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    • Michigan Reads! logo Do Unto Otters is Featured Title in 2015 Michigan Reads! Program

      LANSING – A children’s book about good-mannered forest creatures by Michigan author Laurie Keller has been named as the featured title in the 2015 “Michigan Reads! One State, One Children’s Book” program, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

    • Webinar Registration for Free Webinar on New MeL Lineup

      Join us on Wednesday, Sept 30, at 3:30 pm for a brief, half-hour, free webinar on the new MeL lineup available at MeL.org starting October 1.

      Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff.

    • closed sign Closed for the Holiday!

      The Library will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.  Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, September 8.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

    • The Library Network Technology Forum logo The Library Network Invites You to Attend Their 2015 Technology Forum. Register Here.

      Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
      Time: 9am-3:30pm
      Where: Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills
      Registration Fee: $30

      All library staff in the State of Michigan are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    • Michigan Humanities Council Become a Partner in the Great Michigan Read

      The 2015-16 Great Michigan Read, featuring Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, is underway with programs and author events planned across the state.  The Michigan Humanities Council has free copies of Station Eleven and promotional materials (reader’s guides, teacher’s guides, bookmarks, and posters) to send to participating libraries, schools, and other nonprofits. See the link above for more information.

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • voyageursLibrary of Michigan Research Open House:
      Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in Michigan History


      The National History Day welcomes you to explore the theme, Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History, during the 2015- 2016 academic year. This theme is broad enough in scope to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to world history and across any geographic area or time period. Consider this theme an invitation to look across time, space, and geography to find examp...les in history of when people took a risk and made a change.
      LM staff will be giving tours of the Library with a special focus on this year’s History Day theme, Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Students, teachers, librarians and parents, it’s never too early to get started with research!

      Please join us for a Library Open House and Tour:
      1:30 – 3:30, Saturday September 12th.
      Lake Huron Room, 2nd floor.

      A bibliography of Michigan based topics will be available.

    • Michigan Wheels Michigan Wheels Seminar: Michigan Design, American Pride #MIWheels

      Join us and drive your cool cars!


      Saturday, Oct 10 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Please join us for a casual daylong event about the great automobile and truck designs created in Michigan. Meet multiple authors and speakers including Jerry Burton who will discuss the Chevrolet Corvette, Richard Trierweiler who will discuss the REO truck division, Mark Bowden for the National Automotive History Collection, Ruth Ann Fruehauf on the Fruehauf Trailer Company, and John Clor, author of Ford Mustang 2015Registration required. Cost $20. Lunch provided and free parking.

    • Lansing Snapshots: A Peoples Photo Exhibit with the Greater Lansing Historical SocietyAvailable for browsing every day. 4th floor. Insightful and intriguing photos taken by everyday folks, seeing their community through their eyes.

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  • Local History Resources

    • It's Time for Football!

      a footballIf you live for fall, and to you fall means football, then the Library of Michigan has you covered! Histories, biographies, picture books, videos.  Whether you bleed green, blue, or even plain old red, we've got something for you.  Come in and indulge your pasttime!

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

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Reference Collection!

      map from west point atlas of american warsThe Library of Michigan has a very large collection of Reference works on many subjects to suit your research needs. One great resource is the 2 volume The West Point Atlas of the American Wars by Chief Editor Colonel Vincent J. Esposito. Volume 2 is a useful resource for a history of the Great War, but also battle maps rich in detail depicting armies, troop movement, fortifications, etc.  Find it in the Library of Michigan Reference Collection, 2nd Floor North, at  Folio G1201.S1 U5.



    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • A Cure for the Common Information Void

      lm reference staffIs your report missing some statistics?  Does your boss want you to do some background reading before starting your next project?  Have you been asked to compare vehicle codes across the country, but aren’t sure where to start?  Does that grant application you’re working on have a section for your institution’s history, and until now it have never dawned on you that your department had a history?  Sounds like you have an information void.  Lucky for you the Library of Michigan’s ...


  • News for Michigan Libraries

    • The public library in an Internet age: a series from Michigan Radio


      Pre-Wikipedia there was the encyclopedia.

      Pre-Google there was the reference desk.

      In the age of the Internet, what’s the future of the local library?

      “They will be even more of community spaces than they are today,” said Judith Fields, a professional-in-residence at the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, who spent much of her career working at public, academic, government, and corporate libraries. “There will probably be fewer books ... People will meet in the library to do a variety of things. The library is morphing into basically becoming a community center for the old, the young and everybody in between.”

    • Outstanding Friends of the Library Merit Award

      Did your Friends of the Library carry out an outstanding project or a number of successful activities in your community during 2015 that had a significant impact on your library’s services to the community?

      The Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) invites Michigan Friends groups to apply for this award. There are two $400 award categories: a Friends group serving a population under 12,000, and a Friends group serving a population of 12,000 and higher. (Consult with your library director for service population information.) Applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 15, 2016. The winner will be presented with the award at the FOML Annual Membership Meeting.

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