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    • the word Saturday on a street sign with an arrow pointing right Return of the Saturday Hours!

      When your research needs spill over into the weekend, head on over to the Library of Michigan! We're pleased to have reinstated Saturday hours. With the exception of certain holiday weekends, we'll be open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come in and take advantage of our great collections and knowledgeable staff, and stay tuned for our recurring Second Saturday special programming events. See you Saturdays!

    • Historical Society of Michigan Basic Archives Workshop from the Historical Society of Michigan (Registration)

      Designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections, this workshop will discuss proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures.

    • Pew Research Center The Latest Pew Poll Finds American's Divided on How Books Should Be Treated at Libraries. Where Does Your Library Fall?

      Americans are also divided on a fundamental question about how books should be treated at libraries: 24% support the idea of moving books and stacks in order to make way for more community- and tech-oriented spaces, while 31% say libraries should not move the books to create such spaces. About four-in-ten think libraries should maybe consider doing so.

    • Historical Society of Michigan Applications Being Accepted for the 2017 Pure Award

      Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Pure Award, an award that acknowledges Michigan tourism organizations that have made natural, cultural, and/or heritage preservation a part of who they are. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 18, at 5 p.m.

    • State Librarian's Excellence Award Benzonia Public Library Earns 2016 State Librarian's Excellence Award

      LANSING – The Benzonia Public Library (BPL) has earned the 2016 State Librarian's Excellence Award for its superior customer service, State Librarian Randy Riley announced today.

      Riley presents the annual award, including $2,000 in privately-donated funds, October 28 at the Michigan Library Association's annual conference in Lansing.

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • canceled in red stencil letters Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers Coagulation

      Time:  6:30 P.M

      Library of Michigan, Lake Erie Room, second floor

      A collection of Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers will meet at the Library of Michigan for an evening of horror, books and socializing. Feel free to dress the part.

    • Native Treaties Shared Rights Presentation and Exhibit

      Date:  Nov 5, 2016 (exhibit runs Nov 5-Nov 20)
      Time:  1:00 P.M. 

      Presenter Colleen Green, Director of Native American Programs at Central Michigan University

      Native Treaties Shared Rights Exhibit November 5th – 20th, Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

    • See here for our full event listings

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  • News from the Library of Michigan

    • 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!

    • The Library of Michigan Vertical File

      collage of newspaper clippingsBefore there were printed indices or scanned newspaper images, libraries created their own limited selected indices to news items.
      The Library of Michigan’s vertical file contains selected articles related to Michigan from roughly 1950 until about
      1989. Occasional items from earlier decades are also on file. These items are filed by subject and include biographical items as well as local history.

    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Legislative History Research PPT icon

      fedora and legal files
      The Michigan Legislature does not publish any record of discussions or debates, but if you are curious or need to know why a law was passed there are ways to find out. This PowerPoint is the "silent movie" version of a presentation we give to new state employees just learning about how to research legislative history in Michigan. If you would like us to give a presentation (with sound!) we would be happy to accommodate.  Call us at 517-373-0630 or drop us a line at lmlawlib@michigan.gov.


    Bibliography Spotlight

    • October - Baseball's Finest Hour

      baseball superimposed over a pair of crossed batsWith the unlikely pairing of the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, this year's Fall Classic has been dubbed the Great Lakes World Series.  If that puts you in the mood to bone up on your baseball knowledge, the Library of Michigan covers all the bases of Michigan baseball.

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  • News for Michigan Libraries

    • 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.