Books & More

MADL is proud to offer a menu of options for getting books into your hands or onto your electronic reading device. Our pages offer listings of our newest books, reading suggestions and recommendations, book club ideas and online resources for conducting your research, and downloading music and ebooks. With all that's available to you online through MADL, you might never have to step into the library again. Even so, a personal visit to one of our branches will give you the pleasure of browsing the traditional way through our vast collections. We hope you visit often!

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HotspotsWe continue to embrace new technology to improve digital access to our patrons. One of our newest services is Wi-Fi hotspots. This portable device can be used to create a wireless network and connect Wi-Fi enabled devices to the internet. Hotspots are available for checkout at all MADL branches. Hotspots can be checked out for up to 21 days at a time. Check our Catalog for availability.

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iPad KitsMADL iPad Kits include an iPad, hotspot, wireless mouse, wireless keyboard, and a getting started guide. Kits are available to all MADL card holders in good standing and check out for a three week period. Check our Catalog for availability. If you're not sure about using an iPad, you can watch our Getting Started video to learn more about how to begin using an iPad. Funding is provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan.
Library of Things smallLibrary of ThingsMADL’s Library of Things is a collection of items for you to borrow, not buy! You will find tools, games, and more. Check the Library of Things webpage to browse everything.

phone a story Phone-A-StoryCall the Phone-A-Story line each week at 231-685-0100 to listen to pre-recorded short stories, poems, or excerpts from longer books. Stories for both kids and adults are available and update every Friday.

launchpad tabletPlayaway LaunchpadsPlayaway Launchpads are pre-loaded with learning apps and games for kids, teens, and adults. There is no download time and no need for Wi-Fi.  Access to powerful content is as simple as turning on the device anytime anywhere. Launchpads are available at all MADL branches and can be checked out for up to 14 days at a time. Check our catalog for availability.

seedsSeed LibraryA seed library is a self-perpetuating collection of seeds. This means it is sustained by donations of seeds that are carefully grown and saved for their flavor, productivity or hardiness.  Patrons with a Muskegon Area District Library Card may “check out” seed packets from the library. Returning seeds in the fall is not required but is encouraged for plants that are considered easy to save seeds from.  Learn more about what seeds are available and how to participate.  
Penworthy steam to go kit

STEAM kitsPenworthy "STEAM to Go!" Kits are now available! These kits come with one book and two or more games and activities. Each kit has a different age range from pre-K all the way up to late elementary. Check our catalog for available kits. Funding is provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan.
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Video GamesVideo games are now available for patrons and include various genres like action-adventure, racing, role-playing games and more. Video games are available for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. Games provide stories and information as they entertain and educate and provide another media source for patrons to enjoy. Check our catalog for available titles.
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Vox BooksVOX Books are books that provide full professional audio narration using a unique audio reader attached to the book. Studies have shown that VOX books users improve their reading comprehension by 75% and improve their reading accuracy by over 50%. Check our catalog for availability.