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Text 231-216-2786 to text us! You can easily renew your books, check the status of your account, or ask a reference question!
Mon 10 am to 6 pm
Tuesday 10 am to 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday 10 am to 4 pm
Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Saturdays: by appointment, 10 am to 12 pm.
For scheduling purposes, Saturday appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call 231-352-4671 to make an appointment.
Benzie Shore District Library
630 Main St.
Frankfort, MI 49635
MeL resources are provided by the Library of Michigan using Institute of Museum and Library Services funds.
Anyone using the public WiFi must agree to our Acceptable Use Policy.
We are grateful for the community support we've received. A HUGE thank you to our many donors who made this project possible.
April 2021 : Carpentry Work
Library Services During COVID
We would like to extend a huge thank you to those of you who have been so diligent about abiding by our safety protocols during this time. This is the best way to ensure the library can keep the doors open, so thank you! In keeping with existing library policy, masks are required for entry and they must stay on, fixed in the proper position (covering from nose to chin) for the duration of your visit. If this does not meet your needs, please contact us for other options. Library visits are limited to 45 minutes per person per day, and we have a capacity limit of 24 (including staff) people in the building at one time.
Visit our COVID Response FAQ page for more information.
Curbside Service will continue to be offered.
1) Browse and Request from the online library catalog. Visit https://benzie.biblionix.com/catalog/?search= and login using your library card number. Click the "help" icon in the top left corner for instructions and tips for browsing and placing reserves. Contact us if you need your library card number to place reserves.
2) Email your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and a phone number in your email.
3) Call 231-352-4671 and either speak with a staff member or leave a message. Be sure to leave your full name and a phone number.
The library currently has no workspace or reading space inside the library; however, the WiFi is accessible in the library parking lot and patio. We also have hot spots and Chromebooks available for check out. Chromebooks and Hotspots may be borrowed for 3 days. Out of district residents are not eligible to check out devices. Contact us for more information and availability.
COVID Vaccine Information
Visit the Benzie Leelanau District Health Department for current COVID information, including vaccine information. You can also call the 211/United Way COVID Information line at 231-715-5557 to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Tax Forms and Help
The library has a limited number of State and Federal tax forms for distribution; however, forms can be downloaded directly from the IRS and Michigan Treasury. We can print any form for .15 cents per page.
Need tax help? The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency can help. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, their IRS-certified volunteers are available to people who earn $72,000 per year or less, all senior citizens, people with disabilities, and those who speak limited English. Visit https://www.nmcaa.net/tax_preparation.asp for more information.
We've had requests for a listing of DVDs for easier browsing. We get new titles all the time, so check with us if something you want is not on this list.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Book Share Group
Wednesday April 21, 2021 @ 10 a.m.
Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 10 .m. (via Zoom). Contact us to have zoom information emailed to you, or the follow the link found here just prior to the program.
Take Home Crafts and Story Time Kits
At this time, there is no in-person story time at the library, but we've created kits for you to host story time at home! Each kit has stories, an educational interactive, and activities to help young minds grow! Perfect for pre-schoolers and young learners. We also have a weekly take home craft for our young library visitors. Available via curbside, or just ask at the circulation desk.
Public Libraries, by defintion and mission, are committed to promoting racial equality. The library exists for those seeking knowledge and understanding, and Libraries have long been a place of refuge for those who feel they don't belong. Benzie Shores is no exception.
We are curating a collection of online EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION RESOURCES for our community to explore, and encourage every one of us to participate in this journey of personal responsibility, systemic change, and social transformation.
Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Need support in a family crisis or community disaster? Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Visit https://www.mi211.org/ or dial 2-1-1 or 844-875-9211, or text your zip code to 898211
BSDL Board Meetings
Monday, May 17th at 9:00 a.m.
The board meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the library. Please contact the library at email@example.com or 231-352-4671 if special accommodations are needed, or if you would like a board packet. The meeting is open to the public.
LIBRARY EXPANSION PROJECT
The Benzie Shores District Library is seeking donations for the expansion and renovation of its building. This expansion will not only sustain current operations more efficiently, but will help us to enhance future services and programs to meet the needs of our many users. LEARN MORE