Thursday, October 30, 2008

Holiday Walk Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for the Bath City Association's annual Christmas Holiday Walk are now on sale at the library's checkout desk. The Christmas Holiday Walk will be held on Thursday, December 4, with tours running every 10 minutes from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Buses will depart from the Anton Art Center on the night of the event. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased by cash or check.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Resource on World War II Research

New on our local history and genealogy shelves is the recent publication of the National Archives are Records Administration (NARA) entitled World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation. This two-volume work by Timothy Mulligan describes for researchers the more than 200,000 cubic feet of records relating to American activities during World War II. Included are details on the arrangement of the records, their location among the various NARA depositories, notes on available finding aids or indexes, and availability of microfilm copies. If you are a family historian who is interested in delving deeper into your ancestor's service during World War II, you'll want to consult this important work.
This reference set was purchased through a memorial gift of the Alexander Macomb Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in memory of Judith Myers.

Friday, October 24, 2008

It's a Mystery - Where is It?

Can't find your favorite mystery novel? On your last visit to Mount Clemens Public Library, you saw it on the shelf. So where is it? In an effort to create more space for new releases, some older mystery titles have been place in our Book Storage collection. These books are still available and ready for checkout. Just ask a staff member at the main desk for assistance and the item will be retrieved for you.
All items in the library's Book Storage collection are listed in our online library catalog. You will notice that these items are listed with a location of STORAGE when you view them on the computer screen.
You may search our online catalog any time by clicking here.
Happy mystery reading!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We Recycle!

Did you know that your public library accepts used ink jet and laser toner cartridges for recycling? You may drop them off at the library any time during regular service hours, and we will send them to a company that recycles them. The library receives a small payment for each spent cartridge we turn in, and that money in turn is used to support our library programs and services.
We also accept old cell phones for recycling, and send them the the Cell Phones For Soldiers organization. Cell Phones for Soldiers turns in old cell phones and uses the proceeds to provide pre-paid calling cards to American service personnel who are deployed overseas. To date, they have distributed more than 400,000 calling cards to deployed members of the U.S. armed forces.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New on the DVD Shelf, October 21

Here's a sampling of the latest titles on our DVD shelf for your viewing pleasure:

Richard Jenkins stars in this drama about a recently-widowed college professor who discovers a pair of homeless illegal aliens living in his apartment.

Crossed Over
The true story of Beverly Lowry, whose son was killed in a tragic hit-and-run, and her unusual friendship with a death row inmate.

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The latest Indy adventure has the intrepid archaeologist played by Harrison Ford looking for a lost city of gold.

Expelled - No Intelligence Allowed
Ben Stein discovers that educators and scientists are ridiculed the world over for believing that there is evidence of design in nature.

Sleeping Beauty
The beloved animated classic is back from the Disney vault.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Useful Web Sites For Voters

Your Mount Clemens Public Library reference staff would like to call your attention to some useful web sites to help voters prepare themselves for the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 4.

Visit the Michigan Secretary of State's voter information service to check your registration status, find your polling place, and view your sample ballot.

For a non-partisan analysis of Michigan's ballot proposals, visit the Citizens Research Council of Michigan site.

To check the accuracy of claims made by political campaigns, visit FactCheck.Org.

Most important, remember to VOTE!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Museum Adventure Pass Program Renewed

The library is happy to announce that the Museum Adventure Pass program presented by Macy's has been renewed for a second year! This program, which launched in October 2007, allows library cardholders to check out passes for free admission to 22 different metro area arts and cultural organizations, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Pewabic Pottery, Cranbrook Science Center, and many others. The second year of the program, which begins on October 25, will see the addition of the Anton Art Center, Arts & Scraps, Birmingham Bloomfield Historical Museum, Detroit Artists Market, the Scarab Club and the Wyandotte Museum as participating organizations. Don't miss out on your opportunity to check out greater Detroit's cultural gems - check out a museum today!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Remembering Hillcrest Country Club

Long-time residents of the greater Mount Clemens area have many memories of the now-vanished Hillcrest Golf and Country Club. Hillcrest was the place for golf tournaments, wedding receptions, high school proms, and many other social occasions over more than five decades. We'll be taking a fond look back at Hillcrest on Wednesday, October 15, when Ross Strevel will present "The History of Hillcrest Golf and Country Club" as the next installment in our ongoing local history lecture series co-sponsored with the Macomb County Historical Society. The free program will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium, and will feature some historic photos of Hillcrest. Mr. Strevel's family once owned the property upon which the Hillcrest subdivision and Hillcrest Golf and Country Club were built. Please join us for this look back at a Macomb County institution!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ancestral Writing Group Presents Family History Month Program

In honor of Family History Month, the Ancestral Writing Group which meets at the library under the direction of Bob Bauer will present a special program at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10 in the library auditorium. Everyone is invited, so don't miss this special event. (After the program, you can shop the library's used book sale!)

Macomb Funeral Home Master Index Now Updated

Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index. The latest version adds over 30,000 entries, doubling the size of the index to a total of 66,538 names. Added with this update are records for the Bell Funeral Home, formerly of Birmingham. (The Bell record books are currently at the bindery and will be available on the shelves in about a month.) Researchers should note that, although we are working with records held by Macomb County funeral homes, over the years many of these businesses have absorbed or merged with funeral homes in the adjacent counties of Oakland and Wayne. As a result, our "Macomb" index includes records from the entire Detroit area, as well as records of funerals of individuals from out-of-state. As always, our thanks go out to Brenda Miller and Karen Rogers, who established this collection and continue to direct the project, spending untold hours in transcribing records and working with various funeral homes to make records accessible. We also thank Geraldine Carrick for transcribing the Bell records, and Barry Hamilton and the staff of William R. Hamilton Funeral Home for making the records available to us.
The Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index may be searched online by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Book Sale Preview is Thursday, October 9

Used book lovers are invited to our Annual Used Book Sale Preview Night, which will be held tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission to the Preview Night is $10 per person, and allows you to shop the sale before it opens to the general public on Friday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Thousands of quality used books have been sorted into categories for your browsing pleasure, and everything is priced to sell. If you don't want to miss out on the best bargains, be sure to attend our preview event!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Presidential Campaign Memorabilia Now on Display

Have you ever wondered how presidential campaigns operated in the days before television and Internet? Then you will be interested in a new exhibit of presidential campaign memorabilia that the library is hosting now through November 7. The display includes buttons, posters, ribbons, sheet music and a variety of novelty items that were used to promote presidential tickets as far back as the candidacy of James K. Polk. You are invited to view the exhibit any time during regular library service hours. The presidential campaign memorabilia exhibit is located in the showcase near the entrance to the children's room.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses

One-room schools are an important part of Michigan's cultural heritage. Once dotting the landscape approximately every five miles, the remaining schoolhouses stand as landmarks and a reminder of our rural past. Artist and photographer Mary Keithan has traveled the back roads of Michigan in search of the best examples of this rural architecture, capturing them with her 8" x 10" view camera. Mary Keithan will join us on Tuesday, October 14 at 12:10 p.m. to discuss her new book, Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses, which features her photographs together with information about each schoolhouse's architecture and history.
This program is free and open to the public. Please join us!
(Photo by David Rubello)

Friday, October 3, 2008

New Music on the CD Shelf, October 3

Here's a sampling of the latest CDs to hit our new music shelf:

A Little Bit Longer by the Jonas Brothers
Do You Know by Jessica Simpson
Here and Gone by David Sanborn
Day After Tomorrow by Joan Baez
Love & Life by Eric Benet

As always, you can look for any title in our online catalog by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Used Book Sale is Coming!

Next weekend is our annual used book sale and you're invited! We have thousands of quality hardcover and paperback books waiting for you, sorted into categories for easy browsing, and everything is priced to sell. This year, we are offering a special Preview Sale on Thursday, October 9 from 6-8 p.m. Admission to the Preview Sale is $10 per person, and allows you to have first choice of books before the sale opens to the general public the next day. Regular sale hours will be Friday and Saturday, October 10 & 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All remaining items on Sunday afternoon will be FREE, so bring your shopping bags and help yourself. All proceeds from the annual used book sale are used to support library programs and services. The library accepts donations of good used books year-round.