Living in our lovely piece of Michigan along the Great Lakes, you have likely had the opportunity to play in the water in some way, whether it was swimming or boating, fishing or diving. But do you know what lurks beneath the water? Now is your chance to find out with a paranormal exploration of the “Lake Monsters of the Great Lakes” with Michigan-based author and cryptozoologist Shetan Noir at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

As defined in Merriam-Webster, cryptozoology is “the study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals (such as Sasquatch) usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence.”

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Shetan Noir’s writing has explored several of these elusive creatures. Her books include “Mothman and Other Flying Creatures of the Midwest” and “Lake Monsters and Odd Creatures of the Great Lakes.” She is also the head writer of Squatch GQ magazine.

The program is free and open to the community. Don’t miss your chance to explore the Great Lakes with Shetan Noir at the Cheboygan Area Public Library at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

The first library blood drive of 2023 will take place 1-6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Cheboygan Area Public Library with the support of Versiti Blood Centers of Michigan. There are both whole blood donation appointments available as well as a few double-red donation appointments. Appointments are encouraged but drop-ins are welcome as well, with priority given to appointments.  

All blood donated with Versiti Blood Centers stays in the community to help our friends and neighbors. Last year, there were a total of 68 whole blood and 25 double red donations given at the Cheboygan Area Public Library. Way to go, donors! It is so greatly appreciated. Did you know that each blood donation could save at least three lives? That means that those donors who have given blood at the Cheboygan Library have taken the opportunity to possibly impact over 270 lives. Let’s keep it up! To sign up to donate blood, feel free to call the library or visit and click on the “donate blood” button at the top of the page. Then enter the ZIP code of 49721, check the date range and change it to widen the window of time and hit search. The results may come up below the search boxes, so you may need to scroll down to see them. Click on the “schedule” link next to the library’s listing and follow the sign-in instructions! Thank you in advance for doing this and being a positive impact in your community.

There are some upcoming classes taking place at the Cheboygan Area Public Library. First, the Cheboygan Area Public Library will host still-life drawing class sessions in February and March. Each session of drawing classes includes all the supplies required and four days of instruction. Each session is $20 per student and registration is required. The classes are open to ages 9 to adult. To register, call or stop by the Cheboygan Area Public Library and a staff member at the circulation desk can assist you.