Monday, December 21, 2009

Library Holiday Hours

The Library will be CLOSED on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, December 26 at 9:00 a.m. The Library will be CLOSED on Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 for the New Year's holiday. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, January 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Outdoor bookdrops will be open near the north (parking lot) entrance to the library while we are closed, and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday break.

As always, our online catalog, databases, media download center and digital archive will be available 24/7 from our web site.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 14, 2009

New on the Music CD Shelf, December 14


Here's a sampling of CDs just added to the new music shelf:

The Fall / Nora Jones
The Fame Monster / Lady Gaga
The Circle / Bon Jovi
Play On / Carrie Underwood
Lady Antebellum / Lady Antebellum
Rated R / Rihanna
Battle Studies / John Mayer
Eco / Leona Lewis
She Wolf / Shakira

Search our online catalog any time to find other music sound recordings.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Scrapbooking @ Your Library

Please join us for an evening of scrapbooking fun at Mount Clemens Public Library on Tuesday, December 15. We start at 5:00 p.m. with an open crop. Bring your scrapbook supplies and current projects for four uninterrupted hours of scrapbooking. We will demonstrate how to make a graduated chipboard album, which may have a Christmas theme, or any theme of your choosing. Bring your scrapbook supplies, pictures and coordinating paper and embellishments matching your theme. We will provide the chipboard, spray adhesive, rings or ribbon for a small fee of $1. As always, you can work on anything of your choosing if you don’t wish to do this project.

To register, click here or phone the library at 586-469-6200.

To find out about our plans for the Winter/Spring 2010 scrapbooking programs, read the latest edition of our library newsletter.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Picturing America Display Now Available


Mount Clemens Public Library is the proud recipient of The National Endowment for the Humanities' new Picturing America initiative. Picturing America provides an innovative way for citizens of all ages to explore the history and character of America through some of our nation's great works of art.

As one of the public libraries selected nationwide to receive the program, we now have high quality reproductions of American masterpieces on exhibit in the library throughout the year. Every two months, we display a different themed portion of the exhibit on the main floor of the library near the south (Cass Avenue) entrance. For the months of December and January, the exhibit theme is "leadership." For more information on the program, visit the Picturing America website. Picturing America is distributed by the NEH in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).

Monday, December 7, 2009

Flags Lowered in Observance of Pearl Harbor Day


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in observance of Pearl Harbor Day. We honor the lives lost in the attack 68 years ago today, on December 7, 1941, and salute our service men and women who serve today at locations around the world.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Meet Essay Contest Winner Sarah Ellison

The library is pleased to announce that Sarah Ellison is the Division II winner of the 2009 Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest.
Our independent panel of judges selected Sarah's essay on Mount Clemens history from among those submitted by high school students.

Sarah is seventeen years old and is in the twelfth grade at Lutheran High School North. Her essay discusses changes that have occurred in a Mount Clemens neighborhood over the lifetime of one tree planted in 1889. Sarah received a certificate of achievement and a cash prize donated by Lorelei Maison Rockwell, who sponsors the essay contest in memory of her late mother, Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling.

You may read Sarah's winning essay by clicking here.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Meet Essay Contest Winner Joshua Mills

The library is pleased to announce that Joshua Mills is the Division I winner of the 2009 Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest. Our independent panel of judges selected Joshua's essay, entitled "Rock of Gibraltar," from among those submitted by middle school students.

Joshua is twelve years old and is in the seventh grade at Mount Clemens Junior High School. His essay discusses the landmark sign at the Gibraltar Trade Center and the prior use of the location as the Mount Clemens Race Track and as an early harness racing track in the 1920s. Joshua received a certificate of achievement and a cash prize donated by Lorelei Maison Rockwell, who sponsors the essay contest in memory of her late mother, Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling.

You may read Joshua's winning essay by clicking here.
Congratulations, Joshua!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Sergeant Daniel A. Frazier of St. Joseph who died November 19 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, alongside one of his comrades while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Frazier, age 25, died from injuries suffered when a suicide car-bomber attacked his unit. He was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Sgt. Frazier had previously served in Afghanistan from January 2007 to April 2008. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 30, at Michiana Christian Embassy in Niles, Michigan, with burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The library will CLOSE at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and all day on Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27.

Outside bookdrops will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of library materials during holiday hours. Even when the library is closed, you may still access our online catalog, digital archive, database menu, events calendar, and media download center.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Music For Your Holiday Gatherings @ Your Library!


As you plan your holiday parties and gatherings over the next few weeks, don't forget a stop at your public library for some seasonal music to enhance the atmosphere! Here's just a sampling of what you'll find on the shelves in our music CD section:


Beach Boys Christmas Album (CD HOLIDAY BEACH)

Christmas With Pavarotti and Carreras (CD HOLIDAY
CARRERAS)

Contemporary Holiday Classics (CD HOLIDAY CONTEMPORARY)

The Irish Tenors Home For Christmas (CD HOLIDAY IRISH)

A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Live (CD HOLIDAY
MANNHEIM)

A Motown Christmas (CD HOLIDAY MOTOWN)

Rejoice! A String Quartet Christmas (CD HOLIDAY REJOICE)


We have selections for every musical taste. Check our online catalog for other selections.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lilbrary Closed For Staff Training

The library will be CLOSED on Friday, November 20 for staff training. Outside book drops will be available for return of library materials near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building. Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m.

Even when the library is closed, you may still access our online catalog, digital archive, database menu, events calendar, and media download center.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Scrapbooking @ the Library

Our next scrapbooking open crop session at the library will be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 5-9 p.m. At 6:30, we'll show you how to make a unique louvered frame to showcase your photos, and we will also demonstrate the technique of bargello. Both techniques are made with folded strips of paper. Supplies you will need are 3-7 sheets of coordinating patterned paper, solid paper for the frame and background paper. If you have a scorer blade for your paper cutter and a bone folder these will help with folding the paper strips. As always, you can work on anything of your choosing if you don’t wish to do this project.

To register, phone the library at 586-469-6200, or click here. Now is a great time to make those special, personalized holiday gifts for family and friends.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Now on Display






Mount Clemens Public Library is proud to host the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial this week. Presented by Chapter 154, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Memorial is a tribute to the more than 2,600 Michigan men and women who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. The Memorial will be on display on the main floor of the library during all regular library business hours now through Friday, November 13. Members of VVA Chapter 154 will be on hand during many of those hours to answer questions and interpret the exhibit for the public.

You are invited to visit, to contemplate the names on these panels, and to give honor to those who served. While the Memorial is in the library, we ask that all of our visitors help us to maintain an atmosphere of quiet dignity in the library by keeping conversations low and silencing cell phones. Your expressions of respect are appreciated.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldiers


In accordance with a proclamation by President Barack Obama, the library's flags are flying at half-staff from today until Veterans Day in honor of the men and women slain in the recent tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mount Clemens City Directory Database Updated

The library is pleased to announce another update to our Mount Clemens City Directory Database. This master index to our local city directories now includes data from 1896 through 1927, and contains over 86,000 index entries. The index may be searched online by clicking here. (AOL users, remember to turn off your pop-up blocker, or use an alternative browser).

Copies of Mount Clemens city directories may be consulted in the library's genealogy and local history room. Thanks to library staff member Heather McCallister who is doing the data entry for this project.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Specialist Brandon K. Steffey of Sault Ste Marie who died in Laghman province, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Steffey, age 23, died October 25 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 178th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, 111 Corps, Fort Hood, Texas.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas Walk Tickets Now Available


Tickets are now on sale at the library for the Bath City Association's 7th Annual Mount Clemens Christmas Walk. The event will take place on Friday, December 11, with tours running every ten minutes between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to view the interiors and holiday decorations at some of the city's most beautiful homes, and to enjoy holiday music and refreshments at the Anton Art Center.

Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased at the library check-out desk during all regular library business hours.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Museum Pass Program Begins Third Year

We are happy to announce that the Museum Adventure Pass Program sponsored by Macy's has been renewed for a third year. This year, we have 28 museum and cultural attractions particpating in the program, including these newcomers:
University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Shalom Street
Troy Museum and Historic Village
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
You may check out a voucher for free admission to a participating venue using your library card. Passes are good for one week from the date of checkout, but are not valid for use by groups. There is a limit of one pass per library cardholder per week.
For more information and program rules, visit the Museum Adventure Pass web site.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Social Networking - Get Connected!

Do you use Twitter? Facebook? Would you like to learn more about how these and other social networks can help you promote a project, business or organization, or perhaps how they might aid your job search? Join us on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m. when author and marketing specialist Sylvia Hubbard will present "Social Networking - Get Connected!". The program is free, but registration is required. To register, click here or phone the library at 586-469-6200.

Meanwhile, you can learn more about how to make social networking sites work for you by checking out one of these titles from the library's new book shelves:

Facebook Me!: A Guide to Having Fun With Your Friends and Promoting Your Projects on Facebook / Dave Awl. (004.69 AWL)

Twitter: Tips, Tricks, and Tweets / Paul McFedries. (006.76 MCF)

I'm on LinkedIn -- Now What? / Jason Abla. (650.14 ABL)

Marketing to the Social Web: How Digital Communities Build Your Business / Larry Weber. (658.872 WEB)

The Social Media Bible / Lon Safko. (685.872 SAF)

If you already use Facebook, you can join the library's social network by visiting Mount Clemens Public Library's Facebook page. Click here to view our page and become a fan - you'll see all of the latest library announcements in your Facebook account.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Local History Writing Contest for Students


Students in grades 6-12 are reminded that the deadline for entering the Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest is Friday, October 30. The contest is open to students attending any public, private, parochial or home school within the boundaries of the Mount Clemens 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 must 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 use libraries and museums to conduct research. Essays must be submitted to the library by Friday, October 30. 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. Contestants must pick up an official contest flyer with complete rules and guidelines for submission at the library.

Our sponsor, Lorelei Maison Rockwell, has donated these prizes in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling, whose photo is shown here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Scrapbooking @ The Library

Scrapbookers are invited to join us for an evening of crafting fun on Tuesday, October 20 from 5-9 p.m. We start at 5:00 p.m. with an open crop. Bring your scrapbook supplies and current projects for four uninterrupted hours of scrapbooking. At 6:30 p.m., we will be creating the cutest chef with paper piecing. Just bring background and coordinating paper, recipes and cooking pictures and sharp scissors. If you don’t have pictures and recipes you want to use now you can always add them later. As always, you can work on anything of your choosing if you don’t wish to do this project.

Scrapbookers of all experience levels are welcome. To register, click here or phone 586-469-6200.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Sergeant Christopher T. Griffin of Kincheloe who died in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Griffin, age 24, died October 3 alongside seven of his comrades when enemy forces attacked their contingency outpost with small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, and indirect fires. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Sergeant Griffin was posthumously upgraded from Specialist to Sergeant.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Specialist Paul E. Andersen of Dowagiac who died in Baghdad, Iraq, while on active duty supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Andersen, age 49, died October 1 from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his camp using indirect fire. He was assigned to the 855th Quartermaster Company, South Bend, Indiana.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Join our All-Day Scrap-A-Thon @ the Library!

Please join us for our first all day scrapbooking crop on Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Come for a few hours or stay all day. Bring your scrapbook tools, supplies, your current projects and you will have a table for the entire day. We also have some tools (scissors, stencils, paper cutter) available for anyone new to scrapbooking.

Stations will be set up to learn new embellishments and techniques. Some of these stations will be hot glue embellishments, torn paper strip collage, paper marbling and stamping with paint & bleach. We will also have an idea center with books, magazines, internet access and great DVDs to watch.

Coffee, tea & water will be provided as well as a potluck snack/dessert table so please bring something to share. Bring your lunch or eat at one of our local restaurants. Menus from local eateries will also available for carry-out or delivery orders.

You can register by calling the library (586) 469-6200 or by clicking here. Call the library and ask for Cathy if you have any questions. If you are attending with friends let us know and we will reserve tables together for your group. Space is limited to so please reserve your spot soon!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Program Change of Date


The date for session 3 of our "Quick Refresher for Adults Returing to School" has been changed. This session on basic computer skills was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m., and will now be held on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. The dates of sessions 1 & 2, on basic writing skills and basic math skills, remain unchanged.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Items in Our Media Download Center

We've just added a number of new audiobook releases to our Media Download Center! Library card holders may download these titles directly to their personal computers or mobile devices - no worrying about returning materials. Here's a sampling of our new titles:

The Last Song / Nicholas Sparks
The Perfect Christmas / Debbie Macomber
13 1/2 / Nevada Barr
Chasing the Bear / Robert B. Parker
Bright-sided / Barbara Ehrenbach
The Scarpetta Factor / Patricia Cornwell

To use our Media Download Center, click here. You will need your library card number to log in. Happy listening!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mount Clemens High School Yearbook Master Index Updated

The Library is pleased to announce that an update has been loaded for our Mount Clemens High School Yearbook Master Index. This index, created by genealogy volunteer Karen Harris, will eventually include all of the names listed in the MCHS yearbook collection. The latest update brings the index total to 14,358 records, and covers yearbooks through 1954.

To search the index, click here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin P. Castiglione of Howell who died in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Petty Officer Castiglione, age 21, died September 3 from injuries sustained while supporting combat operations. He served as a Navy hospitalman, the Navy equivalent of an Army medic. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Battalion.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Maintain Your Brain!

Do you know which lifestyle changes can affect the health of your brain? To learn more, join us on Monday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. when the Alzheimer's Association will present a one-hour workshop entitled "Maintain Your Brain." This program will explore the latest insights about how people can make brain-healthy choices and lower their risks for developing Alzheimer's disease. To register for this free program, click here or telephone the library at 586-469-6200.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of September 11 Victims


In accord with an executive order issued by Governor Jennifer Granholm, the library's flags are flying at half-staff today in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Governor Granholm encourages all citizens of Michigan to remember those who were impacted by this tragedy.
“Let each of us take a moment of silence to reflect on and remember the tragedy of September 11,” Granholm said. “In our reflections, let us honor the memories of the victims and heroes of that day and keep their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. Let us also embrace our great patriotic spirit that continues to unify and strengthen our country.”

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Private First Class Eric W. Hario of Monroe who died August 29 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Hario, age 19, died from injuries sustained from small arms fire on August 28 while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Library Closed for Labor Day Weekend

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 8, and the library will return to its regular hours of service, 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. (beginning Sunday, September 13)

During the holiday weekend, the library's electronic services will still be available around the clock, including our online library catalog, media download center, and digital media archive. Drop boxes for the return of library materials will be open near the north (parking lot) library entrance and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday weekend.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Macomb Church Records Database Launched

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new database, the Macomb County Church Records Index. This index is being compiled by Adult Services Librarian Kristy Taormina, and will eventually serve as a master index to all of the available historical parish records available in the library's genealogy and local history collection. To date, index data for the early baptism records of Grace Episcopal Church of Mount Clemens and St. Peter Roman Catholic Church of Mount Clemens have been entered into the database. Entry of marriage records data from Grace Episcopal Church is now underway.

The Macomb County Church Records Index may be searched by clicking here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Senator Edward M. Kennedy


In accordance with an order by President Barack Obama, the library's flags are flying at half-staff until August 30 to honor the memory of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who died this week.

Senator Kennedy will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, August 29.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


Today the library's flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Corporal Nicholas R. Roush of Middleville who died August 16 in Herat, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Corporal Roush, age 22, died from injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg. N.C.

His funeral services will be held today in Middleville. Corporal Roush was the son of Robert and Donna Roush of Middleville.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Funeral Home Records Database Update

Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce the latest update to our Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index. This update adds 12,449 records from the Bagnasco Funeral Home to the index, which now includes a total of 92,574 entries.
Our thanks to Brenda Miller and Karen Lee Hemme-Rogers who direct the funeral home project and have donated countless hours to transcribing these records, to the management of the Bagnasco-Calcaterra funeral homes for allowing access to their records, and to Ann Faulkner, who maintains the master index.
The Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index may be searched at:
http://offserv.libcoop.net/mtc/funeralhomes.asp
(AOL users, remember turn off your pop-up blocking software or use a different browser to access).

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Oldest Book in the Library



Mount Clemens Public Library was founded in 1865 and celebrates its 144th year of service to the community during 2009. Since we've been around so long, we were wondering which book on our shelves has been in the library the longest, and we think we've found it. In our Michigan history storage collection is a volume entitled Michigan in the War, a history of our state's participation in the American Civil War. The cover of this book bears an embossed stamp that reads "Union School District Library, Mt. Clemens." This was our name back when the public library was located in the Union School building (near where Macomb School is today) and was administered by the Board of Education. Inside the book is an inscription indicating that the book was donated to the library by Edgar Weeks. Weeks was a Mount Clemens attorney who served as an officer in the Twenty-Second Michigan Volunteer Infantry regiment during the Civil War. After the war, he served as Macomb County prosecuting attorney and probate judge, and as a congressman from Michigan's 7th congressional district.

This book is not only an interesting history of our state and nation, it is part of our library's history as well.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Picturing America Pays Tribute to Courage

For the next two months, the theme of the library's Picturing America exhibit is "Courage." Stop by the exhibit panels located near the south (Cass Avenue) entrance to view such masterpieces as John Singleton Copley's "Paul Revere," Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech," Emanuel Leutze's "Washington Crossing the Delaware," and Winslow Homer's "A Veteran in a New Field," among others.

For more information on the program, visit the Picturing America website. Picturing America is distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Additional Newspaper Microfilms Now Available

A few weeks ago, Mount Clemens Public Library received the microforms collections held by the former Macomb County Library. These materials include microfilm of the Detroit News (1939-2008), Detroit Free Press (1955-2008) and New York Times (1851-2008), as well as several newspaper titles from Macomb County communities and a large periodical backfile. We are now pleased to announce that these films have been unpacked and are ready for public use. All Macomb County items, plus the Detroit News films, are available in the library's local history and genealogy room. The Detroit Free Press, New York Times, and the periodical backfiles are housed in storage areas and must be requested from a library staff member.

To see an updated list of all of our microfilmed newspaper holdings, click here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Recycle Those Books!


Are you cleaning out closets, shelves and storage places? Have you accumulated more books than you have space for? If so, please consider donating your used books to the library. Donated items that are appropriate for the library's collection may be added to our shelves, and the remainder are sorted by our volunteer book sale coordinator and sold at our annual used book sale. Proceeds from the used book sale fund library programs, services, and new materials purchases. It's a great way to recycle those books.

If you would like to donate your used books to the library, you may drop them off at the check-out desk any time during regular library business hours. While you're at it, don't forget that the library also recycles ink jet printer cartridges and old cell phones, so bring those along as well.

Your public library and your planet thank you!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scrapbooking for Teens


Teens ages 11-19 (both boys and girls!) are invited to join us on Monday evening, August 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for our teen scrapbooking program. Participants will make a special memory album. Bring 10-12 pictures of one special event or memory (examples would be a vacation, prom, sporting event, party, pets or friends). Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring paper and stickers that coordinate with your chosen theme.

This program is free, but registration is required. To register, telephone the library at 586-469-6200 or click here to register online.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Staff Sgt. Timothy A. David of Gladwin, who died June 28 in Sadr City, Iraq, while on active duty supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Staff Sgt. David, age 28, died from injuries sustained earlier in Baghdad, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

This was Staff Sgt. David’s 6th tour of duty, having previously served twice in Afghanistan and was completing his 4th tour of duty in Iraq. Funeral services will be held at Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Michigan, on Wednesday with burial in St. Andrews Cemetery in Saginaw. He was the son of Michael and Linda David of Beaverton.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Duke on DVD

The library has just added to our feature film DVD shelves a set of classic John Wayne movies. All eight films were directed by the legendary John Ford. Titles included are:

Fort Apache (1948)
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Three Godfathers (1948)
Stagecoach (1939)
The Searchers (1956)
They Were Expendable (1945)
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

The three non-Western films in the set have military settings, and They Were Expendable is regarded by some as the greatest World War II picture ever.

For other feature films available from our DVD collection, search our online library catalog. For downloadable video, visit our media download center.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Holiday Hours


The library will be CLOSED from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday weekend. Normal library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6. You may return library materials in the outside book drops located near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building. These book drops will be emptied by library staff throughout the weekend. As always, the library's electronic services, including our online catalog, databases and media download center will be available for use around the clock.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Stars and Stripes Festival


This weekend is the second annual Stars & Stripes Festival in downtown Mount Clemens. The 2009 festival has been combined with the annual Bath City Festival, which formerly took place in August. An historical tent will be set up in the New Street area, west of Walnut, so please stop by the library's booth and enjoy the exhibits of all of our local historical organizations as well!

For a complete schedule of the weekend's musical offerings, activities and events, visit the Stars & Stripes Festival web site.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

In Memory of Robert Bauer

Mount Clemens Public Library has lost a good friend and supporter this week in the passing of Robert Bauer. Bob served as a valued member of the library Board of Trustees from 2008-2009, and was a long-time volunteer assistant in our local history and genealogy room, where he generously shared his expertise with many researchers.

Bob had a keen interest in writing and storytelling, and led two writing groups at the library, where he encouraged participants to bring the element of human experience into the documentation of their personal and family histories. He also participated in the Mount Clemens Raconteurs storytelling group, and led a workshop on memoir writing at our 2008 Macomb Book Fair.

Bob Bauer was generous to the library both with his time and with his treasure, and made frequent donations for the enhancement of the local history and genealogy collection of Mount Clemens Public Library. These gifts will continue to benefit library patrons for years to come. He will be fondly remembered by all of his friends and colleagues at the library and within the local genealogy and storytelling communities.

We will miss you, Bob, but we will simply consider this milestone as marking the beginning of another chapter in your ongoing story.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Have Summer Fun on the Cheap with Museum Passes


Your public library participates in the Museum Adventure Pass program, presented by Macy's. This free program is a great way to have summer vacation fun close to home, at little or no cost. Visit the library and use your library card to check out a pass to one of 29 area museums or cultural centers. The pass, which is good for seven days from the date of checkout, allows either two or four free admissions to the museum venue. Here's a sampling of area attractions that participate in the program:

Detroit Institute of Arts
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Detroit Historical Museum
Cranbrook House and Gardens
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History


The library has a limited number of passes per week for each venue, so all passes may not be available at all times for some of the most popular attractions. In accordance with program rules, passes are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be reserved in advance.
For more details and a complete list of participating museums, visit the Museum Adventure Pass web site.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Plan Now For Your Vacation Scrapbook!

Attention, scrapbookers! When our Scrapbooking At The Library series resumes in the fall, our first session on Tuesday, September 15 from 5-9 p.m. will be devoted to creating a vacation scrapbook. Do you return home from vacation and dump all of your photos and memorabilia into a box or a drawer, never to be seen again? You can change this by attending our scrapbooking session and discover lots of ways to turn your photos and souvenirs into an attractive album that you will enjoy again and again. To help you get started, here's a list of memorabilia that you might want to set aside this summer for use in your scrapbook:
Photos
Tickets: plane, train, theme parks, theatre, museums, etc.
Brochures and programs
Maps
Foreign currency or postage stamps
Receipts for purchases and expenses
Paper napkins, placemats, coasters and matchbooks
Local flora
Sand
Seashells
Postcards

You may register for the September 15 scrapbooking session by telephoning the library at 586-469-6200, or by clicking here. Have a great summer!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Items in the Media Download Center

Here's a sampling of the new items now available in our Media Download Center:

Relentless / Dean Koontz [audiobook download]
Heartless / Diana Palmer [audiobook download]
The Last Secret / Mary McGarry Morris [audiobook download, MP3 compatible]
6 Killer Bodies / Stephanie Bond [audiobook download]
The Story Sisters / Alice Hoffman [audiobook download]
The Scarecrow / Michael Connelly [audiobook download]
KnockOut / Catherine Coulter [audiobook download]

This new service offers a catalog of talking books and music and video selections, all of which are available for free download to your personal computer or portable device. To use this new service, you need:
--a current and valid library card from Mount Clemens Public Library or one of our media group partners
--your own personal computer, laptop, or portable device with access to the Internet (dial-up is not recommended for using this service)
--a copy of the free download management software loaded on your personal computer

When you visit the download site, you will find a handy quick start guide and FAQ link on the left side of the page. This information will guide you through the process of downloading and installing the free software, and tell you which types of portable devices are supported. Once you have the software, you can select items, place them in your cart, and check out (the service works in a manner similar to Amazon.com and many other online shopping sites). After you have checked out with your library card, your items will be available for download and you will have exclusive use of them to the end of the loan period, at which time they will be automatically returned to the library collection and made available for other users. No overdue fees, ever! If a title you want is already checked out to another user, you can place a hold on it, just as you do for regular library material, and you will be notified via e-mail when the item is returned to the digital collection and becomes available for your use.

Click here to go to our Media Download Center!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer Reading Club Time!

Kids, pick up your reading log in the Children's Room and take a look in the display case in the Children's Room at all the cool prizes you can earn. Children who read at a PK through 2nd grade level will earn a prize for every 5 books or 150 pages they read. Children who read at a 3rd grade and higher level will earn a prize for every 250 pages they read. Every time you get a prize you will get a chance in a drawing for one of three GIANT Disney coloring books or a stuffed Mickey Mouse. Our reading time has been extended this year so you can earn even more prizes and get more chances this summer. We will have our drawing on Wednesday, August 19 at 5 p.m.

We are getting creative at Mount Clemens Library and our summer programs this year are awesome. We open with Magician Joel Tacey's Circus Creatus on Thursday, June 18 at 1 p.m. Joel combines magic, music, art and juggling into an exciting and family fun show. Storyteller Loretta Vitek will dazzle us with "Deliciously Dramatic Dragons" on Thursday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

Three especially creative programs are all on Tuesdays at 1 p.m: June 30 come to our Patriotic Costume Party dressed as your favorite American or American Symbol. July 7 "Get Musical" and bring anything you think you can make into a musical instrument. July 14 we will have "Creative Play". We will play games, do a play, play with Legos, or play with words. Let your imagination loose to create something special.

Naturalist Julie Champion from MetroBeach will show us "Mother Nature's Paint Box" on Tuesday, July 21 at 1 p.m. Then on July 28 at 1 p.m our summer programs close with ventriloquist Richard Paul's "Fantastically Funny Family Entertainment Show".

We're looking forward to seeing you throughout the summer!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Picturing America Display Now Available

Mount Clemens Public Library is the proud recipient of The National Endowment for the Humanities' new Picturing America initiative. Picturing America provides an innovative way for citizens of all ages to explore the history and character of America through some of our nation's great works of art.

As one of the public libraries selected nationwide to receive the program, we now have high quality reproductions of American masterpieces which will be on exhibit in the library throughout the coming year. Every two months, we will display a different themed portion of the exhibit on the main floor of the library near the south (Cass Avenue) entrance. For the months of June and July, the exhibit theme is "creativity and ingenuity," in keeping with our summer reading club theme.

For more information on the program, visit the Picturing America website. Picturing America is distributed by the NEH in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer Hours Begin This Week

The library's summer schedule of service hours begins this week and runs through Labor Day weekend. Business hours will be as follows:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday - Closed

The library's electronic services will remain available around the clock, seven days a week. This includes our online library catalog, which allows users to check the status of their library accounts, place holds on materials, or renew items. Also available any time are the media download center for downloading talking books, videos and music; our electronic databases, including millions of full-text magazine and newspaper articles from a vast selection of publications; and our digital media archive, containing more than 7,000 historic photos, documents and maps relating to our local history.

As always, book drops are available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the library building for return of materials during hours that the library is closed.

Enjoy your summer!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Homes Tour Tickets Now Available

Tickets for the Mount Clemens Historical Commission's 16th Annual Homes Tour are now on sale at the library check-out desk. The event will be held on Saturday, June 20, and tours will leave the Roskopp parking lot every 20 minutes between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity for a close-up view of some of Mount Clemens' architectural and historical gems. The Homes Tour is a very popular event, so purchase your tickets early to insure that your desired tour time is available.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Macomb County Obituary Index Updated

The Macomb County Genealogy Group and Mount Clemens Public Library are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Obituary Index. The latest update adds 7,213 new records, principally covering the decade of the 1940s from both the Mount Clemens newspapers and the South Macomb News.

Our thanks to Carolyn Horton for all of the hours she contributed to index this decade. Our index total now stands at over 189,000 records.

The Macomb County Obituary Index may be searched at by clicking here.
(AOL users should turn off pop-up blockers or use another browser to access this index).

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Holiday Hours


The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day federal holiday. Normal library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. You may return library materials in the outside book drops located near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building. These book drops will be emptied by library staff throughout the weekend. As always, the library's electronic services, including our online catalog, databases and media download center will be available for use around the clock.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Try Shabby Scrapbooking!


Please join us for an evening of scrapbooking fun at Mount Clemens Public Library. The program will start on Tuesday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. with an open crop. Bring your scrapbook supplies and you will have a table of your own for 4 hours. This week the entire evening will be dedicated to shabby scrapbooking. Bring any embellishments, paper, stickers or anything else you can imagine to put on your page. A sewing machine will be available. To find out more about what shabby scrapbooking is like, look at the website www.shabbyscrapdesigns.com. As always, you can work on your own projects if this doesn’t interest you.
Register by calling the library at (586) 469-6200 or click here to register online.

The library has been very fortunate to receive a donation for our scrapbooking & craft programs. With these funds we have purchased some basic scrapbooking tools that will be available for everyone’s use. These items include a 12-inch paper cutter, a paper tearer, decorative scissors, punches, alphabet stamps & ink pads, a Fiskars shape cutter with seven templates and embossing supplies.

Join the fun!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New on the Large Print Shelf, May 6

Here's a sampling of new titles recently added to our large print shelves:

First Family by David Baldacci
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
Deadlock by Iris Johansen
Bright Futures by Stuart Kaminsky
The Secret by Beverly Lewis
Runner by Thomas Perry
The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick

As always, you can search our online catalog anytime for other titles in our collection.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Reliable Sources For Flu Information

The swine flu outbreak is dominating the news these days, and we all need to keep ourselves up-to-date on the spread of the virus and ways to avoid it. To make sure that you are getting your information from reliable, authoritative sources, try these sites:

Macomb County Health Department
Centers for Disease Control Swine Flu Update
Michigan H1N1 Influenza Information Center
PandemicFlu.gov

These sites are being updated constantly with the latest available information.

You may also want to watch this brief video from the CDC, in which Dr. Joe Bresee of the Center's Influenza Division explains the symptoms of swine flu and the warning signs that signal the need for medical attention. (High-speed Internet access is recommended for viewing this video).

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Learn about MeL!


Here's an easy new way to learn all about using the features of your Michigan elibrary, known as MeL! If you haven't met MeL, it is a statewide resource for subscription databases with free text access to thousands of magazine, journal and newspaper articles, an interlibrary loan tool, and an Internet gateway, all rolled into one. MeL staffers have created a 9-minute video presentation that will walk you through all of the various MeL features, including databases, web gateways, MeLCat, and sign-in procedures. To view the video, click here. (Note: this video is best viewed with high-speed Internet access.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Eppens-Van DeWeghe Funeral Home Records Now Online

The library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce that index data for the records of the Eppens-Van DeWeghe Funeral Home, late of Detroit, have just been added to the Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index. This funeral home was created as a partnership between the Alfred W. Eppens Funeral Home on Gratiot and the Schneider-Van DeWeghe Funeral Home on E. Warren, and its business records go back as far as 1914.

The Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index database is an online index to funeral home record transcriptions from a growing number of funeral homes that served Macomb County, as well as some areas of Wayne and Oakland County. With this update, the index now includes over 80,000 entries. Transcribed records are available for viewing in the library in book form. The master index is available for online searching anytime by clicking here.

Our thanks to Karen Rogers and Brenda Miller who direct the funeral home record project and have donated countless hours of transcription time to it, and to Ann Faulkner, who maintains the master index for us. Karen and Brenda would also like to extend their thanks to the management of the Bagnasco-Calcaterra Funeral Home, who provided access to the Eppens-Van DeWeghe records.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Picturing America Comes to the Library


Mount Clemens Public Library is the proud recipient of The National Endowment for the Humanities' new Picturing America initiative. Picturing America provides an innovative way for citizens of all ages to explore the history and character of America through some of our nation's great works of art.

As one of the public libraries selected nationwide to receive the program, we now have high quality reproductions of American masterpieces which will be on exhibit in the library throughout the coming year. Every two months, we will display a different themed portion of the exhibit on the main floor of the library near the south (Cass Avenue) entrance. For the months of April and May, the exhibit theme is landscapes.

For more information on the program, visit the Picturing America website. Picturing America is distributed by the NEH in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).


Monday, April 13, 2009

Lecture Explores Spanish Civil War

Seventy years ago on April 1, 1939, after three years of bloody fighting, the Spanish Civil War ended. Five months to the day, on September 1, 1939, World War II began when the German Nazi troops invaded Poland after gaining experience supporting Franco's rebels in their fight against the forces loyal to the Spanish government.

Learn more about this conflict and the way that it served as a prelude to world war on Tuesday, April 28, when Robert M. Carlson will present a lecture entitled "Spanish Civil War: Dress Rehearsal for World War II." Bob, who has been interested in that war since childhood, delves into the history of the Spanish Civil War and the after effects of thirty-five years of oppressive rule by dictator Francisco Franco.

This free program will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the library auditorium, and everyone is welcome. Please join us for an interesting and thought-provoking look at this turbulent period in 20th century history.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Make a Mother's Day Album


Our open crop scrapbooking session on Tuesday, April 21 will feature instruction in making a Mother's Day album. This craft turns a basic manila folder into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind album. Please bring the following supplies for your project: 3ft. thin ribbon, 1 piece of card stock paper, paper scraps, embellishments, rub-ons, and small photos. The open crop session runs from 5-9 p.m., and instruction on the Mother's Day album will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, click here or phone the library at 586-469-6200.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Harry Cook Lecture Postponed to April 20

The scheduled April 6 installment of the Rev. Harry T. Cook's lecture series, entitled "Obama at 90 Days," has been postponed until Monday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Please join us then for a look at the early accomplishments and challenges of the new administration.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easter Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12 for the Easter holiday weekend. During this time, outdoor bookdrops near the north (parking lot) entrance will be available for return of materials and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday period. As always, the library's online library catalog, media download center and other electronic resources will be available 24/7 through our web site. Enjoy your holiday!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Historic Photo Archive Tops 7,000 Images

The library is pleased to announce that the Suburban Library Cooperative's Digital Media Archive, in which we participate, has just topped 7,000 digital items on file!

The Digital Media Archive was launched in March 2003 to make local history materials from member libraries' special collections available to the public in digital format. In keeping with the cooperative's philosophy of building better resources through sharing, the Digital Media Archive was designed with a regional approach to local history in mind. In addition to sections for each community's history, the archive includes divisions for items relating to regional waterways, regional transportation, and regional military affairs. Some participating libraries have also loaded material in cooperation with their local historical agencies and museums. The result is an unparalleled public repository of historical resources for Macomb County communities and their near neighbors.

The archive currently contains approximately 7,000 digital items, including photographs, documents, maps and videos, and continues to grow. It has been used by local libraries to support research and to answer questions received from media, government officials, students, historical organizations and researchers both local and distant. The archive is hosted and administered by the Suburban Library Cooperative and is freely available for searching via the Internet at www.libcoop.net/archive.

We invite you to visit and experience the rich variety of material that the archive has to offer. Remember to turn off your pop-up blocking software or toolbars while searching the archive, as most pop-up blockers prevent archive images from opening when retrieved.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Easter Crafts and Cookery


Easter will be here before you know it, and if you'd like some fresh ideas for holiday crafts and cookery, the library can help! Join us on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. when Cathy Cook will teach you how to turn an ordinary cupcake into a miniature masterpiece using frosting, candy and other edible items. Bring along 6 unfrosted cupcakes, 1 package of graham crackers, and one can of vanilla frosting, tinted green. The program is free, but registration is required. Click here to register, or phone the library at 586-469-6200.

You are also invited to check the library shelves for these useful titles:
Holiday Eggs by Georgeanne Brennan (641.675 BRE)
Great Book of Egg Decorating by Grazie Buttafuoco (745.5944 BUT)
Decorated Eggs by Ruby Brown (745.5499 BRO)
Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs With Wax & Dye by Jan Pollak (745.5944 POL)

Friday, March 20, 2009

See Back Street on Monday, March 23

You are invited to join us for our Local History Lecture Series, presented in partnership with the Macomb County Historical Society, on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. The program will feature a screening of the 1932 Universal Studios film Back Street, starring Irene Dunne. This film was based upon the Fannie Hurst novel of the same name that was published in 1930. Before we roll the film, we'll explain how Fannie Hurst and her novel have an interesting connection to Mount Clemens and its mineral bath era. The program is free and no registration is required, so join us for popcorn, a movie, and a bit of local history!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Geocaching 101

It's treasure hunting with a high-tech twist! Geocaching is the fun, outdoor hobby that uses a hand-held GPS to locate hidden caches. It's great for exploring parks and recreational areas, and it's educational as well. Families and groups of all ages can get in on the hunt. To learn all about it, join us on Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m. when geocacher Pete Matejcik and friends will present "Geocaching 101." After the presentation, Pete and his friends will help you search for your first cache! If you have a hand-held GPS, bring it along to the program (encouraged, but not required).

Monday, March 9, 2009

Teen Scrapbook Craft


Teens are invited to learn how to turn old, used compact discs into a stylish wall hanging that showcases favorite memories. Just bring 5-6 photos to the program, and all other supplies will be provided. Our scrapbook wall hanging workshop will be held on Monday, March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program is free, but registration is required. Click here to register, or phone the library at 586-469-6200.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New on the Large Print Shelf, March 6

Here's a sampling of some of the new titles on our Large Print shelf:

First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh
Death of a Witch by M.C. Beaton
Heart & Soul by Maeve Binchy
Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer
Night & Day by Robert B. Parker
The Renegades by T. Jefferson Parker
Run for Your Life by James Patterson
Promises in Death by J.D. Robb

You may check our online catalog for other titles by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Crafty Jewelry Comes to the Library


Join us for the next installment in our craft series, when artist Karen Edie will demonstrate how to take a simple, discarded cardboard tape roll and transform it into art-to-wear by making a beautiful bangle bracelet. Bring any embellishments or decorative items you would like to include in your project. The program will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register by clicking here, or phone the library at 586-469-6200.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Media Download Center Launches Today!


You are invited to visit our brand-new Media Download Center which officially launches today! This new web site offers a catalog of talking books and music and video selections, all of which are available for free download to your personal computer or portable device. To use this new service, you need:
--a current and valid library card from Mount Clemens Public Library or one of our media group partners
--your own personal computer, laptop, or portable device with access to the Internet (dial-up is not recommended for using this service)
--a copy of the free download management software loaded on your personal computer

When you visit the new site, you will find a handy quick start guide and FAQ link on the left side of the page. This information will guide you through the process of downloading and installing the free software, and tell you which types of portable devices are supported. Once you have the software, you can select items, place them in your cart, and check out (the service works in a manner similar to Amazon.com and many other online shopping sites). After you have checked out with your library card, your items will be available for download and you will have exclusive use of them to the end of the loan period, at which time they will be automatically returned to the library collection and made available for other users. No overdue fees, ever! If a title you want is already checked out to another user, you can place a hold on it, just as you do for regular library material, and you will be notified via e-mail when the item is returned to the digital collection and becomes available for your use.

If you would like a demonstration of the Media Download Center and how to use it, please join librarian Kristy Taormina for a live demonstration on Tuesday, March 10 at 3 p.m. or Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. No registration is necessary.

To visit our new service, click here, or use the link on the library's web site, here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Library Resources for Learning About the Film Industry


Are you thinking about a career in Michigan's growing film industry? As more films are made on location here, and production facilities are built, trained workers will be needed. The library has several new books to help you learn more about this field, so look for these items on the new nonfiction shelf:

What I Really Want to do on Set in Hollywood / by Brian Dzyak. (791.4302 DZY)
The Truth About Being an Extra / by Jo Kelly. (791.4302 KEL)
Back to One: The Complete Move Extra's Guidebook / by Cullen Chambers. (791.4302 CHA)
Getting That Job in Hollywood, the Motion Picture, Cable & Television Industry (and What the Jobs Are) / by Steven Browne (791.4302 BRO)
Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set / by Tony Bill. (791.403 BIL)

The following items have been ordered and will be available soon:

Film and Television: An All-in-One Guide to Navigating Toward a New Career / by S.J. Stratford.
Acting in Television Commercials for Fun and Profit / by Squire Fridell.

Macomb Community College's Center for Continuing Education is now offering a film industry training program to prepare students for technical careers in the industry. Check out the course offerings by clicking here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Learn About Downloadable Media!


On March 2, Mount Clemens Public Library will launch its brand new downloadable media site, making talking books, music and video available to your personal computer, laptop or portable device. We are collaborating with five other libraries in the Suburban Library Cooperative to bring you this new service, and we want to show you how to use and enjoy it. Join adult services librarian Kristy Taormina for a live demonstration of our new media download site on Tuesday, March 10 at 3 p.m. or Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Kristy will show you how to download the free software that you will need to access the service, and how to search and download media from our new site for your personal use. To use the media download center, you will need a library card in good standing from Mount Clemens, Romeo, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, New Baltimore, or Lenox Township libraries. The demo program is free and no registration is required.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New on the Fiction and Mystery Shelf, February 18

Here's a sampling of some of the latest fiction and mystery novels on our new book shelves:

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
The Associate by John Grisham
Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris
A Darker Place by Jack Higgins
Eclipse by Richard North Patterson
Another Life by Andrew H. Vachss
Mounting Fears by Stuart Woods

As always, you may check for other titles anytime by visiting our online library catalog.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Learn Paper Quilling!


Our monthly scrapbooking open crop session on Tuesday, February 17 will feature instruction on the art of paper quilling. These rolled paper embellishments can add special detail to your pages and other projects. Our session will run from 5-9 p.m., and paper quilling instruction will begin at 6:30 p.m. You will need to bring a quilling tool and quilling strips. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, click here, or phone the library at 586-469-6200.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Library Closed for Presidents' Day


The library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 16 in observance of the Presidents' Day federal holiday. Outdoor book returns will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building. The library's online catalog and databases are available 24/7 from our web site. Regular library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17. Enjoy your holiday!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Learn to Make a Cigar Box Purse


You can be fashionable and learn a new craft at the same time by attending the next program in our craft series, entitled "Cigar Box Purses." Reusing and reclaiming objects for art projects is earth-friendly, fun, and very much in vogue, so join us on Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 to try your hand at this wearable craft! Elizabeth Kincaid-White has debuted an exhibit of purses at the Detroit Institute of Arts and is willing to teach her tricks of the trade. There is an $8 supply fee, and each participant should bring a special photograph or meaningful embellishment to use as a decoration. Space in the program is limited, so registration is required. Click here to register online, or telephone the library at 586-469-6200.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Macomb Book Fair is Saturday, February 7

Have you ever read a book and then wished you could discuss it with the author? The Macomb Book Fair and Writers Conference is your oppportunity to do just that! More than a dozen published authors from the Detroit area will present free workshops at the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 7. A special feature of the program will be the luncheon keynote presentation by romance/mystery writing team Tori Carrington. Participants may also sit down to chat with Paula Tutman, Ike McKinnon, and Melanie Scott. View our complete schedule of events, participant's list and registration for by checking out our Book Fair web site. Sign up for sessions with your favorite authors, and we'll see you at the Book Fair!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Introducing Footnote.com!

With the generous support of the Macomb County Genealogy Group, the library has just added a subscription to an outstanding historical research database called Footnote.com. Footnote currently includes more than 49 million document and photographic images, many of them digitized records of the National Archives and Records Administration. A goldmine for historical researchers and genealogists, the database allows users to search records by keyword and then display, print and annotate images of original documents. A small sampling of the collections found in Footnote includes: city directories of Detroit for 1861-1923, Civil War service records, Papers of the Continental Congress, FBI Case Files 1909-1921, and Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940. Users may search Footnote's index anytime at www.footnote.com, but must use a computer in the library building in order to view or print document images. Happy hunting!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Macomb Obituary Index Updated

The library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce that our Macomb County Obituary Index has just been updated and now includes more than 182,000 entries. We have indexed 2008 obituaries from the Macomb Daily, Romeo Observer and Bay Voice newspapers, as well as some retrospective entries from various newspapers for earlier dates.
Users should note that we have removed punctuation and spacing from the surname field. (For example, O'Hara is now OHara, and Van Horn is now VanHorn). Also, AOL users may have trouble accessing the index and are advised to use Internet Explorer or another browser to search the index.

Our thanks go out to Karen Brewer, Ann Faulkner, Mary Freer, Pat Hendrickson, Carolyn Horton, Sue Long, Audrey Morton and Herb Savage for their contributions to this update, as well as to Ann Parsons for all of the proofreading she had done on the index.

The Macomb County Obituary Index may be searched at http://offserv.libcoop.net/mtc/obitindex.asp

Monday, January 26, 2009

New on the Large Print shelf, January 26

Here's a sampling of some of the new titles on our Large Print book shelf:

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler
Black Ops by W.E.B. Griffin
Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance
Running Hot by Jayne Krentz
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The Other Side of Silence by Bill Pronzini

You may search our online library catalog anytime for other titles in our library and in member libraries throughout the Suburban Library Cooperative.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Meet Authors of A Slaying in the Suburbs


Join us on Tuesday, January 27 at 12:00 noon when journalists Steve Miller and Andrea Billups will be here to discuss their new book, A Slaying in the Suburbs: The Tara Grant Murder. Miller and Billups covered the Grant murder investigation and subsequent trial in Macomb County, and will tell us about their experiences in reporting on this horrific and shocking crime.