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    • Michigan Notable Books Announcing the Michigan Notable Books List for 2018

      The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the list of the 2018 Michigan Notable Books - 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. Each year the MNB list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. 

    • Michigan Center for the Book logo 2018 MCFB Literacy Mini-Grants Applications being taken now!

      The Michigan Center for the Book will partially fund events or projects in Michigan that enhance or complement our mission to promote an awareness of books, reading, literacy, authors and Michigan’s rich literary heritage. Complete the simple application via surveymonkey [preferred], or send by US Post, if necessary. Onward literacy warriors!

      Applications must be received by March 1, 2018

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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.

    • Law books at the Library of Michigan Law Library

      From federal and state case law online to up-to-date copies of some of the most respected legal resources for attorney and layman alike to rich historical holdings, the State Law Library offers access to a collection of legal materials first established in 1828. Visit us in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or on the Web.

    • School Libraries in the 21st Century School Libraries in the 21st Century

      The SL 21 program is a tool to help measure the quality of School Library programs within individual school buildings in Michigan. We are having a surge of new and renewing 21st Century School Libraries this summer! Congratulations to the six new libraries for achieving exemplary SL 21 status in the SL 21 benchmarks program. We currently have over 140 certified school libraries in the state. For more information, see michigan.gov/sl21.

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • watercolor of a chickadee perched in a rosebush above rosehips Artist talk with Catherine McClung

      Artist talk with Catherine McClung - December 9th, 1 - 2 P.M.
      Exhibit, December 9th - January 31st. 
      Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room

      Ms. McClung may be best known for work with the Lenox China Company where she created the Winter Greetings designs featuring sprightly birds. Ms. McClung has specialized in painting birds often native to Michigan. Please join us for a special exhibit of her artwork.

    • See here for our full event listings

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

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Periodical Collection!

      collage of 3 Michigan genealogical society newsletter coversThe Library of Michigan has many materials to aid your family history research. One such hidden gem is rather many hidden gems. We strive to collect genealogical society newsletters from across Michigan. There are many local societies that publish newsletters with advice, facts, and research leads. Some of the titles you can find at the Library of Michigan are: Timbertown Log (Saginaw), Acorns to Oaks (Oakland County), and Van Buren Echos (Van Buren Regional area).   


    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Professional Development Lending Library

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      The Professional Development Lending Library (PDL) exists to promote career-development for all State of Michigan employees, and to support training provided by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. 

      The PDL consists of printed books, audio books, e-audio books, and videos on a variety of topics including:  building trust; coaching; communication; customer service; decision making; developing a successful team; facilitating change; innovation; and managing conflict.

       Borrowing materials from the PDL is easy:

      • Scan the PDL titles for titles of interest, and use the 

        "(State Govt Employee: click here to order)" links to request items.

      • After you identify yourself with your library card number, tell where you want the materials delivered.
      • That’s it!  Your materials will come through I.D. mail.

      State employees are also welcome to come to the Library of Michigan to check their materials out in person!

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