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    • Family on an outing Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, Restore, and Archive Historical Photographs

      This workshop will assist small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors in identifying and preserving their historic photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques for damaged images, type identification for early photographs, ways to avoid deterioration of images, storage recommendations, digital scanning for access, and how to approach cataloging issues. Friday, June 2. Brought to you by The Historical Society of Michigan.

    • Detroit Free Press Masthead Another reason to visit: Expanded Online Access to the Detroit Free Press!

      History hounds will find researching in the Detroit Free Press just got a little easier at the Library of Michigan.  Our online access to full image pages from 1831-1999 just went live!  Stop by and let the searching begin.

    • Webinar Free MeL webinar May 24, at 3:30pm Eastern. Register Here.

      Your patrons need your help. Summer Reading is about to begin and that struggling child needs just the right books to send them on the path to be a lifelong reader. But it is not just juvenile literature. Art and architecture, cooking, health and medicine, sports and games, and travel are just some of the subjects covered in the MeL databases eBooks collections. Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff and other interested users.

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      Are you interested in learning about new ways to use MeL.org with your patrons - or for yourself? Stay up-to-date with the MeL Minute, the Library of Michigan's weekly e-mail about tips and tricks for using the Michigan eLibrary, Michigan's 24/7 virtual library.

    • Braille Host a Braille Enhanced StoryWalk

      This is a great opportunity for any public library that wants to do a StoryWalk at their location or collaborate with a local park. Not only can you provide an exciting new program for your patrons, but by including the braille, your library is helping embrace accessibility and equal access to information. 

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    • American flag with red poppies and the words memorial day Memorial Day Weekend Hours

      The Library will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.  Our regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 30.  Have a pleasant holiday weekend!

    • "Believing in Magic" author, Cookie Johnson Cookie Johnson - "Believing in Magic"

      Date: May 25, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M., The Forum, 1st floor

      The Library of Michigan will serve as center court when best-selling author Cookie Johnson concludes the Capital Area District Library's Spring Author Series.  Johnson, wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, will discuss her book, Believing in Magic, the story of their decades-long journey of married life and living with his HIV-positive status. WLNS anchor Sheri Jones will moderate the event.  

      Admission is free, but seating is limited, so registration is required.

    • Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

      Date: June 3, 10:00 - 4:00

      Add the Michigan Library and Historical Center to your Be a Tourist in Your Own Town itinerary!  With both the Library of Michigan and the Michigan History Museum offering activities, earn two passport stamps at one address.


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    • 2017-18 Great Michigan Read

      The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Great Michigan Read-X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon.  X: A Novel recounts Malcolm X’s formative years in mid-Michigan and how his experiences, both good and bad, shaped him into one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century.

      Programming will run from August 2017 through May 2018.  Partner libraries are eligible to receive reader’s guides, teacher’s guides, bookmarks, posters, and up to thirty copies of the book. Registration for the 2017-18 Great Michigan Read is now open.

      Please contact program officer, James Nelson, at jnelson@mihumanities.org or (517) 372-7770 with any questions.

    • Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street: Water/Ways

      The Michigan Humanities Council invites Michigan libraries to apply to host the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition in 2018 and 2019.

      The Water/Ways exhibition explores how water connects human beings with our surrounding environment, while shedding light on its environmental, cultural, and historical importance. As “The Great Lakes State,” water is an invaluable resource and part of Michigan’s identity, and we are looking for six communities to host the exhibit and share their local water stories. Host communities will have the chance to engage in conversations with water experts, host the exhibit, create additional programming, and help shape the dialogue on Michigan’s water policy.

      The deadline to submit applications is July 10, 2017. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact James Nelson at jnelson@mihumanities.org.


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       CQ Researcher LogoAt the Library or from your office, CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Topics are presented with an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports.  With a complete archive that dates back to 1991, CQ Researcher is an invaluable source for policy-related research.

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    • Michigan Activity Pass 2013 logo Michigan Activity Pass program celebrates 10 years, offers free passes to state parks and cultural destinations courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan parks and libraries PDF icon

      LANSING, May 15, 2017 – Celebrating its 10-year-anniversary, the Michigan Activity Pass will continue to provide library card holders at participating libraries statewide with free or discounted access to hundreds of Michigan state parks and recreation areas, historic sites, cultural attractions and campgrounds. The program is courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks) and The Library Network. 

      “The recreational opportunities available throughout Michigan are incredible and offer activities for everyone.” said Suzanne Miller Allen, director of Community Responsibility at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “From running and biking to swimming and climbing, physical activity in any form is beneficial to everyone’s continued health and wellness. Blue Cross is proud to support the Michigan Activity Pass program to provide more residents access to these resources.” 

      Offered through MI Big Green Gym, a collaboration between Blue Cross, mParks and the DNR, the Michigan Activity Pass encourages Michigan residents to lead healthier lifestyles through the use of state parks and recreational areas. Beginning May 24, 2017 through May 23, 2018, cardholders of participating libraries can print a free one-day pass, either at home or at their local library, which can be used at 435 participating destinations across the state including any of Michigan’s 102 state parks or 138 state forest campgrounds. The program also offers free or discounted admission to 195 historical and cultural destinations in Michigan. This year, nine new destinations have been added to the program’s already inclusive list of parks and institutions across the state.   

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