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    • red white and blue happy presidents day banner Closed for Presidents Day

      The Library will be closed Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents Day.  Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16.

    • array of tax forms Tax Forms are In!

      The Library of Michigan has received its full complement of tax forms for 2015! Stop in to pick up any of these:

      MICHIGAN:  1040 Booklet; 1040 & Schedule W; 1040 CR-7 Booklet; 1040 CR; and Pension & Schedule 1

      FEDERAL: 1040 Form & Instructions; 1040 A Form & Instructions; and 1040 EZ Form & Instructions.

    • Grand Hotel porch, Mackinac Island Registration for Rural Libraries Conference Is Now Open

      Learn everything you need to know about attending RLC 2016 on Mackinac Island May 4-6 at the link above. This link is for attendees and vendors. It includes information about registration, the hotel, transportation, an overview of the schedule and much more. We can't wait to see you in May!

    • Webinar Registration for Free Webinar on Spanish Language Resources in MeL

      Over a quarter of a million Michigan residents speak Spanish and MeL is there to help serve their information needs. Join us on February 24, at 9:30 AM, for a free 30-minute webinar focused on MeL resources for Spanish speakers. Learn from Michigan library staff — practitioners in the field — how they are using MeL resources to assist their patrons and strengthen their communities. Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff. NOTE: this webinar will be archived for those who are not able to view it at this time.

    • row of students lying on their stomachs reading in the Donley Elementary library Parents Organize Silent Auction to "Reload the Library"

      “There’s no school without books.”  Oh, the wisdom of second graders!  That quote is from a second grader at East Lansing's Donley Elementary School, where fundraising efforts are underway to revitalize its library, replacing books so old that, in one case, there's no mention of the 1969 landing on the moon.  Central to those efforts is the “Load the Library” silent auction to be held at the school on March 24.  Donley Elementary is located at 2874 E. Lake Lansing Road. (Photo courtesy of the Lansing State Journal.)

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • All of Me by Fred Reif Fred Reif, All of Me: A History of Musicians from Saginaw, Michigan 1850s - 1950s

      Date:  February 13, 2016
      Time:  01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 
      Lake Huron Room, 2nd floor

      All of Me is an important book on the history of music in Saginaw, Michigan, and its influence on the music of the United States and beyond. Anyone interested in American music will find this newly uncovered material fascinating. An impressive number of Saginaw area musicians and composers have gone on to national and international fame in a variety of genres.

    • Vintage microphone RJ Spangler Trio, PLUS Detroit jazz sax great, Larry Smith

      Date:  February 13, 2016
      Time:  02:00 PM - 03:00 PM 
      Forum, 1st floor

      About Larry Smith: Born & raised in Aliquippa, Penn.,near Pittsburgh in 1947, where he got his start playing jazz, showing the ropes to his friend, jazz guitar great George Benson. Smith moved to New York where he played with some big names such as organist Shirley Scott, drummer Joe Chambers and multi-saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. For years, Smith bounced around from New York to New Jersey to Detroit (where he sunk roots after his mother moved here) and back.

      Presented by Jazz Foundation of America 

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

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Collection! Michigan Periodicals

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      This is not 1 gem but rather a multitude of them: the Michigan Periodicals. The Library of Michigan has a large collection covering many subjects. Here are some of the wonderful periodicals to explore: Michigan Farmer, Michigan History, Bell Telephone News, Michigan Roads & Airports, and many more.



    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Professional Development Lending Library PDF icon

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      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 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 at www.michigan.gov/pdl!

      • 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!

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    • National Library Legislative Day Gale Sponsoring Two Representatives in Michigan to Attend National Library Legislative Day - Apply Here

      This year Gale, Cengage Learning is proud to offer sponsorship for two librarians to attend the National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) event in Washington, DC. Gale will cover the cost of airfare and hotel expenses for the two librarians chosen to attend this exciting event. Recipients are responsible for their NLLD registration ($30) and all meals. The opportunity is open to all Michigan librarians! Simply fill out the information at the link above (submissions must be received by March 18th, 2016) Feel free to call Gale with any questions at  (800)877-4253 ext. 1914. Scholarship winners will be notified by a Gale representative no later than April 1st, 2016.

    Around the Nation

    • Penguin Random House New Penguin Random House ebook licensing

      Robert C. Maier/American Libraries: As of January 1, all Penguin Random House ebooks are now licensed to libraries under the terms previously offered by Random House. The license is perpetual with no limits on the number of circulations or time period. This is as close to ownership as offered by any of the Big Five publishers.

      As in the past, the license is for one circulation at a time per copy. Previously, Penguin had imposed a one-year limit on library licenses, requiring the library to pay again for the title.

      Read more at the link above!