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!