Registered library users may check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting their library’s web site. The Up North Digital Collection, powered by OverDrive Media, is free for registered patrons. To get started downloading audio books and eBooks click on the Overdrive button.
Watch a Film Anytime...Anywhere
The Mason County District Library and the Hart Area Public Library are now offering patrons access to IndieFlix which streams thousands of award-winning films from festivals around the world. IndieFlix is dedicated to providing a forum where filmmakers and their audiences can interact, and to building a community that translates artistic vision into commercial success. IndieFlix promises to build a fair and open market to empower filmmakers to be the engine of their achievement, and audiences to be a vital part of a movie's success. We believe that every good movie has an audience.
IndieFlix movies are provided by the West Michigan Library Partnership, cooperating to bring quality library services to Mason and Oceana Counties. For more information or questions please contact a member of the HAPL Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. All you need is a library card!
Digital Magazines are Here
Are you interested in accessing free digital magazines on your computer, iPad, Kindle or other mobile device? You're in luck! In another West Michigan Library Partnership (WMLP) project, the Mason County District Library and the Hart Area Public Library are pleased to announce the introduction of Zinio, a new online service designed specifically for use by the patrons of public libraries. Our libraries purchased more than 100 subscriptions to popular and specialty magazines on Zinio, a digital newsstand platform.
Access to the magazines is available on any Internet-enabled device, through our web page which you can bookmark. You will be asked to enter an email address and your library card number. After entering your information, you will be directed to create a free account on Zinio. Once the account is created, you will have unlimited access to view all of the magazines in their entirety for free.
Check out this short video tutorial on how Zinio for libraries works, or take a look at the Zinio User Guide.
Zinio Digital Magazines are provided by the West Michigan Library Partnership, cooperating to bring quality library services to Mason and Oceana Counties. For more information or questions please contact a member of the HAPL Staff at email@example.com. All you need is a library card!
Michigan Legal Help: The Michigan Legal Help web site was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are helpful articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits and checklists to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. Automated forms can be completed when you answer simple questions. If you need more help, you can search for a lawyer or community services in your area.
Gale Legal Forms: Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
Small Business Resource Center: Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and web sites.
Chilton Library Auto Repair Information: The Chilton Library provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site. Since this library subscribes to ChiltonLibrary, you are now equipped with decades of data to maintain your vehicle. (*For remote access enter: hapl)
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UNIVERSAL CLASS ONLINE EDUCATION
Universal Class: The HAPL is now offering patrons over 500 online courses, covering everything from Accounting to Yoga, taught by knowledgeable instructors. A great resource for Home Schoolers, those starting a new business, or anyone wishing to refresh their knowledge or learn something entirely new. Entrance through our web site allows one access to all this for free.
Signing Savvy: A comprehensive sign language resource containing high resolution videos of American Sign Language signs and other common signs used in conversational signing within the United States and Canada. An ideal resource tool to use while learning sign language.
It includes the ability to view large sign videos, build custom word lists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, and much more!
University Open Courses
Open CourseWare: Several distinguished universities throughout the country are now offering free on line courses. Explore Open Courses where you can discover a wide range of timely and timeless topics taught by university professors, each with a unique perspective and an individual interpretation of a particular field of study.
We hope the lectures and other course material inspire your own critical thinking and creative imagination. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. We have provided links to a few of the universities offering Open CourseWare:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
World Book Web...Public Library Edition
Good news! The HAPL now subscribes to the World Book Web Public...Library Edition. The World Book Web has been ranked the number one reference site for schools and libraries. Our World Book subscription allows us to give you and your family access to this valuable reference source at your home computers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We hope that you and your children will use the World Book Web often, and that it helps facilitate learning in your household. Log on using your HAPL library card number.
StoryHour is held at the Hart Area Public Library every Friday at 11:00 a.m, regardless of the public school schedule. Each story hour will include stories, songs, a craft and a packet-of-fun to take home. Amy Whalen is our story teller! StoryHour is an excellent first group experience for young children 3 years of age and up. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay with their children to help them become good listeners and to help them learn the songs and work on the crafts.
For more information contact the Hart Area Public Library at 873-4476 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.