Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Items in the Genealogy Room

Here are some items recently added to our genealogy collection:

Given in memory of Virginia Reed:

Finding answers in U.S. census records by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Matthew Wright (MICH R929.1072 SZU)

Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher (MICH 808.066929 HAT)

Given in appreciation of the service of Karen Lee Hemme-Rogers:

Family Maps of Kent County, Michigan by Gregory A. Boyd (MICH R929.377456 BOY)

Family Maps of Sanilac County, Michigan by Gregory A. Boyd (MICH R929.377443 BOY)

We have also received several additional volumes of transcriptions of the records of the William R. Hamilton Funeral Home, which have been added to our Macomb County Funeral Home Records Collection.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason R. Freiwald of Armada, who died September 12 in Afghanistan while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He will be buried Monday in Arlington National Cemetery. Chief Petty Officer Freiwald, age 30, died from injuries sustained while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan on September 11. He was temporarily forward deployed from his assignment at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Dam Neck, Virginia.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Paula Tutman Discusses Deadline!

Please join us on Tuesday, September 30 at 12:10 p.m. when Emmy Award-winning television news reporter Paula L. Tutman will be here to discuss her new novel, entitled Deadline!. The story follows a serial killer who thinks murder is the way to the heart of his true love - a local crime reporter. The book's plot is very loosely based upon events that Ms. Tutman experienced while she was a police reporter in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Tutman will sign copies of her book following the program. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Latest Fiction on the New Book Shelf

Here's a sampling of the latest novels on our new book shelf:

Being Elizabeth by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown
Cypress Nights by Stella Cameron
Foreign Body by Robin Cook
The Assassin by Stephen Coonts
Rough Justice by Jack Higgins
Final Justice by Fern Michaels
Faces of Fear by John Saul

You can search our online library catalog for these and other titles anytime by clicking here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Rodriguez, 35 of Weidman, who died September 2 from wounds suffered in Ana Kalay, Afghanistan, when his mounted patrol came under small arms fire. He was assigned to the K-9 unit of the 527th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, Ansbach, Germany.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer John Wayne Marcum, 34 of Flushing, who died September 12 from injuries sustained while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan September 11. Officer Marcum was temporarily forward deployed from his assignment at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Dam Neck, Virginia.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Reflecting on an Aviation Milestone

Exactly one hundred years ago today, the world suffered its first fatality resulting from powered flight. On September 17, 1908, while riding as a passenger in an experimental military aircraft, 1st Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge of the U.S. Army was killed when the airplane, piloted by Orville Wright, crashed during a test flight. Selfridge's loss was no small thing for the aviation world. It had only been five years since the Wright Brothers had made their historic flight from the sand dunes of North Carolina, and Selfridge himself was a promising designer of aircraft and keenly interested in the possible applications of flight for military purposes. Little wonder that in July of 1917, when the U.S. was opening new military airfields during World War I, the new base near Mount Clemens, Michigan was named Selfridge Field in his memory.
Please join us on Tuesday, September 23 at 12:10 p.m., when Lt. Col. Louis J. Nigro, executive director of the Selfridge Military Air Museum, will present "The Story of Thomas Selfridge." The program is free and no registration is required.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Movie Theater Memories

In the age of IMAX and multi-screen cineplex entertainment centers, it may be hard to remember when most main streets in America boasted one single-screen movie theater with an early and late evening show and matinees on Saturday afternoons (Mount Clemens' own Jewel Theater is shown in the photo at left). If you remember those days, you won't want to miss our September local history lecture! Authors Michael V. Doyle and Jack R. Miller will present their recently-published book, Boxoffice Open: Michigan's Small Town Movie Theaters on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium. This program is offered through a partnership between the Macomb County Historical Society and Mount Clemens Public Library. Join us for popcorn and a nostalgic look back at small-town movie houses of days gone by. The program is free and no registration is necessary.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Cure For Campaign Overload

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;... whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights."
--Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789

If you find the nonstop campaign rhetoric in our 24/7 news cycle bewildering, you probably aren't alone. Fortunately, your public library has the cure – a reasoned and balanced look at this year's presidential election, with the major issues sorted out from the hyperbole. Scholar and lecturer Harry T. Cook will present a three-part lecture series entitled “Election Issues 2008” beginning Monday, September 15 at 10 a.m. The first lecture will look at the candidacy of Republican nominee John McCain. The second lecture will be held on Monday, October 13, and will discuss the candidacy of Democratic nominee Barack Obama. The final lecture will be presented on Monday, November 10, a week after the election, and will be a discussion of the outcome held jointly with noted political commentator Jack Lessenberry. This series is free and requires no registration. Please join us for these thought-provoking and educational programs.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Saying Goodbye To VHS

In the coming year, Mount Clemens Public Library will join the rest of the Suburban Library Cooperative in a major technology upgrade. As part of this process, the library will be withdrawing all VHS format videotapes from our shelves. Our primary vendors no longer offer this outdated format for feature and instructional films, so we have been unable to purchase new materials in this format for some time. The remaining VHS items on our shelves are heavily worn, and in many cases have been spliced and repaired multiple times. For these reasons, and to assist us in converting our collection to our new technology format, VHS format videotapes will be withdrawn from the library by December 31, 2008. We will continue to purchase new movies and instructional films in DVD format.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Scrapbooking @ The Library

Scrapbooking fans are invited to our fall open crop sessions at the library, which will be held from 5-9 p.m. on the following Monday evenings:
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15
A different page idea or project will be taught at 6:30 p.m. on each of these evenings. Click here to register and view our flyer with details and project supply lists.