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Text 231-216-2789 to text us! You can easily renew your books, check the status of your account, or ask a reference question!



The library is temporarily closed



Benzie Shore District Library
630 Main St.
Frankfort, MI 49635




MeL resources are provided by the Library of Michigan using Institute of Museum and Library Services funds.

Anyone using the public WiFi must agree to our Acceptable Use Policy.


Library Policies.


Approved 2019-2020 Budget.



In response to public health and safety concerns, and to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Benzie Shores District Library is closed until further notice. 

Library materials coming due will be automatically renewed and reserved materials will be suspended. Materials may be returned in the drop box at any time. The library’s WiFi is accessible from the parking lot. All MeLCat services are suspended indefinitely. We will post updates on the library’s website as well as social media. Thank you for your understanding.

Remember that our digital services are free and available 24/7. If you need assistance, contact us at:

phone message: 231-352-4671
text: 231-216-2786


View a message from our director and FAQ page regarding library closure.


COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 Information from MDHHS



Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Need support in a family crisis or community disaster? Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Visit or dial 2-1-1 or 844-875-9211, or text your zip code to 898211



Talking to your children about Coronavirus


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services put together a great packet of helpful and accessible information for parents and caregivers. Miss Kaitlin likes this resource because it also comes with a comic book craft you can print out and assemble with children.


 The MSU extension has a great list of do and don’t for talking to your children about coronavirus at


PBS Kids also has an article which features videos and songs about how to wash hands and keeps healthy from favorite characters such as Daniel Tiger, Elmo, Super Why, and Elmo.

NosyCrow, an award-winning, small, independent children’s book publisher made this free digital book for children and their parents to talk about Cornavirus. Illustrated by by "Gruffalo" illustrator Axel Sheffler.



COVID-19 Local info for dealing with the pandemic


General Info:

Stay at Home Order FAQs 
Benzie/Leelanau Health Department : updated daily with local COVID-19 information
GT CO Health Department
Munson Healthcare COVID-19 Info
Centers for Disease Control 
Michigan Department for Health and Human Services
World Health Organization  
Michigan Infection Map from MLive  

Munson’s "Ask a Nurse" COVID-19 question line: 231-935-0951 

For COVID-19 Testing Call:

888-535-6136    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, COVID-19 Hotline
231-935-0951  Munson Hotline



Unemployment and Stimulus Information

Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Need support in a family crisis or community disaster? Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Visit or dial 2-1-1 or 844-875-9211, or text your zip code to 898211

The Unemployment Insurance Agency urges Michiganders to use Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM). You will experience longer load times – due to the unprecedented number of claims being filed, it may take several minutes for a page to load. Filing online remains the fastest way for Michiganders to apply for unemployment benefits. View the MiWAM Toolkit for Claimants for step by step instructions on how create your account.

Michigan Unemployment Fact Sheet 

Economic Impact Payments FAQs

Ways to help:

Munson How to Help 

Donated Masks and other PPE may be dropped at Benzie Bus 14150 US-31 Beulah, MI 49617
Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm
Pick up is available by calling 231-325-3000 ext. 1. For items to be picked up, please leave all items outside front door to minimize exposure.

School Meal delivery sign-up/registration

Benzie Central Schools, call 231-882-9653 to sign up.
Frankrort Elberta Area Schools, sign up online, or call 231-352-7601

Map of School Food Programs across Michigan


Internet/Data Assistance:
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.


Meal Assistance Info for the general public:

Michigan SNAP Benefits Expanded in Response to COVID-19

Benzie Senior Resources: They are still providing Medication Services, In-home Management, Home delivered meals, and curbside pick-up at the Gathering Place Senior Center. Please call 231-525-0600 to arrange for services.


Local Business & Organization Info:

Michigan Township Association- Info for local governmental units  
MSU Extension Local Government Resources 
UpNorthLive Closings and Cancellations



If you are mild to moderately sick, health officials at the Health Department and Munson Healthcare ask that you please stay home and take care of yourself. For conditions that can be classified as more severe and would require a healthcare visit, please follow this process:

• Again, IF you are moderately to mildly sick – please stay home.
• Call your healthcare provider before you visit any healthcare facility.
• Do NOT go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care unless you are sick enough to require emergency care.
• Your primary care provider will give you direction regarding testing.

A doctor's order is REQUIRED for COVID-19 testing


Resources for Small Businesses:

U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19 Resources
State of Michigan COVID-19 Resources for Employees & Employers


*This list is updated regularly.

Benzie County Library Survey
Community members ages 50 & up, please take a moment to fill out a brief survey regarding library services and YOUR needs. We are looking for input to understand how best to serve YOU!

Tax Forms
Federal tax forms are available online at State forms available at For tax help and assistance visit

BSDL Board Meeting
Monday, April 20th at 9:30 a.m.
Board meetings are open to the public. Due to the coronavirus, meetings will be held remotely according to new  guidance from the Govenor regarding public meetings. The board meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m.


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