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    • Michigan Humanities Council logo Registration for Fall 2016 Prime Time Family Reading Now Open

      The Michigan Humanities Council offers grant opportunities to public libraries and public schools across the state to host Prime Time programs. Grants of up to $14,000 are available to host sites.  Prime Time is a free six-week program of reading, discussion and storytelling that targets families of non-active library users. The program features award-winning children’s literature to stimulate discussion about humanities themes and issues encountered in everyday life. Since 2008, more than 6,700 Michigan children and parents have participated in Prime Time.

    • Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant logo Device Purchasing Window Open April 20 - August 15, 2016

      This project is involved in developing, issuing and administering statewide bids for schools and libraries for mobile learning devices and desktop computers. It allows for lower purchase prices on mobile learning devices, desktops and accessories due to aggregating statewide demand and savings time by allowing libraries not to have to administer individual bids. Check out the link above for more information!

    • Every Child Ready to Read Did you miss the Every Child Ready to Read webinar?

      Please find the recording for Tuesday's webinar on Early Learning environments in your library with Sue McCleaf Nespeca at the link above. This is a workshop for library staff interested in early learning.

    • man with hands on head looking at overwhelming maze Who moved my film??!

      We did, and we apologize for the inconvenience! Please bear with us as we juggle our newspaper microfilm collection to accommodate construction needs. For the next month, film will be hard to find, or in some instances, completely inaccessible. Please call ahead for the latest information on specific titles.  517-373-1300.

    • USAC E-Rate Update

      USAC will open a second filing window for consortia and libraries which will close on July 21, 2016. They recognize that consortia and libraries are unable to complete their applications until their member/related school district(s) finalize their discount rates in the system.

      Please read the special edition News Brief for more information

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • Ink trails Ink Trails II, Meet the Authors, Jack & Dave Dempsey

      Date:  April 28, 2016  
      Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

      Forum, 1st Floor

      Exploring the hidden treasures of otherwise forgotten authors while also acknowledging the Michigan-set stories of giants like Hemingway, Dave and Jack Dempsey delve into the state’s literary heritage, as robust, diverse, and inexhaustible as the natural beauty of the place that nurtured it. This second volume of “ink trails” continues to tell the story of the remarkable writers, powerful words, and sublime nature of Michigan in the same well-researched and entertaining prose as the first.

    • Moby Dick 21st Century Book Design with artist Spencer Charles

      Date:  May 14, 2016  
      Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

      Lake Michigan Room, 3rd Floor

      Mr. Charles, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, specializes in typographic and hand-lettering.  An independent designer, he specializes in logos, packaging  and book design.  Please come and join us to hear about the process of bringing beautiful books to the market.

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    • Making in Michigan Libraries

      Making in Michigan Libraries hits the road from May – August, visiting ten Michigan communities to talk with participants about building maker momentum in their libraries, schools, troops, organizations, and neighborhoods. Educators, librarians, scouting troop leaders, 4-H leaders, Boys and Girls Club mentors, and others wishing to build or expand their maker programming are welcome to attend.  All workshops are free, though lunch is on your own. Each location has a customized agenda for the program. Registration is available on the website. Take a look for dates, times and promotional information. The maker workshops will be held in the following communities this summer and registration can be found here: http://imlsmaking.sites.uofmhosting.net/road-trip/

      Benton Harbor – May 10
      Making Maker Learners: A One-day Workshop for Those Working with Youth

      Ann Arbor – May 14
      Making Maker Learners: A One-day Workshop For Those Working with Youth

      Ann Arbor – May 15

      Maker Provocations: An Afternoon of Conversation

      Houghton Lake – June 15-17
      Making as Learning: A Three Day Workshop

      Pickford – June 20-22
      Making as Learning: A Three-Day Workshop

      Centreville – July 12-14
      Making as Learning: A Three-Day Workshop

      Alpena – July 20-22
      Making as Learning: A Three-Day Workshop

      Coopersville – August 2-4
      Making as Learning: A Three-Day Workshop

      Iron River – August 8-10
      Making as Learning: A Three-Day Workshop

      Benzonia – August 16-18
      Making as Learning: Three-Day Workshop

      Saginaw – August 23
      Making Maker Learners: A One-Day Workshop for Those Who Work With Youth

      Frankenmuth – August 24-26
      Making as Learning: A Three-Day Workshop

      This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant RE-05-15-0021-15. Some materials (c) Regents of the University of Michigan. All materials are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license terms unless otherwise stated