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      The Library of Michigan has an active Twitter presence. Check out new books coming into the library, staff happenings, Notable Book events, information about Michigan authors and Great Lakes books, Michigan history facts and figures and more. Join us on Twitter and participate in the Michigan conversation!

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      Journal articles, legislative histories, statistics, literature searches: when you need research assistance, think Library of Michigan. Our team of reference librarians is at your service to provide you the information you need to complete your work. We have a long history of conducting timely, objective, and confidential research.

    • Author Shaka Senghor Meet Author Shaka Senghor Tuesday March 7, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Registration required)

      Convicted of second-degree murder at age 17, best-selling author Shaka Senghor served 19 years in the Michigan prison system. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs, is a redemption story of what it's like to grow up in the gravitational pull of poverty and violence, and then overcome it. Co-sponsored with the Capital Area District Library.

    • Historical Society of Michigan Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference - Register here

      This year’s conference offers four keynotes: Hear the Roar: The Detroit Tigers’ Tale; Selling Michigan: Promoting the Great Lakes State; Grace Lee Boggs: Author, Activist, and American Revolutionary; and The Michigan Vote: A Political Battleground. Also enjoy twenty-five breakout sessions that address local and statewide history, nearly 50 exhibitors/vendors for attendees to visit and a Friday reception featuring the Royal Garden Trio.

    • Dollar General Literacy programs Dollar General Literacy Foundation

      The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General in 43 states. Online applications must be submitted by February 23, 2017. The need for literacy assistance isn't confined to a single age group or geographic location. That's why the Dollar General Literacy Foundation's grant programs help improve the lives of people of all ages in many different communities. 

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    • Hidden Gems In the Michigan Collection - Let's Talk Winter!

      black and white cover of an old Michigan winter tourism brochureTime flies! We were all enjoying the wonderful Michigan lakes, streams, and rivers, and now it is time for snow. There are many fun and interesting reads in the Michigan Collection that talk about Michigan’s winter sports and entertainment. Sit back and enjoy them and perhaps they will inspire a winter adventure. So, take a look at the numerous Ski Michigan – Winter Sports Maps (ex: G4111.E63 1961 .M53). Or, Fall & Winter Fun in Michigan. Lower Peninsula (GV 191.42 .M5 F3 1971 ).  Two favorites of mine are: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – Winter Sports and Let’s Go! It’s Winter…Time for Fun and Frolic. All these items and more can be found in your Library of Michigan.  

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    • A Cure for the Common Information Void

      lm reference staffIs your report missing some statistics?  Does your boss want you to do some background reading before starting your next project?  Does that grant application you’re working on have a section for your institution’s history, and until now it have never dawned on you that your department had a history?  Sounds like you have an information void.  Lucky for you the Library of Michigan’s Reference and Research Group specializes in filling those.  Get in touch: 

      517-373-1300, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  You call, we answer. 

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    • Get Personal: Early Michigan Diaries and Autobiographies

      cover page of 1881 diaryFirst-person accounts can tell us about a wide range of experiences, from pioneer to schoolmaster, schooner captain to soldier, railroad employee to surveyor. All but one are nineteenth century accounts. Together they offer a rich picture of life in early Michigan.

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    • Award Baker & Taylor Awards for Friends Groups and Foundations

      United for Libraries (The Division of ALA the focuses on Library Trustees and Friends groups) is now accepting applications for Baker & Taylor Awards for Friends Groups and Foundations.

      The awards recognize Friends groups and library foundations for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will receive $1,000 each. Awards are given for a specific project culminating in the year prior to application. This year’s awards will be for projects that occurred or culminated during the 2016 calendar year.

      PLEASE NOTE – You will need to login to United for Libraries as a member. The Library of Michigan has ppurchased a membership for every public library in Michigan.

      To obtain the login credentials for United for Libraries, please contact Clare Membiela at (517) 335-8132 or the Library of Michigan Statewide Library Services at 517-373-1580.

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