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

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 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.