Thursday, December 29, 2011

Macomb County Databases Have Been Moved

If you use the library's Macomb County local history and genealogy databases, please note that we have moved these databases to a new server and their URLs have changed. If you are accustomed to accessing our databases through our web site's database menu located at http://www.mtclib.org/databases.htm, you need only hit your browser's refresh button the next time you visit the page in order to have the new links loaded.

However, if you access our databases through bookmarks or favorites in your web browser, you will need to update them to the new URL.  Here are the new links to our databases.

Macomb County Obituary Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/obitindex.php
Macomb County Cemetery Master Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/cemetery.php
Macomb News Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/macombnews.php
Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/MCDirectory.php
Macomb County Military Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/military.php
WWI Draft Registrations for Macomb County
http://www.mtclib.org/search/draftindex.php
1890 Veterans Census of Macomb County
http://www.mtclib.org/search/1890vets.php
WWI Service Records for Macomb County
http://www.mtclib.org/search/wwirecords.php
1930 Census Index for Macomb County
http://www.mtclib.org/search/1930census.php
Mount Clemens High School Yearbook Master Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/mchsyearbook.php
Pageant of Progress Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/poprogress.php
Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/funeralhomes.php
Mount Clemens Historical Commission Historical Marker Database
http://www.mtclib.org/search/markers.php
Macomb County Probate Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/probate.php
Macomb County Church Records Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/churchrecords.php
Mount Clemens Fire Department Fire Run Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/mtcfires.php
Macomb County Court Records Index
http://www.mtclib.org/search/courtrecords.php


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday weekend, and also from Friday, December 30 through Monday, January 2 for the New Year's holiday weekend.  While the library is closed, drop boxes will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of library materials, and these boxes will be monitored and emptied by library staff throughout the holiday weekends.  All of our electronic services, including our online library catalog, databases, digital archive and media download center will remain available 24/7 through our web site.

We wish a safe and happy holiday season to all of our library friends!

Flags Lowered in Honor of Congressman Wolpe

In accordance with an order from the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of former U.S. Rep. Howard Wolpe of Saugatuck, who died October 25.
  
Wolpe was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. He represented southwestern Michigan and served seven terms. He was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa from 1982 to 1992, where he played an instrumental role in the changes to U.S. policy on Africa, including enabling the passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. He also chaired the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. His other roles in Congress included co-chairing the bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition and the Congressional Energy and Environmental Study Conference. Prior to entering Congress, he served in the Michigan House of Representatives and as a member of the Kalamazoo City Commission.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Marine

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Vincent J. Bell of Detroit, Michigan. Staff Sergeant Bell, 28, died Nov. 30 in the Helmand province of Afghanistan while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton in California.

SSGT Bell was a two-time recipient of the Purple Heart, awarded twice the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation, three Marine Corp Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, three Iraqi Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Private First Class Jackie Lee Diener II of Boyne City, Michigan. Diener, 20, died Nov. 21 in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit.  He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York.

PFC Diener joined the Army in March of 2011 and arrived at Fort Drum in July. He served as a cavalry scout and had been deployed since September. His awards and decorations include: the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat and Special Skills Badge Basic Marksmanship Qual Badge. He was awarded posthumously the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Medal.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Pearl Harbor Day

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

Monday, November 21, 2011

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Day

The library will CLOSE at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 and all day on Thursday, November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Friday, November 25, at 9:00 a.m.  While we are closed, all electronic library services will remain available through the library's web site.  Drop boxes for return of library materials will be available outside of the north (parking lot) entrance to the building.
Have a safe and happy holiday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Library Closed for Veterans Day Holiday

The library will be CLOSED on Friday, November 11 in observance of the Veterans Day federal holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m.  While the library is closed, all electronic services, including our online catalog, databases, and media download center will be available from our web site.  Drop boxes for return of library materials will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen SEAL

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Heath M. Robinson, a Navy SEAL, of Petoskey, Michigan. Chief Robinson, 34, was among 30 service members killed on Aug.6 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Their helicopter was shot down by enemy forces in Afghanistan's Wardak province.

Chief Robinson was assigned to the East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare Unit. He enlisted in the Navy in January 1996 and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL school in Coronado, Calif., in January 2000. His decorations include four Bronze Star Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Ribbon, two Presidential Unit Citations, a Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, five Navy Good Conduct Medals, the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Afganistan Campaign Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, six Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Navy Expert Rifleman Medal and the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Police Officer

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot, who was killed in the line of duty on October 13. Officer Slot, 41, of Grand Rapids, was killed while trying to deploy stop sticks on I-96 to end a car chase following a bank robbery.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Capt. Drew Russell of Scotts, Michigan. Capt. Russell, 25, died Oct. 8 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade in the Kandahar province in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo. He joined the Army in 2008 and his first overseas deployment was to Afghanistan on June 13.

Capt. Russell's personal decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge and the Overseas Service Bar. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Monday, October 17, 2011

In Memory of Carolyn Horton

Mount Clemens Public Library has lost a great friend in the death earlier this week of Carolyn Horton, one of our long time genealogy volunteers. Carolyn was an active member of the Macomb County Genealogy Group and donated thousands of hours of indexing time to the development of the local history databases that are so valuable to our researchers. Computer work was one of her special skills and we have her efforts to thank for much of the retrospective data entry that was done in our obituary index.

In addition to the indexing and data entry work that she did, Carolyn was a cheerful volunteer assistant in the genealogy room, and helped many library patrons further their family research. In recent months she lived with her daughter in Arizona while battling illness, but despite her struggles she did not forget her genealogy friends in Mount Clemens and kept in touch through calls and e-mails. We, likewise, will never forget Carolyn. She will be greatly missed.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Marine

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor ofU.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff of Davison, Michigan. Staff Sergeant Sprovtsoff, 28, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sept. 28.  He was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Pendleton, California, and was a 10-year veteran of the Marines. He served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Staff Sergeant Sprovtsoff's personal decorations include the Bronze Star with combat V, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat V, two Army Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Go Get 'Em, Tigers!

For all of you baseball fans who are following the Detroit Tigers' march to the World Series, here are a few gems from the library's collection to help you relive old memories while watching the Tigers make new ones:

  • Sock It To 'Em, Tigers: The Incredible Story of the 1968 Detroit Tigers (796.357 SOC)
  • Roar Restored: Detroit Tigers '06 (796.357 ROA)
  • This Date in Detroit Tigers History / John C. Hawkins (796.357 HAW)
  • When Cobb Met Wagner: The Seven-Game World Series of 1909 / David Finoli and Bill Ranier (796.357 FIN)
  • Tales From the Tigers Dugout / Jack Ebling (796.357 EBL)
  • The Roar of '84 (796.357 DET)
  • The Tigers of '68: Baseball's Last Real Champions / George Cantor (796.357 CAN)
  • Out of Nowhere: The Detroit Tigers' Magical 2006 Season / George Cantor (796.357 CAN)
  • Bless You Boys" Diary of the Detroit Tigers' 1984 Season / Sparky Anderson (796.357 AND)
Go Get 'Em, Tigers!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Specialist Chazray C. Clark of Ecorse, Michigan. Specialist Clark, 24, died Sept. 18 of injuries sustained during an attack by insurgents with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. He joined the Army in 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan with the 4-4 Calvary in February 2011.

Specialist Clark was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal with Bronze service star, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Combat and Special Skill Badge, the Basic Marksmanship Qualifications Badge, the Rifle Expert Marksmanship Badge and the Overseas Service Bar. He received the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal and the NATO Medal posthumously.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Library Hours Expand

The library resumes full weekend hours of service beginning with this coming weekend, September 10-11. Hours of service are as follows:
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 in observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m.  As always, the library's electronic services, including our online catalog, digital archive, media download center and research databases will be available 24/7 from the library's web site.  Drop boxes for return of library materials will be available outside the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied periodically by library staff during the holiday weekend.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Corporal Joseph A. VanDreumel of Standale, Michigan.  Corporal VanDreumel, 32, died Aug. 14 in the Paktika province of Afghanistan while conducting vehicle recovery operations and encountering a secondary explosion. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Regiment in the 172nd Infantry Brigade stationed in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He joined the Army in January 2010 and trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky, before serving in Germany from August 2010 through July 2011 and then Afghanistan.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Sailor

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Navy Seaman Aaron D. Ullom, 20, of Midland, Michigan, who died July 12 while conducting a dismounted patrol in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Seaman Ullom served as a Hospital Corpsman for the Navy and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He deployed to Afghanistan in February for his first tour of duty. Ullom’s awards include National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal – ISAF Afghanistan.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Throckmorton , 28, of Battle Creek, Michigan.  Staff Sgt. Throckmorton died July 5 in Paktia province, Afghanistan of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device.

Throckmorton was assigned to the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Hohenfels, Germany. He served 15 months in Iraq and was three months into a one-year deployment in Afghanistan. He was awarded posthumously a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Collectible and Used Book Sale Coming Soon

Our annual used book sale is right around the corner, so mark your calendars now for the week of August 9-13!  This year, in addition to thousands of subject-sorted hardcover and paperback books of interest to all ages, we will offer a nice selection of rare and collectible volumes. These collector items are individually priced, but still priced to sell, so sharp-eyed collectors may find some real bargains!

If you'd like to be among the first to shop the sale, our preview night will be held on Tuesday, August 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Admission is $10 per person, and allows customers to shop the sale before it opens to the general public.  Regular sale hours are Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Friday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., all items will be sold at half price. On Saturday, August 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., shoppers may fill a grocery bag with items of their choice for a flat fee of $5 per bag.  On Monday, August 15, any unsold items will be free.

Sorry, NO ELECTRONIC SCANNING DEVICES will be allowed in the sale room.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day federal holiday weekend.  Regular library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.  While the library is closed, the outdoor drops near the  north (parking lot) entrance to the building will be available for return of library materials and will be emptied periodically by library staff throughout the weekend.  As always, the library's electronic services such as databases, online catalog, events calendar and media download center will be available 24/7 through our web site.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Private First Class Brian J. Backus of Harbor Beach, Michigan.  Backus, age 21, died June 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Backus was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum, New York. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Medical Badge. Backus deployed with his unit in March 2011 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Spc. Robert L. Voakes Jr., 21, of L'Anse, who died from an improvised explosive device on June 4, in Laghman province, Afghanistan. 
Spc. Voakes was assigned to 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  Voakes’ awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, in addition to his promotion to Specialist posthumously.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Police Officer

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Detroit police officer Charles Armour, 40, who died on June 11 from injuries received in the line of duty. Officer Armour was on foot patrol in the Greektown area on June 5 when he was intentionally struck by a vehicle he was trying to stop and critically injured.  He was a seventeen year veteran of the Detroit Police Department.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Library Hours are Now In Effect

Now through Labor Day weekend, the library will be open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  To check your library account details or renew books during hours that the library is closed, please access your account through our online catalog, or call our 24-hour automated renewal line at (586) 203-8725.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Adult Summer Reading Program Kicks Off Today

The library's adult summer reading club runs today through August 26, and we are encouraging adult readers to travel the world through books!  Each time an adult library card holder checks out books or audiobooks, he or she may complete an entry slip for one of our fun prize drawings, which will be conducted periodically throughout the program.  The more often readers check out library materials, the more often they can enter!  Digital checkouts count also, so please tell us if you download e-books or audiobooks from the library's Media Download Center.

Happy Reading!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Eagle Scout Project Enhances Children's Room

The next time you are in the library, be sure to take time to admire the colorful new display endcaps that were recently installed on the book stacks in the Children's Room.  This project was conceived, designed and executed by one of our Children's Room pages, Patrick, as part of the requirements for his Eagle Scout ranking.  The new endcaps allow for face-out display of library materials in a flexible format.  The library is very grateful to Patrick for all of his hard work and thank his entire team of helpers for doing such a professional job.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Pvt. Thomas C. Allers 23, of Plainwell, Michigan.  Pvt. Allers was killed along with three others by an improvised explosive device on May 23, in Kunar province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman, 35, of Harrison Township. Staff Sgt. Osman was killed along with five other soldiers by an improvised explosive device on May 26. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in Fort Campbell, Ky. This was his ninth deployment and he received numerous decorations.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer 2011 Library Newsletter Now Online

The Summer 2011 edition of the Mount Clemens Public Library newsletter is now online for your reading pleasure!  Click here to find out about summer reading club for kids, teens and adults, our summer genealogy schedule, our upcoming used book sale, and much more! If you are staying close to home this summer, the library offers lots of ideas for leisure-time fun.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day weekend.  During this time, all electronic library services will remain available through our web site, including our online catalog, media download center, events calendar, digital archive and research databases.

Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31 at 9:00 a.m.  While the library is closed, outdoor drop boxes for return of library materials will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied periodically by library staff throughout the holiday weekend.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Former Kilpatrick Bodyguard to Speak at Library

Walter L. Harris, Jr., once a police bodyguard for former Detroit mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick, will present his new book, Badge of Honor, at Mount Clemens Public Library on Monday, May 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Harris served meritoriously as a police officer in some of Detroit's most dangerous precincts before joining the department's Executive Protection Unit (EPU).  He left the EPU when he could no longer remian silent about the corruption he witnessed in the Kilpatrick adminstration.  Harris "blew the whistle" that not only led to changes in city government, but also resulted in personal harrassment and veiled threats to his life.  In Badge of Honor, Harris tells the story of his service with the DPD and what led to the decision that ended it.

The program is free and open to the public.  Please join us!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Easy Ways to Check Your Library Account 24/7

Did you know that you can check the status of your library account 24/7, even when the library is closed? One way is to call our automated phone line, available around the clock.  Simply dial 586-203-8725 from a touch-tone phone and have your library card number and PIN ready.  After you have entered these numbers at the prompt, you will be able to select from an automated menu to hear the titles and due dates of items you have checked out, items you have on hold, and any overdues and fine amounts on your record.  You may also renew items, if they are eligible for renewal, through this service.

Another way to check your account information is to log in through our online library catalog. Once on our catalog site, simply click the "My Account" option on the menu line, and select "Review My Account" or "Renew My Materials."  You will be asked to enter your library card number and your PIN to do this.  Our library catalog is also available for iPhone and iPad mobile devices. Just download the free BookMyne app from the iTunes app store and the library catalog can go wherever you go.

Of course, if you need personal assistance with your library account, don't hesitate to call us at 586-469-6200 during regular library business hours.  A real, live staff person will answer your telephone call and assist you.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Private First Class Robert Friese, 21, of Harrison, Michigan. PFC Friese died April 29 in Al Qadisiyah province, Iraq, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. Friese’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Library Overdue Notices Go Paperless

Dear Library User,

As of June 1, 2011, Mount Clemens Public Library will no longer print and mail overdue notices to library patrons. Instead, overdue notices will be sent to our patrons in one of two ways: by e-mail, if you have chosen to provide your e-mail address to us; or, by an automated phone call generated by our library cooperative's computer system.

This step is being taken to reduce costs as the library faces steep declines in operating revenues due to the current economic situation in Michigan. Generating e-mail and phone notices will save significant dollars in printing and postage costs. You can help us by verifying with a library staff member that the telephone number and/or e-mail address that we have on file for you is correct and current.

Please also understand that providing overdue notices is a courtesy service of the library and not a requirement. Every person who checks out material from Mount Clemens Public Library assumes full responsibility for returning that material on time or paying the associated fines and replacement invoices for that material, regardless of whether an overdue notice has been provided.

The library appreciates your understanding and cooperation as we take all possible steps to reduce our costs while maintaining quality library service in these very challenging economic times.

Sincerely yours,
Donald E. Worrell, Jr.
Library Director

Friday, May 6, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Marine

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Dominic J. Ciaramitaro, 19, of South Lyon, Michigan. Lance Corporal Ciaramitaro died April 23 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was an antitank missleman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Library Hosts Author Colleen Burcar

Join us on Tuesday, May 17 at noon as remarkable events from Michigan's rich history are recalled when author Colleen Burcar presents her latest book, It Happened in Michigan. Ms. Burcar will discuss topics such as the Orphan Train, Japanese balloon bombs, the most devastating school disaster ever recorded, and William Beaumont's unsurpassed medical discovery of 1822. She'll also include a wide range of the state's most interesting curiosities, form a place you can kiss a mosse for good luck to a baffling country road that pulls your car backwards uphill.

Colleen Burcar has been a radio and TV personality in the Detroit area for many years, including two decades with Dick Purtan. She was a columnist for the Detroit News, and has authored numerous other books on the state of Michigan, including Michigan Curiosities.

Copies of It Happened in Michigan will be available for purchase and autographing following the program. The book is also available for check-out from the library's collection.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Police Officer

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata, who was killed in the line of duty on April 18. Officer Zapata, 35, a 10-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed after he and other officers were dispatched on a report of shots fired in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24 in observance of the Easter holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. While the building is closed, all of the library's electronic services, including our online catalog, digital archive, databases, media download center and events calendar will be available 24/7 through the library's web site. Outdoor bookdrops will remain available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday weekend. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Sailor

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Navy Hospitalman Benjamin D. Rast of Niles, Michigan. Hospitalman Rast, 23, died April 6, 2011 while conducting a dismounted patrol northeast of Patrol Base Alcatraz, Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned as a hospitalman to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment 2nd Marine Division. Rast was stationed at Naval Medical Center, Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment in San Diego, California. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Pistol Marksmanship Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen State Trooper


The library's flags have been lowered to half-staff in honor of Michigan State Police Trooper Jeffrey Werda, who died in the line of duty this morning while assisting the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Got Too Much Stuff?

The arrival of spring turns our thoughts to spring cleaning. If you're looking around the house and thinking that you've got too much stuff, here are some ideas:

Read a book for suggestions on how to conduct a successful garage or yard sale, or how to auction your items on eBay:
  • Garage Sale Mania: How to Hold a Profitable Garage, Yard or Tag Sale / Chris H. Stevenson (658.87 STE)

  • Complete Idiot's Guide to eBay / Lissa McGrath (658.87 MCG)


    • Recycle old cell phones through the library. We participate in the Cell Phones For Soldiers program, so you can donate your old, used cell phones by dropping them off at the check-out desk any time during regular library hours.

      Check out some books for ideas on how to better organize and store your stuff. Some examples are:
    • Organize Your Garage in No Time / Barry Izsak (648.8 IZS)

    • Organizing Magic: 40 Days to a Well-Ordered Home and Life / Sandra Felton (640 FEL)

    • Making Room: Finding Space in Unexpected Places / Wendy A. Jordan (747 JOR)


    • Pack up those used books and donate them to the library! We'll use them in the library collection if they are needed, and if not, we'll place them in our annual used book sale. Donations may be dropped off at the library check-out desk any time during regular library hours.

      Tuesday, March 22, 2011

      Macomb County Court Records Index Now Available

      The Macomb County Genealogy Group and Mount Clemens Public Library are pleased to announce the debut of the Macomb County Court Records index. This index, which is a work in progress, is being created from 182 original volumes of Macomb County Circuit Court journals, chancery journals, and records of divorce proceedings which are part of the library's local history collection. Volunteer indexers from the Macomb County Genealogy Group are extracting all relevant names from these records, which include criminal, civil, chancery, appeals and divorce records. Once a case number has been identified through the index, the journal entries (not the case files themselves) related to the case may be viewed at Mount Clemens Public Library.

      Many thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers who have put so much effort into the creation of this index, especially Ann Faulkner, who chairs the project.

      To search the Macomb County Court Records Index, click here.

      Tuesday, March 15, 2011

      Mount Clemens City Directory Database Updated

      An update to our Mount Clemens City Directory database has now made available data from the 1929 city directory in our master index. This index is useful for researchers working on local history or genealogy projects, and currently covers Mount Clemens city directories published between the years 1896 and 1929. Copies of the city directories are available in the local history and genealogy room of Mount Clemens Public Library.

      Thanks to Heather McCallister of the library staff for entering this data for the benefit of all of our researchers.

      Click here to search the Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index.

      Flags Lowered in Honor of Last WWI Veteran

      The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of the memory of Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, who died February 27 at the age of 110.

      Buckles enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 16 after lying about his age in order to qualify. He is being laid to rest today at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

      Friday, March 11, 2011

      Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

      The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Sgt. Kristopher J. Gould, 25, of Frankenlust Township, who died in the Ghazni province Sunday, February 27, 2011, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

      Sgt. Gould began his military service with the Michigan Army National Guard in 2003 and joined the United States Army in 2006. He served three tours of duty in the Middle East and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart posthumously.

      Tuesday, March 1, 2011

      Irish Music For Your St. Paddy's Day Party

      Well, March has arrived and St. Patrick's Day will be here before you know it. If you're planning a St. Paddy's Day party, or just want to get yourself in "green" mode, the library has a selection of Irish music available on compact disc for your listening pleasure:


      An Irish Evening / The Chieftains (CD FOLK CHIEFTAIN)
      Irish Heartbeats / Van Morrison and The Chieftains (CD FOLK MORRISON)
      Ireland: A Song For Every County (CD FOLK IRELAND)
      An Ireland of Treasures(CD FOLK IRELAND)
      All the Best From Ireland (CD FOLK ALL)
      The Irish Tenors (CD FOLK IRISH
      Very Best Irish Rebel Songs / Jolly Beggarmen (CD FOLK JOLLY)
      Celtic Thunder (CD FOLK CELTIC)
      Celtic Origins / Anuna (CD FOLK ANUNA)
      Celtic Pride (CD FOLK CELTIC)
      Celtic Pride II (CD FOLK CELTIC)
      Celtic Woman (CD FOLK CELTIC)


      If you need a good recipe for corned beef, your reference librarian can help you with that, too!


      Friday, February 18, 2011

      Blood Drive Date Change

      The American Red Cross blood drive originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 at the library has been CHANGED to Monday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Thursday, February 17, 2011

      Library Holiday Hours

      The library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 21 in observance of the Presidents Day federal holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m. As always, the library's electronic services will be available 24/7 from our web site, including our media download center, online library catalog, databases, and digital media archive.

      While we are closed, outdoor book drops will be open near the north (parking lot) entrance for return of library materials and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday.

      Have a safe and happy holiday!

      Monday, February 14, 2011

      Fire Department Records Now Available at the Library

      Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to announce that the historical records of Mount Clemens Volunteer Fire Department #3 are now available in the library's local history collection. Recently, the department made its fire run journals, which cover the years 1908 to 2009, available to the library for microfilming and indexing. These record books are a diary of each call the volunteer fire department answered, and usually include the date, location, type of fire or event, and the names of the fire fighters in attendance. The records are useful for individuals who are researching the history of a house or property in Mount Clemens, and for genealogy researchers who want to know more about events that shaped a family's history, or wish to establish a family's address in between census years.

      The fire department records were indexed by library staff and the index may be searched online by visiting http://offserv.libcoop.net/mtc/mtcfires.asp. The index is searchable by surname or business name, and also by street address. Copies of the record books are available for public use in microfilm format. Library supporter Lorelei Maison Rockwell, who has a keen understanding of the value of this type of local record to researchers, generously provided the funds to pay for the microfilming of the fire run journals.

      The library is most grateful to Captain Tom Fisher and the members of Mount Clemens Volunteer Fire Department #3 for making their records available to researchers, and to Lorelei Maison Rockwell for making it possible to have them microfilmed.

      Photo: Capt. Tom Fisher of the Mount Clemens Volunteer Fire Department looks over the fire department record books and the microfilms that were made from them.

      Tuesday, February 1, 2011

      Library Closed Due to Weather Conditions

      Due to inclement weather conditions, Mount Clemens Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, February 2. All electronic library services may still be accessed through our web page.

      Friday, January 21, 2011

      Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Police Officer


      The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Livonia police officer Larry Nehasil, who was killed in the line of duty on January 17.

      Monday, January 10, 2011

      Flags Lowered in Honor of Arizona Shooting Victims


      In accordance with an order by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the library's flags will fly at half-staff through Friday, January 14 in honor of the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona which took place on Saturday, January 8.

      Wednesday, January 5, 2011

      Support for Those New Year's Resolutions!

      Start the new year with a new attitude toward health and fitness. The library has health and exercise books and videos covering topics from diet and healthy eating to exercise, yoga and Pilates. See our displayed books and DVDs or look in the nonfiction section 613 for more choices.

      Featured items:

      The Complete Beck Diet for Life. Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. 613.25 Bec
      What to Eat. Marion Nestle. 613.2 Nes
      Lose for Life. Stephen Arterburn, M.ED. and Dr. Linda Mintle. 613.25 Art
      Shape Pilates Workout (videorecording-DVD): Shape up from Head to Toe DVD 613.7
      Leslie Sansone Walk at Home. Walk Slim. (videorecording-DVD) DVD 613.71 Sel

      You'll find many other health and fitness related items in our online library catalog, and you may ask the reference librarian for assistance in person, via telephone or by e-mail at askmcpl@libcoop.net.