Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Macomb County Obituary Index Update

The Macomb County Genealogy Group and Mount Clemens Public Library are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Obituary Index. The latest release adds 7,698 new records to the index, bringing the total to 225,349.  The new records include data from the Macomb Daily issues of 2012,  Romeo Observer 1990-1993, 1993 and 2011, Mount Clemens Press 1892, Mount Clemens Monitor 1915, and a mixture of other dates from various local papers.

The index may be searched online at  http://www.mtclib.org/search/obitindex.php.

Our thanks go out to the volunteers who gave so many hours of their time to make this update possible:  Karen Turner, Janith Hopp, Mary Duke, Dianne Sinning, Karen Brewer, Sue Long, Patricia Dettloff, Craig Reynolds, Herb Savage and Ann Faulkner.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Keeping Up With the Library

Did you know that there are many ways to keep up with the latest news and events from Mount Clemens Public Library?  In addition to this news blog, the library maintains a Facebook page and a Twitter account where you'll see reminders about upcoming program, announcements about new books, videos and CDs, and information about various library services.  You can even search the library's online catalog from our Facebook page!

In addition, if you are library cardholder, you may choose to have the library communicate with you about your library account via e-mail or text message.  We can send you texts or e-mails to remind you when your checked-out materials will be due, to alert you to holds that have arrived or let you know about overdue fines and bills.  If you are interested in this option, just stop at the circulation desk and let a staff member know what your contact preferences are.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on Friday, May 23 for staff in-service training, and from Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m.

While the library is closed, all electronic services such as our download center, databases, library catalog and digital archive will continue to be available through our web site.  Outdoor drop boxes are available for return of materials outside the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied periodically throughout the weekend by library staff.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Library Program Explores Packard Proving Grounds History

John F. MacArthur
Seldom mentioned in the history of the automobile industry and racing is the fact that Macomb County, Michigan was once home to the fastest auto track in the world.  Packard Motor Car Foundation board member John F. MacArthur will explain how the Packard Proving Grounds Test Track in Shelby Township achieved that designation when he presents a program entitled "The Fastest Track in the World" at Mount Clemens Public Library on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.

The Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is undergoing restoration of historic structures and the development of museum facilities. Mr. MacArthur will discuss the preservation and interpretive activities underway at the site and will illustrate his presentation with historic photographs.

Please join us for a look at this fascinating aspect of Macomb County's history. The program is free and open to the public and no registration is necessary.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mount Clemens History Scan & Share Day

Do your family albums contain historic photos, documents, letters, or other items that offer insight into the Mount Clemens area’s past? Mount Clemens Public Library asks you to dig into those old family albums and storage boxes and bring them to the Mount Clemens History Scan & Share Day on Saturday, March 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the library's local history room. During the event, a new high-speed scanner will be used to make digital copies of items documenting the community's past for the library's online local history archive.

Members of the public are invited to share their local history and help build the library's digital history collection. Volunteers will scan your photos, slides or documents while you wait and return your original items to you immediately. The library will keep copies of the scans for its online digital archive, where they will be available to genealogy and local history researchers using the library's web site, while owners will retain their original photos and documents. Contributors who wish to have a copy of the scans for personal use are encouraged to bring along a flash drive to the event.

The library seeks items that reflect Mount Clemens people, places and events. In particular, photos of local scenes and buildings, past residents, social events, homes and neighborhoods, schools, churches and businesses are sought, especially those images taken before 1980.

This is a free event, however registration is requested to assist with planning.  Items will be scanned on a drop-in basis; contributors may experience a wait during busy times. For more information, or to register to attend, phone the library at 586-469-6200.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Thursday, December 26, at 9:00 a.m.

The library will also be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1 for the New Year's holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Thursday, January 2 at 9:00 a.m.

While we are closed, all digital library services will remain available through our web site, including our online catalog, media download center, databases, digital magazines, and historical archive.  Outdoor drop boxes will remain available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of library materials, and will be emptied periodically by staff throughout the holiday breaks.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Library Offers Free Magazine Downloads

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to offer access to Zinio For Libraries, the world's largest newsstand.  The Suburban Library Cooperative, of which the library is a member, has created a new Zinio web portal which allows library patrons to select and download issues of 93 popular magazines to their computers or portable devices.

After creating free accounts to use the service, library card holders will have unlimited access to complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most Internet-enabled devices.  Magazine issues downloaded from the service do not "expire" or need to be returned to the library, and there is no limit on the number of magazines that a user may borrow.  There are also no waiting lists to download content; everything you see in the library's Zinio portal is available for immediate download.

Library staff will be happy to assist you in creating your accounts and navigating the site.  Try it today by clicking here, or look for the Zinio Digital Magazines link on our web site.