Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Federal Officer

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of United States Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, who was killed in the line of duty on December 14.

Agent Terry, of Flat Rock, Michigan, was working with a squad attempting to intercept drug smugglers on the Arizona-Mexico border when he was killed in a resulting gun battle.

Brian Terry was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Ecorse Police Department, and Lincoln Park Police Department.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's Never Too Late to Return a Library Book!

Last week, the library received an amazing letter from long-time patron Mark T. McKee, who is currently wintering in Arizona. Mr. McKee wrote the library director to ask his pardon for a book in his possession, overdue from Mount Clemens Public Library for the past 76 years! It seems that Mr. McKee had checked out the book, entitled A Dog of Flanders, from the library in 1934, when he was a grade-schooler. He never returned it, and has kept it among his treasured possessions all these years. Finding it once again among his belongings, his conscience pricked him and he decided it was time to return the book to its rightful place in the library, so he mailed it back to us with a heartfelt letter of apology.


Mr. McKee also threw himself upon the mercy of the library director, as the accumulated fines on this overdue book amount to more than $2,700.00! Click here to read a story about the return of Mark McKee's overdue library book in the Macomb Daily, or watch the TV news feature on Fox2 Detroit.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Friday, December 24 through Monday, December 27 for the Christmas holiday weekend. While we are closed, library materials may be returned in the outside drop boxes located near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building. These drop boxes will be emptied by library staff during the holiday weekend.

As always, our electronic library services will remain available 24/7 via our web site, including our online library catalog, digital media archive, media download center, and library events catalog.

Regular library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Pearl Harbor Day

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of those who lost their lives or were wounded at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Armed Forces of the United State of America stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were attacked by the air and naval forces of Imperial Japan. The attack claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New DVD Checkout Limits Now In Place

As of today, the library has instituted a new procedure for lending its most popular materials, feature DVDs. Circumstances have now forced us to limit the number of DVDs that may be checked out by an individual library patron to two DVDs from the new materials shelf and five DVDs from the regular shelves. These more restrictive borrowing limits have been neccessitated by the unacceptably high rate of loss from this collection to patrons who borrow large numbers of DVDs and fail to return them. Despite our best efforts to recover these materials, including the use of a collection agency, we continue to lose a significant number of DVDs. This is a problem encountered by public libraries throughout the country.

Like other public libraries throughout Michigan, Mount Clemens Public Library is addressing a significant decrease in funding due to current economic conditions and a number of budget cuts have been implemented. Our budget for DVDs simply cannot be stretched far enough to continue to replace -- sometimes more than once -- our high demand movie titles and still continue to purchase the new releases that our patrons want to see.

By limiting DVD checkouts, we hope also to limit our exposure to loss and make the DVDs you want to see available to all. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Specialist Shane H. Ahmed of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, who died November 14 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Army Specialist Ahmed, age 31, died on November 14 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, along with four of his comrades, when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire. Spc. Ahmed was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Library Holiday Hours

The library will CLOSE at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24 and all day on Thursday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Friday, November 26 at 9:00 a.m.

While we are closed, outdoor book returns will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied by library staff. As always, electronic library services such as our online catalog, media download center and databases will be available 24/7 through the library's web site.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Private First Class Shane M. Reifert of Cottrellville, Michigan, who died November 6 in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

Pfc. Reifert, age 23, died from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Specialist Joseph “Joey” Prentler of Fenwick, Michigan, who died October 4 in Mama Kariz, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his military vehicle using an improvised explosive device.

Spc. Prentler, age 20, was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

Library Hosts Blood Drive


The library will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please help us to keep life-giving blood supplies available in our area. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you would like to schedule an appointment, please phone 586-469-6662. Give the gift of life!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Marine

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Marine Sergeant Anthony D. Matteoni of Kalamazoo, Michigan, who died October 1 in Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Matteoni, age 22, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He will be laid to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Specialist Deangelo B. Snow of Saginaw, Michigan, who died September 17 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Snow, age 22, died from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with a rocket propelled grenade. He was assigned to the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Books to Help Job Hunters

We're adding lots of new materials to the library's job hunting section, including books about resume writing, interviewing, apprenticeships, skills tests, and more. Here is just a sampling of some of the new items you'll find waiting for you on our shelves:
  • The Image of Success: Make a Great Impression and Land the Job You Want / Lizandra Vega (651.14 VEG)
  • Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions / Matthew J. DeLuca (650.144 DEL)
  • Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough / Duncan Mathison (650.14 MAT)
  • 200 Best Jobs Through Apprenticeships / Michael Farr (331.25 FAR)
  • 101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times / Jay A. Block (650.14 BLO)
  • Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want / Lisa Mandell (650.14 MAN)
  • Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job / Orville Pierson (650.14 PIE)
  • Get the Job You Want Even When No One's Hiring / Ford R. Myers (650.14 MYE)
  • Knock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2010 / Martin Yate (650.14 YAT)
There will be additional materials coming, so stop in often, or check our online catalog.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Senior Airman James A. (Jimmy) Hansen of Athens, Michigan, who died September 15 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, while supporting Operation New Dawn.

Senior Airman Hansen, age 25, died from injuries suffered during a controlled detonation. He was assigned to the 46th Operations Support Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Friday, September 17, 2010

All-Day Scrapbooking Crop Coming October 23

Scrapbookers, you won't want to miss our next all-day crop session on Saturday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to this event is a new, unwrapped gift for a boy or girl (ages 11-16), to support Vietnam Veterans' Chapter 154 Operation Christmas. Participants are welcome to come for a few hours or stay all day.

There will be plenty of room to spread out your scrapbooking supplies on one of our 6-foot tables. We will have stations set up throughout the room to demonstrate new embellishment techniques, and a local store, Scrapbook Cafe, will be here from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer a wide variety of scrapbook supplies for purchase. We will also have raffles and door prizes throughout the day.

Coffee, tea and water will be provided and we will have a potluck snack and dessert table, so be sure to bring something to share. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or eat at one of our local restaurants.
To reserve your table for this event, telephone the library at 586-469-6200 or click here to register through our online events calendar.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of September 11 Attack Victims

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in tribute to victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. In April 2009, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which officially recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Today marks the ninth anniversary of the attacks.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Regular Weekend Hours Resume

Now that the new school year has begun, library weekend hours have returned to normal. Beginning with this coming Saturday, September 11, the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning with this coming Sunday, September 12, the library will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 7 at 9:00 a.m.

While we are closed, outdoor book drops will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday weekend. As always, all of our electronic services (including databases, media download center, library catalog and events calendar) will be available 24/7 through our web site.


Have a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Marine Sergeant Jason D. Calo of Mancelona who died August 22 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Calo, age 23, died from injuries suffered while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Private First Class Bradley D. Rappuhn of Grand Ledge who died August 8 at Zhari Kandahar, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Rappuhn, age 24, died from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.

Friday, August 13, 2010

In Memory of Lena E. Muendelein

Mount Clemens Public Library has lost a friend and former staff member in the death of Lena E. Muendelein on Thursday, August 12. Mrs. Muendelein was a reference clerk at the library for nearly 17 years, beginning her career in October 1967 when the library was still housed in the old Carnegie building (now the Anton Art Center). Over the years, until her retirement in June 1984, Mrs. Muendelein assisted patrons in both the adult and children's departments of the library, maintained the pamphlet files, and assisted with library programs.

Even after her retirement, she was a regular visitor at the library as her health allowed. She will be missed.

Funeral services for Lena Muendelein will be held on Monday, August 16 at 11 a.m. at the Will & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home. You may read the obituary notice by clicking here.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Jacob Lawrence Exhibit Now on Display

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to host a traveling art exhibit entitled "Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown" during the month of August 2010.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the Wayne State University Library System and the Wayne State University Art Collection, and comprises ten panels featuring reproductions of twenty-two paintings by noted African-American artist Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence, who was the first African-American artist to have his work included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, produced his John Brown series in the 1940s, along with numerous other works depicting historical figures from the African American experience in the United States.

The Jacob Lawrence traveling exhibit, which was funded by a grant from the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), is available for viewing at Mount Clemens Public Library, 150 Cass Avenue, through the end of August.

Our thanks to Vito's Ruehle's Towing and Mount Clemens Mayor Barb Dempsey for their assistance with transportation arrangements for the exhibit.

For more information about Jacob Lawrence's The Legend of John Brown, click here.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Marine Corporal Paul J. Miller of Traverse City who died July 19 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cpl. Miller, age 22, died from injuries suffered while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary force based at Marine Corps Air Ground combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Used Book Sale Is Coming!

Mark your calendars now for the library's used book sale, which will be held Tuesday, August 10 through Saturday, August 14. There will be a wide selection of books for all ages, and everything is priced to sell!

For easy shopping, book sale materials are sorted into categories. A special preview sale will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, for those discerning bargain hunters who would like to have first pick of the merchandise. Admission to the preview sale is $10 per person.

Regular sale hours (no admission fee) will be 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11 and Thursday, August 12, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:oo p.m. on Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14. Friday, August 13 will be BAG DAY, where shoppers will be invited to fill a standard size grocery bag with their choice of books for one low price. On Saturday, August 14, all remaining book sale merchandise will be FREE.

Please join us!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Marine Cpl. Daane A. DeBoer who died June 25 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cpl. DeBoer, age 24, died of wounds suffered while on foot patrol supporting combat operations when an improvised explosive device detonated. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Library Closed For Holiday Weekend

The library will be CLOSED on Friday, July 2 for the installation of RFID equipment. We will also be CLOSED from Saturday, July 3 through Monday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 a.m.

While we are closed, outdoor book drops will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance for return of library materials. The library's electronic resources, including our online catalog, databases, historical archive, and media download center will be available 24/7 from the main menu of our web site.


Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Specialist Joseph D. Johnson who died along side a fellow soldier June 16 at North Kunduz, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Specialist Johnson, age 24, died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Brag, North Carolina.

Lee-Ellena Funeral Home Sponsors Library Subscriptions

Public libraries, like many institutions, are under tremendous pressure during these tough economic times. As our materials budgets decrease, it becomes more and more difficult to provide all of the items our customers expect to find on our shelves. To assist us in maintaining our periodical subscriptions, Mount Clemens Public Library is very grateful to have a new community partnership with the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home. Lee-Ellena has generously agreed to sponsor fourteen magazine subscriptions for the library, including popular titles like Golf Digest, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Elle Decor and Smithsonian, just to name a few. This support allows us to keep our number of magazine subscriptions at the current level, and will be appreciated by our entire library community.

Next time you browse our magazine selection, note the special binders from the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home - these are magazines that are provided for library customers courtesy of Lee-Ellena.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Marine Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest who died June 16 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cpl. Standfest, age 23, died of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.

The family of Cpl. Standfest has requested that flags be lowered Friday, June 25. His funeral service is Saturday, June 26, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Macomb Township. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Air Force 1st Lieutenant Joel C. Gentz who died along side three fellow airmen June 9 near Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

First Lieutenant Gentz, age 25, died of wounds suffered in a helicopter crash while on a rescue mission in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Audiobooks in the Media Download Center

Here's a sampling of some of the audiobook titles just added to our Media Download Center:
  • 9th Judgment / James Patterson
  • 61 Hours / Lee Child
  • Big Girl / Danielle Steel
  • Innocent / Scott Turow
  • My Name is Memory / Ann Brashares
  • Sizzling Sixteen / Janet Evanovich
  • The Spy / Clive Cussler
  • This Time Together / Carol Burnett
Library cardholders may download items from our Media Download Center at no charge. Many items may be downloaded to portable devices.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Park & Read Passes Now Available

The library is pleased to be a participant in the Park & Read program this summer. Park & Read is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Library of Michigan. The program allows library card holders to check out a day pass good for free admission to any Michigan State Park or Recreation Area.

Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis only, and may not be reserved. Each pass is good for free entry of one vehicle at the park entry point (a savings of $6). Passes are good for day use only, and may not be used to cover camping or other fees. Each pass is dated and is good for seven days from the time of checkout.


For further information about the Park & Read program, click here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer Library Hours Now in Effect

The library's summer hours of service are now in effect. We will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays through the Labor Day weekend. Weekday hours are unchanged: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As always, the library's electronic services are available around the clock, seven days a week, and may be accessed through the main menu of our web site at www.mtclib.org. These services include the online library catalog, through which cardholders may request and renew library materials; the library events calendar; our database menu; the digital media archive, which includes thousands of historic photos and documents; and our media download center, which allows cardholders to download talking books, ebooks, music and video to their personal computers or mobile devices.

Users of the iPhone may also use the mobile version of our library catalog.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Sailor Killed in Pearl Harbor Attack

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Navy Fireman 3c Gerald George Lehman, of Calumet, Michigan. F3c Lehman was killed aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, and his unidentified remains were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.

In recent years, the U.S. military has been using advances in DNA techniques to identify previously unknown remains and return them to family members. Using DNA harvested from the envelope flaps of letters that F3c Lehman had sent home to his family during the war, a positive match was recently made and F3c Lehman's remains were returned to his family for burial. (You can read more about how this identification was made by clicking here.)

Gerald George Lehman's remains will be laid to rest with military honors today in Hancock, Michigan.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Marine Lance Corporal Anthony A. DiLisio who died in Helmand province,Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Cpl. DiLisio, age 20, died May 30 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Lance Cpl. DiLisio’s family has requested that flags be lowered on Monday, June 7, the day of his funeral service at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church in Clinton Township. Burial will take place in Resurrection Cemetery.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Movies on the DVD Shelf

Here's a sampling of some of the new feature film releases hitting our new DVD shelf this week:

Edge of Darkness
Extraordinary Measures
The Messenger
The Spy Next Door
Brothers at War

North Face
Dante’s Inferno
The Road
Dear John


New DVDs may be checked out for two days. There is no rental fee, but a $1 per day overdue fine will be charged on all feature DVDs returned late.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Library Closed For Holiday Weekend

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. While we are closed, outdoor drop boxes will be available for return of library materials near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building, and these drop boxes will be emptied by library staff during the holiday weekend.

The library's electronic resources will be available 24/7 from our web site. These resources include our online library catalog, calendar of events, databases, media download center, and digital media archive. Access these services any time by visiting our web site.


Have a safe and happy holiday!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Digital Summer Newsletter is Now Available

Mount Clemens Public Library has just published its first digital-only summer newsletter, available online by clicking here. We won't be printing and mailing this edition of our newsletter as we normally do, but we will continue to print our fall and winter newsletters as we have in the past.

You are invited to take a lot at our summer newsletter and learn about all of the things that will be going on at the library during the summer months, including Summer Reading Club events, an art exhibit, our annual used book sale, and more!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Police Officer


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Detroit police officer Brian Huff, who was killed in the line of duty on May 3.


Huff, 42, was killed Monday while responding to a call about gunshots in a vacant home on the 20200 block of Schoenherr in Detroit. Four other officers were injured. Huff is is survived by his wife, Melissa, and a 10-year-old son, Blair.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Sergeant Michael K. Ingram Jr. who died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Ingram, age 23, died April 17 of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Sgt. Ingram was promoted from corporal to sergeant upon his death. He also earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart at the time of his death.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Library Hosts School Board Candidates Forum

Mount Clemens Public Library will host a public forum to introduce candidates for the Mount Clemens Community School District Board of Education on April 27, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Three candidates are seeking two open seats on the Board of Education in the Tuesday, May 4 election. The candidates are challengers Dr. David J. McFadden and Sabina M. Turner, and incumbent Laura M. Kropp. During the public forum, candidates will make opening and closing statements and respond to written questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Library Director Donald E. Worrell, Jr.

The foum is open to the public and will be held in the library auditorium.

Farewell and Best Wishes, Karen White-Owens

Adult Services Librarian Karen White-Owens has accepted an exciting opportunity to serve as Director of the Lenox Township Library. Karen's last day with the MCPL staff was April 16, and she will begin her new job in Lenox next week. Our congratulations and best wishes go with her.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Library Closed for Holiday Weekend

Mount Clemens Public Library will be CLOSED from Friday, April 2 through Sunday, April 4 for the Easter holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m. During the holiday closure, library materials may be returned in the outdoor drops located near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building. These drops will be emptied by library staff over the weekend.

As always, the library's electronic resources, including databases, downloadable media, and our online catalog will be available 24/7 through our web site. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Library Collects Cell Phones for Soldiers

Mount Clemens Public Library is now an official drop-off location for the Cell Phones For Soldiers program. Whenever you change or upgrade your cell phone, we encourage you to donate your old phone for this worthy cause. Cell Phones For Soldiers collects old, used cell phones and turns them in to pre-paid calling cards which are then distributed to our troops. These cards allow our service men and women to stay connected with their families while they are deployed.

To read more about the Cell Phones For Soldiers program, click here. To donate your old cell phone, drop it off at the check-out desk any time during regular library hours.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Staff Sergeant Richard J. Jordan of Harrison Township who died in Mosul, Iraq, while on active duty supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Jordan, age 29, died March 16 of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Jordan’s parents have requested that flags be lowered on Tuesday, March 23, the day of his memorial service at the Light Guard Armory in Detroit. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 27, in Ohio where Staff Sgt. Jordan will be buried near his maternal grandfather

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

Have you been watching NBC's new program, Who Do You Think You Are? on Friday nights? If it has prompted you to look into your own family history, Mount Clemens Public Library can help. We have an extensive collection of genealogy books, indexes, microfilms and databases to help you along on your personal journey, and there's also hands-on help available. Check our online events calendar for the Friday afternoon meetings of our Macomb County Genealogy Group, or the Wednesday evening meetings of our Let's Talk ... Genealogy group. New members are always welcome at any meeting. Some of our veteran genealogy researchers also donate their time to offer in-depth assistance in the library's genealogy room during selected hours. Call the library reference desk for further information.

Happy Hunting!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Go Mobile With the Library!

The library's online catalog is now available for iPhone and iPod Touch. If you use one of these mobile devices, you may now use it search our catalog, place holds, log in to your library account and check your due dates, or renew library materials. Just visit the Apple iTunes Store and download a free application called BookMyne. Once you have BookMyne, you are ready to use the mobile version of our catalog.

Take the library with you wherever you go!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Marine Corporal Jacob H. Turbett of Canton who died in Helmand province, Afghanistan while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cpl. Turbett, age 21, died February 13 while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Cpl. Turbett’s mother requested that flags be lowered on Monday, March 8, when Cpl. Turbett’s remains will leave Michigan for Tuesday burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Library Events Calendar Temporarily Offline

Due to technical difficulties, our library events calendar is temporarily offline. You may still find a list of upcoming library programs in our library newsletter by clicking here. Please call the library at 586-469-6200 for assistance with any program requiring registration. We will do our best to serve you while repairs are being made.

We apologize for any inconvenience this outage causes you, and we thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New on the DVD Shelf, March 2

Here's a sampling of recent additions to our feature film DVD shelves:

Amelia
The Box
Endgame
Good Hair
The Informant
Law Abiding Citizen
Love Happens
Paranormal Activity
Time Traveler's Wife

DVDs may be borrowed at no charge. There is a $1 per day fine for overdue DVDs. Check our online catalog anytime for other DVD titles. Enjoy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Library Closing Due to Weather Conditions

Mount Clemens Public Library will CLOSE at noon today due to inclement weather conditions. Regular hours will resume tomorrow, February 23, at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Sergeant Dillon B. Foxx of Traverse City who died in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Dillon, age 22, died February 5 from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

A memorial service for Sgt. Foxx is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, February 19, at the NMC Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Library Closed for Presidents Day Holiday


The library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 15 in observance of the Presidents Day federal holiday. Regular library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16.

The library's online catalog, digital archive, media download center and online databases are always available 24/7 from our web site, even when the library is closed. Book drops near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building will be available for return of library materials and will be emptied by library staff while the library is closed.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Library Closed Due to Weather Conditions

Mount Clemens Public Library is CLOSED on Wednesday, February 10, due to extreme weather conditions. The library will resume normal service hours on Thursday, February 11 at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Macomb County Obituary Index Updated

Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Obituary Index. This update adds almost 14,000 records to the database which now totals 202,336 records.

The obituary indexing of the Richmond Review is now complete for all available newspapers between 1911 and 1967. A special thank you to Pat Hendrickson who completed the indexing, and to the Richmond Area Historical & Genealogical Society, for making these newspapers available to Mount Clemens Public Library.

We are also grateful to Janith Hopp who has been indexing the obituaries from the Romeo Observer for the 1950s and 1960s. These papers have not been microfilmed, and are not available at MCPL, but Jan has agreed to make digital images available through the Macomb County Genealogical Research Assistance Service.

And last but not least, we thank Karen Brewer, Ann Faulkner, Mary Freer, Carolyn Horton, Sue Long, and Herb Savage for their ongoing help with this project.

The Macomb County Obitary Index may be searched by clicking here. (AOL users, turn off your pop-up blockers or use an alternate web browser to search.)

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Music CDs on the Shelf, February 8


Here's a sample of some of the latest CDs to hit our new materials shelves:


Avatar / James Horner
Buffet Hotel / Jimmy Buffet
Stronger With Each Tear / Mary J. Blige
Relapse: Refill / Eminem
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (motion picture
soundtrack)
The List / Rosanne Cash
The Element of Freedom / Alicia Keys

As always, you will find all of our sound recordings in our online catalog, and be sure to visit our media download center for a selection of downloadable music.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Detroit Free Press Digital Archive Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the Detroit Free Press online archive is now available for use in the library. Covering the years 1831 to 1922, ProQuest Historical Newspapers Detroit Free Press is a subscription database that is keyword searchable and features digitized images of the newspaper, including advertisements. (Click here to read ProQuest's announcement of the new database).

This database is an outstanding resource for genealogical data as well as for all topics related to the history of Michigan. The database is available for use in the library only, and cannot be accessed remotely.

In addition to this digital file, the library also offers the Detroit Free Press on microfilm for the years 1955 to 2008, and the Detroit News for the years 1939 to 2008.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index Update

Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Funeral Homes Records Master Index. The latest update includes 18,122 new records, bringing the index total to 110,696 records.

New to the collection with this update are the records of the Otto Schemansky and Sons Monument Company of Detroit. This company produced grave markers for residents all over lower Michigan, and the order records for these monuments are being abstracted and indexed for our collection by volunteer genealogy assistant Dennis Zabel. This update also includes additional records for the Calcaterra, William R. Hamilton and LaCroix-Groesbeck funeral homes.

Our thanks go out to Karen Lee Hemme-Rogers and Brenda Miller, directors of the funeral home records project, who donate countless hours to the effort in abstracting and indexing records; to Dennis Zabel, who is abstracting and indexing the Schemansky records; and to Ann Faulkner, who maintains the master index files.

The Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index may be searched by clicking here.
(AOL users, turn off your pop-up blocker or use an alterate web browser when accessing this index).

Friday, January 22, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Sergeant Lucas T. Beachnaw of Lowell who died January 13 in Darya Ya, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Beachnaw, age 23, died from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Camp Ederle, Italy. Sgt. Beachnaw had served one month of his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 22, at Ada Bible Church in Ada, Michigan, with burial in South Bingham Cemetery, St. Johns, Michigan.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

On the Road With Bob Seger

What's it like to travel on the road with a legendary rock music icon? If you'd like to find out, please join us for a special program on Tuesday, January 26 at 12:00 p.m. when authors Tom Weschler and Gary Graff will join us to discuss their new book, Travelin' Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes With Bob Seger.

Tom Weschler spent more than ten years from the late 1960s through the 1970s in the Bob Seger camp, working as tour manager and photographer during Seger's reputation-making early days. Gary Graff is a journalist and music critic who writes for The Oakland Press, The New York Times Features Syndicate, Billboard, and other publications. The authors were recently honored with a 2010 Michigan Notable Book Award for Travelin' Man.

The authors will sell and sign copies of Travelin' Man following the program. Please join us for this insider look at Michigan's own rock and roll legend, Bob Seger!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Library Closed for Martin Luther King holiday

The library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Regular library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19.

Outdoor book drops will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday. As always, visit our library web site for links to our online catalog, digital media archive, online databases, and media download center, which are always available 24/7.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Macomb Book Fair is Coming!

The Macomb Book Fair and Writers' Conference will be here before you know it! Our annual event is scheduled for Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year's luncheon keynote speaker is Karen Love, editor of the Michigan Chronicle and publisher of the Michigan Front Page. Workshop topics include "Grammar For Writers," "Screenwriting 101," "How to Put Together a Book Proposal," and much more!

Visit the Book Fair web page to read a complete schedule of events and presenter biographies. An online registration form is also available.

When not presenting workshops, our featured authors will be available on the main floor of the library to meet their readers and sell and sign copies of their latest books.

If you are an aspiring author, you won't want to miss this FREE opportunity to ask advice of published authors. Register today!