Monday, December 29, 2008

Help With New Year's Resolutions @ Your Library

If you need some support for a New Year's resolution to get yourself organized in 2009, your library can help! Here's a sample of items on our shelves to give you ideas and encouragement in your quest to de-clutter your life:

The Complete Clutter Solution: Organize Your Home For Good by Chris Peterson (640 PET)
Ready, Set Organize!: Get Your Stuff Together by Pipi Peterson (650.1 PET)
Organizing Magic: 40 Days to a Well-Ordered Home and Life by Sandra Felton (640 FEL)
Shelter for the Spirit: How to Make Your Home a Haven in a Hectic World by Victoria Moran (640 MOR)
The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter by Linda Cobb (648.5 COB)
The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life by Kathy Waddill (646.7 WAD)
Good Things for Organizing (648.8 GOO)
Stephanie Winston's Best Organizing Tips: Quick, Simple Ways to Get Organized and Get on With Your Life by Stephanie Winston (640.43 WIN)

As always, you can look for more helpful stuff in our library catalog by clicking here.

Friday, December 26, 2008

2009 Michigan Notable Book Author Coming to Macomb Book Fair

Here's another sneak peak at our 2009 Macomb Book Fair line-up! We are pleased that Jean Alicia Elster will present a workshop entitled “Writing a Children's Book Series.” Ms. Elster has just won a 2009 Michigan Notable Book award for her middle-grade novel Who's Jim Hines?, published by Wayne State University Press in 2008. The book is based on real events about Douglas Ford, Jr., a 12-year-old African-American boy growing up in Detroit during the Great Depression.
Ms. Elster is also the author of the children's book series Joe Joe in the City, published by Judson Press. She is the founder and president of Write Word, Inc.
Find out more about out 2009 Macomb Book Fair schedule by clicking here.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday, and also on Wednesday December 31 and Thursday, January 1 in observance of the New Year's holiday. Should you wish to return library materials on these days, our outside book drops will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the library, and will be emptied by library staff each day. You will also find our online library catalog and databases available to you through our web site, by clicking here. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Give the Gift of Life This Holiday Season!

Blood supplies are usually at dangerously low levels during the holiday season. Mount Clemens Public Library will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, December 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 586-469-6662. Walk-in donors are also welcome, so mark your calendar and plan to give the gift of life!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Items in the Genealogy Room

Just added to the shelves in the local history and genealogy room are four additional volumes of William R. Hamilton Funeral Home records, covering the years 1934-1938 and 1942-1947, and two volumes of Bell Funeral Home records, 1934-1951. (Bell Funeral Home was located in Birmingham, Michigan and was purchased by William R. Hamilton Funeral Home in 1951).

We have also received Oakland County Probate Court Abstracts, 1852-1868 (R929.377438 OAK).

Our thanks to Karen Lee Hemme-Rogers and Brenda McMahon Miller, directors of the funeral home records project, as well as to Geraldine Carrick who worked on the Bell records and Ann Faulkner, who maintains the funeral home records master index. The Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index may be searched by clicking here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Book Fair Sneak Preview

Here's another sneak preview of our 2009 Macomb Book Fair and Writers Conference, coming to you on Saturday, February 7:

Gail Gaymer Martin will present a workshop entitled "Writing Inspirational Romance." This workshop covers the basic elements of novel writing, with special focus on inspirational romance.
Multi-award-winning novelist and author of Writing the Christian Romance, Gail Gaymer Martin writes women’s fiction, including romance and romantic suspense, for Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. She has forty published novels with over two-and-a half million books in print.
Visit our Book Fair web site to view our complete schedule, presenter biographies, and online registration form.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Music @ The Library

We've got music at the library, if you're looking for something festive to brighten your holiday gathering! Here's just a sampling of the recordings available from our music collection on compact disc:

Joy to the World by Faith Hill (CD HOLIDAY HILL)
Christmas Songs by Diana Krall (CD HOLIDAY KRALL)
Christmas Cookies by The Oak Ridge Boys (CD COUNTRY OAK RIDGE)
The Greatest Holiday Classics by Kenny G (CD HOLIDAY KENNY G)
Merry Christmas With Love by Clay Aiken (CD HOLIDAY AIKEN)
We Three Kings by the Irish Tenors (CD HOLIDAY IRISH)
Rejoice: A String Quartet Christmas (CD HOLIDAY REJOICE)

There's much more to choose from in our complete catalog. To search for other recordings, click here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Winter 2009 Library Newsletter is on the Way!

The Winter 2009 edition of our newsletter, The Library Online, is at the printer. If you live within the boundaries of the Mount Clemens School District, you can expect to find a copy in your mailbox by the end of the month. Fortunately, because we have the capability to produce our newsletter in digital format as well, you can view it online right now by clicking here! You'll find a full schedule of programs with something to interest everybody. We have children's programs, lecture series, craft programs, book discussions, author visits, the Macomb Book Fair, and much more, so take a look!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Scrapbooking @ The Library

Do you need some ideas for your holiday scrapbook pages? Come to our next open crop night on Monday, December 15 and learn the technique of kirigami! Our open crop session begins at 5 p.m, and instruction on the kirigami technique will begin at 6:30 p.m. Learn to fold and cut kirigami windows to showcase photographs, or make snowflakes to decorate seasonal pages. Bring the following supplies with you: 6 sheets of 12x12 winter-themed coordinating paper (solid and/or patterned), sharp craft knife, cutting mat and a selection of winter-themed photographs. The program is free, but registration is required. Phone the library at 586-469-6200 or click here to register

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Essay Contest Winner Christian Lathers

We are proud to announce that Christian Lathers is our 2008 Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest award winner in the high school division. Christian is a home-schooled 10th grader whose essay is entitled “Mount Clemens: Important But Humble Beginnings.” Christian's favorite subject in school is physics, and his hobbies include playing the guitar and videogames. You can read Christian's winning essay by clicking here. Congratulations, Christian!

Essay Contest Winner Jonah Mullet

We are proud to announce that Jonah Mullet is our 2008 Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest award winner in the middle school division. Jonah is a 7th grader at Mount Clemens Middle School and chose to write his essay on the “Leap the Dips” roller coaster that stood on the banks of the Clinton River in Mount Clemens from 1909 to 1923. Jonah's favorite subject in school is science, and his hobbies include snowboarding, skateboarding and football. You can read his winning essay by clicking here. Congratulations, Jonah!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New on the Large Print Shelf, December 2

Here's a sample of the newest additions to our Large Print shelves:

Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown
Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark
Leaving Whiskey Bend by Dorothy Garlock
Just After Sunset by Stephen King
The Pagan Stones by Nora Roberts
Heat Lightning by John Sandford
A Good Woman by Danielle Steel

Search our online library catalog for other large print titles by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holiday Movies @ Your Library

You can enjoy your favorite holiday movies at home anytime by checking them out of the library's DVD collection. Here's just a sample of some of the old and new classics of the season now available for your viewing pleasure:

A Christmas Story
Christmas With the Kranks
Currier & Ives Christmas
Fred Claus
Home Alone
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
It's a Wonderful Life
I'll be Home for Christmas
Jingle All the Way
Little Drummer Boy
Miracle on 34th Street
Santa Clause
White Christmas

As always, you may search our entire collection anytime through our online library catalog by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Book Fair Sneak Preview

Here's another sneak peek at one of the sessions that will be offered at our Macomb Book Fair and Writers' Conference on Saturday, February 7:

"Promoting With a Publicist: How It Works," will be presented by Dennis Archambault.
You've written and published a manuscript and now it is time to promote it. Do you need help, or can you do the job yourself? Join publicist Dennis Archambault as he discusses the best approaches to promoting your novel.

Dennis Archambault began his career as a writer, photographer and editor before pursuing a career in public relations. He was manager of Marketing Communications for St. Joseph Hospital-Flint, director of Public Relations for Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, and director of Community Relations for the Detroit Medical Center.
He established Archambault Communications, based in Detroit, Michigan, in 1999, specializing in non-profit and cause-related organizations. His clients range from Midwest Eye-Banks and the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority to Central American Ministries, Alzheimer’s Association – Great Lakes Region, and author Karen White-Owens.
Archambault is also a free-lance writer and regular contributor to Model D and Metromode, online publications serving readers in Southeast Michigan, and Michigan Medicine, a magazine for physicians in Michigan. He has also written poetry and fiction.
Archambault has a bachelor’s of arts degree in English from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in Public Relations from Michigan State University.

You can see the complete Macomb Book Fair schedule on the book fair web site by clicking here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Making Ready for Thanksgiving

The library will CLOSE at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and all day on Thursday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime, here is a selection of library materials to help you make your holiday preparations special this year:

Tried & True Thanksgiving and Christmas: Top 200 Recipes by (641.586 TRI)
The Thanksgiving Table: Recipes and Ideas to Create Your Own Holiday Tradition by Diane Morgan (641.568 MOR)
Betty Crocker Complete Thanksgiving Cookbook: All You Need To Cook a Foolproof Dinner by Betty Crocker (641.568 CRO)
Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America's Favorite Holiday with America's Thanksgiving Expert by Rick Rodgers (641.568)
Holiday Cooking With Kids: Recipes For Kids Ages 9-13 (641.568 KAT)
175 Easy-To-Do Thanksgiving Crafts by Sharon Dunn Umnik (J745.5941 ONE)
Crafts for Thanksgiving by Kathy Ross (J745.594 ROS)
Martha's Classic Thanksgiving by Martha Stewart [DVD videorecording] (DVD 641.568 MAR)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Cloth Library Totes Save Resources

Snowy weather is on the way, folks, so now is a great time to pick up one of our brand new cloth library tote bags. These handy bags will keep all of your library materials together and help protect them from nasty winter weather, too! More cost efficient and earth friendly than disposable bags, these totes also advertise your public library. The totes are now on sale at the checkout desk for $2.50 each. Stop by and get yours today!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Your Digital Television Questions Answered

Do you have questions about the upcoming transition to digital television broadcasting that will occur on February 17, 2009? Was your TV set manufactured before 1998? Do you already have cable or satellite service, or will you need a converter box? These and other questions about the DTV conversion will be answered for you on Monday, November 17 at 7 p.m., when Karole White and Larry Estlack of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters will join us to explain the digital television conversion and demonstrate the installation of a converter box. This program is free, so mark your calendar now.
In the meantime, you can read more about the DTV conversion on the Michigan DTV web site by clicking here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New on the Large Print Shelf, November 6

Here's a sampling of the latest books on our Large Print shelf:

The Gate House by Nelson DeMille
Dark Summer by Iris Johansen
Bones by Jonathan Kellerman
Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker
Against Medical Advice by James Patterson
A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry
Hot Mahogany by Stuart Woods

Search our online catalog anytime for these and other library material by clicking here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Book Fair Sneak Preview

It's not too soon to mark your calendar for our Macomb Book Fair and Writers' Conference, which will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2009. To whet your appetite, here's a preview of one of the sessions that will be offered:

"Necessary Evils – Editing and Grammar – Having Your Manuscript Edited For Publication," presented by Sharon M. Stanford
This workshop will explain what to expect from the editing process and how good editing can improve your chances of getting published. Participants will learn common mistakes that writers make and different types of editing. They will also receive resources and guides to improve their writing skills.

Sharon M. Stanford is a former President of the Detroit Writer’s Guild.  In 2000, Sharon won the Grand Prize in the Gertrude Johnson Williams Literary Contest for Ebony Magazine for her short story, “Fannie Lou’s Dream.” She has been a freelance writer for the Michigan Chronicle and was published in Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman’s Soul in 2004. In addition to conducting workshops and critiquing manuscripts, she is currently the senior editor for Aquarius Press, located in Detroit, Michigan, Sharon was mostly recently editor and contributor for It’s Worth the Struggle: Inspiration for Contemporary Writers, published in 2008.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Holiday Walk Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for the Bath City Association's annual Christmas Holiday Walk are now on sale at the library's checkout desk. The Christmas Holiday Walk will be held on Thursday, December 4, with tours running every 10 minutes from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Buses will depart from the Anton Art Center on the night of the event. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased by cash or check.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Resource on World War II Research

New on our local history and genealogy shelves is the recent publication of the National Archives are Records Administration (NARA) entitled World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation. This two-volume work by Timothy Mulligan describes for researchers the more than 200,000 cubic feet of records relating to American activities during World War II. Included are details on the arrangement of the records, their location among the various NARA depositories, notes on available finding aids or indexes, and availability of microfilm copies. If you are a family historian who is interested in delving deeper into your ancestor's service during World War II, you'll want to consult this important work.
This reference set was purchased through a memorial gift of the Alexander Macomb Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in memory of Judith Myers.

Friday, October 24, 2008

It's a Mystery - Where is It?

Can't find your favorite mystery novel? On your last visit to Mount Clemens Public Library, you saw it on the shelf. So where is it? In an effort to create more space for new releases, some older mystery titles have been place in our Book Storage collection. These books are still available and ready for checkout. Just ask a staff member at the main desk for assistance and the item will be retrieved for you.
All items in the library's Book Storage collection are listed in our online library catalog. You will notice that these items are listed with a location of STORAGE when you view them on the computer screen.
You may search our online catalog any time by clicking here.
Happy mystery reading!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We Recycle!

Did you know that your public library accepts used ink jet and laser toner cartridges for recycling? You may drop them off at the library any time during regular service hours, and we will send them to a company that recycles them. The library receives a small payment for each spent cartridge we turn in, and that money in turn is used to support our library programs and services.
We also accept old cell phones for recycling, and send them the the Cell Phones For Soldiers organization. Cell Phones for Soldiers turns in old cell phones and uses the proceeds to provide pre-paid calling cards to American service personnel who are deployed overseas. To date, they have distributed more than 400,000 calling cards to deployed members of the U.S. armed forces.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New on the DVD Shelf, October 21

Here's a sampling of the latest titles on our DVD shelf for your viewing pleasure:

Richard Jenkins stars in this drama about a recently-widowed college professor who discovers a pair of homeless illegal aliens living in his apartment.

Crossed Over
The true story of Beverly Lowry, whose son was killed in a tragic hit-and-run, and her unusual friendship with a death row inmate.

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The latest Indy adventure has the intrepid archaeologist played by Harrison Ford looking for a lost city of gold.

Expelled - No Intelligence Allowed
Ben Stein discovers that educators and scientists are ridiculed the world over for believing that there is evidence of design in nature.

Sleeping Beauty
The beloved animated classic is back from the Disney vault.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Useful Web Sites For Voters

Your Mount Clemens Public Library reference staff would like to call your attention to some useful web sites to help voters prepare themselves for the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 4.

Visit the Michigan Secretary of State's voter information service to check your registration status, find your polling place, and view your sample ballot.

For a non-partisan analysis of Michigan's ballot proposals, visit the Citizens Research Council of Michigan site.

To check the accuracy of claims made by political campaigns, visit FactCheck.Org.

Most important, remember to VOTE!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Museum Adventure Pass Program Renewed

The library is happy to announce that the Museum Adventure Pass program presented by Macy's has been renewed for a second year! This program, which launched in October 2007, allows library cardholders to check out passes for free admission to 22 different metro area arts and cultural organizations, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Pewabic Pottery, Cranbrook Science Center, and many others. The second year of the program, which begins on October 25, will see the addition of the Anton Art Center, Arts & Scraps, Birmingham Bloomfield Historical Museum, Detroit Artists Market, the Scarab Club and the Wyandotte Museum as participating organizations. Don't miss out on your opportunity to check out greater Detroit's cultural gems - check out a museum today!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Remembering Hillcrest Country Club

Long-time residents of the greater Mount Clemens area have many memories of the now-vanished Hillcrest Golf and Country Club. Hillcrest was the place for golf tournaments, wedding receptions, high school proms, and many other social occasions over more than five decades. We'll be taking a fond look back at Hillcrest on Wednesday, October 15, when Ross Strevel will present "The History of Hillcrest Golf and Country Club" as the next installment in our ongoing local history lecture series co-sponsored with the Macomb County Historical Society. The free program will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium, and will feature some historic photos of Hillcrest. Mr. Strevel's family once owned the property upon which the Hillcrest subdivision and Hillcrest Golf and Country Club were built. Please join us for this look back at a Macomb County institution!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ancestral Writing Group Presents Family History Month Program

In honor of Family History Month, the Ancestral Writing Group which meets at the library under the direction of Bob Bauer will present a special program at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10 in the library auditorium. Everyone is invited, so don't miss this special event. (After the program, you can shop the library's used book sale!)

Macomb Funeral Home Master Index Now Updated

Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index. The latest version adds over 30,000 entries, doubling the size of the index to a total of 66,538 names. Added with this update are records for the Bell Funeral Home, formerly of Birmingham. (The Bell record books are currently at the bindery and will be available on the shelves in about a month.) Researchers should note that, although we are working with records held by Macomb County funeral homes, over the years many of these businesses have absorbed or merged with funeral homes in the adjacent counties of Oakland and Wayne. As a result, our "Macomb" index includes records from the entire Detroit area, as well as records of funerals of individuals from out-of-state. As always, our thanks go out to Brenda Miller and Karen Rogers, who established this collection and continue to direct the project, spending untold hours in transcribing records and working with various funeral homes to make records accessible. We also thank Geraldine Carrick for transcribing the Bell records, and Barry Hamilton and the staff of William R. Hamilton Funeral Home for making the records available to us.
The Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index may be searched online by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Book Sale Preview is Thursday, October 9

Used book lovers are invited to our Annual Used Book Sale Preview Night, which will be held tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission to the Preview Night is $10 per person, and allows you to shop the sale before it opens to the general public on Friday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Thousands of quality used books have been sorted into categories for your browsing pleasure, and everything is priced to sell. If you don't want to miss out on the best bargains, be sure to attend our preview event!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Presidential Campaign Memorabilia Now on Display

Have you ever wondered how presidential campaigns operated in the days before television and Internet? Then you will be interested in a new exhibit of presidential campaign memorabilia that the library is hosting now through November 7. The display includes buttons, posters, ribbons, sheet music and a variety of novelty items that were used to promote presidential tickets as far back as the candidacy of James K. Polk. You are invited to view the exhibit any time during regular library service hours. The presidential campaign memorabilia exhibit is located in the showcase near the entrance to the children's room.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses

One-room schools are an important part of Michigan's cultural heritage. Once dotting the landscape approximately every five miles, the remaining schoolhouses stand as landmarks and a reminder of our rural past. Artist and photographer Mary Keithan has traveled the back roads of Michigan in search of the best examples of this rural architecture, capturing them with her 8" x 10" view camera. Mary Keithan will join us on Tuesday, October 14 at 12:10 p.m. to discuss her new book, Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses, which features her photographs together with information about each schoolhouse's architecture and history.
This program is free and open to the public. Please join us!
(Photo by David Rubello)

Friday, October 3, 2008

New Music on the CD Shelf, October 3

Here's a sampling of the latest CDs to hit our new music shelf:

A Little Bit Longer by the Jonas Brothers
Do You Know by Jessica Simpson
Here and Gone by David Sanborn
Day After Tomorrow by Joan Baez
Love & Life by Eric Benet

As always, you can look for any title in our online catalog by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Used Book Sale is Coming!

Next weekend is our annual used book sale and you're invited! We have thousands of quality hardcover and paperback books waiting for you, sorted into categories for easy browsing, and everything is priced to sell. This year, we are offering a special Preview Sale on Thursday, October 9 from 6-8 p.m. Admission to the Preview Sale is $10 per person, and allows you to have first choice of books before the sale opens to the general public the next day. Regular sale hours will be Friday and Saturday, October 10 & 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All remaining items on Sunday afternoon will be FREE, so bring your shopping bags and help yourself. All proceeds from the annual used book sale are used to support library programs and services. The library accepts donations of good used books year-round.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Items in the Genealogy Room

Here are some items recently added to our genealogy collection:

Given in memory of Virginia Reed:

Finding answers in U.S. census records by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Matthew Wright (MICH R929.1072 SZU)

Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher (MICH 808.066929 HAT)

Given in appreciation of the service of Karen Lee Hemme-Rogers:

Family Maps of Kent County, Michigan by Gregory A. Boyd (MICH R929.377456 BOY)

Family Maps of Sanilac County, Michigan by Gregory A. Boyd (MICH R929.377443 BOY)

We have also received several additional volumes of transcriptions of the records of the William R. Hamilton Funeral Home, which have been added to our Macomb County Funeral Home Records Collection.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason R. Freiwald of Armada, who died September 12 in Afghanistan while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He will be buried Monday in Arlington National Cemetery. Chief Petty Officer Freiwald, age 30, died from injuries sustained while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan on September 11. He was temporarily forward deployed from his assignment at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Dam Neck, Virginia.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Paula Tutman Discusses Deadline!

Please join us on Tuesday, September 30 at 12:10 p.m. when Emmy Award-winning television news reporter Paula L. Tutman will be here to discuss her new novel, entitled Deadline!. The story follows a serial killer who thinks murder is the way to the heart of his true love - a local crime reporter. The book's plot is very loosely based upon events that Ms. Tutman experienced while she was a police reporter in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Tutman will sign copies of her book following the program. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Latest Fiction on the New Book Shelf

Here's a sampling of the latest novels on our new book shelf:

Being Elizabeth by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown
Cypress Nights by Stella Cameron
Foreign Body by Robin Cook
The Assassin by Stephen Coonts
Rough Justice by Jack Higgins
Final Justice by Fern Michaels
Faces of Fear by John Saul

You can search our online library catalog for these and other titles anytime by clicking here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Rodriguez, 35 of Weidman, who died September 2 from wounds suffered in Ana Kalay, Afghanistan, when his mounted patrol came under small arms fire. He was assigned to the K-9 unit of the 527th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, Ansbach, Germany.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer John Wayne Marcum, 34 of Flushing, who died September 12 from injuries sustained while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan September 11. Officer Marcum was temporarily forward deployed from his assignment at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Dam Neck, Virginia.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Reflecting on an Aviation Milestone

Exactly one hundred years ago today, the world suffered its first fatality resulting from powered flight. On September 17, 1908, while riding as a passenger in an experimental military aircraft, 1st Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge of the U.S. Army was killed when the airplane, piloted by Orville Wright, crashed during a test flight. Selfridge's loss was no small thing for the aviation world. It had only been five years since the Wright Brothers had made their historic flight from the sand dunes of North Carolina, and Selfridge himself was a promising designer of aircraft and keenly interested in the possible applications of flight for military purposes. Little wonder that in July of 1917, when the U.S. was opening new military airfields during World War I, the new base near Mount Clemens, Michigan was named Selfridge Field in his memory.
Please join us on Tuesday, September 23 at 12:10 p.m., when Lt. Col. Louis J. Nigro, executive director of the Selfridge Military Air Museum, will present "The Story of Thomas Selfridge." The program is free and no registration is required.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Movie Theater Memories

In the age of IMAX and multi-screen cineplex entertainment centers, it may be hard to remember when most main streets in America boasted one single-screen movie theater with an early and late evening show and matinees on Saturday afternoons (Mount Clemens' own Jewel Theater is shown in the photo at left). If you remember those days, you won't want to miss our September local history lecture! Authors Michael V. Doyle and Jack R. Miller will present their recently-published book, Boxoffice Open: Michigan's Small Town Movie Theaters on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium. This program is offered through a partnership between the Macomb County Historical Society and Mount Clemens Public Library. Join us for popcorn and a nostalgic look back at small-town movie houses of days gone by. The program is free and no registration is necessary.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Cure For Campaign Overload

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;... whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights."
--Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789

If you find the nonstop campaign rhetoric in our 24/7 news cycle bewildering, you probably aren't alone. Fortunately, your public library has the cure – a reasoned and balanced look at this year's presidential election, with the major issues sorted out from the hyperbole. Scholar and lecturer Harry T. Cook will present a three-part lecture series entitled “Election Issues 2008” beginning Monday, September 15 at 10 a.m. The first lecture will look at the candidacy of Republican nominee John McCain. The second lecture will be held on Monday, October 13, and will discuss the candidacy of Democratic nominee Barack Obama. The final lecture will be presented on Monday, November 10, a week after the election, and will be a discussion of the outcome held jointly with noted political commentator Jack Lessenberry. This series is free and requires no registration. Please join us for these thought-provoking and educational programs.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Saying Goodbye To VHS

In the coming year, Mount Clemens Public Library will join the rest of the Suburban Library Cooperative in a major technology upgrade. As part of this process, the library will be withdrawing all VHS format videotapes from our shelves. Our primary vendors no longer offer this outdated format for feature and instructional films, so we have been unable to purchase new materials in this format for some time. The remaining VHS items on our shelves are heavily worn, and in many cases have been spliced and repaired multiple times. For these reasons, and to assist us in converting our collection to our new technology format, VHS format videotapes will be withdrawn from the library by December 31, 2008. We will continue to purchase new movies and instructional films in DVD format.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Scrapbooking @ The Library

Scrapbooking fans are invited to our fall open crop sessions at the library, which will be held from 5-9 p.m. on the following Monday evenings:
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15
A different page idea or project will be taught at 6:30 p.m. on each of these evenings. Click here to register and view our flyer with details and project supply lists.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Putting Up Your Garden Bounty

Has your garden produced well this season? Are you overloaded with tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables? The library has plenty of books with great ideas for preserving the summer's bounty:

Kingry, Judy. Ball complete book of home preserving : 400 delicious and creative recipes for today. (641.42 BAL)

Choate, Judith. Homemade : delicious foods to make and give. (641.5 CHO)

Ward, Karen. Canning & preserving for dummies. (641.42 WAR)

Schlesinger, Chris. Quick pickles : easy recipes with big flavor. (641.46 SCH)

Gardon, Anne. Preserving for all seasons. (641.42 GAR)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Library Observes Labor Day Weekend

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1 in observance of the Labor Day weekend. Outside book drops will remain open near the parking lot (north) entrance, should you wish to return library materials during this time. As always, the library web site, online calendar and databases will be available via the Internet.
Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 2, as follows:
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Announcing the Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest!

The library is pleased to announce the Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest. This program is sponsored by genealogist and author Lorelei Maison Rockwell, in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling, and seeks to encourage student writing and interest in our local history.
The contest is open to students attending any public, private, parochial or home school within the boundaries of the Mount Clemens Community School District/Mount Clemens Public Library District. Division I is for students in grades 6-8, and Division II is for students in grades 9-12.
Essays should be no less than 500 and no more than 1000 words, and must discuss a person, event, place or building related to the history of Macomb County or one of its communities. Contestants are encouraged to visit local libraries, museums and historical societies to conduct research and gather information related to the topic. Essays must be submitted to Mount Clemens Public Library by Friday, October 31, 2008. A three-judge panel will select one winning entry in each division, and the winners will each receive a $500 cash prize donated by Lorelei Maison Rockwell, and a certificate of achievement. Winning essays will become the property of Mount Clemens Public Library and will be published on the library's web site. In the event that no submissions meet the contest specifications, the library reserves the right to select no winner.
Contestants should pick up an official contest flyer with complete rules and guidelines for submission at the library.
Our thanks to Lorelei Maison Rockwell for her generous sponsorship of this program, and good luck to all of our contestants!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Visit us at the Bath City Festival

Mount Clemens' annual Bath City Festival opens on Friday, August 22 and runs through Sunday, August 24. The library will be represented with a booth in the historical tent, so please stop by and visit us. This year, our exhibit will include a map showing locations of Native American sites in Macomb County. Next to us, the Macomb County Historical Society will be displaying a replica of the 1780 William Tucker deed, one of the oldest documents associated with the history of Macomb County and its native peoples.
Kids, there is still time to pick up your Read to Ride forms at the library! Read up to four books and turn in your form at the Read to Ride booth at the Bath City Festival carnival on Sunday, August 24, where you can receive vouchers for up to four free carnival rides.
See you at the Festival!

Friday, August 8, 2008

New on the DVD shelf, August 8

Here's a sampling of some of the new DVD feature films added to our shelves this month:

Tom Wopat and Jessica Lange star in this story about friends taking a road trip in a '66 Bonneville.

The Bucket List
This comedy about two terminally-ill men who make a list of things to do before they die stars Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.

Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson star in this sports comedy about a basketball franchise in Flint, Michigan.

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
Angela Bassett stars in this comedy about a single mother struggling to raise her family in Chicago.

This drama starring Ryan Phillippe follows the story of a soldier returning home from the Iraq war who is ordered back to combat under the military's stop-loss policy.

New feature films may be borrowed for two days. Check the shelves for other recent releases!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fall Event Schedule is Packed With Opportunities

The library's schedule of events for September to December is now available through our online events calendar, and our semi-annual newsletter will be published at the end of the month. This fall, we've got something for all tastes and interests! Our topics include: a lecture series on the 2008 Presidential election; an informational program on the digital television conversion; craft and scrapbooking workshops; handwriting analysis; author appearances; art history lectures; storytimes; puppet shows; ACT/SAT writing preparation; a local history essay contest for students; and of course, our annual used book sale. And that's just the beginning! In all, there are 89 separate library events scheduled between September and December, so plan ahead and don't miss out on your favorites.
To view our online calendar of events, click here.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sneak Preview of Fall Fiction

Fiction fans, here's a list of titles coming from your favorite novelists this fall. Some of these books are probably headed for the bestseller list, so place your holds now!

Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown (August)
Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler (November)
Dying for Revenge by Eric Jerome Dickey (November)
Silks by Dick Francis (September)
Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen (September)
Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel by Garrison Keillor (October)
Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker (October)
Cross Country by James Patterson (November)
Heat Lightning by John Sandford (September)
Good Woman by Danielle Steel (October)
Hot Mahogany by Stuart Woods (September)

You can place holds with your library card through our online catalog anytime, or by calling the library at 586-469-6200 during library business hours.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Congratulations, Summer Readers!

Sixty-seven readers caught the reading bug at the library and read 85,689 pages between June 1st and July 29th. Each Tuesday, buggy programs were presented by various entertainers and educators. On Tuesday, July 29th, a good time was had by all who attended the closing program with Magician Gordon Russ. Laughter was nonstop during his magic show. Overall, the summer 2008 bug infestation was a great success!
Kids, don't forget that you can still pick up your "Read to Ride" forms to earn free carnival rides at this year's Bath City Festival, so keep on reading!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Historic Macomb County Document Now On Display

A replica of a document that is possibly the oldest land deed in Macomb County's history is now on permanent display at the library. The William Tucker Indian Deed, which was signed in 1780 by ten Chippewa chiefs, granted approximately 3,300 acres of land in what is today known as Harrison Township to Tucker, who was one of the first non-native settlers of Macomb County.
As a youth, William Tucker was taken captive from his Virginia home by the Chippewa and lived with them for several years. After his release, he became a trader and interpreter at Detroit. The Chippewa held him in high regard and granted him the lands as a token of their respect.
Later, British and American authorities refused to recognize Tucker's Chippewa deed in full, and recorded his ownership of only those acres he and his family had lived upon and improved. Today, most of these lands lie within the boundaries of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
The William Tucker deed remained in the family for generations, until descendant Alice L. Tucker donated it to the Edison Institute (now The Henry Ford) in the late 1950s. The deed remains in the collection of The Henry Ford today, but it is not publicly displayed due to its delicate condition. At the request of the Macomb County Historical Society, staff at The Henry Ford recently photographed the deed. Full-scale photographic copies of the deed were made for the Historical Society and for Mount Clemens Public Library. The library's copy of the deed now hangs in the local history and genealogy room, and we welcome you to view it.
If you would like to read a typed transcript of the text of the deed, click here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Reading of Olympic Proportions

In just a few more days, the Beijing Olympic Games will be underway. While you're waiting, you can relive some of the golden moments from past Olympic Games by visiting the library shelves. Here's a sampling of what's available:

Pound, Richard W. Inside the Olympics: a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals, and the Glory of the Games. (796.48 POU)
Perrottet, Tony. The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games. (796.48 PER)
Macy, Sue. Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics. (J796.48 MAC)
USA! USA! USA!: Great American Olympic Moments [videorecording] (VC 796.48 USA)

For more material about the Olympics and past champions, search our online catalog here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Map Guides to German Parish Registers Now Available

Thanks to a generous gift from volunteer genealogy assistant and library board member Robert Bauer, the library has just added thirteen additional volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series to our genealogy shelves. We now own volumes 1-21, which brings us current with all available volumes in the series to date.
The Map Guides are useful for helping researchers of German lines determine where parish boundaries existed, and for locating parish records. LDS Family History Library film numbers are provided for each parish where records have been filmed.
The areas covered by the newly added volumes are these: Bavaria, including Niederbayern, Oberbayern, Oberpfalz, Oberfranken, Schawben and Mittelfranken; Rhineland; Hessen-Nassau; and the Palatinate. The call number for the Map Guide to German Parish Registers is MICH R929.1072 HAN.
Happy hunting!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Michigan Mysteries For "Who-Done-It" Fans

You've probably noticed that Hollywood is making more movies on location in Michigan lately. Well, mystery writers have been setting their stories in Michigan for some time now. If you are a crime fiction fan, take a look at this sampling of some of the recent mystery novels with Michigan locations that are available on the library's shelves:

Baldwin, Richard L. A Final Crossing: Murder on the S.S. Badger. (M Fic Baldwin)
As the title suggests, the action centers around the vintage car ferry S.S. Badger, plying the waters of Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manitowoc.

Meehan, Christopher. Murder on Sacred Ground: A Rev. Calvin Turkstra Mystery. (M Fic Meehan)
In this story, a Grand Rapids minister follows a mysterious document to the streets of Detroit.

Hamilton, Steve. A Stolen Season: An Alex McNight Novel. (M Fic Hamilton)
Strange events in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are investigated.

Baker, Deb. Murder Passes the Buck. (M Fic Baker)
An Upper Peninsula sheriff tries to rein in his eccentric, mystery-chasing mother.

Parrish, P.J. An Unquiet Grave. (M Fic Parrish)
Louis Kincaid investigates when a body is found in the forgotten cemetery of an abandoned Michigan sanitarium.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New on the Fiction Shelf, July 17

Here's a small sampling of some of the new titles just added to our fiction shelves:

Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffet
The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman
After the Night by Linda Howard
Shadow of Power by Steve Martini
Phantom Prey by John Sandford
The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara
Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart
Moon Shell Beach by Nancy Thayer

To find other titles, search our online catalog any time by clicking here.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Parents Can Catch the College Savings Bug at the Library!

Parents of children who are enrolled in the library's "Catch the Reading Bug" summer reading program now have a chance to win $5000 toward the child's future college education. The Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) have partnered to provide this opportunity. Here's how it works:
1. Enroll your child in the summer reading club at Mount Clemens Public Library (hurry - the program ends July 29!)
2. Request a "Catch the College Savings Bug" entry form and rules from the librarian
3. Complete and mail the entry form

Two entry forms will be drawn at random from statewide entries. Winners will each receive a $5000 MESP account to help fund a future college education.
There's a bonus - the libraries that enrolled the winning entries will also each receive $1500 to be used in funding future summer reading programs.
Time is short, so enter now!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kids Can Read to Ride at Bath City Festival

Mount Clemens' annual Bath City Festival is coming up on August 22-24! This year, the festival will reward Macomb County students in grades K-6 who read during the summer with FREE carnival rides on Sunday, August 24. Just read an age appropriate book (4 books maximum), write a 25-word summary (kids in grades K-2 can draw pictures instead) and complete a Read to Ride registration form. Students who bring completed forms to the Read to Ride book at the Bath City Festival on August 24 between noon and 3 p.m. will receive 1 free carnival ride ticket for each book read, up to a maximum of 4 tickets. There is a limit of one offer per student, and you must bring your form to the Read to Ride booth to claim your tickets - do not mail forms.
Read to Ride registration forms are now available in the children's department of the library, or you can download a form by clicking here.
Check out your books now, and Read to Ride!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Library Auditorium to Receive Upgrade

After completing a competitive sealed bidding process, the Mount Clemens Public Library Board of Trustees has awarded a contract to Sound Engineering, Inc., of Livonia for upgrade of the audiovisual systems in the Miriam Altman Auditorium. The current sound system in our auditorium is nearly 40 years old and has long ago ceased to function effectively. In addition, the space needs to be adapted for the use of modern technology such as DVD and computer presentations. Sound Engineering will be working in our auditorium this summer to provide a state-of-the-art sound system, as well as digital projection and a large projection screen. If all goes according to schedule, these improvements should be in place before our fall program schedule begins in September.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

What is Your Public Library Worth?

Have you ever thought about the dollar value of your public library services? It turns out that library service is one of the very best investments you can make! Based on statistics from its fiscal year just ended on June 30, Mount Clemens Public Library returned more than $3,333,054 in value to the taxpayers of the library district over the past year. Since the library's operating budget during that time was approximately $1.6 million, that means that for every dollar that the taxpayers invested in library services, the library returned more than two dollars in goods and services to the community. An investment that doubles your money in one year is worth keeping!
Here's how the calculation is made: an average retail (or market) price is assigned to items the library offers to the community, including new books, DVDs, talking books, compact discs, magazines, museum passes, computer services, meeting room use, and public programs. These prices are multiplied by the number of times the library provided each of these items or services during the year, and then totaled. For example, the library checked out 35,492 movies on DVD or tape last year; at an average retail cost of $22 each, the value of that service is $780,824; the library also provided 335 free museum admission passes at an average cost of $20 each, for a value of service of $6700.
Unfortunately, the calculator cannot take into consideration some of the services offered by the library that are less tangible and more difficult to quantify. The value of the library staff who assist job seekers in formatting their resumes, advise parents of reluctant readers about books that will entice their children to read, and provide hundreds of similar reference and advisory services every week for library users of all ages cannot be defined with a dollar value.
In these difficult economic times, we invite you to take advantage of the great bargain that your library represents. And don't forget what Malcolm Forbes once said:

“The richest person in the world - in fact all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library."

Monday, June 30, 2008

Celebrating Independence Day

The library will be CLOSED Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6 in observance of the Independence Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7.

If you are hosting a party or gathering in honor of Independence Day, you can provide spirited patriotic music for the occasion by checking out some sound recordings from the library's compact disc collection. Here's a sampling of patriotic music available on our shelves:

America the Beautiful by the Boston Pops Orchestra (CD MISC BOSTON)
Battle Cry of Freedon by the Robert Shaw Chorale (CD MISC SHAW)
God Bless America by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (CD MISC MORMON)
Stars and Stripes Forever by the Boston Pops Orchestra (CD MISC STARS)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index Now Includes 1925-26

We are pleased to announce that our Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index has just been updated to include the listings from the 1925-26 city directory. This handy online tool now covers a 30-year span, and with one easy search, you can find entries for any business or surname in all available directories from 1896 through 1925-26. This database is being developed by library Executive Assistant Heather McCallister, who is already at work on the 1927 directory entries.
Since this index became available online, it has received over 94,000 hits by researchers who are working on genealogy and local history questions related to Mount Clemens. You can search it by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Blood Drive, Wednesday, July 2

The library will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, July 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Blood supplies can fall to dangerously low levels during the summer months, so please take this opportunity to give the gift of life.

For more information about donating blood, visit the American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan web site.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Nearby Vacation Ideas For Family Fun

If the high cost of fuel means the family vacation needs to be a bit closer to home this year, check out the library's collection of Michigan travel guides! These books will help you find family friendly, fun-filled activities right here in the Great Lakes State:

Fun With The Family, Michigan: Hundreds of Ideas For Day Trips With the Kids by Bill Semion (917.74 SEM)
Weird Michigan: Your Travel Guide to Michigan's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Linda S. Godfrey (917.74 GOD)
Kids Love Michigan: A Family Travel Guide to Exploring Kid-Tested Places in Michigan by George Zavatsky (917.74 ZAV)
Backroads of Michigan: Your Guide to Michigan's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures by Robert W. Domm (917.74 DOM)
Detroit Kids Catalog: A Family Guide for the 21st Century by Ellyce Field (917.7434 FIE)

Some helpful web sites include:
Pure Michigan - Michigan's official travel and tourism site includes suggestions for "One Tank Trips."
GoCityKids Detroit - events and activities for families with children

Before you travel, stop by the Children's Room at the library so that your child can check out one of our Good Neigh-Bears. Your child can carry this cuddly stuffed toy on vacation and send the library a postcard from your destination, so that we can see where the Good Neigh-Bear has traveled this summer!

Friday, June 20, 2008

New On The LARGE PRINT Shelf, June 20

If your eyes are tired at the end of the day, you might want to check out your favorite leisure reading authors in LARGE PRINT. The library has a wide variety of popular fiction and selected non-fiction in this easy-on-the-eyes format. Here's a list of some of the new titles recently added to our collection:

The Murder Game by Beverly Barton
Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
Irish Tiger by Andrew Greeley
Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
Phantom Prey by John Sandford
Sunday at Tiffany's by James Patterson

For other titles, search our online library catalog any time!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fun For Kids at Stars and Stripes Festival

Mount Clemens' second annual Stars & Stripes Festival will be held Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29, and the library is participating by presenting "Star Spangled Fun For Kids" with special programs at the corner of New & Cherry streets in the festival area.
Brad Lowe Fantasy E-Fex Puppets and puppeteer entertainers Daren Dundee and Mary Ellen Clark will present shows on all three days of the festival at 1:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Artist Angelika Wynes and many volunteers will oversee a crafts tent where children can make a star wand, a drum or a mask, from 12 noon until 6 p.m. on all three festival days. All craft and puppet shows are free.
On Saturday, June 28, youngsters and adults are invited to join in the Star Spangled Fun Parade. Line-up starts at 4 p.m. with the parade beginning about 20 minutes later. Children may carry crafts they made in the craft area, or they may bring their own puppets, funny hats, costumes or decorated wagons to join in the fun. NO BIKES, please.
Programming is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs. Space for children's programming was donated by Ted Schollenberger. Members of the Detroit Puppeteers Guild are organizing the parade.
Come out and join us for a fun-filled, star-spangled weekend. For more information about all of the Stars & Stripes Festival events, vist the festival web site.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Summer Weekend Hours Begin June 21

Beginning on Saturday, June 21, the library's summer weekend hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, closed on Sunday. Weekday hours will remain 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. These hours will remain in effect through the Labor Day holiday weekend. The library will resume its regular weekend schedule on Saturday, September 6.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

William R. Hamilton Records Added to Funeral Home Collection

Genealogists and local historians will be happy to know that the library has just added records from the William R. Hamilton Funeral Home to our growing funeral home collection in the genealogy room. The funeral home's history dates back to 1855, and it was located for many years at the corner of Cass & Alexandrine in Detroit, before acquiring locations in Birmingham in 1952 and Mount Clemens in 1979.
The master index for the entire funeral home records collection may be searched online by clicking here.
Our thanks to Barry Hamilton of William R. Hamilton Funeral Home for allowing access to the records: to genealogists Karen Lee Hemme Rogers and Brenda McMahon Miller for transcribing and indexing them; and to genealogist Ann Faulkner for maintaining the master index files.
The collection now comprises 134 volumes of transcribed records from eight different funeral homes.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Celebrating Stanley

If you're still celebrating the Detroit Red Wings' latest Stanley Cup victory, you might enjoy a look back at the history of the venerable franchise with these titles from the library's shelves:

The Red Wings : Brian McFarlane's Original Six by Brian McFarlane. (796.962 MCF)
The Detroit Red Wings: The Illustrated History by Richard Bak. (796.9626 BAK)
Quest For the Cup (796.962 QUE)
Stanleytown (796.962 STA)
Steve Yzerman: Heart of a Champion (B YZERMAN)
Detroit Red Wings: A Celebration of Champions (DVD 796.962 DET)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Adult Book Discussion Group Continues Through Summer

The library's Thursday evening book discussion group for adult readers will continue meeting during the summer months, and new members are invited to join! The next meeting will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. The group will be discussing A Morbid Taste For Bones by Ellis Peters. Please join us!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Summer Reading From Your Favorite Novelists

Looking for a new title from your favorite author? Something to enjoy while reclining in your hammock or at the beach? Here's a list of some of the hot fiction due out in June from bestselling authors:

Married Lovers by Jackie Collins
Plague Ship by Clive Cussler
Secrets by Jude Deveraux
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Resolution by Robert B. Parker
Sail by James Patterson
One in a Million by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Rogue by Danielle Steel

To place a hold on any title, or to search the library's complete catalog, click here.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New on the DVD Shelf, June 4

Are you a fan of the classic gangster films of the '30s and '40s, starring the likes of James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson? If so, you'll want to check out the oldies-but-goodies just added to our DVD shelves. The library now has these movies from the Warner Brothers Pictures Gangsters Collection:

The Public Enemy - James Cagney
White Heat - James Cagney
Angels With Dirty Faces - Humphrey Bogart, Pat O'Brien
Little Caesar - Edward G. Robinson
The Petrified Forest - Humphrey Bogart
The Roaring Twenties - James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart
Bullets or Ballets - Edward G. Robinson
City For Conquest - James Cagney
Each Dawn I Die - James Cagney, George Raft
"G" Men - James Cagney
San Quentin - Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart
A Slight Case of Murder - Edward G. Robinson

Watch for these movies on the new materials shelves. They may be checked out for 2 days. There is no charge to borrow DVDs, but a $1.00 per day fine is charged for late returns.

Monday, June 2, 2008

New Genealogy Books Given in Memory of Sally Mandel

Gifts given in memory of long time library patron and genealogist Sally J. Mandel have been used to purchase several important new reference works for the library's genealogy collection. The new titles are:

Index to Volunteer Soldiers in Indian Wars and Disturbances, 1815-1858 (MICH R929.373 WHI)
Index to Pension Applications for Indian Wars Service Between 1817 and 1898 (MICH R929.373 WHI)
Index to US Military Pension Applications of Remarried Widows for Service Between 1812 and 1911 (MICH R929.373 WHI)
Index to Old Wars Pension Files, 1815-1926 (MICH R929.373 WHI)

Mrs. Mandel was a founding member of the Macomb County Genealogy Group and a regular participant for as long as her health allowed. She passed away on March 22, 2008 and will be sorely missed by her many friends among the genealogy group and library staff.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Picnic Pleasers @ Your Library

If your summer calendar is filling with invitations to parties, reunions and picnics asking you to bring a "dish to pass," have no fear! The library shelves are stocked with great cookbooks to help you impress your friends and neighbors with delicious treats at summer gatherings.

Here's a small sample of what's available:

The Perfect Picnic: Outdoor Entertaining With Style by Anita Louise Crane (641.578 CRA)
Picnics: Delicious Recipes For Outdoor Entertaining by Sara Deseran (641.578 DES)
The Big Book of Backyard Cooking: 250 Favorite Recipes For Enjoying the Great Outdoors by Betty Rosbottom (641.578 ROS)
Barbecues 101: More Than 100 Recipes For Great Grilled, Smoked, and Barbecued Food, Plus All The Fixings For Perfect Outdoor Parties by Rick Rodgers (641.5784 ROD)
Picnics and Tailgates: Good Food For the Great Outdoors by Diane Rossen Worthington (641.578 WIL)
The Big Book of Potluck: Good Food --And Lots of It-- For Parties, Gatherings and All Occasions by Maryana Vollstedt (642.4 VOL)
Emeril's Potluck: Comfort Food With A Kicked-Up Attitude by Emeril Lagasse (642.2 LAG)

Don't let your outdoor feast be spoiled by a nasty case of food poisoning. Visit the Macomb County Health Department's web site to read their summer food safety brochure.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer Reading Club Begins June 1

Kids, catch the reading bug this summer at Mount Clemens Public Library! Starting June 1, come in to pick up a reading log, then start your summer reading. The more you read books and magazines borrowed from MCPL, the more prizes you can earn. We will have a variety of bug prizes to infest your house! Check out the showcase in the Children's Room to see the prizes. There are bug catchers, spider rings, butterfly slap bracelets, bug finger puppets and swarms of other prizes. When you read, you will also get chances to win "Catch The Reading Bug" T-shirts and other fANTastic prizes. You can be as busy as bees every Tuesday with all the programs througout June and July. Chess Club, Family Story Time, and many other interesting programs all start on June 17.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Macomb Daily Features Korean War Soldier Search

Take a look at the front page of the Friday, May 23 edition of The Macomb Daily for a feature article by Linda May about the library's role in aiding the search for family members of missing Korean War soldiers from Macomb County. You can read the full article here. Our thanks to The Macomb Daily for telling this important story about the effort to identify unknown military remains.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Remembering Elsa Piziali, 1923-2008

The Library is saddened to report the death of one of our long-time former staff members, Elsa M. Piziali. Mrs. Piziali began her career with Mount Clemens Public Library in the early 1960s under the directorship of Miriam Altman. She retired as library Head of Circulation in 1986.
In her retirement, Mrs. Piziali made her home with her daughter in Manchester, Michigan. She will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Those of us who served with her will remember her fondly.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Remembering What Memorial Day is All About

The library will be closed May 24 through May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day weekend.
Often celebrated these days as the kick-off weekend of the summer season, Memorial Day is actually a solemn occasion meant for somber reflection upon the sacrifices made by those Americans who lost their lives in the defense of their nation.
Here's a sampling of library resources to remind us of the cost of freedom:

Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery by Rick Atkinson (973.099 WHE)
Offerings at the Wall: Artifacts From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection by Allen B. Thomas (975.3 ALL)
Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley (940.54 BRA)
The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America by Joy Waldron Jasper (940.5426 JAS)
World War II Memorial: A Testament to Freedom (DVD 940.546 WOR)

If you like fiction, trying reading Nicholas Proffitt's very moving 1983 novel entitled Gardens of Stone. This book takes a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the 3rd United States Infantry, popularly known as The Old Guard, which is charged with the care of Arlington National Cemetery (the garden of stone alluded to in the title) and with providing honor guards and burial details for funerals held there. The book's action takes place during the Vietnam era. This novel was also made into a 1987 feature film by the same name, starring James Caan, Anjelica Huston and James Earl Jones, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Here are some other ways you can remember Memorial Day:

Read General Logan's General Order No. 11 (May 5, 1868), establishing a memorial day observance to decorate soldiers' graves.

Read John McCrae's poem “In Flanders Fields”

Pay a virtual visit to the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery

Pay a virtual visit to the USS Arizona memorial

Also, during the week of May 19-23, the library will distribute small American flags free to anyone who asks for one at the Checkout Desk. Please stop by!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Genealogy Auction is May 23

Calling all genealogists! Don't miss the Macomb County Genealogy Group's annual auction, which will be held in the library auditorium on Friday, May 23 beginning at 1 p.m. A wide variety of surplus genealogy books, periodicals and miscellaneous supplies will be offered for auction. Prices are always affordable, and everybody has a good time. Proceeds from the auction are used to purchase new resources for the library's genealogy collection. The auction provides a great opportunity to build your home library at bargain prices.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Scrapbooking @ Your Library

Are you a scrapbooker looking for new ideas for page design or embellishments? If so, we have the program for you! Our next open crop session will be held on Wednesday, May 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the library's Community Room.
At 6:30 p.m., we will give instructions for chipboard lettering. The library will provide blank 4" chipboard letters to decorate with paint, paper, chalk and glitter. Participants are welcome to bring other sizes of letters or additional embellishments.
The program is free, but due to limited space, registration is required. To register, call 586-469-6200 during regular library hours, or register online anytime by visiting our online calendar of events.

MCPL Genealogy Collection Wins Award

Mount Clemens Public Library has always been proud of its genealogy collection and the many volunteers who donate their time to provide in-depth assistance to researchers, or to index records and compile databases. Now we have even more reason to be proud, as the library has been recognized in the July, 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine as one of the top 50 genealogy libraries in the United States.

Not content to showcase only the largest and most well-known libraries, Family Tree Magazine sought out libraries large and small with outstanding collections. The top libraries were recognized in twelve different categories. Mount Clemens Public Library is recognized in the "Super Society-Library Collaboration" category. If you are not familiar with the extent of our collaboration with the Macomb County Genealogy Group, just visit our database page and look at all of the wonderful online local indexes that our partnership has produced!

For general information about the library's genealogy holdings, visit our genealogy web page, and stop by the Macomb County Genealogy Group's site for information about programs and activities.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tickets for June 14 Home Tour Now Available

Tickets are now on sale at the library for the 15th Annual Homes Tour sponsored by the Mount Clemens Historical Commission. If you would like a close-up view of some of the city's architectural gems and historic homes, don't wait too long to purchase your tickets. The Home Tour will take place on Saturday, June 14, and tickets are $12 each.

If you are interested in historic homes, or perhaps are researching or restoring one yourself, the library has a number of resources on the shelves to help you. Here is a sampling:

Saving places that matter: a citizen's guide to the National Historic Preservation Act by Thomas F. King (344.73 KIN)

Historic preservation: an introduction to its history, principles and practice by Norman Tyler (363.69 TYL)

House histories: a guide to tracing the genealogy of your home by Sally Light (728.09 LIG)

Caring for your historic house by Gordon Bock (690.24 CAR)

Historical homes in Mount Clemens (VHS videorecording - VC 720.9774 HIS)

The Secretary of the Interior's standards for rehabilitation with illustrated guidelines for rehabilitating historic buildings (720.28 UNI)

If you are researching the history of your Mount Clemens home, take a look at our online guide, Tracing the History of Your House. For a listing of addresses in Mount Clemens which have been plaqued by the Mount Clemens Historical Commission, search the online historical marker database.

Finally, take a look at the in the blue panel on the right side of this blog page to find our "Mount Clemens Vanished Home Tour." This slide show features eight homes that have vanished from our local landscape over the years. The images are drawn from the library's local history photo collection. Can you identify the houses?

Celebrate Armed Forces Day on May 17

Saturday, May 17 is Armed Forces Day. This observance was created in 1949 as a way for American citizens to show appreciation for their military service members. Here in Macomb County, we have thousands of reserve and National Guard forces attached to units at Selfridge Air National Guard base, many of whom have been called away from their families for deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you'd like to add your words of appreciation and support for these troops, here are a couple of great web sites to visit: is sponsored by Xerox Corporation. Using this free web site, you can pick out a greeting card and add you own personalized message. Xerox will then print the card and deliver it to an American service member stationed overseas. Notes from home are always welcomed by those who are separated from their families by deployments. is a clearinghouse site created by the Department of Defense to keep citizens informed about the needs of troops deployed abroad, and to make information available about the many programs offered by organizations, businesses and private citizens in support of the troops. This site will show you how you can contribute to programs offered by the USO, Blue Star Mothers, and many more. You can participate in programs to donate pre-paid phone cards, care packages, frequent flyer miles, and other needed supplies to troops and their families.

Another great way to observe Armed Forces Day is to visit the Selfridge Military Air Museum at Selfridge Air National Guard base. The museum is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn about the 90-year history of Selfridge and tour some of the airplanes that have been stationed there over the decades. For more information, visit the museum's web site, or phone 586-307-6768.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Selfridge Field Authors Sign Books May 17

Library Assistant Director Deborah Larsen and her co-author, Lt. Col. Louis J. Nigro, will sign copies of their book, Selfridge Field, at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 14165 Hall Road, Shelby Township, on Saturday, May 17 from 1-3 p.m. The book is a pictorial history of Selfridge Field, now Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which is the second-oldest military airfield in the United States. All author proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Selfridge Military Air Museum and Mount Clemens Public Library. If you haven't purchased your copy of Selfridge Field yet, this is a great opportunity to have it signed by both authors, so stop by the Shelby Township Barnes & Noble on May 17!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Library Helps Find Macomb Korean War Soldier Families

The library was recently contacted by Mr. Harold Davis, a Korean War veteran, who volunteers his time to assist the Department of Defense in finding surviving family members of missing Korean War service personnel. When located, eligible family members of these missing soldiers are asked to donate reference DNA samples to a database which is used to identify unknown American military remains.

Of the 8,177 American troops who were declared missing during the three years of the war, there were three from Macomb County whose families had not been located to contribute DNA samples to the Department of Defense database. Mr. Davis hoped that local history and genealogy records in the library might lead him to family contacts for these three missing soldiers.

Using Mount Clemens Public Library's clipping files and newspaper backfiles on microfilm, Assistant Director Deborah Larsen was able to identify potential living family contacts for all three Macomb men. To date, Mr. Davis has been successful in reaching the families of two of the men and is still at work on the third.

Some Korean War unknown remains were interred in the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Oahu, Hawaii, and still wait to be identified. Others have been repatriated during joint recovery efforts that began on the Korean peninsula in 1996. As the family DNA database grows increasingly complete, officials hope that matches to these and other remains will be made. Once a positive identification is made through a DNA match, the remains can be released to families for burial with full military honors.

If you are interested in the DNA identification process, or if you are, or know of, a family member of a missing American service person, please visit the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office for more information. There are still nearly 100 missing men whose home of record was somewhere in Michigan whose families have not yet contributed to the database. You may be able to help bring them home.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Web Sites to Help You Save Gasoline

With the price of gasoline at record highs, we've got some recommended web sites that may be able to help you fight the pain at the pump.

For side-by-side fuel economy comparisons of new vehicles, and miles-per-gallon ratings for used vehicles, take a look at
To read reports of the cheapest gas prices in the Detroit metro area, posted within the last 24 hours, go to
You can navigate around road construction projects and stop burning fuel while idling in traffic backups if you take a look at the Macomb County Road Commission web site. For state road projects, consult the Michigan Department of Transportation web site.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

New Music on the CD Shelf, May 1

When you visit the library, don't forget to browse our music collection on the CD shelves. We have a selection of music in categories such as Pop/Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, Folk, Soundtracks, and more. Here's a sampling of some of the new titles just added to the shelf this week:

New Amerykah by Erykah Badu
Little Voice by Sara Bareilles
Funplex by the B-52s
Troubador by George Strait
Keep it Simple by Van Morrison

Search our online library catalog at any time to find other compact disc recordings.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tori Carrington to Keynote 2009 Book Fair

It's not too soon to mark your calendar for the 2009 Macomb Book Fair, which will be held on Saturday, February 7. We know you won't want to miss the keynote program, featuring husband and wife writing team Lori and Tony Karayianni, who are published under the professional name of Tori Carrington.
Tony and Lori began writing as a collaborative team in June of 1984 and sold their first book in 1998. Today, they are best-selling authors with more than 30 titles in print, including their comedy-mystery series starring Sofie Metropolis. You can read more about Tony and Lori and see a list of their titles in print by visiting their web site.
Stay tuned to this blog for more announcements about our 2009 Macomb Book Fair schedule.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Family Atlases Gift of Alexander Macomb DAR

The library's local history and genealogy collection has received a gift from the Alexander Macomb Chapter, NSDAR, which has allowed us to add four more volumes of the Arphax family maps series to our shelves. The new volumes are:

Ionia County (MICH R929.377454 BOY)
Lapeer County (MICH R929.377442 BOY)
Livingston County (MICH R929.377361 BOY)
Shiawassee County (MICH R929.377425 BOY)

The Arphax family map books are a valuable tool for tracing the first families to settle in a specific township. Overlays provide current map data so that ancestral parcels can be accurately located, and the land entry dates are helpful in tracking group migrations to a given area.

The library already owns copies of the Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, Cass, Genesee, Lenawee and Saginaw county map books, and will continue to purchase other Michigan counties as they become available. Our thanks to the members of the Alexander Macomb Chapter, NSDAR, for making it possible to add these new volumes.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Library Board Welcomes Robert Bauer

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Bauer was appointed to the Mount Clemens Public Library Board of Trustees by Mayor Barb Dempsey and the Mount Clemens City Commission during their April 21 regular meeting. Bob is no stranger to the library staff and patrons, as he has been a faithful volunteer genealogy assistant for several years, providing valuable in-depth assistance to our family history researchers. He also leads a memoir-writing group at the library, and recently lent his expertise as a workshop leader in our 2008 Macomb Book Fair. He is a true library friend and we look forward to his participation on the board.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mount Clemens City Directory Index Now Includes 1923-24

We are pleased to announce that our Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index has just been updated to include the listings from the 1923-24 city directory. This handy online tool now covers a 28-year span, and with one easy search, you can find entries for any business or surname in all available directories from 1896 through 1923-24. This database is being developed by library Executive Assistant Heather McCallister, who is already at work on the 1925-26 directory entries.
Since this index became available online, it has received over 90,000 hits by researchers who are working on genealogy and local history questions related to Mount Clemens. You can search it by clicking here.

Use Your Museum Adventure Pass at Cranbrook House

Cranbrook House and Gardens will re-open for the 2008 season on Thursday, May 1. Library cardholders are invited to check out a Museum Adventure Pass good for two free admissions to this cultural gem. Cranbrook passes will be available on our Museum Pass kiosk beginning next Thursday.
With summer coming soon and gas prices at an all time high, don't forget to use the Museum Adventure Pass program to visit all of the wonderful resources right here in our area. Passes are available for the Detroit Institute of Arts, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and many others. For a complete list of program participants and hours of operation, click here.