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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend. While we are closed, all electronic services will be available from our web site, including our online catalog, digital archive, media download center, and databases.  Outdoor drop boxes will remain available outside the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of library materials and will be emptied periodically throughout the weekend by library staff.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cemetery Association Donates Rare Record Collection to Public Library

From left: Clinton Grove Cemetery Association trustees R. John Umlauf and Jane Alfonso; Assistant Library Director Deborah Larsen; Library Director Donald E. Worrell, Jr.; Cemetery Association trustees Robert Petitpren, Jr., Brad Thomas and R. Philip Groh.

Mount Clemens Public Library has received a donation of a significant collection of historical records, spanning nearly a century of Macomb County history, from the Clinton Grove Cemetery Association Board of Trustees.

The collection comprises the business records of the Hubbard Funeral Home of Mount Clemens, which operated from 1875 to 1971. The funeral home was founded by William Burton Hubbard and was continued by his son, Duncan Burton Hubbard, until the latter's death in 1971.

"The Hubbard Funeral Home collection represents a treasure-trove of local history and genealogical data," said Donald E. Worrell, Jr., Director of Mount Clemens Public Library. "This gift adds an invaluable resource for the many researchers that the library serves from locations all over the country, and we are pleased that the Clinton Grove Cemetery Association has seen fit to entrust it to our care."

The Board of Trustees of the Clinton Grove Cemetery Association donated the collection to the public library to help historical and genealogical researchers access a valuable chronicle of Mount Clemens and Macomb County history. The library will be able to provide greater access to the records through its longer public service hours and an online index to the data which will be developed by staff and volunteer research assistants during the coming months. The index to the Hubbard records will eventually be available online from the library's web site at

Mount Clemens Public Library is the oldest public library in Macomb County and one of the oldest in Michigan, having been established in 1865. The library's local history and genealogy collection was founded in the 1950s and has grown to be one of the most extensive collections in suburban Detroit.

Clinton Grove Cemetery was established in 1855 and is Macomb County's oldest operating cemetery. With new and innovative interment options, a state of the art genealogy section on its web site, and a host of upcoming events including "A Walk Into the Past" on August 24 at 1 p.m., Clinton Grove is not only an important part of history, but continues to make history every day.  For more information about the cemetery, visit

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In Memory of Kenneth King

We are sad to report the passing, yesterday evening, of former library director Kenneth King. After a long and successful career at Detroit Public Library, Mr. King succeeded Miriam Altman as director of Mount Clemens Public Library in 1973. He served as director for 12 years, retiring in August 1985.

During his tenure as library director, Mr. King was known for his dedication to improving the quality of life in Mount Clemens through his participation in many civic organizations. Among the local organizations that benefited from Mr. King's leadership and contributions were Mount Clemens Rotary Club, Mount Clemens Beautification Committee, Mount Clemens Regional Arts Council, the Bright Future for Mount Clemens Committee, Macomb County Historical Society and the Mount Clemens Business Association.  In 1976, he was recognized by his professional peers when he was named Librarian of the Year by the Michigan Library Association.

He will be fondly remembered by long-time library friends and former staff.

Click here for a biography of Ken King and information about visitation.