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    • pair of roc your mocs footprints Special Evening Hours - Thursday, December 15th!

      Thursday evening,December 15, the Michigan Library and Historical Center will again keep its doors open late as the Rock Your Mocs series concludes! The panel discussion "21st Century Mmichigan through Native Eyes," will take place in the Museum's Learning Center from 5:30 - 7:30, and the Library will remain open until 8:00 to provide access to the Native Treaties traveling exhibit on loan from the Clarke Historical Library, as well as to our research collections.  Come make a night of it!

    • webinar December Listing of Free Webinars for Library Staff

      Dozens of online sessions to help you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to move your library forward and connect with your community.

    • library of congress literacy award logo Center for the Book $1,000 Literacy Award

      Call for nominations! The Michigan Center for the Book would like to award a childhood literacy award to one organization for their work with elementary age children.  The $1,000 dollar cash prize is open to a Michigan Public Library or Friends Group of a Michigan Public Library. Selection will be in late December by the Michigan Center for the Book board members. Act swiftly; nominations are due by December 16, 2016.

    • Toys for Tots logo We're Collecting for Toys for Tots!

      The Library of Michigan and the Historical Center is once again pleased to be a Toys for Tots drop off center in the heart of Lansing.  The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as gifts to less fortunate children in the community.  Please feel free to visit and share in the seasonal festivities. 

    • excerpt of a map of Michigan Native American treaties Native Treaties Shared Rights Exhibit

      The Library of Michigan is pleased to host the Clark Historical Library's Native Treaties Shared Rights Exhibit.  The exhibit opens at 1 p.m. November 5 with a presentation by Colleen Green, Director of Native American Programs at Central Michigan University, and runs through December 29.  It features extensive historical material of the Anishinabeg, (First Peoples) and is among the most comprehensive in the state.  The exhibit is free, and can be viewed during our normal business hours

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    • Family reading New Youth Services Advisory Council (YSAC)

      Thanks again to the 31 motivated applicants to apply for the Library of Michigan’s Youth Services Advisory Council (YSAC)!

      I’m pleased to announce the following will serve on YSAC through June of 2018:

      • Hillary Berry, Paw Paw District Library
      • Rachel Birgy, Kalkaska County Library
      • Lindsay Fricke, Novi Public Library
      • Beth Lowe, Fowlerville District Library
      • Dena Moscheck, Lapeer District Library
      • Amy Nolan, St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library
      • Eva Weihl, East Lansing Public Library


      Seated on the council will also be:

      • Kristy Doak of the Michigan Library Association,
      • Stephanie Wambaugh of the Braille and Talking Book Library,
      • and myself, on behalf of the Library of Michigan.

      Cathy Lancaster


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

    • city directories at the library of michigan Michigan City Directories

      The versatility of our Michigan city directory collection makes it one of the most heavily used resources in the Library.  On any given day in the library, find a family history researcher using it to track the whereabouts of forebears, while at the adjacent table an environmental remediation specialist uses it to track land use.  Our collection represents cities and counties throughout the state, with holdings dating back to the late 1800's through the present. Our subscription to Sales Genie provides online access to current Polk Directories, providing easy to search national coverage of businesses and individuals.

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      The Library of Michigan has expanded its ebook collections to include audiobooks!  We've started this exciting venture with our Professional Development Lending Library.  Find titles on topics like coaching, innovation, communication, and other management-related concerns. If you like this format, please let us know, and we'll consider other subjects areas in which to expand.  

      Find these titles through the Law Library's LexisNexis Digital Library site. State employees can enjoy access from anywhere by logging in with their Library of Michigan library cards.  Titles can be downloaded to your devices, but we encourage you to take advantage of the convenience of listening from your browsers. Questions, suggestions, input, please give us a call or send an email!

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    • Get Personal: Early Michigan Diaries and Autobiographies

      cover page of 1881 diaryFirst-person accounts can tell us about a wide range of experiences, from pioneer to schoolmaster, schooner captain to soldier, railroad employee to surveyor. All but one are nineteenth century accounts. Together they offer a rich picture of life in early Michigan.

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    • Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) Outstanding Michigan Friends of the Library Award

      Did your Friends of the Library group carry out an outstanding project or a number of successful activities in your community during 2016 that had a significant impact on your library’s services to the community? Tell us about it!

      The award will be given to two different Michigan Friends groups. It could be for a specific project you carried out in 2016 or based on the full scope of the group’s activities during 2016. One award will go to a library that serves a population of under 12,000 people and one to a library that serves a population of 12,000 or more.

      Applications will be judged by the FOML Grants Committee on the following criteria:

      1. Planning:  Involvement of the Friends, library, and community in the use of resources, an innovative and appropriate activity, and measurable outcomes (e.g., attendance at event, increase in patron use of the library, etc.).
      2. Implementation:  Public relations, broad membership involvement, and use of resources.
      3. Evaluation:  Assessment of activity or program with measurable results.
      4. Innovation:  New idea(s) for program or activity, creative involvement of community and specific citizens, and creative use of public relations.
      5. Community Involvement:  Evidence of community involvement in planning and implementation.

      The winning Friends group will receive $400 and a plaque, along with an invitation for 2 of your members to attend the FOML Annual Membership Meeting in 2017 to receive the award.    

      To be eligible for this award, your Friends group must be a 2016 FOML member (membership information can be found at www.foml.org) and completed the project or activities during the 2016 calendar year.

      Deadline:  Applications for this award must be received by January 13, 2017.