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.