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    • LSTA small grants program LSTA Summer Quick Grant Program for Public Libraries

      Do you need some extra funds to help pull off a great idea this summer? Apply for $500 to $2,000 in funding to purchase supplies and materials to use in local programs supporting one of these three areas; Literacy, Children & Teens or Technology. Applications are due May 22. View full program details and get your application started.

    • Money Smart Week Money Smart Week April 22 - 29

      ALA/CHICAGO – Now more than ever, knowing how to handle money is critical to our survival. Virtually from cradle to grave, we are faced with financial challenges, and how we face up to those challenges depends on how well we arm ourselves with reliable, accurate information.

      From April 22-29, 2017, more than 1,000 of our nation’s libraries will be participating in Money Smart Week®. Library events will focus on such issues as smart investing for college, a new car, a house or retirement, first-time homebuying, how to reduce property taxes, foreclosure prevention, getting out of debt and estate planning.

    • Webinar Free MeL webinar April 25, 3:30pm Eastern. Register Here.

      Access to your favorite MeL databases is now even easier when you install the free apps! There are even Chrome and iOS apps from Britannica School. Please join us on April 25, at 3:30pm for a 30-minute webinar focused on how MeL apps can help. Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff and other interested users.

    • 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 three new libraries for achieving exemplary SL 21 status in the SL 21 benchmarks program. We currently have over 100 certified school libraries in the state. For more information, see michigan.gov/sl21.

    • LSTA report 2016 LSTA Annual Report

      You can find the 2016 annual report for the Library of Michigan’s use of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funds at www.michigan.gov/lsta in the What’s New section. You can also find the 2016 LSTA Fact Sheet, which is a quick overview of the last year. These reports document the programs funded by LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the impact these programs have on the Michigan library community and Michigan residents.

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    • Outline of the state of Michigan Michigan Day at the Library of Michigan and Historical Center

      Date: May 6, 2017 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      The Michigan Library and Historical Center will be a hub of Michigan-themed activities and exhibits as the Library of Michigan and Michigan History Museum commemorate Michigan Day.


    • Japanese book binding Bookmaking workshop back by popular demand

      Date: May 13, 10 A.M. - 1 P.M., Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

      Artisan Elizabeth Begue will lead an afternoon-long workshop on bookmaking. In this session, students will use decorative Japanese paper, book cloth, text sheets and card stock to construct two examples of Japanese stab binding. Students will leave class with 2 books and basic instructions so they can repeat the project at home.

      Limited to twelve participants. Preregistration is required with a $15.00 materials fee. Register online

    • "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.


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    • Spring ahead with your gardening plans!

      If viarray of michigan gardening books arranged in a planter of fake plantssions of buds, blossoms, and vegetable bounties swirl in your head, then there's no time like the present to start planning your 2017 garden.  The Library of Michigan has plenty of books and magazines to help veteran and novice gardeners alike find inspiration and guidance as to how best make a Michigan garden grow.


    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • LexisNexis Digital Library

      Discover an easy and convenient new way to access legal information with the  array of law ebook titles

      LexisNexis Digital Library, a 24/7  collection of key titles  provided by the State Law Library for the benefit of our fellow state employees.   Use the Library’s resources where you need them the most at your desk or on your mobile devices.  Take a test run today! Access requires a Library of Michigan library card.  Don't have one? Apply online!

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    • Angling for a little fishing?

      fisherman carvingThe lure of fishing in Michigan is as vast as its lakes and rivers. Abundant guides and lore can be snagged at the Library.  Come on in and take the bait!


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    • Come One, Come All! Device Purchasing Window Now Open!

      It’s been 6 months and 4 days since the last Device Purchasing purchase window closed, but wait no more! The long anticipated day has arrived. The purchasing window opens April 19th. All public school districts, public school academies, non-public K-12 schools, pre-school buildings, intermediate school districts, and Michigan public libraries are eligible to purchase off of the 2017 REMC Device Purchasing Bid Contract. This year there are 43 mobile and desktop devices along with related accessories and options available. For a spreadsheet of items available on this contract, click on  Device Purchasing Planning Spreadsheet (http://www.remcbids.org/customer/download/id/1250).

      As many of you are aware, there are no incentive funds this year, but we still have the same great discounts as in the past. We are keeping our fingers crossed that legislature does provide incentive funding in future years!

      For more information on setting up a SPOT account or making a purchase on SPOT, see the SPOT FAQs (http://www.remcbids.org/customer/download/id/1242).

      Any questions should be sent to spot@remc.org.

      Happy Shopping!

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