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      Initially inspired by the Library's historical newspaper clippings, we wanted to bring the events of the state to social media. With our focus on what's happening in Michigan and statewide library services we felt that Facebook would be an expedient avenue with which to circulate news and events. Join us!

    • United for Libraries FREE Webinar: Broadening the Scope of Small/Mid-Sized Library Foundations

      Tues., Oct. 13 from 2-3 pm by United for Libraries, a Division of ALA.
      Did you think library Foundations were really only for large libraries?  Think again – library Foundations have become increasingly important for libraries of all types and all sizes. In fact, mid-sized and smaller libraries are finding ways to partner with library staff to create greater community awareness and engagement in the library’s financial future.  To learn more about how working with a library Foundation can benefit your library, join us!

    • E-Rate Training 2015 E-Rate Training

      The E-Rate Activity will be hosting three duplicate applicant trainings this fall. The day will cover changes to E-Rate as a result of the Modernization Orders as well as filing strategies. If you are new to E-Rate, it is highly advised that you attend the "E-Rate Applicant Beginner Training," on October 22, 2015 at Winding Brook (Shepherd, MI), in addition to one of the three "E-Rate Applicant Training" dates. Click on the link above to reach registration information.

    • Niles District Library Niles District Library Earns 2015 State Librarian's Excellence Award

      LANSING – The Niles District Library (NDL) has earned the 2015 State Librarian's Excellence Award for its superior customer service, State Librarian Randy Riley announced today.

      Riley presents the annual award, including a prestigious trophy and $2,000 in privately-donated funds, Friday, October 30th at the Michigan Library Association's annual conference in Novi.

    • The Library of Michigan is open the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Library of Michigan will be open this Saturday

      If you're at the Michigan Library and Historical Center for Archaeology Day this Saturday, be sure to dig out some time to take advantage of the Library's October Second Saturday hours. In addition to exploring our great local history resources, take a trip to the fourth floor to view our "From Sepia to Selfies" photography display. See you Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm!

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    • sepia photo of early Fruehauf truck trailer Fruehauf, the First Name in Transportation; The History of the Fruehauf Trailer Company

      Ruth Ann Fruehauf
      Saturday, October 10, 2:30 – 3:30, Lake Huron Room

      To commemorate her grandfather’s 1914 invention of the semi-trailer, Ruth Ann Fruehauf wrote a book, “Singing Wheels’” honoring the successes and accomplishments of the Fruehauf family legacy.  The Fruehauf Trailer Company was the dominant trailer manufacture for nearly a century and became the 75th largest company in the world when it declared bankruptcy in 1997.   It all started in a Detroit shop operated by a hard working German immigrant, August Fruehauf.  After inventing the concept of the semi-trailer, the company went onto invent the automatic fifth wheel hitch, the dump trailer, the tanker trailer, refrigerated trailers and the shipping container.  The colorful history is captured in a coffee table book with 90 pages of photographs from the family archives.  For more information please visit www.singingwheels.com.


    • Menacing Michigan: If You Seek a Scary Peninsula, Look Over Your Shoulder - October 30th, 5:30 - 8:00

      Bradley Mikulka, Ghost Hunting in Michigan
      6:30 – 8:00 P.M. Lake Michigan Room, 3rd floor
      Follow along with one of the oldest ghost-hunting groups in Michigan: the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (SEMGHS). Journey through 13 investigations of cemeteries, a comedy club, library, business, hotel, theater, private home, and an old prison. If you have ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt, but found that you were too afraid, it’s time to put yourself right in the middle of some of the most haunted locations in Michigan. Read this book if you dare, but do so with the lights on!

      Before They Were Dead: Researching the Living at the Library of Michigan
      5:30 – 6:30, Lake Michigan Room

      Click on the title to read full program descriptions

    • lansing photography exhibit From Sepia to Selfies - 150 Years of Lansing Photography

      Treat yourself to a photographic journey through Lansing’s past!  The Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Library of Michigan are sponsoring “From Sepia to Selfies - 150 Years of Lansing Photography”, running now  through November 30, located on the Library’s 4th floor.  Also featured is a major exhibit on loan from the Clark Library at Central Michigan University which focuses on the history of photography as seen through its many photographic processes.  Enjoy any time during library hours.

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    • Putnam District Library makers Maker Space Is for Everyone

      All of the staff at Putnam District Library are makers...and we believe everyone else is too!  To help encourage kids (and their families too) to be creative problem solvers and inventors, we have started hosting Maker events.  Using end of the year donations, we purchased some kits with lots of potential (Snap Circuits, Makey Makey, and Makedo) and extra consumables like perler beads and ping pong balls.  We uses tons of recyclables:  cereal boxes, shoe boxes, water bottles, etc. and scour Pinterest for inspiration.

      We provide printed instructions for some projects and open-ended suggestions for others.  We've learned it's important to ask lots of questions along the way to encourage hypothesis making.  We encourage parent participation and help but also try to model how to empower kids to do things on their own.  We don't say "that's wrong", we suggest they look at the instructions again.  We celebrate when the kids have ideas that make the project even more amazing.  We have some regular families who can't wait to see what they will encounter next and plan to continue hosting this type of events throughout the school year.

      Check out our photos on Facebook.  Please direct questions to Assistant Director Laura Scott at lscott@putnamlib.org.  


  • Local History Resources

    • Governing Michigan

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      The Library of Michigan's Governing Michigan website provides free online access to state doccuments. Already valued by the legal research community for its on-the-spot access to content llike bill analyses and case law, its scope is expanding to include Michigan Regional, Local, and Tribal Government collections. Be sure to bookmark this treasure trove of Michigan information.

    If You Seek a Cool Resource...come to the Library!

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Reference Collection!

      amc pacer from Wards Automotive catalogAre you looking for information on the auto industry? Look no further than Ward’s Automotive Yearbook. You can find vehicle sales and production numbers along with a host of other information: operating costs, fuel consumption, automaker revenue, as well as photographic documentation of car models.  It would be a shame to lose track of what the Pacer looked like... 



    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • library of Michigan library card What's in YOUR wallet??

      Of course we hope you already have your Library of Michigan library card, but for those of you who don't, wait no longer!  Take advantage of our online application.  We'll have your account set up and ready to go before you can say Stevens T. Mason! (Well, maybe not THAT fast, but we do strive for efficiency.)



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    • MeL logo, Michigan eLibrary Changes to MeL Effective Oct. 1

      As hopefully most of you know the Library of Michigan issued an RFP earlier this year for core subscription content for MeL. The process is detailed at, http://michigan.gov/2015melrfp. On October 1st, the subscription eResources (aka databases) will change. At the link above you will find what is leaving, what is new, and what is staying on. If you link to specific MeL databases on your library’s website, please make changes accordingly. We will also be getting new eBooks for MeL’s general GVRL Collection. Information on that will be sent in a separate email/posting.  If you have any questions on the content, please let me know. If you have any support or implementation questions, please contact:  meldatabaseshelp@mcls.org.  Please share with your staff and/or colleagues/members.

    • MSU Libraries Webinar Series Related to Accessibility and Inclusion - RSVP Form

      The Michigan State University Libraries is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a 3-part webinar series related to accessibility and inclusion on October 7, 14, and 28 in the Reference Instruction Room in the Main Library. The webinar series, offered by the American Alliance of Museums and supported in part by a grant from the Institution of Museum and Library Services, is titled: Stories of Inclusion: Inclusive Practices at Cultural Institutions and will feature relevant topics for libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions. The schedule for all three webinars is as follows: 1:30-2:00pm: registration/networking, 2:00-3:30pm: webinar, 3:30-4:30pm: post-webinar discussion.

      You can read more about the webinar series here:

      There is NO cost to attend this webinar in-person at the MSU Libraries.

      Please RSVP using the online RSVP form above, selecting the East Lansing/Michigan State University Libraries location. 

      You can choose to attend one, two, or all three webinars in the series.

      Please direct questions to MSU’s Heidi Schroeder at hschroed@msu.edu.

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