If you decide to read The Bronze Horseman by Paullna Simons, prepare for a reading commitment even longer than that required to get through Gone With the Wind.  There are strong similarities between the two novels.  The Bronze Horseman is the story of a young Russian couple separated by World War II.   This is the first book in a trilogy and the story is left unfinished until the last book.  Just after the German invasion of Russia, seventeen year old Tatiana Metanova meets Alexander Belov.  Their attraction is irresistible although Alexander had been dating Tatiania’s older sister.  After Alexander is called to the front, Tatiana is left to endure the siege of St. Petersburg with her family.  Their struggles against cold and hunger are so well detailed that you will feel grateful for the next slice of bread that you eat. There are occasionally improbable events and meetings, but this novel will give an American insight about how much the Russian people suffered during World War II and still provide an entertaining and engrossing story.

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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!


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!


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

TECH TALK: BookMyne Library App

BookMyneThe DeWitt District Library has joined Bookmyne, which means our catalog and online account services are now mobile!

With the BookMyne App you can access your DeWitt Library account, place or cancel holds, search our catalog and renew books right from your smartphone or other mobile device.  You can also keep lists of books to check out in the future and browse the New York Times best-sellers.  This app even scans a barcode to see if the book you want is available in our collection!

And the best part is that it’s free.


Get the App:

For Android

For iOS

Early Literacy Just Got Easier

Here at DDL it’s safe to say that we are strong proponents of early childhood literacy.  Research has repeatedly early-literacy-activitiesshown us just how important consistent and meaningful interactions between parents and children are in the development of literacy skills.  We also know that the sooner these interactions occur the more prepared children are for reading success as they begin school.

So, in between work, dinner, chores, running errands, bath time and bed time what can parents do to help foster daily meaningful literacy interactions with their children?…Step one: don’t stress!

Pamela High, MD, professor of pediatrics at Brown University tells WebMD, “My perspective is that whatever parents do teach children [before kindergarten], they need to make it playful and fun. You don’t want children to turn off to [learning] because it’s too difficult for them.” She adds that “social and emotional skills are just as important [as reading prowess] for school success.”  The WebMD article, written by Jen Uscher, goes on to provide a wonderful list of ideas for how parents can work informal learning experiences into their daily routines.

It comes 7days7waysas no surprise to us that the activities suggested by WebMD include the seven early literacy principles that we promote at the DeWitt District Library in our Very Ready Reading 7 Days, 7 Ways infant story time program.  Each week, parents who attend our Baby Time program are able to spend 30 minutes interacting with their children through shared books, sounds, words, rhymes, songs, stories and playtime.  These seven principles remind parents that it’s about more than just learning to read, stimulating early literacy is also about language, learning and fun!

Here are a few more quick, fun, and easy ideas that you can try this week with your child.

SHARE SOUNDS Emphasize and exaggerate the syllables in the names of foods you and your child are eating.  For example, say “banana” slowly, exaggerating each syllable: ba-na-nah.  Encourage your child to repeat the word after you.  Don’t worry about sounding silly, that’s part of the fun.

SHARE WORDS When you are running errands in the car or at the store share the names of all the different things you are seeing.  If you are at the grocery store, share the names of all the different fruits and veggies you see including the unusual ones.

SHARE RHYMES Recite rhymes that you remember from your childhood or that you may have learned at a recent story time.  It doesn’t matter if you remember or recite the exact same words.  It can be fun to improvise, using anything your baby shows interest in as your subject.

SHARE SONGS Make up songs by using familiar tunes while doing everyday activities such as getting dressed.  Make up motions or dance with your child as you are singing.  The car is a great place to do some singing!

SHARE STORIES Make up a silly story about one of your child’s favorite toys ortell your child about a story from when you were a child.

SHARE PLAYTIME Get down on the floor with your child and act like different animals.  Play peekaboo and other hide and seek time of games.  Make musical instruments out of everyday objects you find around the house like a spoon and a box.

SHARE BOOKS If your child shows interest in books, go for it!  Even if your child only seems interested in the pictures or turning the pages.


LIBRARY STORY TIME INFORMATIONToddler-with-book-e1412188673734

DeWitt District Library offers families 3 different story time options:

Baby Time for infants 6 months to 24 months and their caregivers

Book & Boogie for toddles 2 yrs – 4 yrs and their caregivers

Family Story Time for children 3 yrs + and their families

Our next story time sessions will kick off with our Everybody Reads party during the week of September 7th.

More information and our events calendar will be available next month from our website:






Lucky-DayIf there’s a common complaint about the Dewitt District Library, it’s that best­seller books and in-demand DVDs can be hard to come by.   Although this situation isn’t unique to DeWitt, the library has launched a “Lucky Day” collection to help solve the problem.

Our Lucky Day cart has a collection of the most popular, current, in-demand books and DVDs.  The Lucky Day collection is filled with titles which currently have a long holds list.  The collection was developed in hopes library users would be surprised by their “luck” in finding these titles on the shelf when they walk through the door, no waiting required.

Lucky Day items cannot be renewed or placed on hold, and the checkout period is only one week instead of the standard three.  The overdue fines are $0.50 per day for Lucky Day materials.  The library staff hopes these rules will help to ensure a quick turn over for the Lucky Day collection.  Lucky Day items are displayed on a special green library cart near the check out desk.  Come check them out, it might just be your lucky day!