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    • Michigan Shakespeare Festival's promotion postcard for Ichabod Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents: Ichabod, a staged reading of a new play by Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier

      Saturday, October 28, 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
      Tickets $20 (available through Michigan Shakespeare Festival).

      Library of Michigan

      Travel back in time to a blustery October night in 1810 as Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier performs a staged reading of "Ichabod", his take on the classic Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

    • book cover for Amphibians and Reptiles of Michigan by J. Alan Holman REWIND: A Look Back at Previous Michigan Notable Books & Authors

      2013 Amphibians and Reptiles of Michigan by J. Alan Holman (Wayne State University Press)

      In 2013, the Michigan Notable Book selection committee found plenty to like about Michigan's 54 species of amphibians and reptiles, as documented in Dr. J. Alan Holman's Amphibians and Reptiles of Michigan: A Quaternary and Recent Faunal Adventure.

       

    • silhouetted superhero family Michigan Genealogical Council 2017 Fall Family History Event!

      How do you make a great conference even better?  Add the expertise of Library of Michigan staff to the lineup of speakers!  Librarians Bernadette Bartlett and Kendel Darragh will be sharing their insights on using the Library's different collections to advance your family history research.  Who knows what super-hero lineage may lurk in your family tree? Find details on their presentations in the conference agenda.

      Sat, October 21, 2017,  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
      Michigan Library and Historical Center

       

    • University of Michigan seal From the Wilderness to the Heights: The Transformation of the University of Michigan 1852 - 1900, presented by Professor Francis Blouin

      Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.
      7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

      Library of Michigan
      In partnership with the Historical Society of Greater Lansing

      This year marks the University of Michigan’s bicentennial.  Join the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Library of Michigan for a talk by Prof. Francis Blouin, who will discuss how this once remote school, founded when Michigan was still a territory, blossomed into one of the most important universities in the nation in one of America’s most progressive cities. 

    • yellow hardhat and 2 screwdrivers superimposed over blueprintsWe want YOU to know about our upcoming renovation!

      The Library is excited to announce that a new look is coming to the 2nd floor service area!  As is the case with all remodels, there will be some disruption along the way as we install our new service desk.  Here are some dates to be on the lookout for:

      • September 20 - The reference desk will relocate to the south side of the Atrium for the duration of the renovation.
      • September 21 - The public computers & microfilm scanners will be down.
      • September 25 - The demolition and renovation will begin.

      Look here for any updates to this schedule.


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    • University of Michigan seal From the Wilderness to the Heights: The Transformation of the University of Michigan 1852 - 1900, Presented by Professor Francis Blouin

      Wednesday, October 25th, 7 - 9 P.M.

      In partnership with the Historical Society of Greater Lansing​

      This year marks the University of Michigan’s bicentennial.  Join the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Library of Michigan for a talk by Prof. Francis Blouin, who will discuss how this once remote school, founded when Michigan was still a territory, blossomed into one of the most important universities in the nation in one of America’s most progressive cities.

    • Michigan Shakespeare Festival's promotion postcard for Ichabod Ichabod, by Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier

      Saturday, October 28, 3 - 6 P.M.

      "It's a blustery October night in 1810. At a tiny northside tavern just outside the quiet village of Sleepy Hallow, a strange man arrives with an even stranger tale. Twenty years earlier this fellow had a ghostly encounter with the Headless Horseman, a story that is now become legend. But not all legends are truthful, and Ichabod Crane has at last returned to the town that cast him out to get his revenge." Join us for this staged reading by Michigan's own playwright, Joseph Zettelmaier.

      Tickets Required through the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.

      Free Parking on all Saturdays.

    • man on a freighter looking at another freighter "Sailing into History", author Talk with Frank Boles

      Saturday, November 11 1 - 2:15 P.M.

      The Great Lakes create a vast transportation network that supports a massive shipping industry.  Come hear author Boles discuss this new book  which describes the fascinating history of a century of achievements and setbacks, unimagined change mixed with surprising stability.

    • decorated Christmas tree in the Library of Michigan's granite stairway 33rd Annual Silver Bells in the City

      Friday, November 17, 5 - 9 P.M.

      The Library of Michigan will once more team up with the Michigan History Center to provide engaging activities for the whole family. Come in from the cold, enjoy the exhibits, and take away a handmade book or bookmark to be enjoyed for the holidays.

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Research

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

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Collection! UP Bound!

      book pages depicting vintage travel images of the Upper PeninsulaIf you are looking for a trip down memory lane, look no further than the Lure Book of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These volumes are older guidebooks to the Upper Peninsula. Each county is covered with descriptions on what to do and what to see. The black and white photos provide the reader with  a snapshot in time of some of the great vacation places Michigan has to offer.

         



       


    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Professional Development Lending Library

      professional development lending library brochure  

      The Professional Development Lending Library (PDL) exists to promote career-development for all State of Michigan employees, and to support training provided by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. 

      The PDL consists of printed books, audio books, e-audio books, and videos on a variety of topics including:  building trust; coaching; communication; customer service; decision making; developing a successful team; facilitating change; innovation; and managing conflict.

       Borrowing materials from the PDL is easy:

      • Scan the PDL titles for titles of interest, and use the 

        "(State Govt Employee: click here to order)" links to request items.

      • After you identify yourself with your library card number, tell where you want the materials delivered.
      • That’s it!  Your materials will come through I.D. mail.

      State employees are also welcome to come to the Library of Michigan to check their materials out in person!



Rural Libraries Conference

  • State Librarian's Excellence Award

    • Rural Libraries Conference Awards Nomination Form DOC icon

      We all enjoy the feeling of being recognized by our peers for a job well done. This is your opportunity to take a few hours between now and January 12th to put together a nomination packet for one of four awards being given at RLC 2016 in Traverse City. Please consider who you know that meets the quality of excellence in the profession. Do you know someone at a small or rural library who is a leader in our profession?  Do you have a Trustee or Friend who goes above and beyond the call of duty to promote and advance your library? Do you know a small or rural library that truly excels? We want to hear from you!

      It’s time again to nominate libraries, directors, librarians, employees, trustees, and friends of small and rural libraries for a Loleta Fyan Conference Award. Self-nominations are accepted for the Mendel award that goes to a library and it includes a cash prize! Nominations are due by Friday, January 12, 2018 to norriss2@michigan.gov or by post to Sonya Schryer Norris, Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48909.

      There will be four awards in 2018. The categories are:

      * Outstanding Small/Rural Librarian Award
      * Trustee/Friend Award
      * Patron Service Award (includes children's services)
      * The June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service (this award goes to a small/rural library)

      Please note that library cooperative staff and conference planning committee chairs are not eligible for conference awards. To qualify for the award the library must serve a population of 25,000 or less. Branch locations of larger libraries do not qualify for nomination. Nominations may come from a library director or staff, another library, a library user, a community business or organization, a library cooperative or a library may self-nominate for the June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service.

      Nominations are due by Friday, January 12, 2018 but we encourage you to get them in early.





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