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.