Temporary Closure


The Library’s renovation project is ahead of schedule!  Our construction crews have been working hard and things came together quicker than expected.   Check out this sneak-peek video of all the changes that have happened so far.

It’s now time for new paint and carpet.  This means the library will be temporarily closing sooner than expected.

We will be closed

Monday, September 26th – Sunday, October 9th

The library will reopen

with full access to all collections

on Monday, October 10th


MelCat Services will be available starting that day!

For your convenience and ours, any items that you check out next week prior to the library closing will have an extended due date of October 14th.  We ask that you either return your checked out items prior to our closing date or hold on to them until after we reopen.

Keep in mind that because we are ahead of schedule with construction, our renovation project will not actually be complete on the day we reopen.  We will be missing many of our custom made furniture pieces as well as the redesigned service desk.  These pieces are on schedule and will be added into the renovated space in the weeks after we reopen.

We will be announcing a Grand Reopening day to be scheduled after the entire makeover project is complete.

Click here for more information on the renovation project 


Get Out and Get Active with a Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

Download the MAP brochure PDF The Library Network

Discover Michigan with your Library Card!

This year’s summer reading program, Ready Set Read, is all about health and wellness and what better way to get active than by exploring all the wonderful sites and events that Michigan has to offer!

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program offers library card-holders a free one-day pass to Michigan’s more than 400 national and state parks, historic sites, historical and cultural landmarks, forest campgrounds and recreation areas.   Seven National Park Service sites in Michigan and 13 other locales are to be added to the upcoming Michigan Activity Pass program, which will run from May 24 to May 23, 2017.

Library users with a valid library card may print a pass, either from home or at the library*, via the Michigan Activity Pass website .  Some venues offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only.

Check out the 2016 Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) »

When you print out a MAP pass, you have 7 days to use it.

Parks, Museums, Historic Sites

Some of the participating cultural partners include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette, the Monroe County Historical Museum, the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City, the Iron Mountain Iron Mine, Isle Royale National Park, Mackinaw Area Historical Society Heritage Village in Mackinaw City, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with many more.

More Ways to Get Active…

MI Big Green Gym

The MI Big Green Gym initiative is a partnership between Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The program is designed to promote overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle through use of Michigan’s state, county, and local parks and recreation areas. The program is part of the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) and offers a calendar of fun outdoor events throughout the state.

Pure Michigan Fitness

The Pure Michigan Fitness program endorses local, regional and state events consistent with the Governor’s Council mission to promote healthy choices, while offering a physical activity event open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age.

Find an Event by using the sites Event Calendar to view a list of endorsed events that are searchable by date, keyword or ZIP code or take the Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge and earn rewards for participating in endorsed events!

Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network

Presented by The Library Network, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Culture Source, and the Library of Michigan.

*normal printing charges apply

Authors on the Grand: Local Author Fair

Saturday, April 23rd from 11 am – 3 pm
at the DeWitt District Library
in the main library and the Woodruff annex

Meet local authors; attend readings and signings. Find a great new read and support local. Free and fun for all ages!

Schedule for Chapter Readings:

11:00 – 11:20 – Randy D Pearson
11:30 – 11:50 – Darliss Batchelor
12:00 – 12:20 – David Hayes
12:30 – 12:50 – Joanna Morey
1:00 – 1:20 – Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson
1:30 – 1:50 – Kristin Monda
2:00 – 2:20 – Linda Bradley
2:30 – 2:50 – Bryce David Salazar

Meet the Authors:

51IexrkTGrL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Darliss Batchelor was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Computer Science. After working for several years as a Computer Programmer/Analyst, a family decision was made that she would leave her career to become a full-time stay-at-home wife and mother. God had another plan. He called Darliss to write.

Darliss founded Word in Due Season Publishing in 2010 and published her first novel, “Secrets,” in the same year. She is a member of the Detroit Chapter of the American Christian Writers and the Aspiring Writers Association of America. A wife, mother and grandmother, Darliss is actively working toward the commission to write inspirational fiction to both evangelize and entertain.

Visit her at www.DarlissBatchelor.com


LB_MaggiesWay_400x600 (1) (1)Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments that make readers connect with her characters. Maggie’s Way is her debut novel, in her Montana Bound Series. Maggie’s Fork in the Road, Montana Bound Series: Book 2 will be released June 30, 2016 and  Maggie’s Montana, Montana Bound Series: Book 3 will be released September 28, 2016.

Linda has an Associates Degree in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts with undergraduate work in Elementary Education and Fine Arts. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled, The Hunter for her Master’s Degree. Linda is a member of RWA, as well as the Greater Detroit Chapter of RWA.

Linda was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, but now resides in Royal Oak, Michigan with two grown sons,  husband, and rescue dog.

You can follow her on Twitter @LBradleyAuthor, Facebook and www.LindaBradleyAuthor.com


Author headshot_small_GrunowRealizing River City book coverMelissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City: A Memoir
(Tumbleweed Books, 2016). An award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Yemassee, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Limestone, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who regularly competes in NPR’s Moth StorySLAM and is a Metro Detroit 2016 Listen to Your Mother cast member. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from National University and an MA in English from New Mexico State University.

Visit her website at www.melissagrunow.com or follow her on Twitter at @melgrunow.


MontanaWild1800The summer after high school graduation, Roni worked two jobs to pay for nursing school. During the midnight shift as a waitress, a charismatic young man at the counter flirted with her for hours as he consumed seven cups of coffee.  Their first date was eventful enough to be a book itself! Thirty-seven years and two kids later, the love story continues. Just like her novels, life can’t be too simple and you must make it an adventurous ride!

Her favorite place to write is in her hammock at their small Michigan cottage where she literally dodges the feeding hummingbirds while being serenaded by the lake’s loons.  Besides writing, she loves Slow Rollin’ in Detroit and the combination of good food, better wine, and dear friends.

Follow and contact Roni at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ronihall02
Web site: http://ronihall.com
Email: roni@ronihall.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronihall78


WLK Final CoverDavid C. Hayes is an author, performer and filmmaker. His films, like A Man Called Nereus, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Dark PlacesThe Frankenstein Syndrome, Vampeggedon, Machined, Reborn, Back Woods (and approximately 60 more) can be seen worldwide. He is the author of several novels, collections and graphic novels including The Midnight Creature Feature Picture Show, Cherub, Cannibal Fat Camp, Pegged, American Guignol, Scorn and Muddled Mind: The Complete Works of Ed Wood, Jr.  As a playwright, David’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced from coast to coast with a run Off-Broadway for the comedy Swamp Ho and sell-out performances in Phoenix for Dial P for Peanuts. He is a voting member of The Horror Writers Association, The Dramatist’s Guild and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

Visit him online at www.davidchayes.com.


Colleen_Maui_BlueDeco eBook Cover.jpgColleen Nye started writing as a teen. Through school days, she won awards for her poetry and short stories including a Sarah Endres Award for Young Writers. As an adult, she now has short stories in Writing at the Ledges’ second and third anthologies, Seasons of Life and Voices from the Ledges, as well as various publications.

In 2012, she published the first book in The Unattainable Series: When in Maui, her first solo novel and a romantic comedy. In 2015, When in Maui moved to Blue Deco Publishing. Book two, When in Doubt, was released February 2016. Her second novel, Immersion, a dystopian tech thriller, was published in 2015 as well.

January 2016, the first book in an anthology series that’s truly unique, designed by Colleen, was released. The series is named The Lunch Time Anthologies. They are full length novels with a variety of authors writing pieces that are embedded into the over-arching storyline written by Colleen. The first book is Gable Heights, and it is a crime drama. The series is signed with Blue Deco Publishing as well and has received high praise for it’s unique outline. Watch for more of these to come!

Coming in 2016, she is expected to release several projects including a coming of age drama called The Long Summer, a sci-fi romance series called The Chimera Saga as well as co-leading and appearing in each of the 5 book anthology release called The Debut Collective.

Colleen also writes press releases for newspapers, magazines and online blogs, web sites and more. Oh, and she is the proud owner of Blue Deco Publishing.

Follow and Contact Colleen at:
Email – author.colleennye@gmail.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorcolleennye
Twitter – @Colleen_Nye
Instagram – Authorcolleennye
Goodreads – Colleen Nye
Amazon – Colleen Nye


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Tell Me a Story - front cover only - Final.jpgRandy D Pearson, a DeWitt High School graduate from the class of 1985, has been displaying his creativity for as long as he can remember. Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.

When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing stories, winning several writing contests in the process. His writing kicked into high gear in 2007 when he became a member of Writing at the Ledges. This Grand Ledge, Michigan based writing group helped him to turn his interesting ideas into well-crafted works of fiction.

Since then, Randy’s writing has been featured in several publications, including the Washington Square Review, Pets Across America: Volume 3, Small Towns: A Map in Words, Seasons of Life, Voices from the Ledges, Fiction 440: Volume 1, and Retrocade Magazine. His debut novel, Driving Crazy, was published nationally in 2015. It received rave reviews, both locally and internationally. His short story collection, Tell Me a Story, will be released April 23.

Visit Randy online: www.RandyPearson.org



IMG_0053.JPGIngar Rudholm was born and raised in Whitehall. His mother owned Homestead Art Gallery on Mears right across the street from the Howmet Playhouse. His father built and remodeled homes in the Muskegon County area. As a child, Ingar’s mother enrolled him in art classes. Thanks to his mother’s art gallery, Ingar met several local painters and attended local art fairs from Traverse City to Rockford.

When Ingar isn’t writing and illustrating books, he’s an engineer for Industrial Assemblies in Fruitport, Michigan, which manufacture’s store fixtures and displays for retail chains.”

Genre: Fantasy/Coming of Age, for 10-14 year olds.


10887590_1514005338881323_3891053748619620901_o41JXoAmg4QL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Rod Sadler is a 30-year police veteran who spent over ten years researching a gruesome 1897 murder that occurred in the small town where he spent his childhood. Using original court documents, handwritten eyewitness statements, and newspaper accounts, he has crafted an intriguing detailed time-line of the murder and the five days that followed.



BookCoverImage.jpg516A66p2ZFL._UX250_Bryce David Salazar is the author of She Sees Metaphors and the forthcoming Tales of Timeless Springs. A Michigan native, he can be found roaming about the capital city with Chinese takeout and energy drinks. He has a thing for cats and telling cute stories about his girlfriend that will make you sick.

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Profile-Image81d7240d9c80229b59e2c1d8244e82efElsie Michigan is my hometown, well, more accurately, my village.  It boasts one of the largest herds of milk cows in the world, and on a good day the wind is blowing south.

When I was only 16 God called me to be a stay-at-home-Mom. It has not always been easy, but I have obeyed that call. The call of God on my life has included teaching (both children and adults). Teaching others to love and serve the Lord is my passion. I have taught at least two generations of Sunday school kids.  I was a Sunday School Teacher for more than thirty years and a Children’s Pastor for over ten years. I have lived what I dreamed and loved every minute of my life!

There are many ways to serve God, and we serve God as a Foster Family as well. We have had the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with 28 foster children.

I serve the Lord with my writing as well. I write because I am compelled to put down on paper the inspiration that He gives. It is fun and crazy how He keeps ideas swirling around in my head! I have written Church Dramas, Children’s Stories, Song lyrics, Children’s Church Curriculum, and Church Policy Manuals.  I only write Christian material, and have made a firm decision to keep it that way.  All of my work contains scripture references because His words will always be more effective than mine.  My heart’s desire is to encourage other believers, and to introduce everyone I can to my friend Jesus.

Website: http://lauriesalisbury.com/


51Z4i6kbnjL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)Jeff  grew up in White Cloud, Michigan.  He has 2 children. A boy and girl both in college.  Jeff enjoys golf and writing about real life.  He has created a series of children’s books called Lillie, a character who is based on his own mother.  Lillie is a thoughtful little girl who loves animals.



lawsblue2Ky’la Sims is the teen author of a children’s book called, Duck’s First Day of School and the young adult novel titled, Laws of Passion. In addition, Sims runs her own blog called KMJ Book Reveals where she talks about all things in pop culture including issues surrounding the publishing world today. Also, Sims debuted her EP for her hit single ‘What About Now?’ in early February. Ky’la Sims goes by filename-1the pseudonym Author KMJ and is currently working on her next book to add to her children’s series while debuting another new series focused on books for YouTube called KMJ Reveals. Join Author KMJ (Ky’la Sims) as she continues on her writing destiny! KMJ is always seeking to inspire and motivate youth to follow their dreams just like she has.

Contact KMJ at:
Twitter: @AuthorKMJ
Instagram: authorkmj
YouTube: Kyla Sims
Facebook: KMJ (Author)
Email: authorkmj@yahoo.com
Blog: http://kmjbookreveals.blogspot.com


B1YQRLNNWNS._UX250_When I was 12 my life changed forever in one night. I knew I was going to have to grow up keeping a secret. That being I could hear and see things that other people couldn’t. I didn’t go in search of the dead, but it seems the dead have come in search of me.
In my book I talk about the growth of my gift. As time went on, what I thought was a single event, became more. This first event, a seriously creepy thing in my closet was now footsteps on the basement stairs. Over the next few months I was seeing hall way doors closing on there own, faces behind me in the reflection of mirrors, witnessing full body shadow people and more…


Smiling Again Cover0001.jpgSally Stap is a writer living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She began writing after brain surgery and a long, ongoing recovery brought her Information Technology career to a halt. Struggling with head pain, facial paralysis, and single-sided deafness, she turned to writing to capture her life-changing experience. In addition to authoring her memoir Smiling Again: Coming Back to Life and Faith After Brain Surgery (2014), she was a contributing author to Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology (2013), The Transformation Project (2013) and Faithwriter’s Trials and Triumphs (2014).

Sally has also become an artist who paints with melted beeswax (encaustic).  When not writing, painting, or taking pictures, she is a mother of two grown daughters and a grandmother to two grandsons.  Her dog named Maxwell also likes to be mentioned for his hours of patience between walks.

She blogs at www.smilingagainbook.com and www.sallystap.com.


smileWCBFrontCoverJudith Wade lives and writes in Eagle, Michigan.  She enjoys creating middle grades chapter books, especially stories with a little bit of fantasy–mermaids, ghosts and whatever else her imagination uncovers!  She loves oldies rock music, stained glass, playing in her garden, snuggling with her dogs, horseback riding and, of course, writing, and the next fun project is always just around the corner. She also loves nature, and is often at her most creative when she is taking her ex-racehorse out for an amble through the woods.  

Write to Judith Wade at jwadewrites@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Loraine-Hudson-Judith-Wade-1604938333105435/timeline/
OR https://www.facebook.com/mermaidislandbooks
Twitter: @jwadewrites
Instagram: @author_loraine_hudson



Anjela Renee
Kristin Monda
Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson
Pat Walker Chatman
Robin Marvel
G. S. Scott
Anika Lyn Grace
Rosalie Sanara Petrouske
Brent Kruscke
Kari Roy
Joanna Morey
Janet Vormittag

Top Ten Ways to Use DDL on Vacation or Staycation during Spring Break

Spring Break is almost here! Whether you’re planning to travel with your family , or stay home and “staycation” your DeWitt District Library (DDL) card gives you access to great resources that will most certainly enhance your Spring Break activities. Here is our top ten list of ways to enjoy DDL at home or on the go…all for FREE!maxresdefault

#10. Check out music from DDL. With over 550 albums in our collection, you won’t have to listen to the same song over and over, unless you want to!

#9.  Read digital magazines from Flipster.  Use any one of your mobile devices to take the latest issues of our most popular magazines with you in the car, on the plane, at the beach, or on your back deck!

#8.  Borrow some movies.  Need a little quiet time in the car? Check out a few kids’ DVDs that you can’t recite by heart…yet.  Need a stay-cation movie night? Pop the popcorn and enjoy one or more new DVD releases.  With over 4,500 movies in our collection…there’s a movie for you.

#7. Listen to engaging Audiobooks. We have more than 2,500! Download and listen to MP3 audiobooks from our Digital Library, or come checkout our collection of audiobooks on CD!  Audiobooks provide hours of entertainment and with selections in children’s, teen and adult, you’re sure to find a story that everyone will love.

#6. Make Teen Fandom Crafts. Drop your teens (6th grade and up) off at the library to to create fandom swag and discuss with other teens the stuff they geek the most.

#5. Go on a Library Scavenger Hunt. Work together with your family on Tuesday, April 5th to find the answers to our Library Super-User Scavenger Hunt and win cool library swag from our treasure chest!

#4. Play Life-sized Candyland with the whole family. Visit the library on Wednesday, April 6th between 11 am and 3 pm to step into a life-sized version of this much loved children’s game where you and your family become the game pieces.8b621ed2d4778f4e5e2c834187a738c0

#3. Zoom through Tape Town.  Children ages 2 – 8 years old and their caregivers are invited to bring their Hotwheels and other Matchbox cars and trucks to the Woodruff Annex for a day of driving fun.  On Thursday, April 7th from 10:30 am to 1 pm the entire floor space of the annex room with be taped up with roads and designed to look like a miniature city.

#2. Learn a new language! Prep for that overseas vacation you’re planning for next year or just impress your co-workers and classmates by learning a new language with Pronunciator our online language learning program.

#1. Read a book (or two, or three). Whether you’re riding in a car, plane, relaxing on a beach, or snuggled up at home…reading is a great activity. Check out books at the library, or download or stream them to your e-reader device.

Mobile Printing @ the Library

With our new MobilePrint Service ™, you may use your personal computer or mobile device to print at the DeWitt District Library from anywhere.  Simply submit your documents for printing and come into the library within 48 to release and pick up your documents using your library card.

How to print from a laptop or desktop computer at home or work:Printeron

  • Begin by visiting www.printeron.net/ddl/mainbranch
  • Select the printer and enter your email address.
  • Browse your computer to find and select the file you wish to print.
  • Click the green print icon (you will see the status of your print job and a reference number).
  • At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”.
  • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
  • Enter your Library card number without spaces.

Your print job will be printed!

How to print from the tablet or smartphone app:Printeron2

  • Visit your device’s app store to install and launch the PrinterOn App.
  • Click “No printer selected”.
  • Click “Search” and enter DeWitt into the search field.
  • Select DDL Main Branch Color or DDL Main Branch Black & White.
  • To print:
    • Documents: when viewing the document, click in the upper right corner and upload the document to the PrinterOn App.
    • Photos: open the app, click on “photo” and select a photo from your device to print.
    • Select the printer and click the print icon.
    • Enter an email address and click on the check mark (you will receive a notice that the job started, and shortly after another message stating “Job Success”).
    • At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”.
    • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
    • Enter your Library card number without spaces.

Your print job will be printed!

How to email documents directly to the library print system:Printeron3

  • Email from any device directly to the library’s print system:
  • At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”.
  • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
  • Enter your Library card number without spaces.

Your print job will be printed!


I Heard About it on NPR

A list of books, available at the Library, that you may have heard about this week on NPR.

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

Listen here as Life of Pi author, Yann Martel, discusses his newest work of fiction and ‘that deeply unreasonable phenomenon of faith.’

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On My Own by Diane Rehm

Former talk show host Dian Rehm tell’s NPR about the pain of her husband’s death and how it inspired her to fight for assisted suicide.  Listen to her story here.

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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

“McKenzie’s new novel about the pitfalls of approaching marriage is a sharply written romantic comedy with elements of experimental fiction.  Maureen Corrigan calls it ‘totally endearing.'” – Fresh Air

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

“This debut novel follows a girl with magical powers and a technically brilliant boy, uneasy friends since childhood, who get caught up in an apocalyptic war between science and magic.” Read the NPR Book Review here.

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My Father, The Pornographer by Chris Offutt

Listen to the NPR interview about Offutt’s late father, a man who went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography.

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Missing Out on Our Event Updates & Emails? Here’s a Quick Fix

Have you been missing our event updates on Facebook or our quarterly newsletter?  Follow this quick tutorial on how to fix the info blocks so that you can stay in the know on all things Library related!

Here’s how to make sure you see our updates on Facebook: 

1. Go to the DeWitt District Library Facebook Page

2. Click on the “Like” button at the top and select “Posts in News Feed”


3. Select “See First”


Bonus: If you’d like to receive notifications about our updates so you don’t miss anything, click on the Notifications Tab and choose which events you’d like to be notified of.


Not seeing our Quarterly Newsletter Emails?

If you are having trouble receiving our emails in Gmail, they could be going to the “Spam” or “Promotions” folder.  Here is how to fix that. Go to your Spam folder select the email and click “Not Spam”.  If our newsletter is ending up in your “Promotions” folder, select the email and choose “Not Promotions”.  If you’re having trouble finding the “Promotions” folder it could be located under “Categories” in the left hand menu.

That’s all there is to it! We hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to send us an email: Director@DewittLibrary.org .