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    • Historical Society of Michigan Registration for Upcoming Workshop: Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, Restore, and Archive Historic Photographs from the Historical Society of Michigan

      This workshop will assist small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors in identifying and preserving their historic photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques for damaged images, type identification for early photographs, ways to avoid deterioration of images, storage recommendations, digital scanning for access, and how to approach cataloging issues. There will also be plenty of time for participants to ask questions and have hands-on experiences.

    • fireworks spraying over two US flags laying side by sideDays We Are Closed in Honor of July 4th

      The Library will be closed Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  Normal hours will resume Tuesday, July 5.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

    • I love my librarian 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

      Nominations are open through September 19 for the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community. Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

    • Harwood Institute Applications for the Michigan Harwood Cohort open until July 14

      The Library of Michigan and MCLS are pleased to announce a second round to our several-month long community engagement training program for Michigan library staff. The training will be led by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. It will be robust, extensive, and is being offered at no charge to selected Michigan libraries, with generous stipends provided through Library of Michigan LSTA funding.

    • display of materials used in book making, including a cutting mat, scissors, paper, and pens Beginning Book Making Workshop

      Beginning Book Making Workshop.  Artist Betsy Begue will walk participants through the process of making their own handmade journal.  This will be a half day class with all materials  included.  Participants will take home their very own book. Class is limited to 10; registration is required with a fee of $10.00.  Register online or by calling 517-373-1300.


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    • Harwood Institute Applications for the Michigan Harwood Cohort open until July 14

      The Library of Michigan and MCLS are pleased to announce a second round to our several-month long community engagement training program for Michigan library staff.

      The training will be led by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. It will be robust, extensive, and is being offered at no charge to selected Michigan libraries, with generous stipends provided through Library of Michigan LSTA funding.

      On October 5-6, 2016, a cohort of up to 50 Michigan library staff will convene in Lansing, Michigan for a 1.5 day workshop led by two certified Harwood Institute coaches. That training will be followed up by nine months of coaching calls from Harwood, and guidance and support from Harwood trained Library of Michigan and MCLS staff.

      The Harwood Public Innovators Workshop is a 1.5 day experience to help you and your organization learn what it means to turn outward — to use the community, not your conference room, as your reference point for choices and action.

      Although free of charge to participate, this program will be rigorous. With support and guidance from MCLS and the Library of Michigan, cohort members are expected to develop action plans, implement those plans, and demonstrate how their efforts are making a change in their communities. Only those who can commit the time and energy are encouraged to participate.


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    • Find Your Way to Michigan Lighthouse Materials!

      lighthouse next to a still lake on a sunny dayStill planning your summer adventures?  Why not explore Michigan’s lighthouses!  With four Great Lakes and two peninsulas, where to start?  Let the Library of Michigan be your beacon to the state's more than 120 lighthouses.  From lighthouse and lighthouse keeper history, travel guides, pictorial works, and more, you'll find it in our Michigan Collection. 



       


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    • 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.)


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    • The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr Libraries Read: 1 Book title announced by MCLS

      “Is Google making us stupid?” Nicholas Carr asked, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story. Carr delves further into the question in his book The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, the selected title for “Libraries Read: 1 Book.”

      MCLS encourages library staff to read the book throughout June and July, then join us in a live Twitter chat about the book on Thursday, July 21 at 2pm Eastern at #MCLSchat. Regional discussions will also be announced and take place in early August.

      According to Randy Dykhuis, MCLS Executive Director, “During 2014, MCLS conducted a series of community conversations with librarians throughout Indiana and Michigan, utilizing the tools from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The desire to have discussions in many formats, and to communicate with one another outside of our silos was a recurring theme. By reading one book together, we aim to create deeper connections among libraries that span geographic and other boundaries.”