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.