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    • fireworks spraying over two US flags laying side by sideDays We Are Closed in Honor of July 4th

      The Library will be closed Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  Normal hours will resume Tuesday, July 5.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

    • I love my librarian 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

      Nominations are open through September 19 for the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community. Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

    • Harwood Institute Applications for the Michigan Harwood Cohort open until July 14

      The Library of Michigan and MCLS are pleased to announce a second round to our several-month long community engagement training program for Michigan library staff. The training will be led by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. It will be robust, extensive, and is being offered at no charge to selected Michigan libraries, with generous stipends provided through Library of Michigan LSTA funding.

    • display of materials used in book making, including a cutting mat, scissors, paper, and pens Beginning Book Making Workshop

      Beginning Book Making Workshop.  Artist Betsy Begue will walk participants through the process of making their own handmade journal.  This will be a half day class with all materials  included.  Participants will take home their very own book. Class is limited to 10; registration is required with a fee of $10.00.  Register online or by calling 517-373-1300.

    • State Librarian's Excellence Award State Librarian's Excellence Award 2016 PDF icon

      The State Librarian’s Excellence Award recognizes a Michigan Library that best exemplifies excellence in customer service. Roger Mendel will sponsor the $2,000 cash prize awarded to the winning library. The Foundation is pleased to announce this year that the Citation of Excellence Award amounts have increased from $500 to $1,000. Two runners-up will be recognized with a Citation of Excellence. We hope you will consider nominating your library this year! The criteria is described on the nomination form linked above. The deadline for nominations is August 19, 2016. Winners will be announced at the State Librarian’s Luncheon on Friday, October 28, 2016, during the 2016 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Lansing.


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    • Harwood Institute Applications for the Michigan Harwood Cohort open until July 14

      The Library of Michigan and MCLS are pleased to announce a second round to our several-month long community engagement training program for Michigan library staff.

      The training will be led by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. It will be robust, extensive, and is being offered at no charge to selected Michigan libraries, with generous stipends provided through Library of Michigan LSTA funding.

      On October 5-6, 2016, a cohort of up to 50 Michigan library staff will convene in Lansing, Michigan for a 1.5 day workshop led by two certified Harwood Institute coaches. That training will be followed up by nine months of coaching calls from Harwood, and guidance and support from Harwood trained Library of Michigan and MCLS staff.

      The Harwood Public Innovators Workshop is a 1.5 day experience to help you and your organization learn what it means to turn outward — to use the community, not your conference room, as your reference point for choices and action.

      Although free of charge to participate, this program will be rigorous. With support and guidance from MCLS and the Library of Michigan, cohort members are expected to develop action plans, implement those plans, and demonstrate how their efforts are making a change in their communities. Only those who can commit the time and energy are encouraged to participate.


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

    • The Library's Michigan Music Collection - Take note!

      collage of cds from the library of michigan's music collectionDid you know you can check out music CD's from the Library's Michigan Collection?  Michigan's deep and varied musical heritage is well represented in our stacks.  Motown, rock, jazz, funk, lumberjack songs - lend an ear to the sounds of Michigan.    



       


    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Lansing Bureau Detroit News Index Cards

      a blue and white stamp of the text lansing over a circle of starsFrom The Apple Commission to Charles M. Zeigler:  The Library of Michigan is the only library anywhere with copies of the Detroit News Lansing Bureau index cards on microfiche covering the 1930's through the 1960's.  The focus is on state government stories in the Detroit News. These can be especially helpful when researching the historical context of laws passed by the Michigan Legislature or anything related to state government, even the state office coffee ban of 1953!  Even more helpful?  As state employees, you can ask us to do the research for you!


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    • The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr Libraries Read: 1 Book title announced by MCLS

      “Is Google making us stupid?” Nicholas Carr asked, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story. Carr delves further into the question in his book The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, the selected title for “Libraries Read: 1 Book.”

      MCLS encourages library staff to read the book throughout June and July, then join us in a live Twitter chat about the book on Thursday, July 21 at 2pm Eastern at #MCLSchat. Regional discussions will also be announced and take place in early August.

      According to Randy Dykhuis, MCLS Executive Director, “During 2014, MCLS conducted a series of community conversations with librarians throughout Indiana and Michigan, utilizing the tools from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The desire to have discussions in many formats, and to communicate with one another outside of our silos was a recurring theme. By reading one book together, we aim to create deeper connections among libraries that span geographic and other boundaries.”