Hand-picked Book Requests


Book Request graphicDo you miss browsing the library shelves or chatting with a librarian to find your new favorite book? While we can't perfectly recreate the magic of a visit to the library, we can use our vast book knowledge to recommend a book or two based on your likes, dislikes, and preferences! Fill out the form to request 1-3 books based upon your provided information and preferences. Please allow at least 3 business days for librarians to receive and consider your request. Once a book or books have been selected, you will receive a robo-call prompting you to coordinate a curbside pick-up time at our temporary location in Bear Pointe Plaza.

Make a request: Click here.  For Curbside Service Instructions: Click here.

This service is available for all ages, children through adults. Please note that the form must be filled out for each new request. If you are an educator or parent with a more specific request or in need of additional title and/or author recommendations, please reach out to Sara at sgrochowski@alpenalibrary.org



Virtual Computer Classes


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 The Library will be offering virtual computer classes using Zoom.  Classes begin October 12th and are free of cost.  An email will be sent prior to each registered class with the Zoom details.  To access the classes being offered and their descriptions click here.  To register for a class(es) click here



Special Collections Historic Photo Challenge


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Love to write? Love old black and white photos? Compete in Alpena County Library's historic photo challenge. One of your stories could be displayed at the Library Walk in front of Besser Museum of Northeast Michigan. For more information click here.




Digital Services


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.  You won't want to miss The One & Only Ivan on September 25th.  Click here for more information.



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.  You don't want to miss the Choose Your Own STEAM Adventure in the month of October. Click for more details. Read more...

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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.


Free Technology Education




Free Technology Education-  computer classes and Tech Help are just one click away!



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 dlabarre@alpenalibrary.org.