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    • red white and blue flip calendar page with the words Labor Day printed on it Closed for the Holiday!

      The Library will be closed Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.  Normal hours will resume Tuesday, September 6.  Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

    • MeL logo, Michigan eLibrary New Look for Teacher Portal in Michigan eLibrary

      LANSING – The Michigan eLibrary, MeL, now has a new and improved resource center for teachers across the state.

      Michigan Online Resources for Educators, or MORE, has been updated with a completely revamped, resource-driven teacher portal, MeL Teachers, available at http://mel.org/teachers.

      Part of the Library of Michigan, MeL Teachers offers eight targeted centers that improve site navigation, making no-charge databases and other content more readily accessible.

    • 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

    • 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!

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

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • Michigan Rails conference 2016 Michigan Rails: Authors, Books, Maps, More

      Date:  October 8, 2016  
      Time:  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

      Library of Michigan, Lake Michigan Room (4th floor)

      Registration Required, $15.00/person includes a continental breakfast and lunch. 

      Speakers will include authors, photographers and historians Byron Babbish, Kevin P. Keefe, Normal Krentel and Joseph M. Mishler. Each will bring their unique research and considerable knowledge to bear on this topic.

    • See here for our full event listings

      In September we will be hosting rare book collector Ed Surovell showcasing his collection of Dr. Chase materials which provides a window into 19th century "household hacks."

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

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Collection: Putting Up!

      cover of Michigan State College publication, Freezing fruits and vegetablesFall is right around the corner. What better time than now to think about canning the wonderful produce and vegetables you can acquire at your local farmers market. 4-H Clubs created great instructional booklets for canning. The associated images with this post are from the 1953 booklet: 4H food Preservation : freezing fruits and vegetables. Happy Canning!! pictures from a booklet demonstrating steps of freezing asparagus




    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Request books directly from ANSWER!

      State employees!  Take advantage of office delivery!  Use the "State Govt Employee: click here to order" link you'll find in ANSWER records to request circulating materials be sent to you via ID mail or held for pick up at the Library's Reference Desk!

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    • TLN Technology Forum TLN Technology Forum Registration

      The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive & Purposeful Change
      The heart of librarianship is learning and supporting our users’ curiosity through every means possible. It’s a cyclical process of support, engagement, and discovery with deep roots in the concepts of service, access, and freedom to pursue interests of all kinds. No matter what type of institution, someone is gaining knowledge, finding information, or creating something new based on our facilitation. This role of facilitator and guide is best delivered with humanity and heart.
      Speaker: Dr. Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, School of Information, San Jose State University

      Location: Bloomfield Township Public Library, September 30 9:00 - 3:30. Includes four breakout sessions.

    • Library Journal Professional Development The Transformative Power of Community Engagement

      October 25: Columbus, OH

      Join Library Journal, David Bendekovic, and talented colleagues for The Transformative Power of Community Engagement, a full-day, live, interactive workshop that explores powerful and proven strategies and tactics that can be applied immediately to positively impact your community regardless of your library's size or budget.

      You'll be led through a series of exercises to discover why, how, and specifically, what leaders from high-impact libraries are doing to transform their libraries and build better communities.

      Plus, each attendee will walk away with a Personal Action Planner for success, and also gain access to The Commons, our online alumni community where librarians share resources, make connections, and crowdsource solutions to their challenges.