Betsie Valley District Library

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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.


Fantastic Fiction

New York Times Best Sellers

NPR Books

Reading Group Choices

*Business and Finance Community Links
The 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 (

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


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 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.

For more than a decade, the 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, 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
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

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


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


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.
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

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 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.

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. 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)

Benzie County Area Schools

Frankfort-Elberta County Central Schools 


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.

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.

Upcoming Events
Community Art Project Sep 22, 2018 12:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Car Show and Arts & Crafts Show Sep 29, 2018 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Geno's Sports Bar and Grill
Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Oct 09, 2018 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Nov 13, 2018 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
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