Welcome to the Benzie Shores District Library, located on the shores of the beautiful Betsie Bay.
Stacy Pasche, Library Director
Julie Morris, Tech Services Librarian
Kaitlin Matesich, Youth Services Coordinator
Jon Armstrong, President
Jennie Schmitt, Vice President
Virginia Freeman, Secretary
Pamela Radabaugh, Treasurer
Jon Hawley, Trustee
Jim Larsen, Trustee
Brian Johnson, Trustee
The library board meets the third Monday of every month at 9:30 am at the library. Public input is welcome. Dates and times of the board meeting are subject to change. Visit the EVENTS page for current board meeting information.
The library district includes the following areas: the City of Frankfort, Blaine Township, Crystal Lake Township, the Village of Elberta, Gilmore Township, and the portion of Lake Township that is in the Frankfort-Elberta school district. Library cards with full borrowing privileges are available without charge to full or part-time residents, and to property owners within the Benzie Shores Library district boundaries as well as students enrolled in the Frankfort-Elberta Area schools. Free cards providing limited borrowing privileges are available to anyone outside the district wishing to borrow the physical materials from the library (no digital loans).
Policies are subject to change. Please contact the library for any policy updates.
2018 Policy Manual
BSDL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT POLICY
While the vast majority of public information does not require a Freedom of Information Act request, under Michigan Law a person has a right to file a FOIA request for public information and to appeal a negative decision to the Library Board. In responding to a request the Library may consult legal counsel.
The Director shall deny in writing any FOIA request for the release or disclosure of confidential card holder registration information.
The Director is the Benzie Shores District Library’s FOIA Coordinator. In the event of the Director’s absence, a designated staff member is the Alternate FOIA Coordinator. Only the FOIA Coordinator and the Alternative FOIA Coordinator are authorized to respond to FOIA requests.
There is no charge for processing a FOIA Request, except for extraordinary circumstances approved by the board. The Library will respond within five (5) business days.
Approved 7/09/2018 at the regular meeting of the Library Board.
I hope this message finds you all well and can help answer any questions you may have regarding the temporary closing of the library. Libraries are an essential and integral part of any community. It’s important to remember that the library is still here, we just had to close the doors for a little while. Thank you all for your patience, understanding and support.
The library has a lot of exciting things planned for 2020 and although it is tragic to have to close the doors, we’re still hard at work creating library magic for you. With all the uncertainty in the world right now, one thing I do know is our doors will open again and when they do we’ll be ready with all kinds of new and exciting collections and programs. I can’t wait to see you all again soon! Please be safe and remember we’re all in this together.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns. We’re listening. You may email us firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 352-4671 and leave a message. You can even text us at 231-216-2786.
Q: Why did you close?
A: On Thursday, March 12th, Governor Whitmer released an executive order closing all schools at the close of the school day, Friday March 13th. By Friday morning, warnings were being sent through multiple library communication networks recommending library closure. Libraries, including Benzie Shores, made the difficult decision to close their doors. By Saturday, the Michigan Library Association issued a recommendation to all libraries in the state to close. By Monday, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-9, mandating library closures.
Q: Will you offer curbside service?
A: Not yet. As this is new territory for all of us, there are many unknowns. WIth those unknowns, there is no guarantee that the distribution of library materials would not spread the virus. Several of our staff live with and are caregivers for high risk and/or immunocompromised people we love very much. Recommendations from health officials at this time are to not offer curbside service for anything other than food and medicine.
I’ve been in communication with several library directors in the region. We all have broken hearts and ask for your patience. Please help us promote and practice social distancing and know that we will get library materials to you as soon as it is safe to do so.
Q: My books are due, when do I return them?
A: You can return books at any time in the library’s drop box, or hang on to them. All due dates have been extended until we reopen.
Q: I don’t have my library card number and I need it to access online materials.
A: Contact the library at email@example.com, or call 352-4671 and leave a message. You can text the library at 231-216-2786. A staff member will contact you with your card number.
Q: I don’t have a library card. Can I still access online services?
A: Contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 352-4671 and leave a message. You can text the library at 231-216-2786. We can create a temporary account for eligible district residents and students.
Q: I don’t have internet access at home? How can my child access their online assignments?
A: The school districts in Benzie county are geographically some of the largest in the state. Unfortunately, our rural district is full of internet dead zones, meaning high speed internet is simply not available, or too expensive for many families. The library’s wifi is available from the parking lot. Several internet providers are temporarily offering their services to students for free. Visit https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers to see what options are available.
Both Frankfort Elberta Area Schools (352-4641) and Benzie Central Schools (882 – 9653) are working with families to find distance learning solutions. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school for assistance.
Q: When will you reopen?
A: As soon as it is safe to do so.