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    • Historical Society of Michigan Applications Being Accepted for the 2017 Pure Award

      Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Pure Award, an award that acknowledges Michigan tourism organizations that have made natural, cultural, and/or heritage preservation a part of who they are. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 18, at 5 p.m.

    • State Librarian's Excellence Award Benzonia Public Library Earns 2016 State Librarian's Excellence Award

      LANSING – The Benzonia Public Library (BPL) has earned the 2016 State Librarian's Excellence Award for its superior customer service, State Librarian Randy Riley announced today.

      Riley presents the annual award, including $2,000 in privately-donated funds, October 28 at the Michigan Library Association's annual conference in Lansing.

    • Michigan Humanities Council, Sponsor of Michigan Notable Books Prime Time Family Reading from the Michigan Humanities Council

      The Michigan Humanities Council is now accepting applications for libraries and schools interested in hosting Prime Time Family Reading Time. Grants of up to $14,000 are available to host sites. To learn more about Prime Time please visit the link above. For more information on how to apply please contact James Nelson, Program Manager, at 517-372-7770 or jnelson@mihumanities.org.

      The deadline for Spring 2017 applications is November 4, 2016

    • Woman writing 5th Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest

      Don’t miss the fifth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest! The writing competition kicks off on September 1, but there’s plenty of time to submit your story before the November 30 deadline. You could win up to $250 and have your story published by Chapbook Press. Offered by the Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music.

    • Boxed in: the theory about dark stores in Michigan Boxed In

      The new documentary about the dark store theory in Michigan and how that is impacting the tax base and Michigan libraries. View the video here. 

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • Michigan Rails conference 2016 Michigan Rails: Authors, Books, Maps, More

      Date:  October 8, 2016  
      Time:  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

      Library of Michigan, Lake Michigan Room (4th floor)

      Registration Required, $15.00/person includes a continental breakfast and lunch. 

      Speakers will include authors, photographers and historians Byron Babbish, Kevin P. Keefe, Normal Krentel and Joseph M. Mishler. Each will bring their unique research and considerable knowledge to bear on this topic.

    • Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers Coagulation

      Date:  October 27, 2016  
      Time:  6:30 P.M. 

      Library of Michigan, Lake Erie Room, second floor

      A collection of Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers will meet at the Library of Michigan for an evening of horror, books and socializing. Feel free to dress the part.

    • Native Treaties Shared Rights Presentation and Exhibit

      Date:  Nov 5, 2016  
      Time:  1:00 P.M. 

      Presenter Colleen Green, Director of Native American Programs at Central Michigan University

      Native Treaties Shared Rights Exhibit November 5th – 20th, Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

    • See here for our full event listings

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  • News from the Library of Michigan

    • Family reading New Youth Services Advisory Council (YSAC)

      Thanks again to the 31 motivated applicants to apply for the Library of Michigan’s Youth Services Advisory Council (YSAC)!

      I’m pleased to announce the following will serve on YSAC through June of 2018:

      • Hillary Berry, Paw Paw District Library
      • Rachel Birgy, Kalkaska County Library
      • Lindsay Fricke, Novi Public Library
      • Beth Lowe, Fowlerville District Library
      • Dena Moscheck, Lapeer District Library
      • Amy Nolan, St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library
      • Eva Weihl, East Lansing Public Library


      Seated on the council will also be:

      • Kristy Doak of the Michigan Library Association,
      • Stephanie Wambaugh of the Braille and Talking Book Library,
      • and myself, on behalf of the Library of Michigan.

      Cathy Lancaster


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

    • Michigan Supreme Court Records & Briefs

      cover of a supreme court record and briefDo you have an ancestor who was a party in a Michigan Supreme Court case? The Law Library has a collection of court briefs and trial transcripts that you can use to find more background about that litigation.

      The Law Library's collection is not complete but spans 1874-2012, when the Court announced they would be available in digital format only.  For assistance using the Records and Briefs, please contact the State Law Library at (313) 373-0630 or lmlawlib@michigan.gov.

    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

      picture of a library of Michigan library card, depicting the front of the Michigan library and historical center

      Of course we hope you already have your Library of Michigan library card, but in case you don't, there's no better time than Library Card Sign-up Month to change that.  You can visit the Library to do so, or state employees can take advantage of our online application.  In addition to checking out materials from our collections, your LM card is your passport to remote access to select Library of Michigan electronic resources.  Learn more at our State Employee Services webpage.

    Bibliography Spotlight

    • The Everyday Constitution PDF icon

      red, white and blue star-shaped graphic with the words Constituion Day September 17, 2016September 17 is Constitution Day (observed September 16, 2016). The books and resources listed here allow the user to explore the ways in which that document impacts so many areas of our everyday existence from free speech and civil rights questions to school sports and even how we use technology.

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  • News for Michigan Libraries

    • Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) Friends of Michigan Libraries Trustee Alliance Fall Workshop Registration

      FOML Trustee Alliance Workshop Friday, October 14, 2016

      Kalamazoo Public Library – Central Branch
      315 S Rose St.
      Kalamazoo, MI 49007

      (269) 553-7886

      “Knowledge is Power:  What Trustees Need to Know about Library Governance”

      Synopsis:  What are the key ingredients that make up the recipe for successful library governance?  What knowledge and information should every trustee have to ensure that the library community being served is getting the best return on investment? How knowledgeable are your trustees?