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    • webinar December Listing of Free Webinars for Library Staff

      Dozens of online sessions to help you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to move your library forward and connect with your community.

    • library of congress literacy award logo Center for the Book $1,000 Literacy Award

      Call for nominations! The Michigan Center for the Book would like to award a childhood literacy award to one organization for their work with elementary age children.  The $1,000 dollar cash prize is open to a Michigan Public Library or Friends Group of a Michigan Public Library. Selection will be in late December by the Michigan Center for the Book board members. Act swiftly; nominations are due by December 16, 2016.

    • word collage of civil rights related terms Civil Rights and a Civil Society: A Library-Law Enforcement Partnership

      Here's a great opportunity to listen and learn from our colleagues in the field!  Tune in to hear how Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to develop an innovative public program series that uses history as a gateway to productive, critical conversations on race, policing and human rights.  Wednesday, December 7, 2:00-2:30 p.m., Eastern. FREE.


    • Toys for Tots logo We're Collecting for Toys for Tots!

      The Library of Michigan and the Historical Center is once again pleased to be a Toys for Tots drop off center in the heart of Lansing.  The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as gifts to less fortunate children in the community.  Please feel free to visit and share in the seasonal festivities. 

    • excerpt of a map of Michigan Native American treaties Native Treaties Shared Rights Exhibit

      The Library of Michigan is pleased to host the Clark Historical Library's Native Treaties Shared Rights Exhibit.  The exhibit opens at 1 p.m. November 5 with a presentation by Colleen Green, Director of Native American Programs at Central Michigan University, and runs through December 29.  It features extensive historical material of the Anishinabeg, (First Peoples) and is among the most comprehensive in the state.  The exhibit is free, and can be viewed during our normal business hours

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    • The Library's Michigan Music Collection - Take note!

      collage of cds from the library of michigan's music collectionDid you know you can check out music CD's from the Library's Michigan Collection?  Michigan's deep and varied musical heritage is well represented in our stacks.  Motown, rock, jazz, funk, lumberjack songs - lend an ear to the sounds of Michigan.    


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      The Library of Michigan has expanded its ebook collections to include audiobooks!  We've started this exciting venture with our Professional Development Lending Library.  Find titles on topics like coaching, innovation, communication, and other management-related concerns. If you like this format, please let us know, and we'll consider other subjects areas in which to expand.  

      Find these titles through the Law Library's LexisNexis Digital Library site. State employees can enjoy access from anywhere by logging in with their Library of Michigan library cards.  Titles can be downloaded to your devices, but we encourage you to take advantage of the convenience of listening from your browsers. Questions, suggestions, input, please give us a call or send an email!

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    • Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) Outstanding Michigan Friends of the Library Award

      Did your Friends of the Library group carry out an outstanding project or a number of successful activities in your community during 2016 that had a significant impact on your library’s services to the community? Tell us about it!

      The award will be given to two different Michigan Friends groups. It could be for a specific project you carried out in 2016 or based on the full scope of the group’s activities during 2016. One award will go to a library that serves a population of under 12,000 people and one to a library that serves a population of 12,000 or more.

      Applications will be judged by the FOML Grants Committee on the following criteria:

      1. Planning:  Involvement of the Friends, library, and community in the use of resources, an innovative and appropriate activity, and measurable outcomes (e.g., attendance at event, increase in patron use of the library, etc.).
      2. Implementation:  Public relations, broad membership involvement, and use of resources.
      3. Evaluation:  Assessment of activity or program with measurable results.
      4. Innovation:  New idea(s) for program or activity, creative involvement of community and specific citizens, and creative use of public relations.
      5. Community Involvement:  Evidence of community involvement in planning and implementation.

      The winning Friends group will receive $400 and a plaque, along with an invitation for 2 of your members to attend the FOML Annual Membership Meeting in 2017 to receive the award.    

      To be eligible for this award, your Friends group must be a 2016 FOML member (membership information can be found at www.foml.org) and completed the project or activities during the 2016 calendar year.

      Deadline:  Applications for this award must be received by January 13, 2017.