- What is the Center for the Book?
The Michigan Center for the Book is the Michigan affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. The Center draws from the Library of Michigan and its affiliate institutions to encourage and produce local and statewide programs and resources that promote the culture of books.
- Author Visits - How To & Collaboration
- Michigan Book Lists
- Michigan Book World
- One Book Archive
- Letters About Literature
- Michigan Authors & Illustrators database
Why do affiliates join the Center for the Book? To invest in local and statewide library services. See what our affiliates think about membership in the Why Should My Library Join piece. See How is the Center for the Book organized? for an application, annual reports, meeting minutes, etc. or contact Edwina Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 373-4376 for more information.
- Michigan eLibrary (MeL)
MeL 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.
- 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.
- MeL Gateways include specialized resources such as those in genealogy, health, business and areas for kids and teens.
- Michigan Notable Books The Michigan Notable Books program annually selects 20 of the most notable books published in the year. The selections are reflective of Michigan's diverse ethnic, historical, literary, and cultural experience. This program has roots stretching back to Michigan Week 1991. The Library of Michigan has had primary responsibility for this program since the 2002 awards. Before 2004, the program was called Read Michigan.
Find a list of this year's selections at www.michigan.gov/notablebooks.
- Ploud - Websites for small and rural libraries
Ploud (formerly known as Plinkit) is a feature-rich and easy to use library-specific website template used in a variety of states.
Ploud 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.
Check out some of our sites:
* Lapeer District Library
* Buchanan District Library
The Plinkit program is transitioning to Ploud in the summer of 2015 and is currently closed to individual applications in Michigan but we expect to re-open later this year.
Feel free to contact Sonya Schryer Norris at the Library of Michigan at 517-373-4457 or email@example.com with any questions.