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.
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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!