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 websites.
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)
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.
Zinio provides an advanced product of full-digital magazines with color pictures, intuitive navigation, keyword article search and interactive elements such as audio and video which are available for simultaneous viewing by patrons. If the WMLP subscribes to a magazine, any registered HAPL cardholder can read the magazine on any Internet-enabled device such as a computer, e-reader or via the mobile app. There are no due dates, overdues or limitations meaning you will never have to wait for a magazine to be returned by another reader.
Zinio’s unique digital platform recreates magazines page-for-page, including full-color photos, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive media elements such as audio and video. Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Weight Watchers' Magazine, Men’s Health, mental_floss and National Geographic are a few of the subscriptions. Some titles are on delay, but should be available in the coming weeks.
Access to the magazines is available on any Internet-enabled device, through our webpage 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!
Learn Something New Today...
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. Classes for FREE so get started now!
University Open Courses
OpenCourseWare: 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 univeristies offering OpenCourseWare:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Transparent Language Online
This online language-learning service, with over 90 language options including English for speakers of other languages, allows learners to access the system remotely and offers an unprecedented number of learning options. Transparent Language Online features listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises, as well as integrated pronunciation analysis, Byki vocabulary acquisition exercises, conversational language courses, video grammar lessons, and a robust social community.
To access Transparent Language Online you'll need to create a Transparent Language account. Once your account has been created you can access Transparent Language on any computer and many digital devices.
Transparent Language Online is 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.
Downloadable AudioBooks & eBooks
Registered library users may check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting their library’s website. The Up North Digital Collection, powered by OverDrive Media, is free for registered patrons. To get started downloading audiobooks and eBooks click on the Overdrive button.
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.
HAPL & Community Events
Visiting Author: On Tuesday June 18th at 7:00 PM author Rachael Moreno will share her stories of the lives of migrant farm workers in the 1940's and 1950's' when she came to the Hart area several summers, harvesting cherries with her grandfather.
Working Words: The final program in the TWWW Series will be on June 25th @ 7 PM. M. L. Liebler, award-winning poet and author of Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams, will be joined for the evening by his friend – the legendary Rev. Robert B. Jones, storyteller and blues musician.
Summer Reading Program: Kids are invited to DIG INTO READING this summer with the HAPL Summer Reading Program! With cool dig-themed events from June 16th to July 13th, kids can get the scoop on science, magic, animals, reading, and so much more!
Students entering 1st through 5th grade in the fall are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program.
Call the HAPL at 873-4476 to register and stop in to pick up your SRP reading record and program information. Get ready for some summer fun @ the HAPL!
John Ball Travelling Zoo: Can’t get to the zoo this summer? Friends (including handlers and animals) of the John Ball Zoo have booked another road trip to the Hart Area Public Library on Friday, June 28th at 1:00 PM as part of the Dig Into Reading Program. The travelling zoo is an outreach program designed to bring the excitement of the John Ball Zoo to our neighborhood.
The 45-minute presentation will feature biofacts and live animals that Just Dig It! The traveling zoo is fun and interactive for children and adults. The program provides a unique opportunity to see animals up close and personal.
Recommended for children ages 6 to 12.
Hart Community Performing Arts Series: Thank you for a great season! The Arts Series will begin its 15th season in Fall 2013. The schedule will be posted as soon as the concerts are finalized. (See full 2012 schedule).