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    • Garden City Public Library $9,000 Prime Time Family Reading Time grant from the Michigan Humanities Council goes to Garden City Public Library “With this grant, the Garden City Public Library will be able to bring an award-winning family literacy program to Garden City for the first time,” Garden City Library Director James Lenze said. “Families with children ages 6-10 will be encouraged to participate in six sessions, each of which will include a meal, three books read by our storyteller, discussions led by a specially trained humanities scholar and door prizes.”
    • Lille Foster and Tim StebbinsA Great Gift to the Library of Michigan

      Lille Foster, descendant of Michigan abolitionists Theodore Foster, has donated to the Library of Michigan a copy of the letter announcing the dissolution of the Signal of Liberty newspaper.  Ms. Foster is pictured here with Mr. Winston Stebbins on April 11th during the Waterways to Freedom, Researching the Underground Railroad in Michigan event held at the Library of Michigan.

      The Library Staff would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to the Foster family for sharing this historical material with the residents of the state of Michigan.

    • LM Dispatch: Library of Michigan Bimonthly Newsletter Sign Up for the LM Dispatch We produce a bimonthly newsletter with columns, features and stories about happenings at the Library of Michigan, around the state and items of interest to Michigan library staff. Sign up at the link above to receive this free eNewsletter. The next issue comes out the last week of May!
    • WSU MLIS graduatesCongratulations, Graduates!

      Congratulations to recent graduates Eileen and Courtney, two of our student workers who just received their MLIS from the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. The knowledge they gained during their studies has been an invaluable asset for their work at the Library, and their work has given them a chance to practice and explore what they learned in class. We know they will be wonderful additions to the library profession.

    • Detroit Pistons Library Makeover Detroit Pistons holding Library Makeover Contest

      For the third year running the Detroit Pistons have teamed with Farm Bureau Insurance to sponsor a Reading Room Makeover contest for Michigan schools. "Making an impact in our community remains a top priority and what better way to give back than to refresh a Michigan school's reading room or library," said Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports & Entertainment CEO and President.  Submission are due by June 1, 2015.  See the Detroit Free Press story for details. 

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • On the Case: Michigan Legal Materials Research for State Employees (A Four-Part Series) Wednesday June 3 - 12:00 - 12:50. Michigan statutes and legislative materials. These sessions introduce state employees with little or no background in law to legal materials most requested by those working for the State of Michigan. Resources presented are found both on the web and in Library of Michigan collections. Location: Lake Michigan Room, 3rd Floor, Library of Michigan
    • Join us for a presentation by Dr. Sara Kosiba on John Herrmann's What's Next Thursday, June 11 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In partnership with the Historical Society of Greater Lansing, LM is pleased to host Dr. Sara Kosiba. Kosiba is Lansing author John Herrmann's biographer and brings expertise to the topic of his coming-of-age novel What Happens originally banned in the United States. The Library of Michigan Forum. The event is free and books will be available for sale.
    • Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good Delicious Michigan Memoirs: Kathleen Flinn and Mena Castriciano

      Saturday, June 13th 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A book signing with two talented Michigan authors will be held after each has an opportunity to talk about their work. Mena Castriciano, Cooking with Mena: La Cucina di Mena, 11 – 12 and Michigan Notable Book Author Kathleen Flinn, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, 12 – 1 both in the Lake Michigan Room, 3rd floor.  The event is free and books will be available for sale.

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  • Quick Facts You Can Use

    • bar chart comparing library materials owned to circulation Stats you can use in your next millage This report contains a LibPas Published report comparing Total Collections to Circulation for Michigan Public Libraries and is available to download as a far more detailed Excel document.  New reports will be created constantly, so come back often. Public library directors also have the ability to create their own custom reports using the new LibPas software. For further details contact Library Data Coordinator Joseph Hamlin at 517-373-3828 or via email.

    Build Your Community

    • Point of View (POV) documentary Use POV Films to Foster Dialogue about Critical Social Issues

      Libraries can screen Point-of-View (POV) documentaries for free and use the discussion guides, lesson plans and reading list to support the libraries work as a change-agent and community leader. POV's lending library offers community organizers and teachers the opportunity to borrow films and screen them in your local community. Download discussion guides, lesson plans and other resources from the library, too. Choose from over 80 titles and find out about other POV films available for purchase.

      Read more from the Harwood Institute about how libraries are seen as strong agents of social and civic change.


  • Local History Resources

    • Mount Hope Cemetery in Lansing, MI Digging for burials?

      The Michigan Cemetery Sources Database (www.michigan.gov/cemeteries) is a free online catalog of burial lists at the Library of Michigan.  The database contains the names, alternative names and locations of 3,700 cemeteries and lists all of the associated lists of burials at the Library of Michigan.  The burial lists can be found in books, microfilms and periodicals.

       While there are a number of very good websites with burials, there is no central index to all burials in Michigan.  The Michigan Cemetery Sources Database, paired with the Library of Michigan’s vital records and newspaper collections, provides a powerful research tool for finding out where individuals are buried.

      (Photo courtesy of Jesse Lasorda)

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

    • diego rivera paintingDo Your Diego Rivera Homework

      This month we are celebrating the achievement of Diego Rivera in a display of materials from our collection.  We also encourage you to check out the exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts as they honor the works of both Mr. Rivera and Frida Kahlo through July 12.

    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • legal researchOn the Case: Michigan Legal Materials Research for State Employees

      A Four-Session Brown Bag Series

      These sessions introduce state employees with little or no background in law to legal materials most requested by those working for the State of Michigan. Resources presented are found both on the web and in Library of Michigan collections.  Dates and topics are:


      June 3             Michigan statutes and legislative materials 
      June 29    Where to get background about legal issues and topics
      July 27    Michigan court materials (includes introduction to Lexis Online Research System)
      August 24    Legal information in Michigan government documents 

      Location: Lake Michigan Room, 3rd Floor, Library of Michigan, Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI

      Time:  12 – 12:50

      July 27th session includes 20-min post-class tour of State Law Library


  • News for Michigan Libraries

    Around the Nation

    • Ferguson, MO and Baltimore libraries receive computers and peripherals from Silicon Valley couple and Hewlett-Packard

      Jessica Guynn, USATODAY: Public libraries that provided a quiet refuge from civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are about to receive a small bounty from Silicon Valley. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment.

    • Digital Learning Report This report is the first in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2014. For the past twelve years, Project Tomorrow's® annual Speak Up Research Project has provided schools and districts nationwide and throughout the globe with new insights into how today's students want to leverage digital tools for learning based upon the authentic, unfiltered ideas of students themselves.
    • ALA Washington Office on the USA Freedom Act Last week, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 338 to 88, for passage of the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act, H.R. 2048. The bill - and the battle to achieve the first meaningful reform of the USA PATRIOT Act since it was enacted 14 years ago - now shifts to the Senate. There, the outcome may well turn on the willingness of individual voters to overwhelm Congress with demands that USA FREEDOM either be passed without being weakened, or that the now infamous "library provision" of the PATRIOT Act (Section 215) and others slated for expiration on June 1 simply be permitted to "sunset" as the Act provides if Congress takes no action.

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