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April 7

The Library of Michigan Foundation's 2018 Night for Notables, 5:30 - 8:30 P.M., Forum & Rotunda 

The Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation
cordially invite you to a celebration honoring this year’s Michigan Notable Books and authors. Please RSVP online or by phone (517-373-2977) by March 26.  


April 14


Presentation: "Michigan's Ties to the RMS Titanic", April 14th 1 – 2 pm, Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

The RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912 and since that day there has been wonder, speculation and investigation. Michigan may not be the first state that comes to mind when thinking of the Titanic and her passengers, but the involvement was real. In 1912 Michigan was thriving with the lumber and automobile industries resulting in new wealth. As well, many Michiganians had New York ties to business and family. Many passengers were from Michigan and the US Senate inquiry was chaired by Sen. William Alden Smith of Michigan. Please join us on April 14 when historian Robert Myers will present on this ever-fascinating topic filled with so many, ‘if only” elements.


May 12


Author Talk: "In All Its Original Wildness": The Quadruped Essays of John Bachman and John James Audubon, presented by Daniel Patterson and Eric Russell, May 12, 2018, 10:30-11:30 AM,
Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

Less well known and studied than the bold, hand-colored lithographic plates of Audubon's North American mammal images is the three-volume work of prose essays about the 150 species depicted in the plates. The essays comprise probably the most neglected important body of American nature writing from the nineteenth century.  They contain accounts of natural history discovery, travel anecdotes, and a panoramic view of the complex, conflicted relations between humans and wild mammals, and provide the basis for the authors' forthcoming book.



June 21 

Helping Teens Avoid the Handcuff Blues, with Cynthia Ward, J.D. June 21, 4-5 pm, State Law Library

Does your teenager understand that a lot of things considered  “fun and games” or “just a part of growing up” actually might lead to conduct that is against the law?  Teens and their parents are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about teenager misconduct and parental responsibility.

  • Parties
  • Posting on Social Media
  • Protests: Standing Up for What You Believe In
  • Dating and Relationships
  • Hacking
  • Does It Move?
  • Fights and Bullying
  • Hanging Out
  • Money Matters

Presented in two sessions by Cynthia Ward, J.D. Ms. Ward, a licensed attorney, is an administrator with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She has served a number of times as an “Honorary Judge” for the Teen Court Program.

Updated 05/21/2018