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:
Tickets: plane, train, theme parks, theatre, museums, etc.
Brochures and programs
Foreign currency or postage stamps
Receipts for purchases and expenses
Paper napkins, placemats, coasters and matchbooks
Local flora

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 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!