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• The Mission of the Library of Michigan The Michigan Legislature created The Library of Michigan to guarantee the people of this State and their government one perpetual institution to collect and preserve Michigan publications, conduct reference and research and support libraries statewide.


• Plinkit Plinkit - Websites for small and rural librariesPlinkit is a feature-rich and easy to use library-specific website template free to Michigan libraries.

Plinkit provides an easy-to-learn, easy-to-update website template. It is designed for libraries without specialized technology staff. It is easily expandable for libraries that wish to do more. There is no cost to the libraries and the technology "heavy lifting" is done by the Library of Michigan. Training and refresher courses are free. And Plinkit is easy to learn. If you can operate Microsoft Word, you can operate Plinkit.

Check out some of our sites:

* Boyne District Library
* Lapeer District Library
* Buchanan District Library

The Plinkit program will be transitioning to ESP Library in 2014-2015. For more information, please see the program website.

Feel free to contact Sonya Schryer Norris at the Library of Michigan at 517-373-4457 or with any questions.

Michigan Notable Books


Introducing the 2014 Michigan Notable Books!
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The Michigan Department of Education and the Library of Michigan are pleased to announce the 2014 Michigan Notable Books, 20 books celebrating Michigan people, places, and events. For more than 10 years the Library has been proud to sponsor this program, doing our part to help build a culture of reading here in Michigan. Learn more about this year's selections in the MDE Press Release.

Michigan eLibrary

• Michigan eLibrary (MeL) MeL logoMeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.

  • MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair, practice tests and art images. View a video to familiarize yourself with the databases.

  • MeLCat allows you to order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials and have them delivered to your participating library.

  • MeL Michigana contains photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeL Michigana.

  • MeL Gateways include specialized resources such as those in genealogy, health, business and areas for kids and teens.

  • M.O.R.E.: Michigan Online Resources for Educators allows teachers and parents to find curricular-based resources searchable by subject and aligned to the Michigan Content Expectations.

Michigan Center for the Book

• What's New at the Michigan Center for the BookOur 2012 Michigan literary brochure is Tasting Michigan!. It's a great list of Michigan cooking, food heritage and artisan agriculture books.

The Center for the Book has expanded its membership options! Libraries with budgets under $500,000 can now join for $125 per year. For more information on the benefits, see Why Should My Library Join the Center for the Book and the Affiliate Application. We hope to see you soon!

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