Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mount Clemens Public Library Celebrates 150 Years With Funfest

Mount Clemens Public Library is proudly observing the 150th anniversary of its founding during 2015. The library was established in 1865 by Professor Silas Wood, principal of the Union School District (forerunner of Mount Clemens Community Schools). Professor Wood saw the need for a lending library to serve the citizens of Mount Clemens and formed one in a third-floor room of the school building.

As the library grew, it moved to various rented quarters in town, including the basement of the Macomb County Courthouse and the upper floor of the Chamber of Commerce  (now Masonic Temple) building on the corner of Walnut & New streets. In 1902, the school board and the city fathers collaborated to acquire property and petition Andrew Carnegie for a grant to build a new library building.  The new library, located at 3 Grand Avenue (today's 125 Grand) was opened to the public in 1905 and served as the library's home until 1969, when a new building at 150 Cass Avenue was dedicated.

In celebration of this century-and-a-half milestone, the public is cordially invited to a 150th Birthday Funfest at the library on Saturday, June 18, from 2-4 p.m.  The free outdoor event will feature food, activities for children, a fire department apparatus display and live music by Dr. Pocket.  Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mount Clemens Historic Properties Now Online

One of the frequently asked questions in the library's local history and genealogy department is how to find the history of a house or property in Mount Clemens.  The process for this type of research can be very time consuming and frustrating, so the library has joined forces with Rochester-Avon Historical Society to provide a solution.

Faced with a similar need to provide this type of service, the Rochester-Avon Historical Society launched an online database to make property histories and vintage photographs of buildings and structures available for the communities of Oakland County.  RAHS quickly realized the need to make the new tool regional in scope and invite communities in the tri-county area to add their own
data.  Mount Clemens Public Library is proud to be the first Macomb County participant in this effort and has undertaken the task of entering data for Mount Clemens properties into the database.

This site brings together all of the relevant sources that are needed to outline the history of a property, including deed and mortgage records, probate records, city directories, federal census records, newspaper accounts, local vital records and obituaries.  When historic photos of the property are available, they are also made part of the record.

Users may search the database in several ways: by browsing a Google map, by property tax ID number, street address, historic name, or by architectural style.  Properties that contain a building or structure that is at least 75 years old are eligible to be included, as are monuments and memorials of any age.  The development of the Mount Clemens section of the database is ongoing and the library will continue to load more content on a regular basis.

To search the database,  visit the Macomb County section of the Oakland Regional Historic Sites database by clicking here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Music Downloads @ Mount Clemens Public Library

Mount Clemens Public Library, a member of the Suburban Library Cooperative, is pleased to announce that the Freegal music download service is now available free to library cardholders. Freegal offers digital access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists.  In total, the collection includes music from over 28,000 labels.

Library cardholders may download 5 songs per week, and enjoy three hours per day of streaming time.  Download and streaming counters are reset every Monday.  The MP3 files never expire and may be kept on your personal device permanently.  A Freegal Music app is available for Android and Apple devices at no charge.

Freegal is easy to use!  Have your library card number and PIN ready, and click here to begin sampling and downloading music.  The Freegal link is also available from the main menu of Mount Clemens Public Library's web site at www.mtclib.org.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In Memory of Chacella Newton

Mount Clemens Public Library staff and trustees are saddened by the recent death of former library board member Chacella Newton.  Ms. Newton was a charter member of the library board of trustees in 1994 when our district library was formed and was instrumental in leading the library through a transition to a new form of governance.  At various times during her 15 years  as a member of our library board of trustees, Ms. Newton served as president, vice-president and secretary.

The library benefited greatly from Chacella Newton's knowledge and wisdom, garnered through her years of service as a registered dietitian and food service consultant for the Macomb Intermediate School District, her teaching experience at Wayne State University and Wayne County Community College, and her term as a member of the Mount Clemens Board of Education.

The library has lost a true friend, dedicated supporter and champion, and she will be missed.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Medicare 101 at the Library

Are you a senior who finds all of the Medicare options and choices confusing and overwhelming?  Would you like some no-nonsense, practical advice for navigating the Medicare maze?  Mount Clemens Public Library can help!  Join us on Tuesday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. for "Medicare 101," presented by George Wojdacki, a counselor with the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program.  Our speaker will walk you through the "ins and outs" of Medicare and answer questions.

The program is free, but seats are limited and registration is required. To reserve your seat in this informative program, phone the library at 586-469-6200 or click the link to our online registration system.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In Memory of Mary L. Freer

The staff and volunteers of Mount Clemens Public Library are saddened by the death of Mary L. Freer, who passed away on August 2 at the age of 89.  Mary was an ardent supporter of the library and served as a volunteer genealogy assistant for many years, until ill health forced her to retire from that position.

Mary was a member of several genealogy and lineage groups and was always eager and willing to share her expertise with other genealogy researchers. We all looked forward to Mary's regular Thursday morning shift here at the library, and appreciated her warm and generous heart and her ever-present sense of humor. She will be ever fondly remembered and missed by all of us.

Mary's obituary may be viewed here.

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.