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Apply for a Library Card Online!

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Would you like to take advantage of the Library's digital services but don't have a library card?  No problem!  Alpena County residents can apply online!

Dial-A-Story Offers Storytime Experience At Home

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Check out the Library's newest service: Dial-A-Story.  To access stories all you need is your phone.  Click here for more information.



The Great Library Quarantine Challenge

The Great Quarantine Library ChallengeAnnouncing THE GREAT QUARANTINE LIBRARY CHALLENGE!  This challenge invites community members of ALL AGES to explore;, learn, and try new things while sheltering in place, no library card required!  Completing 5 or more of the challenges entitles participants to enter a prize drawing.  Read more...

Access Ancestry Library Edition from home.

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1.  Click Search Catalog
2.  Log in to your library account.
3.  Click Ancestry link on left hand bar.

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Activities To Do At Home

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Looking for resources and activities to do while we shelter-in-place?  Check out the fun activities that our staff have put together.  Read more...



Young Adult Bingo Challenge

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Introducing STAY-AT-HOME YA BOOK BINGO, a virtual reading challenge for teens running today, Sunday, April 5 through Sunday, May 31! This book bingo challenge, open to readers ages 12-18, encourages teens to keep reading and stay connected during the current stay at home order! Read more...

Share Your Story


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Living in a current state of unprecedented crisis,  historians and everyday people of the future will want to know how we spent our days. What was the NE Michigan, lived experience of a global pandemic from a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. In hopes of sharing peoples' stories with current and future generations, the Special Collections Department, of the Alpena County Public Library, invites you to keep a diary of living during the COVID-19 epidemic in Northeast Michigan.

Diarists may type or write by hand, transcribe news, draw, compose poems, gather stories and so forth. No stress needs to be placed on proper grammar, spelling or style. The emphasis is on self-expression and a willingness to be a social commentator. Events are changing by the day. They are specific to you, and to your families and friends and communities. Please start writing now! The Special Collections Department will welcome your diary’s deposit in either analog or digital form.

To submit your information and to view writing prompts from the Library of Michigan visit Google submission form.  Questions about this project can be directed to Don La Barre, Head of Special Collections, at



Digital Services


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RBdigital is the world's largest newsstand. Now, readers can read 136 different magazines on any screen.

Create an Account using your library card.


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Get free access to thousands of movies using your library card.

Create an Account using your library card.


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Download digital Audiobooks and Ebooks- 24/7  to your PC or Mac and mobile device.



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Virtual Reference Help just one click away. Mon-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m and Friday 11 a.m. - 2 pm



Heritage Quest Online





Genealogy/History/Biography. Full text and indexing.  Available through Michigan eResources.  Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.


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Michigan's 24/7 digital library.  State-wide electronic resources just one click away!



Foundation Center Online


We connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it.  What do you need to do good today? To acces the database click here.