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.

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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

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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!

 

Got Coupons?

Attention coupon shoppers: the Dewitt District Library is having a coupon swap Thursday evening, May 21st from 6 to 7:45.

People are encouraged to bring coupons they won’t use to the library’s meeting room and offer them for others to take. In turn, attendees can pick up any they might find useful themselves.   Both coupons from manufacturers and stores are welcomed, as well as unwanted items from coupon books.

The coupon swap, a recent addition to the library program calendar, is a regularly scheduled program that meets the third Thursday of each month and is organized by local couponer Emily Hakes.   The swap not only provides an opportunity for individuals to exchange coupons but Emily also provides participants with tips on how to get started, staying organized and for finding the best deals.

If you are unable to attend the coupon swap event, you may still participate in the ongoing coupon exchange by dropping off your unwanted clipped coupons in the box in the library lobby.  To participate, clip or print those Sunday coupons and bring in the ones you don’t need.  Leave your extras in the coupon box and take the ones you will be able to use on your next shopping trip.

Newly expired coupons can also be of help.  Through a special program, expired coupons can be used by military families overseas. The Dewitt District Library has adopted the US Navy base in Otsego, Japan.   The expired coupons are mailed to the Navy Base where they are made available to military families at the Family Service Center.

Get Help With Your New Device

Tech Connect

Need help mastering your new electronic device?
Want to learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks?
Have you been meaning to get started on Facebook or other social media sites?

No problem!

The Dewitt District Library offers One-2-One Tech Connect.  These private, 20 minute training sessions are FREE and can be tailored to meet your individual needs.

  • Tech topics may include:
  • Basic computer operation
  • Creating and sending emails
  • Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)
  • Navigating your tablet or e-reader
  • Downloading ebooks and audiobooks
  • Microsoft Office programs
  • Video chatting
  • How to find a job online
  • and much more

No matter your skill level our knowledgeable staff are here to help you plug-in, get connected, and learn the technologies of today.

Simply complete an online registration form or call the library at (517) 669-3156 and ask to set up an appointment.

LIBRARY LAUNCHES LUCKY DAY COLLECTION

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!

Digital Magazines @ your library

Flipster_wideThe Library now offers instant access to popular magazines free with your library card through FlipsterFlipster, a digital newsstand, is easy to use and available through the library’s website.  Magazines can be viewed through your Internet browser or by downloading the Flipster app which makes it possible to read the digital magazines on mobile devices such as tablets, ipads, and smart phones.

Top titles include:   Time, People Weekly, Men’s Health, Cooking Light, Country Living, Seventeen, and more.

Visit the library’s website at www.dewittlibrary.org to check out this new and exciting library service.