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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

In Memory of Paul Sonnenberg, 1914-2008

Mount Clemens Public Library has lost a good friend and treasured library patron in the death of Paul J. Sonnenberg. Mr. Sonnenberg, a lifelong resident of Mount Clemens, died April 10. He was a 1932 graduate of Mount Clemens High School, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and had retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. He enjoyed a 39-year career with Detroit Edison, and retired in 1970 as the general services supervisor of the Macomb Division.

Paul Sonnenberg was very active in several community organizations. He was a devoted member and past president of the Macomb County Historical Society, a life member of The Old Crowd, and charter member of the Mount Clemens Historical Commission. He was a regular library patron for as long as his health permitted, and was always generous with his time and expertise in the area of local history.

We will miss him.

Play Ball!

OK, so the Tigers aren't off to the best start this baseball season. Fortunately, they are not the only game in town! The Mount Clemens Regulars, a vintage baseball team, are preparing for the start of their season, playing the gentleman's game of old. Visit the team web site to learn more about vintage baseball rules and to see the Regulars' 2008 schedule.

On the library shelves, you'll find some great books about the early days of baseball, when semi-professional teams could be found in many small towns, including Mount Clemens. Take a look at these titles:

But Didn't We Have Fun?: An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843-1870, by Peter Morris. (796.357 MOR)
Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan, by Peter Morris (796.357 MOR)
Minor League Baseball Towns of Michigan: Adrian to Ypsilanti, the Teams and the Ballparks of the Wolverine State From the 1880s to the Present, by Marc Okkonen. (769.357 OKK)

For more information about the early days of baseball in our town, read the article Baseball in Mount Clemens on the local history page of the library's web site.

Play Ball!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Protect Your Identity - Shred Your Stuff!

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that approximately 9 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year. One of the ways that you can help to protect yourself from joining their number is to shred all documents that contain personal information which could be exploited by thieves.

It's easy to accumulate a large stack of statements, receipts and personal financial records that need to be effectively destroyed. Gather your items and bring them to the library on Thursday, May 1 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon, when a mobile shredder truck from Absolute Shreds! will be available in the library parking lot. Each resident may bring up to four boxes or grocery bags of documents for destruction. There is absolutely no charge for this service, and you can even watch the shredder chew up your documents through a special viewing window on the truck.

So get started gathering up all of those outdated documents. It's time to shred your stuff!

For more information about protecting yourself from identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission's web site.

Gardening Help @ Your Library

Now that the snow is gone, you're probably looking at your lawn and garden and wondering what to do with it this year.
No, you don't need a landscape consultant, you need your public library! Here's a small sample of some of the helpful titles waiting for you on our gardening shelf:

Perfect Plant, Perfect Place by Roy Lancaster (635.965 LAN)
Plants For Problem Places by Linda Yang (635.9 YAN)
The Landscape Makeover Book by Sara Jane von Trapp (635.9 VON)
Best Borders by Tony Lord (635.967 LOR)
1,001 Ingenious Gardening Ideas (635 ONE)
Midwestern Landscaping Book (712.6097 MID)
Backyard Design by Jean Spiro Breskend (712.6 BRE)

When you're looking for answers and ideas, don't forget to visit Michigan State University Extension's helpful web site. It will lead you to great publications, videos and tips.

It's Spring Cleaning Time!

After a reaaallly long and snowy winter, everybody in Michigan seems relieved that spring has finally made an appearance. It's time to welcome the season of renewal by tackling those spring cleaning projects around the house, and the library will be happy to relieve you of those stacks of used books you keep pushing into the corner!

Revenues from the library's annual used book sale, held each autumn, are used to support library programs and new materials purchases throughout the year. If you are ready to dispose of your quality used books (no old textbooks or encyclopedias, please), drop them by the library any time during regular business hours.

New on the Mystery Shelf, April 10, 2008

Check out the latest crime fiction on our New Mystery Shelf!

The Alpine Traitor by Mary Daheim
Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein
Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry
Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb

To look for more mystery titles, check our online library catalog

On the New Fiction Shelf, April 10, 2008

The spring fiction releases are starting to roll in! Here's a sample of titles that have hit our new fiction shelves in the past couple of weeks:

A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer
Seen it All, Done the Rest by Pearl Cleage
Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman
Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
Christ the Lord, the Road to Cana by Anne Rice
Honor Thyself by Danielle Steel