Betsie Valley District Library

Loading palette preview Loading

eShelf & Research

Use library tools and resources to discover new books and materials or do research online.
  • eShelf & Research

    Use library tools and resources to discover new books and materials or do research online.

    Michigan Electronic Library MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents. MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair and practice tests.

    Good Reads Interested in the latest news headlines? Looking for something new to read? We'll get you pointed in the right direction.

    Selected Sites This collection of recommended Web sites will makes it easy to find good information on the Internet on a wide variety of topics. Browse or search.

  • Online Resources

    Online resources for: Automotive and Engines, Business and Finance, Digital Downloads, Employment and Jobs, Genealogy, Government, Health, Languages, Libraries and Catalogs, Literature and Reading, Local Interest, Newspapers, Periodicals and Magazines, Schools, and Taxes

    *Automotive and Engines
    Chilton's Car Repair online.

     
    *Books

    Fantastic Fiction

    New York Times Best Sellers

    NPR Books

    Reading Group Choices

    *Business and Finance Community Links
    The Mel.org Business Gateway has a wealth of business information, including but not limited to information on filing for Unemployment Benefits, job postings and career exploration, business start-up information, and company data for Michigan, the U.S. and the world.


    *
    Community Links

    Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN)

    Benzie County Area Website Directory

    Benzie County Central Schools

    Benzie County Chamber of Commerce

    Benzie County Community Chorus

    Benzie County Council on Aging-Gathering Place Senior Center

    Benzie County Government Center

    Benzie County Visitors Bureau

    Manistee County Council on Aging

    Offices by State (countyoffice.org)

    Grow Benzie

    Michigan Department of Human Services, Benzie County

     

    *Digital Downloads
    Up North Digital Collection
    Ebooks and Audiobooks available through OverDrive. Download these titles to your home computer for enjoyment, or transfer them to a portable device (eReader, Nook, mp3 player, etc.).

    Download classic titles and borrow modern titles for free from Open Library. You can borrow up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each, either in-browser or as a PDF or ePub.

    Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.

    Book Share
    An accessible online library for people with print disabilities.

    Talking Book Library

    Betsie Valley District Library has applications for this wonderful service offered by TADL (Traverse Area District Library. You not need to be legally blind to use the services. If standard print has become difficult to read for you, a friend, or family member, please call 1-877-931-8558.

    The Traverse Area District Library has a branch known as The Talking Book Library which represents a free federal program for blind and handicapped persons. This library covers eight counties in northern Michigan, and Benzie County is one of them. The service includes a specific player, which a patron may use for as long as he/she wishes. Books are digitally recorded on cartridges or printed in Braille and mailed to patrons’ homes through the regular U. S. postal service. Best of all, this service is FREE -  there is no charge to mail materials to or from the library.

    In order an active patron, one book or magazine is required to be checked out per year. The other request is that patrons return a book within 4 – 6 weeks. If a book is needed longer, there is a renewal process just like other libraries. As always, it’s best to return a book as soon as finished for others to read, and for the patron to receive more as well. Pick up an application at the Betsie Valley District Library.
    Visit TADL Talking Book Library website at www.tadle.org/tbl/.

     

    *Employment
    Michigan Works
    A workforce development association serving employers and job seekers throughout Michigan.

    Pure Michigan Talent Connect
    The official website for job hunters seeking new careers and employers looking to post jobs and hire employees in Michigan.

    Unemployment Insurance Agency
    Manages unemployment taxes and insurance.

    Veterans Employment Services
    Provides detailed information regarding Michigan jobs, careers and employment assistance for veterans.

    Michigan Rehabilitation Services
    Works in partnership with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain employment, and helps employers find and retain qualified workers with disabilities.

    Benzie Area Christian Neighbors
    BACN offers a Computer Lab that is open daily to the public for resume building, education needs and job searches. A skilled aide is available during open hours to lend a hand to users with their needs and questions. Visit the link above to find current operating hours.

    The Mel.org Business Gateway has a wealth of business information, including but not limited to information on filing for Unemployment Benefits, job postings and career exploration, business start-up information, and company data for Michigan, the U.S. and the world.

    GFC Learnforfree.org
    For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

     

    *Genealogy and Local History
    The Benzie Area Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Society, collects and preserves artifacts, photos, and stories about our past. The Museum is housed in an 1887 Congregational Church building and is on the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites. Visit their website at http://www.benziemuseum.org/index.html
    There is also a Benzie Area Genealogical Society (BAGS) which furthers interest in genealogy through speakers, educational materials, and member interactions. BAGS meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, April thru November, at the Benzie Area Historical Musueum. As a courtesy, the Museum includes the BAGS programs on the Museum Events page at Genealogy Events.

    The 1940's Census can be found at http://1940census.archives.gov/.

    Benzie County Cemetery Index and Tombstone Project

    Benzie County USGEnWeb Archive
    Marriage Records, Obituaries, Cemetery Indexes and more.

    Benzie Area Genealogical Society (BAGS)

    Benzie Area Genealogical Society Facebook

    Benzie BAGS Facebook page

    Benzie Area Historical Museum

    Benzie County Historic newspapers—Digitized

    Benzie County Newspaper Index - MI Gen Web Archives

    Ellis Island Passenger Records Search

    Find A Grave

    Traverse City Record Eagle—Obituaries

     

    *Government
    Village of Thompsonville

    Village of Copemish

    Cleon Township
    Colfax Township
    Springdale Township
    Weldon Township

    Benzie County
    Manistee County

    United States Government
    Benzie County Census Information
    Social Security Administration

     

    *Health
    Munson’s Community Health Library
    Located at the south entrance of the Munson Community Health Center, is a lending library open to community members and health care professionals. The Library provides access to information to help inform people about their health concerns, health care decisions, and wellness. The collection includes books and videos written for the lay-person covering traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine, in addition to anatomical models, access to the Internet, and health care databases for research.
    Hours:
    Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (closed 12 - 12:30 pm) Friday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    For more information, call (231) 935-9265, fax (231) 935-9267, or email Library-MCHCCommunityHealth@mhc.net.

    Munson Health Library Online Catalog
    Search the health library's online catalog of books, videos, DVDs, newsletters, and models. If you have questions about how to access these materials, please call the Library

    ConsumerSafety.org
    ConsumerSafety.org strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.

    *Languages
    DuoLingo Free online language learning.

    *Libraries and Catalogs
    Betsie Valley District Library online catalog

    MeLCat Order books, audiobooks, and other materials from libraries all around the state to be delivered to the Betsie Valley District Library.

    Worldcat.org Search for items in libraries around the world.

     

    *Local Interest
    The Benzie County Calendar is a shared community calendar, providing events for multiple organizations.
    Benzie Chamber of Commerce

    Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce

    Newspaper Archive Visit the Benzie Shores District Library digital archive of the Benzie Record, Record Patriot, Benzie Banner, and more.

     

    *Newspapers, Periodicals, and Magazines
    The Benzie Shores District Library's Benzie County Newspaper Archive 
    This database is a digital archive of many Benzie County newspapers (including the Benzie Record, Record Patriot, and Benzie Banner) from 1888-2012.

    The Betsie Current

    The Record Patriot

    Manistee News Advocate

    Traverse City Record Eagle

    Chicago Tribune

    Detroit Free Press Detroit News

    Lansing State Journal

    New York Times

    Full-text editions of many newspapers are available at MeL (Michigan Electronic Library)


    *Schools
    Benzie County Area Schools

    Frankfort-Elberta County Central Schools 


    *Taxes

    Federal Taxes The IRS website contains printable tax forms and tax information for your federal income taxes.

    State Taxes The Michigan Department of Treasury website contains printable tax forms and tax information for your Michigan state income taxes.

    *Veterans
    U.S. Department of Affairs, online resources for veterans and their families, including health, benefits, resources, and VA facilities.

    Benzie County Veterans Services
    The Benzie County Veterans Office is located at the Government Center, 448 Court Plaza, Beulah, MI.

  • Thompsonville News and Informational CDs

    We have several years of the Thompsonville News available in an Adobe format on CDROM. We are very grateful to Harold and Linda Saffron for creating The Thompsonville News Tidbits CD-ROMs, which contain miscellaneous information about the residents of Benzie County, the towns and cities in the county and surrounding areas, new and current business announcements, topics of special interest, and under the Genealogy file; an alphabetical list of names.

    The Betsie Valley District Library has a collection of local historical newspapers that give us a peek into our past and can provide links into our ancestry. Our library is in possession of several newspapers from the early 1900s through 1947, but because of their fragile condition, they have been preserved in CD-ROM format to be accessed through computers. Years of the paper that the library has on DVD are 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1943, 1945, and 1947 (there are some years that we have several papers, other years only a few). These are in an Adobe format and aren’t word searchable. Consequently, we have champion volunteers in Harold and Linda Saffron!!! Mr. and Mrs. Saffron have taken it upon themselves to archive the papers, and have broken them down by year into names, places, and specific topics to make searches a lot easier for our patrons.

     Also, with sincere thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Saffron for their diligence and dedication to the preservation of the Thompsonville News, and for their generosity, we are pleased to announce that the Betsie Valley District Library has been gifted updated digital copies of these historical local newspapers. The interactive CD-ROMs contain issues from the early 1900s to the 1930s, and a farewell notice from the Benzie Banner in 1949.

    The Thompsonville News CD-ROMs contains digital copies of the actual newspaper. The years available are 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1943, 1945, and 1947. Not all years are complete. Pages can be zoom in on for easier reading. Because of the particular nature of the print, some words may be hard to distinguish, but for the most part, is readable.

    The Thompsonville News Tidbits CD-ROMs contains miscellaneous information about the residents of Benzie County, the towns and cities in the county and surrounding areas, new and current business announcements, topics of special interest, and under the Genealogy file; an alphabetical list of names. The available years are 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1943, 1945, and 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Saffron are continuing to work on The Thompsonville News Tidbits CD-ROMs to add additional information to the CD-ROMs. The Library and community are very grateful for Harold and Linda Saffron for volunteering to do this for not only the Library, but our entire community! Patrons are welcome to come to the library and view the CD-ROMs on our computers. They are not available for checkout, but prints can be made for a modest charge.

     

  • Filed under:
    Upcoming Events
    Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Dec 12, 2017 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
    Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Jan 09, 2018 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
    Great Benzie Read Presented by the Libraries of Benzie County Jan 18, 2018 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Benzie Shores District Library
    Great Benzie Read, "Bear Town" by Fredrik Backman, hosted by The Benzie Shores District Library Jan 18, 2018 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Benzie Shores District Library
    Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Feb 13, 2018 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
    « December 2017 »
    month-12
    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    26 27 28 29 30 1 2
    3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    10 11 12 13 14 15 16
    17 18 19 20 21 22 23
    24 25 26 27 28 29 30
    31 1 2 3 4 5 6