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Betsie Valley District Library

Welcome to the Betsie Valley District Library!

Welcome to the Betsie Valley District Library...the little Library with a big heart!

A loving message from our hearts to you!
We are dedicated to being a welcoming haven to everyone in our community! We are here for you! 

LIBRARY HOURS:
We will be open Monday 11am to 5pm, Tuesday 11am to 5pm, Wednesday 11am to 7pm, Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday 11am to 6pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm.  See the list below for answers to your frequently asked questions:

WHAT IS THE LIBRARY DOING TO MAKE BOOKS AND MATERIALS SAFE TO BORROW?

Per the CDC and the Institute of Museum and Library Services recommendations, books and materials will be sanitized upon return to the Library. Book covers and CD’s, DVD’s and CD cases are wiped down before they are returned to the shelf. 

Free masks are still available at the checkout desk if you would like one. 

WHAT IF I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN PUBLIC SPACES YET?

A lot of people are reluctant to venture out. That is okay! We will continue to offer services for those who might want to limit their time at the Library, including: access to digital services, curbside service; and questions answered by phone or email.

HOW CAN WE USE THE COMPUTERS?

To make sure that everyone who needs to can have access to a computer, sessions will be 45 minutes long. If you have a special need, like an exam or job application that will required more time, you can ask the Library staff before you start your session and we will accommodate you the best that we can! We are kindly asking that you please call and schedule an appointment for a computer session so that we can assure that a computer is available for you

WHAT ABOUT PROGRAMS?

We are now beginning to have in-person programming at the Library. Please visit our website or Facebook page for information on programs!  Consequently, you can always watch our online Story Hour which can be seen on the Library’s Facebook page and on the Library’s YouTube channel at any time! 

Click here for the Betsie Valley Library Covid-19 Exposure, Prevention, Preparedness, Response Plan.

Click here for the Betsie Valley District Library Pandemic Reopening Policy

We will post updates on our Facebook and on the Library website.

We realize that the Library is a haven for our community, and our community is the heart of the Library! We are the "Little Library with a big heart...and that heart belongs to each and everyone of you!

We are all in this together; we have a great community spirit! Let us all stay well, be kind, be hopeful, and smile!

Please remember, "Nothing is hopeless; we must hope for everything." —Madeleine L’Engle

We are pleased to provide this online presence for your convenience and enrichment. The Library is very grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their support in bringing you our website.
Our community was greatly blessed by the wonderful gift of a state of the art Library building by The Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation. We officially opened the doors to the new building in March 2014. We welcome all to "your" Library! We strive to make our Library a welcoming haven for all that visit and where we wish to grow the love and magic of reading with all of our community. 

For your convenience, you may conduct any Library business on this site, such as renewals, reserves, etc., with the exception of paying fines.

Also, you may research the Library catalog; Title / Author / Keyword searching.

We encourage you to use the Up North Digital Collection to download ebooks, movies and music!

We encourage you in using the Michigan eLibrary or MeL:

MeL is 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 and adults, covering specialized topics such as car repair and practice tests.
  • MeLCat allows you to order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials and have them delivered to your participating library. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeLCat. We are a MeLCat participant Library!
  • Seeking Michigan is home to a treasure trove of records, photographs, and maps. You can find records, state census records, and much more, including photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data. 

We are currently utilizing a new circulation and cataloguing software called Apollo by the company Biblionix!  We hope that you will find the new BVDL catalog will be much more user friendly! Our new catalog is now available!

Our website will include information about times, dates, speakers, etc. for Library programs and special services will be available.

Other links to local, regional and statewide information sources will be placed here.

The Library Board and Library staff invite and encourage you to use the website and
to check it often for information about upcoming Library programs and new services.

Your suggestions are encouraged, so we can make this site the most helpful to you, as well as your suggestions for the Library itself.

Sincerely,  Michelle Guerra, Library Director 


 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events
Betsie Valley District Library 2024 “Adventure Begins at Your Library" Teen Summer Reading Program! Jun 06, 2024 02:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
“Adventure Begins at Your Library” Children's Summer Reading Program! Jul 13, 2024 01:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Adventures with Science! Story Hour Jul 17, 2024 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — 14744 Thompson Ave., Thompsonville, MI 49683
Busy Bee Book Club at the BVDL! Jul 18, 2024 01:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Nature Discovery Presents: Michigan Amphibians and Salamanders! Jul 20, 2024 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Thompsonville Fire Hall and Community Center Park Pavilion
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