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    • Public Library Association PLA accepting applications for 2017 Leadership Academy in Portland, Ore.

      Kara O'Keefe/CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change, Building Community, March 20-24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.

    • LM Dispatch: Library of Michigan Bimonthly Newsletter Sign Up for the LM Dispatch

      We produce a bimonthly newsletter with columns, features and stories about happenings at the Library of Michigan, success and collaboration stories from co-ops and libraries around the state and items of interest to Michigan library staff. Sign up at the link above to receive this free eNewsletter. The next issue comes out the last week of September!

    • Michigan Humanities Council, Sponsor of Michigan Notable Books Prime Time Family Reading from the Michigan Humanities Council

      The Michigan Humanities Council is now accepting applications for libraries and schools interested in hosting Prime Time Family Reading Time. Grants of up to $14,000 are available to host sites. To learn more about Prime Time please visit the link above. For more information on how to apply please contact James Nelson, Program Manager, at 517-372-7770 or jnelson@mihumanities.org.

      The deadline for Spring 2017 applications is November 4, 2016

    • Woman writing 5th Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest

      Don’t miss the fifth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest! The writing competition kicks off on September 1, but there’s plenty of time to submit your story before the November 30 deadline. You could win up to $250 and have your story published by Chapbook Press. Offered by the Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music.

    • Boxed in: the theory about dark stores in Michigan Boxed In

      The new documentary about the dark store theory in Michigan and how that is impacting the tax base and Michigan libraries. View the video here. 


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    • Michigan Supreme Court Records & Briefs

      cover of a supreme court record and briefDo you have an ancestor who was a party in a Michigan Supreme Court case? The Law Library has a collection of court briefs and trial transcripts that you can use to find more background about that litigation.

      The Law Library's collection is not complete but spans 1874-2012, when the Court announced they would be available in digital format only.  For assistance using the Records and Briefs, please contact the State Law Library at (313) 373-0630 or lmlawlib@michigan.gov.


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    • September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

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      Of course we hope you already have your Library of Michigan library card, but in case you don't, there's no better time than Library Card Sign-up Month to change that.  You can visit the Library to do so, or state employees can take advantage of our online application.  In addition to checking out materials from our collections, your LM card is your passport to remote access to select Library of Michigan electronic resources.  Learn more at our State Employee Services webpage.


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      red, white and blue star-shaped graphic with the words Constituion Day September 17, 2016September 17 is Constitution Day (observed September 16, 2016). The books and resources listed here allow the user to explore the ways in which that document impacts so many areas of our everyday existence from free speech and civil rights questions to school sports and even how we use technology.


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    • Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) Friends of Michigan Libraries Trustee Alliance Fall Workshop Registration

      FOML Trustee Alliance Workshop Friday, October 14, 2016

      Kalamazoo Public Library – Central Branch
      315 S Rose St.
      Kalamazoo, MI 49007

      (269) 553-7886

      “Knowledge is Power:  What Trustees Need to Know about Library Governance”

      Synopsis:  What are the key ingredients that make up the recipe for successful library governance?  What knowledge and information should every trustee have to ensure that the library community being served is getting the best return on investment? How knowledgeable are your trustees?