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    • Winner!Summer Reading Winners

      Thanks to a random number generator, we have the prize winners for the Summer Reading surveys. They will receive a Michigan Reads book, some MeL swag and 2016 Summer Reading t-shirt. Our winners are Kathleen Harville from St. Clair Shores Public Library, Elissa Zimmer from Fraser Public Library and Macy Cullinan from T.A. Cutler Memorial Library.

      Thanks to everyone for your stats and feedback on the Summer Reading program materials. We appreciate and use the data provided.

    • Michigan Archaeology Day 2015 Michigan Archaeology Day 2015

      Fun for all ages! Come to Archaeology Day at the Michigan Historical Center on October 10 where you can talk with archaeologists and try to throw a spear with an atlatl like hunters did thousands of years ago. There will be kid's activities, artifact displays, presentations and more. Admission is free! For more details click on the link above. 

    • Genealogy word cloud October is Family History Month at MeL, Too!

      We are happy to celebrate Family History Month in October with webinar/training opportunities with ProQuest trainers on HeritageQuest Online.  Your local genealogy society members are also welcome to attend.  Teachers will be interested in using HeritageQuest for classroom Family History assignments!  One of the Introduction and Beyond the Basics webinars will be recorded.  Please see link above for content and registration information and share widely!

    • MeL logo, Michigan eLibrary Michigan eLibrary Upgrades Benefits Educators, Students, Everyone

      LANSING – Information-seekers will find an expanded Michigan eLibrary (MeL) thanks to upcoming digital content upgrades, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

      “The new and ongoing databases in MeL are designed to meet the evolving general information and academic needs of Michiganders,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said. “MeL is always a great resource for students, educators and the general public; and soon it’ll be even better.”

    • Twitter Join the conversation on Twitter @LibraryofMich!

      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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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • Menacing Michigan: If You Seek a Scary Peninsula, Look Over Your Shoulder - October 30th, 5:30 - 8:00

      Bradley Mikulka, Ghost Hunting in Michigan
      6:30 – 8:00 P.M. Lake Michigan Room, 3rd floor
      Follow along with one of the oldest ghost-hunting groups in Michigan: the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (SEMGHS). Journey through 13 investigations of cemeteries, a comedy club, library, business, hotel, theater, private home, and an old prison. If you have ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt, but found that you were too afraid, it’s time to put yourself right in the middle of some of the most haunted locations in Michigan. Read this book if you dare, but do so with the lights on!

      Before They Were Dead: Researching the Living at the Library of Michigan
      5:30 – 6:30, Lake Michigan Room

      Click on the title to read full program descriptions

    • lansing photography exhibit From Sepia to Selfies - 150 Years of Lansing Photography

      Treat yourself to a photographic journey through Lansing’s past!  The Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Library of Michigan are sponsoring “From Sepia to Selfies - 150 Years of Lansing Photography”, running now  through November 30, located on the Library’s 4th floor.  Also featured is a major exhibit on loan from the Clark Library at Central Michigan University which focuses on the history of photography as seen through its many photographic processes.  Enjoy any time during library hours.

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      The Library of Michigan is open Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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    • Putnam District Library makers Maker Space Is for Everyone

      All of the staff at Putnam District Library are makers...and we believe everyone else is too!  To help encourage kids (and their families too) to be creative problem solvers and inventors, we have started hosting Maker events.  Using end of the year donations, we purchased some kits with lots of potential (Snap Circuits, Makey Makey, and Makedo) and extra consumables like perler beads and ping pong balls.  We uses tons of recyclables:  cereal boxes, shoe boxes, water bottles, etc. and scour Pinterest for inspiration.

      We provide printed instructions for some projects and open-ended suggestions for others.  We've learned it's important to ask lots of questions along the way to encourage hypothesis making.  We encourage parent participation and help but also try to model how to empower kids to do things on their own.  We don't say "that's wrong", we suggest they look at the instructions again.  We celebrate when the kids have ideas that make the project even more amazing.  We have some regular families who can't wait to see what they will encounter next and plan to continue hosting this type of events throughout the school year.

      Check out our photos on Facebook.  Please direct questions to Assistant Director Laura Scott at lscott@putnamlib.org.  


  • Local History Resources

    • Governing Michigan

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      The Library of Michigan's Governing Michigan website provides free online access to state doccuments. Already valued by the legal research community for its on-the-spot access to content llike bill analyses and case law, its scope is expanding to include Michigan Regional, Local, and Tribal Government collections. Be sure to bookmark this treasure trove of Michigan information.

    If You Seek a Cool Resource...come to the Library!

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Reference Collection!

      amc pacer from Wards Automotive catalogAre you looking for information on the auto industry? Look no further than Ward’s Automotive Yearbook. You can find vehicle sales and production numbers along with a host of other information: operating costs, fuel consumption, automaker revenue, as well as photographic documentation of car models.  It would be a shame to lose track of what the Pacer looked like... 



    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • library of Michigan library card What's in YOUR wallet??

      Of course we hope you already have your Library of Michigan library card, but for those of you who don't, wait no longer!  Take advantage of our online application.  We'll have your account set up and ready to go before you can say Stevens T. Mason! (Well, maybe not THAT fast, but we do strive for efficiency.)



In the Know

  • News for Michigan Libraries

    • MeL logo, Michigan eLibrary Changes to MeL Effective Oct. 1

      As hopefully most of you know the Library of Michigan issued an RFP earlier this year for core subscription content for MeL. The process is detailed at, http://michigan.gov/2015melrfp. On October 1st, the subscription eResources (aka databases) will change. At the link above you will find what is leaving, what is new, and what is staying on. If you link to specific MeL databases on your library’s website, please make changes accordingly. We will also be getting new eBooks for MeL’s general GVRL Collection. Information on that will be sent in a separate email/posting.  If you have any questions on the content, please let me know. If you have any support or implementation questions, please contact:  meldatabaseshelp@mcls.org.  Please share with your staff and/or colleagues/members.

    • MSU Libraries Webinar Series Related to Accessibility and Inclusion - RSVP Form

      The Michigan State University Libraries is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a 3-part webinar series related to accessibility and inclusion on October 7, 14, and 28 in the Reference Instruction Room in the Main Library. The webinar series, offered by the American Alliance of Museums and supported in part by a grant from the Institution of Museum and Library Services, is titled: Stories of Inclusion: Inclusive Practices at Cultural Institutions and will feature relevant topics for libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions. The schedule for all three webinars is as follows: 1:30-2:00pm: registration/networking, 2:00-3:30pm: webinar, 3:30-4:30pm: post-webinar discussion.

      You can read more about the webinar series here:

      There is NO cost to attend this webinar in-person at the MSU Libraries.

      Please RSVP using the online RSVP form above, selecting the East Lansing/Michigan State University Libraries location. 

      You can choose to attend one, two, or all three webinars in the series.

      Please direct questions to MSU’s Heidi Schroeder at hschroed@msu.edu.

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