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.