local branch to reserve one or just stop in and ask at the circulation desk.

-- Kids ages 8 through 13 are encouraged to participate in the Trap the Bat STEM Challenge in October. Kits are available for pickup at any library branch starting Monday, October 4. These include a paper bat you can color, as well as toothpicks and marshmallows to construct a “trap.” E-mail a photo of your creation to dickinsoncountylibrary@gmail.com by Monday, October 18 and it will be posted to the library’s Facebook page for public voting. The entrant whose photo gets the most “likes” will win a prize!

-- Storytime sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 19 at 10:30 AM at the Main Branch;Thursday, October 7 at 10:30 AM at the Solomonson Branch; and Thursday, October 21 at 10:30 AM at the North Dickinson Branch.
Kids age birth-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and other early literacy-building activities. To celebrate Halloween, costumes are encouraged at all storytimes this month! Registration is required; please call your local branch to sign up. Storytimes can be streamed on Zoom for interested patrons; please call 906-774-1218 to inquire or check the events calendar on our website, www.dcl-lib.org, for more information.

--Know Prevention—No Fire is on Saturday, October 9 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Main Branch. Fire Prevention Week is October 3 through 9 and we've invited the Iron Mountain Fire Department and Breitung Township Fire Department to the library to talk about fire safety. They'll also have the fire safety house and a fire engine on display! For all ages.

-- The Friends of the Library Book Sale makes its long-awaited return October 15 through November 4 during library hours at the Main Branch. Find fantastic deals on books, audiobooks, DVDs, VHS tapes, magazines, and more! The event begins with a preview sale open to Friends of the Library members on Thursday, October 14 from 5-7 PM and the annual Friends of the Library meeting at 7 PM. New Friends of the Library members are encouraged to join at the door for $5. The sale opens to everyone on Friday, October 15.

-- We periodically have take-home craft and activity kits for various age groups: children, teens, AND adults! Follow our social media channels to see the current offerings. Kits are available at all branches, so simply call your local branch to reserve one or just stop in and ask at the circulation desk.