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

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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


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.

Michigan Electronic Library


The other day I decided I would like to learn about wine. I have seen the rows of wine at stores and I’ve been overwhelmed. With friends I have shared a glass but never knew how to choose a bottle without wondering if it will taste like vinegar or cherry syrup!

So I exhausted the topic of wine at the library, and as the person who processes Mel (Michigan Electronic Library, available to all library patrons), I soon found a wonderful book about wine. The book explained about grapes, and what people are looking for when they raise the glass. I discovered exactly what the sniff and the swirl is all about! I learned about locations and soils and how weather plays a role. As I read, it came to light about why Michigan’s wine industry is growing in leaps and bounds even though our weather seems nothing like California’s. The book is Wineocology: Uncork the Power of Your Palate with Sensory Secrets from Hollywood’s’ Sommelier by Stansbury and Shink. You will have to order it though MeL. If you have never done that before we will help you at the library. Please ask.

I have more knowledge about wine now, at least enough to narrow down the types I may like. The rows of bottles are still overwhelming. I don’t have the time to read every delightful label as much as it would be charming to do so, besides stores don’t offer chairs. What I can say is this, when I wanted to learn about wine, I turned to the library and found a book that was perfect with delightful pictures. I could hold it in my hand and read, or I could put it down until I had more time.

To those who do not frequent libraries I must say, “How can you not?” I personally have no idea. For when it comes to learning, the library is the go-to place. It has always been that way for me. Cheers!


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: .

2016 Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant Contest

The DeWitt District Library has been selected as one of five finalists to receive the Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant from Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library.  This $2,500 award will help improve access to newspaper articles that highlight our local history.  If DeWitt District Library wins this grant, the funds will be used to digitize 10 years of fragile, one of a kind newspapers from the Clinton County Republican News dating from January 1, 1920 – December 31, 1930.

The pages within these newspapers are the best window into our community’s history. The span of newspapers nominated for digitization covers an era when Clinton County was made up of small town farming communities that were far less connected than the communities of today and will include coverage of both the Bath School disaster and the DeWitt’s Great Fire of 1930.  Even though the library has these pages on microfilm, it isn’t the most accessible medium for research.  Digitization would facilitate easier access to the information within these newspapers by allowing us to create an index and making it all accessible from a simple internet connection.

How to VoteTweet your Vote

Votes will determine which of the five nominated libraries will receive funding.  So the next step in this grant process is to ask our community for support by casting votes for the DeWitt District Library to win the Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant.

Voting will take place for just one week between January 19th and January 26th and may be completed in one of two ways.

The first voting method is to find or create a postcard featuring a Michigan scene, write #DigClinton on it and mail it to the Clarke Historical Library.  Postcards must be postmarked on or after January 19th.  Each postcard received by Tuesday, Jan. 26th at 5 pm will be worth 10 online votes.  The Library will have voting postcards available for residents to fill out.  Postcards should be mailed to:

Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

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You can also click the image above to print this blank postcard on card stock and draw a Michigan scene on the back!

The second way to vote is by using Twitter.  Starting Tuesday, Jan 19 and ending at midnight on Tuesday, Jan 26, log into your Twitter account and tweet #DigClinton @DigMichNews or follow this link to send a pre-generated tweet that already includes the correct hashtag.  One tweet counts as one vote.

Remember, whether voting by postcard or via Twitter, make sure to write #DigClinton and which ever way you choose we encourage you to vote early and vote often.

Follow Clarke Library Twitter @DigMichNews to track the votes.  More information about the contest is available at the Clarke Library website

We Read Banned Books


Happy Sunday, everyone! I am here to announce the arrival of Banned Books Week, a marvelous time of year when we revel in our freedom to read.

It may surprise you to learn how many banned or challenged books you’ve already read. Take the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, The Kite RunnerFifty Shades of Grey, and John Green’s Looking for Alaska, for starters. Not to mention classics such as The Great GatsbyTo Kill a MockingbirdThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Grapes of Wrath, and virtually anything by Vonnegut. One of my favorite authors, Sherman Alexie, holds a permanent place on the ALA’s list of Frequently Challenged Books with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Particularly with young adult literature, it’s difficult to find a title that someone has not found fault with at one time or another.

In honor of this momentous occasion, here are some of the silliest reasons for book banning I discovered whilst preparing for the week:

In closing, we encourage you to celebrate your First Amendment rights by checking out a banned or challenged book. If you need suggestions, be sure to ask a staff member or check out our Banned Book displays. I’ll be reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; how about you?

Tips to Help Your Teen Become a Better Babysitter

SitterPhoto3With babysitting jobs readily available within extended families, around the neighborhood, or among family friends these flexible work hours are often the first type of employment a teenager will experience.  Plus, with a wage base that has risen almost nine times faster than inflation it’s really not a bad way to earn some extra spending money.  However, since many families are willing to pay a premium for an experienced, trained sitter this line of work has become more competitive, attracting both college students and adults looking for part-time work.  So how can you help your teen to get a leg-up on the competition and get their summer babysitting job off to a successful start?

It’s important for a teen that is interested in childcare to understand the responsibilities of a babysitting job before answering any requests. Here are a few tips to prepare your teen for this potentially demanding task.

Help your teen find information and resources.  There are tons of books and Youtube videos with valuable information regarding childcare.  Bring your teen to the library and encourage her or him to select a few resources that will provide useful tips and get your teen thinking about what exactly a babysitting job would entail.  Take time to discuss the main points and work together to find answers to questions that arise while researching the job responsibilities.  Help your teen to review the pros and cons of the work, this can help to determine whether or not this job will be a good fit in a teens already busy schedule.

Register your teen for a babysitting workshop.  The library regularly offers classes that are helpful in training both tweens and teens about the basic aspects of childcare, like first aid, CPR, child management,  home security and communication. Plus our workshops offer a completion certificate that many parents will find useful and perhaps even impressive, giving your prospective babysitter an edge over teens that have not taken the course!  See below for information on our next workshop.

Consider first-aid and CPR certification.  The Red Cross offers further first aid and emergency medical training, such as how to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, support a broken limb, or attempt CPR. In addition, your teen should know how to manage minor injuries like bee stings, splinters, scrapes, and bumps. It is a good idea to periodically review possible medical emergency scenarios, just to ensure that your teen can apply what’s learned.

Help your teen prepare a list of questions.  It’s recommended to know the family that your teen is planning to work with and to plan a visit ahead of time to find out the type of people they are, the home they keep, and their children’s behavior. Prepare your teen to ask a lot of questions such as:

–How can I reach you with a question or if there is an emergency?
–What type of discipline should I use if the kids won’t listen to me?
–Do they have special medical conditions, require monitoring for health issues, or need medication?
–Are they allowed to have neighbor kids over or go to other kids’ homes for play?
–What are they allowed to eat, and what shouldn’t be eaten?
–Which meals and/or snacks can they have?
–What is their bedtime and bedtime routine?
–Who should I call if I am unable to reach you?
–What is the fire escape plan, and do the kids know it?
–What should we do in case of threatening weather?
–What if a stranger calls or comes to the door?
–When will you be home?
–What is your rate of pay?
You should consider going with your teen to this first meeting to discuss concerns, issues, and questions, as well as get an impression about whether the environment is safe and the overall experience beneficial for your child.
 Be available for support.    Whether your teen is watching kids around your neighborhood or begins expanding out and taking work farther away, make sure your teen has a safe way to get to and from the babysitting job.  You may even want to consider offering to drive your child the first few times.  This will provide an opportunity to talk with your teen about how things are going and to remind her or him that you are just a phone call or short drive away should you be needed for support.
You can help to build your teen’s confidence about her abilities as a babysitter by taking an active roll to make sure your child is prepared for the tasks to come and by turning the focus of discussions to the positive experiences that occur within the job.  Teens who really take to babysitting and find enjoyment in the job responsibilities may be interested to know about possible nanny and au pair jobs as they get older or even as a part-time job while in college.

Babysitting Workshop

The library will host another Babysitting Workshop on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.  Attendees, age 12 and up, will learn emergency procedures, discipline techniques, diapering, age appropriate activities, pediatric CPR, rescue breathing, the Heimlich maneuver, and basic first aid skills needed while babysitting.

Registration is available online at or by calling the library at 517-669-3156.  Participants will need to bring a sack lunch and, if desired, an afternoon snack.  A class fee of $30 is required. Signup must be completed 48 hours prior to program date.