Monday, December 29, 2008

Help With New Year's Resolutions @ Your Library

If you need some support for a New Year's resolution to get yourself organized in 2009, your library can help! Here's a sample of items on our shelves to give you ideas and encouragement in your quest to de-clutter your life:

The Complete Clutter Solution: Organize Your Home For Good by Chris Peterson (640 PET)
Ready, Set Organize!: Get Your Stuff Together by Pipi Peterson (650.1 PET)
Organizing Magic: 40 Days to a Well-Ordered Home and Life by Sandra Felton (640 FEL)
Shelter for the Spirit: How to Make Your Home a Haven in a Hectic World by Victoria Moran (640 MOR)
The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter by Linda Cobb (648.5 COB)
The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life by Kathy Waddill (646.7 WAD)
Good Things for Organizing (648.8 GOO)
Stephanie Winston's Best Organizing Tips: Quick, Simple Ways to Get Organized and Get on With Your Life by Stephanie Winston (640.43 WIN)

As always, you can look for more helpful stuff in our library catalog by clicking here.

Friday, December 26, 2008

2009 Michigan Notable Book Author Coming to Macomb Book Fair

Here's another sneak peak at our 2009 Macomb Book Fair line-up! We are pleased that Jean Alicia Elster will present a workshop entitled “Writing a Children's Book Series.” Ms. Elster has just won a 2009 Michigan Notable Book award for her middle-grade novel Who's Jim Hines?, published by Wayne State University Press in 2008. The book is based on real events about Douglas Ford, Jr., a 12-year-old African-American boy growing up in Detroit during the Great Depression.
Ms. Elster is also the author of the children's book series Joe Joe in the City, published by Judson Press. She is the founder and president of Write Word, Inc.
Find out more about out 2009 Macomb Book Fair schedule by clicking here.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday, and also on Wednesday December 31 and Thursday, January 1 in observance of the New Year's holiday. Should you wish to return library materials on these days, our outside book drops will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the library, and will be emptied by library staff each day. You will also find our online library catalog and databases available to you through our web site, by clicking here. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Give the Gift of Life This Holiday Season!

Blood supplies are usually at dangerously low levels during the holiday season. Mount Clemens Public Library will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, December 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 586-469-6662. Walk-in donors are also welcome, so mark your calendar and plan to give the gift of life!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Items in the Genealogy Room

Just added to the shelves in the local history and genealogy room are four additional volumes of William R. Hamilton Funeral Home records, covering the years 1934-1938 and 1942-1947, and two volumes of Bell Funeral Home records, 1934-1951. (Bell Funeral Home was located in Birmingham, Michigan and was purchased by William R. Hamilton Funeral Home in 1951).

We have also received Oakland County Probate Court Abstracts, 1852-1868 (R929.377438 OAK).

Our thanks to Karen Lee Hemme-Rogers and Brenda McMahon Miller, directors of the funeral home records project, as well as to Geraldine Carrick who worked on the Bell records and Ann Faulkner, who maintains the funeral home records master index. The Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index may be searched by clicking here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Book Fair Sneak Preview

Here's another sneak preview of our 2009 Macomb Book Fair and Writers Conference, coming to you on Saturday, February 7:

Gail Gaymer Martin will present a workshop entitled "Writing Inspirational Romance." This workshop covers the basic elements of novel writing, with special focus on inspirational romance.
Multi-award-winning novelist and author of Writing the Christian Romance, Gail Gaymer Martin writes women’s fiction, including romance and romantic suspense, for Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. She has forty published novels with over two-and-a half million books in print.
Visit our Book Fair web site to view our complete schedule, presenter biographies, and online registration form.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Music @ The Library

We've got music at the library, if you're looking for something festive to brighten your holiday gathering! Here's just a sampling of the recordings available from our music collection on compact disc:

Joy to the World by Faith Hill (CD HOLIDAY HILL)
Christmas Songs by Diana Krall (CD HOLIDAY KRALL)
Christmas Cookies by The Oak Ridge Boys (CD COUNTRY OAK RIDGE)
The Greatest Holiday Classics by Kenny G (CD HOLIDAY KENNY G)
Merry Christmas With Love by Clay Aiken (CD HOLIDAY AIKEN)
We Three Kings by the Irish Tenors (CD HOLIDAY IRISH)
Rejoice: A String Quartet Christmas (CD HOLIDAY REJOICE)

There's much more to choose from in our complete catalog. To search for other recordings, click here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Winter 2009 Library Newsletter is on the Way!

The Winter 2009 edition of our newsletter, The Library Online, is at the printer. If you live within the boundaries of the Mount Clemens School District, you can expect to find a copy in your mailbox by the end of the month. Fortunately, because we have the capability to produce our newsletter in digital format as well, you can view it online right now by clicking here! You'll find a full schedule of programs with something to interest everybody. We have children's programs, lecture series, craft programs, book discussions, author visits, the Macomb Book Fair, and much more, so take a look!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Scrapbooking @ The Library

Do you need some ideas for your holiday scrapbook pages? Come to our next open crop night on Monday, December 15 and learn the technique of kirigami! Our open crop session begins at 5 p.m, and instruction on the kirigami technique will begin at 6:30 p.m. Learn to fold and cut kirigami windows to showcase photographs, or make snowflakes to decorate seasonal pages. Bring the following supplies with you: 6 sheets of 12x12 winter-themed coordinating paper (solid and/or patterned), sharp craft knife, cutting mat and a selection of winter-themed photographs. The program is free, but registration is required. Phone the library at 586-469-6200 or click here to register

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Essay Contest Winner Christian Lathers

We are proud to announce that Christian Lathers is our 2008 Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest award winner in the high school division. Christian is a home-schooled 10th grader whose essay is entitled “Mount Clemens: Important But Humble Beginnings.” Christian's favorite subject in school is physics, and his hobbies include playing the guitar and videogames. You can read Christian's winning essay by clicking here. Congratulations, Christian!

Essay Contest Winner Jonah Mullet

We are proud to announce that Jonah Mullet is our 2008 Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest award winner in the middle school division. Jonah is a 7th grader at Mount Clemens Middle School and chose to write his essay on the “Leap the Dips” roller coaster that stood on the banks of the Clinton River in Mount Clemens from 1909 to 1923. Jonah's favorite subject in school is science, and his hobbies include snowboarding, skateboarding and football. You can read his winning essay by clicking here. Congratulations, Jonah!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New on the Large Print Shelf, December 2

Here's a sample of the newest additions to our Large Print shelves:

Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown
Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark
Leaving Whiskey Bend by Dorothy Garlock
Just After Sunset by Stephen King
The Pagan Stones by Nora Roberts
Heat Lightning by John Sandford
A Good Woman by Danielle Steel

Search our online library catalog for other large print titles by clicking here.