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April 8


Michigan Waters Author Event,1 – 3 P.M., Lake Michigan Room, 4th floor

1 - 2 P.M.
Maureen Dunphy: Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure

In her book, author Maureen Dunphy explores in depth over 30 of the islands in the Great Lakes Basin. Featuring those accessible by bridge or ferry, she introduces more than 50 additional islands in the United States and Canada. Each chapter provides information about getting to the islands, what to expect when you get there, the island’s history, and what natural, historical, and cultural sites are available.

2:10 - 3 P.M.
William Rapai:  Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes

There are more than 180 alien species in the Great Lakes; some are harmless so far, while others have wreaked biological and economic disruption. William Rapai focuses on the impact of these invasive while examining the value of the Great Lakes from a human perspective. The once isolated ecosystem is now part of a world economy. Balanced and accessible, the author examines new policies of prevention and the tradeoffs required to protect the lakes and tributaries.



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Michigan Day, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

The Michigan Library and Historical Center will be a hub of Michigan-themed activities and exhibits as the Library of Michigan and Michigan History Museum commemorate Michigan Day.


Bookmaking Workshop, 10 A.M. - 1 P.M., Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

Back by popular demand, artisan Elizabeth Begue will lead an afternoon-long workshop on bookmaking! In this session, students will use decorative Japanese paper, book cloth, text sheets and card stock to construct two examples of Japanese stab binding. Students will leave class with 2 books and basic instructions so they can repeat the project at home.

*Limited to twelve participants. Preregistration is required with a $15.00 materials fee. Register online. 


Believing in Magic, Cookie Johnson, 7-8:30 P.M., Forum, 1st floor

The Library of Michigan will serve as center court when best-selling author Cookie Johnson concludes the Capital Area District Library's Spring Author Series.  Johnson, wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, will discuss her book, "Believing in Magic", the story of their decades-long journey of married life and living with his HIV-positive status. WLNS anchor Sheri Jones will moderate the event.  Admission is free, but seating is limited, so registration is required.



June 3







June 10‚Äč


Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Add the Michigan Library and Historical Center to your Be a Tourist in Your Own Town itinerary!  With both the Library of Michigan and the Michigan History Museum offering activities, earn two passport stamps at one address.


Martha W. Griffith Michigan Rare Book Room Open House, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M., 4th Floor

Take in highlights of the Library's rare book collections.  Led by Michigan Collections Librarian Edwina Murphy and Reference Librarian Matt Pacer.


July 8







July 20

Microfilm Madness: Learn the Wiley Ways of the Readers, 1 - 3 P.M. Microfilm Room, 2nd floor

Be the calm person in the room who knows just what to do to get the perfect microfilm image sent to your email or flash drive as reference librarian Matt Pacer shares his tricks of the trade.

Researching Local Lansing History with James MacLean & Craig A. Whitford, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

Craig Whitford has co-authored several books on local history including Lansing: City on the Grand, Postmarked: Michigan, Mich., and Airport Kid, Learning to Fly. Craig actively collects, conducts research and provides presentations on various subjects relating to the history of Lansing and Ingham County. James MacLean is the Head of Community Outreach at the Capital Area District Libraries.