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."