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!