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    • Michigan Humanities Council, Sponsor of Michigan Notable Books Prime Time Family Reading from the Michigan Humanities Council

      The Michigan Humanities Council is now accepting applications for libraries and schools interested in hosting Prime Time Family Reading Time. Grants of up to $14,000 are available to host sites. To learn more about Prime Time please visit the link above. For more information on how to apply please contact James Nelson, Program Manager, at 517-372-7770 or jnelson@mihumanities.org.

      The deadline for Spring 2017 applications is November 4, 2016

    • State Librarian's Excellence Award State Librarian's Excellence Award 2016 Nomination Form PDF icon

      The deadline for nominations has been extended to August 26, 2016The State Librarian’s Excellence Award recognizes a Michigan Library that best exemplifies excellence in customer service. Roger Mendel will sponsor the $2,000 cash prize awarded to the winning library. The Foundation is pleased to announce this year that the Citation of Excellence Award amounts have increased from $500 to $1,000. Two runners-up will be recognized with a Citation of Excellence. We hope you will consider nominating your library this year! The criteria is described on the nomination form linked above. Winners will be announced at the State Librarian’s Luncheon on Friday, October 28, 2016, during the 2016 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Lansing.

    • workshop New & Advanced Director's Workshops - Register Here

      This year’s New & Advanced Director’s workshops will be held on September 15 & 16 at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, MI.  First-time library directors and library directors new to Michigan are required to attend one or both of these workshop.  All new directors are required to attend the New Director Workshop on September 15 within 12 months of appointment.  New directors of class 4 through class 6 libraries are required to attend the Advanced Director Workshop within 24 months of appointment. 

    • Historical Society of Michigan Registration Open for 142nd Annual Meeting and State History Conference, Historical Society of Michigan

      September 23-25, 2016 • Alpena, Michigan. This conference celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and offers a close-up look at the heritage of the host area. Come to enjoy keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, tours, the President’s Reception, the State History Awards Banquet, the Closing Banquet, and networking opportunities with other attendees and exhibitors! View the event flyer here

    • webinar August Listing of Free Webinars for Library Staff PDF icon

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

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      In September we will be hosting rare book collector Ed Surovell showcasing his collection of Dr. Chase materials which provides a window into 19th century "household hacks" and October sees the full-day Michigan Rails conference!

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

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Collection: Putting Up!

      cover of Michigan State College publication, Freezing fruits and vegetablesFall is right around the corner. What better time than now to think about canning the wonderful produce and vegetables you can acquire at your local farmers market. 4-H Clubs created great instructional booklets for canning. The associated images with this post are from the 1953 booklet: 4H food Preservation : freezing fruits and vegetables. Happy Canning!! pictures from a booklet demonstrating steps of freezing asparagus




    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Request books directly from ANSWER!

      State employees!  Take advantage of office delivery!  Use the "State Govt Employee: click here to order" link you'll find in ANSWER records to request circulating materials be sent to you via ID mail or held for pick up at the Library's Reference Desk!

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    • TLN Technology Forum TLN Technology Forum Registration

      The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive & Purposeful Change
      The heart of librarianship is learning and supporting our users’ curiosity through every means possible. It’s a cyclical process of support, engagement, and discovery with deep roots in the concepts of service, access, and freedom to pursue interests of all kinds. No matter what type of institution, someone is gaining knowledge, finding information, or creating something new based on our facilitation. This role of facilitator and guide is best delivered with humanity and heart.
      Speaker: Dr. Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, School of Information, San Jose State University

      Location: Bloomfield Township Public Library, September 30 9:00 - 3:30. Includes four breakout sessions.

    • Library Journal Professional Development The Transformative Power of Community Engagement

      October 25: Columbus, OH

      Join Library Journal, David Bendekovic, and talented colleagues for The Transformative Power of Community Engagement, a full-day, live, interactive workshop that explores powerful and proven strategies and tactics that can be applied immediately to positively impact your community regardless of your library's size or budget.

      You'll be led through a series of exercises to discover why, how, and specifically, what leaders from high-impact libraries are doing to transform their libraries and build better communities.

      Plus, each attendee will walk away with a Personal Action Planner for success, and also gain access to The Commons, our online alumni community where librarians share resources, make connections, and crowdsource solutions to their challenges.