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    • 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.

    • statue of liberty amidst fireworks Closed in Observance of Independence Day!

      The Library of Michigan will be closed in observance of Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4.  We will reopen Wednesday, July 5.  Happy holiday!

    • Book with Magnifying Glass and State of Michigan Outline The Michigan Collection

      The Library of Michigan's Michigan Collection consists of current and historical materials that tell the story of our state, covering the full spectrum of the Michigan cultural experience, including local history, the lumber, mining, and auto industries, lighthouses, sports, shipwrecks, fiction, and much more.

    • Every Child Ready to Read Every Child Ready to Read June Newsletter

      Please see the Every Child Ready to Read newsletter by Sue McLeaf Nespeca. In this issue she talks about storytime basics for difference age groups, new books and recommended websites for June. Sign up to receive issues of this newsletter as it's released.

    • wooden stake in front of sunrise evocative of "shot at dawn" The Historical Society of Greater Lansing Presents: Fighting the Death Penalty

      Date: June 29, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lake Michigan Room, 4th floor

      With the death penalty back in the news the Historical Society of Greater Lansing is presenting a program featuring Eugene G. Wanger, author of the new book, Fighting the Death Penalty. Wanger will discuss his book with James Neal, a lawyer with the Loomis Law Firm of Lansing. It was because of Wanger’s efforts that Michigan is the only state in the country that has a death prohibition clause in its constitution.


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    • wooden stake in front of sunrise evocative of "shot at dawn" The Historical Society of Greater Lansing Presents: Fighting the Death Penalty

      Date: June 29, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lake Michigan Room, 4th floor

      With the death penalty back in the news the Historical Society of Greater Lansing is presenting a program featuring Eugene G. Wanger, author of the new book, Fighting the Death Penalty.

      Wanger will discuss his book with James Neal, a lawyer with the Loomis Law Firm of Lansing.

      It was because of Wanger’s efforts that Michigan is the only state in the country that has a death prohibition clause in its constitution.

    • Microfilm Madness: Learn the Wily Ways of the Readers

      Date: July 8, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Microfilm Room, 2nd floor

      Be the calm person in the room who knows just what to do to get the perfect microfilm image sent to your email or flash drive as reference librarian Matt Pacer shares his tricks of the trade.

    • Lansing, Michigan skyline Researching Local Lansing History with James MacLean & Craig A. Whitford

      Date: July 20 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

      Craig Whitford has co-authored several books on local history including Lansing: City on the Grand, Postmarked: Michigan, Mich., and Airport Kid, Learning to Fly. Craig actively collects, conducts research and provides presentations on various subjects relating to the history of Lansing and Ingham County. James MacLean is the Head of Community Outreach at the Capital Area District Libraries.

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    News from the Michigan Humanities Council

    • 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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    • The Mighty Mac!

      cover of pamphlet introducing the mackinac bridge in the shape of the bridgeFor many Michiganians, summer means a trip across the Mackinac Bridge.  Its majestic silhouette has become such a symbol of Michigan that it's hard to imagine a time without it.  In reality, a mere 60 years separate us from the days when travelers had to rely on ferries to traverse the Straits.  Curious about the history of the Mighty Mac?  Read all about it at the Library of Michigan.



       

       

       

       

       

      cover of pamphlet introducing the Mackinac Bridge World's Greatest Bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas at St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.  Click image to read brochure.


    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • ebrary Government Complete

      ebrary government complete title screenState employees, your Library of Michigan library card is now your passport to great e-reading! Tap into thousands of  ebooks wherever you may be.  ebrary Government Complete is a one-stop source for scholarly books in subject areas geared to complement the work of state employees.  Log in and create an account with  your LM library card and see all that ebrary has to offer.

      Questions?   We'd be happy to help!  Need a library card?  Apply online! (State employees only, please. Members of the public may enjoy Government Complete when they visit the Library.)

      images representing anthropology, business & economics, computers & IT, Education, Fine Arts,  History, Language & Literature, Law, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Psychology, and Religion 


    Notable Reads: Spotlight on the Michigan Collection

    • Michigan Notable Book Flashback: 2001

      book cover of Angels in the ArchitectureJohnson, Heidi. Angels in the Architecture: a Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2001.

      In the nineteenth century, perhaps no approach to mental illness was more compassionate than that of hospital administrator Thomas Story Kirkbride, whose asylum designs integrated beauty and nature as a method to treat patients. The Northern Michigan Asylum in Traverse City, Michigan, was one of the last of nearly two hundred such architecturally intriguing asylums. Founded in 1885 under the principle "beauty is therapy," the Northern Michigan Asylum closed in 1989 and today stands as a haunting reminder of this lost era. Angels in the Architecture is a photographic study of this institution's one-hundred-year history. Heidi Johnson's photographs of the building today are juxtaposed with rare images from private collections and state archives. Johnson has captured Kirkbride's spirit of compassion-of angels in the architecture-in a book that conveys the human element of mental illness with beauty and integrity.


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    • Call for volunteers for Rural Libraries Conference

      It’s that time again! Planning for the 2018 Loleta Fyan Small & Rural Libraries Conference has already started.  Our next RLC will be April 30-May 2, 2018 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme.

      The Library of Michigan is looking for energetic volunteers to fill key roles on the steering committee for the 2018 Small & Rural Libraries Conference.  The Small & Rural Libraries Conference has a long tradition of providing a forum for the staff, trustees, and advocates of Michigan’s small and rural libraries to share, learn and be inspired to provide the best library service to their communities.

      The steering committee as a whole will serve as the program committee. Responsibilities will include evaluating program proposals and aiding in determining the agenda for the conference. Each member of the steering committee will also serve as chair for the following vital and valued sub-committees: Volunteers, Hospitality, Awards, Vendors and Fun & Games. Each of the  chairs will be responsible for selecting committee members to work with during the planning stages of the conference and at RLC itself. Steering committee members will exercise considerable independent judgment in the work of their committees while collaborating with the Library of Michigan in the planning and organization of this conference.

      The first meeting of the steering committee will be this summer.

      If you are interested in working on RLC 2018 in any capacity, please respond to Evette Atkin via email at atkine@michigan.gov by June 16, 2017.





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