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:
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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).