Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Library Holiday Hours

Mount Clemens Public Library will be CLOSED from Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday weekend and from Saturday, December 29 through Tuesday, January 1 for the New Year's holiday weekend. Regular library hours will be observed from Wednesday, December 26 through Friday, December 28.

While we are closed, 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 break. As always, our digital library services, including our online catalog, media download center, local history archive and databases, will be available 24/7 from our library web site.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Library Welcomes Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Tuesday, December 11 is a big day at Mount Clemens Public Library, as we welcome Mr. and Mrs. Claus at 6:00 p.m. Bring your camera and your children to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. They are eager to see you and listen to your requests. We'll have some singing, some stories and of course a chance to get your pictures taken with our special guests!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and all day on Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving.  Regular library hours will resume on Friday, November 23 at 9:00 a.m.
While we are closed, outdoor drop boxes for return of library materials will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building. Our digital library services, including our online catalog, databases, and media download center will remain available 24/7 from our web site.
Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Library Offers Family Game Day

Do you have a long weekend ahead with no plans? Don't be bored! Come to the library on Saturday, November 24 between 10 and noon to play board games.  Bring the whole family and meet new people who enjoy matching skills with you. Participants may bring along their own games or use the library's game sets.  Some of the games we have are: Numbers Bingo; Yahtzee Jr.; Scrabble Jr.; Risk; Sorry; Pictureka; Memory; Checkers & Chess. Please join us!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Looking at Lincoln

(Library of Congress)
Are you planning to see the new Spielberg film, Lincoln?  If so, the library's reference staff has some great suggestions for related reading and viewing from our collections.  Check out  these recommended titles from our biography, history, fiction and video shelves:
 
  • The Face of Lincoln. James Melon (B Lincoln).
  • The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. Edited by Philip Van Doren Stern (B Lincoln).
  • With Malice Toward None: the life of Abraham Lincoln. Stephen B. Oates (B Lincoln).
  • Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Margaret Bassett (B Lincoln).
  • Mary Todd Lincoln: her life and letters. Justin G Turner and Linda Levitt Turner (B Lincoln).
  • The Trial of Mary Todd Lincoln. James A Rhodes and Dean Jauchius (B Lincoln).
  • Robert Todd Lincoln: a man in his own right. John S. Goff (B Lincoln).
  • Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever. Bill O'Reilly. (973.7092 ORE; also in Large print and sound recording)
  • The House Divides: the age of Jackson and Lincoln from the War of 1812 to the Civil War. Paul I. Wellman (973.5 WEL).
  • The Historian's Lincoln. Gabor S. Boritt (973.7 HIS).
  • Lincoln vs. Douglas: the Great Debates campaign. Richard Allen Heckman (973.6 HEC).
  • Murdering Mr. Lincoln: a new detection of the 19th Century's most famous crime. Charles Higham (973.7 HIG).
  • A New Birth of Freedom. Harry V. Jaffa (973.7 JAF).
  • Vindicating Lincoln: defending the politics of our greatest president. Thomas L. Krannawitter (973.7092 KRA).
  • Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. James M. McPherson (973.7092 MCP).
  • In Lincoln's Hand: his original manuscripts. Edited by Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk (973.7092 LIN)
  • Looking for Lincoln: the making of an American icon. Philip B. Kunhardt III, Peter W. Kunhardt, and Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr. (973.7 KUN).

Fiction:
  • The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln: a novel. Stephen L. Carter (Also in Audiobook)
  • The Lincoln Conspiracy: a novel. Timothy L. O'Brien.

Video:
  • The Civil War: a film by Ken Burns. PBS Home Video (DVD 973.7 CIV)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scrapbooking at the Library

Scrapbookers are invited to an open crop session at Mount Clemens Public Library on Tuesday, November 20 from 5-9 p.m. Bring your own basic scrapbook supplies and work on the project of your choice while exchanging ideas and techniques with other scrapbookers. We'll also be working on holiday card designs during the evening. If you would like to create handcrafted holiday cards, click here to view the supply list for this project.

The program is free, but registration is requested so that we have table space available for all participants. To register online, click here, or call the library at 586-469-6200.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on Monday, November 12 in observance of the Veterans Day federal holiday, and on Tuesday, November 13 for staff training and work on our computer system.  Regular library hours will resume on Wednesday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m.

While we are closed, outdoor drop boxes will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied periodically by library staff during the closure.  Our library web site and databases will continue to be available while we are closed, but some library catalog information may not be accessible while the work on our computer system is being completed.

We thank you for your patience.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas Walk Tickets Now Available

Tickets for the Bath City Association's annual Christmas Walk are now on sale at the library circulation desk for $15 each. The event will be held on Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with shuttle buses departing from Grace Episcopal Church at 15-minute intervals. A limited number of tickets will be available, so purchase yours today!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We've Got Wii!

The library now has a starter collection of family-friendly Wii games available for checkout.  There is a limit of one game per cardholder, and the checkout period is one week with no renewals.  The following game titles are currently in the collection:
  • Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Lego Harry Potter, Years 1-4
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Mario Super Sluggers
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • Just Dance 3
  • Cooking Mama: Cook Off
  • Madden NFL 12
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
 Wii games may be found at the north end of the new video shelf.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Library Offers Exam Proctoring

Are you in a distance-learning program?  Did you know that exam proctoring is available at Mount Clemens Public Library?  The library supports education by offering exam proctoring by our reference librarians. To use this service, students must:
  • Make an appointment in advance of the desired exam date
  • Make sure that all exam materials are delivered to the proctor prior to the exam date
  • Bring photo ID and all necessary exam supplies
  • Take responsibility for all costs of returning exam materials to the issuing institution (postage, fax fees, etc.)

There is no charge for the proctoring service, but the student is responsible for covering any and all fees for transmitting exam materials to and from the proctor.  The library reserves the right to refuse proctoring if the requirements of the exam exceed staff or facility capabilities.

If you would like to schedule a proctored exam, phone the library at 586-469-6200 and ask for the reference desk.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Novel Night is Coming on October 22

Meet three local authors who have recently published novels at Mount Clemens Public Library's Novel Night on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.  First-time novelist David Inman will present his new techno-thriller, Pushing Back, a mysterious story about the development of a new energy resource. Another first-time novelist, Bob Prevost, will present his historical novel entitled Mallast, which is based upon the experiences of the Mallast family that settled in Macomb County after emigrating from Germany.  Finally, we will hear from Dr. Wilmot Kreis, who will discuss his latest novel, The Corridor, the nail-biting story of an insurance investigator who poses as a prostitute in the Cass Corridor to gather data on the worst medical clinics in the area.  Dr. Kreis is also the author of an eight-part historical fiction series entitled The Allards, a saga based on the true story of one of the region's pioneer families.

The program will feature discussions by each of the writers. Copies of their books will be available for purchase and autographing at the conclusion of the program.  No registration is required. Please join us!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4 at 9:00 a.m.

While we are closed, drop boxes will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of library materials and will be emptied by library staff throughout the weekend.  As always, our electronic services, such as media download center, online catalog, databases and digital archive will all be available 24/7 from our web site.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Library Newsletter Now Available

The fall 2012 edition of the library newsletter is now available from our web site.  Our calendar is packed with interesting programs for all age groups.  Some programs have limited seating and require registration, so check out the schedule now and reserve your seats soon.  Program reservation may be completed by using our online events calendar or by phoning the library at 586-469-6200.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Library Closing

The library will be CLOSED on Saturday, July 21 due to water main work on Cass Avenue. Outdoor drop boxes will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance for return of library materials.  All electronic library services will remain available through our web site.  Regular library hours will resume on Monday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m.

Thank you for your patience as the Cass Avenue reconstruction project continues.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Library Closed for Independence Day

The library will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day federal holiday. Normal library hours will resume on Thursday, July 5 at 9:00 a.m.  While we are closed, drop boxes will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of materials.  All electronic services, including our media download center, digital archive, online catalog and databases will remain available 24/7 through our web site.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Macomb County Obituary Index Update

Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Obituary Index. The update adds 8,140 new records to the database, making a grand total of 217,651 obituary index records on file.  Our thanks go out to the following volunteers who have contributed to this update: Geraldine Carrick, Janith Hopp, Herb Savage, Mary Freer, Karen Brewer, Sue Long, Craig Reynolds, Dianne Buckerfield and Ann Faulkner.  Without the generous efforts of these volunteers, we would not be able to make this valuable resource available to researchers everywhere at no cost.

Click here to search the Macomb County Obituary Index.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Local Author Presents Program on Bullying

Local author and illustrator Dakei Harvey will present a special program on bullying on Thursday, July 12 at 4:00 p.m. at the Jermaine Jackson-Cairns Community Center, 58 Orchard, Mount Clemens.  Harvey has written and illustrated a series of books featuring a young character named Roger Crabgrass, who is a victim of bullying. Through the eyes of Roger Crabgrass, Harvey explores the effects of bullying and suggests strategies for diffusing and preventing it.  His program, entitled "Change Makes Cents: Roger Crabgrass Talks About Bullying," is designed to empower children to help prevent bullying situations and to cope with them when they occur.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.  Please note that this event will take place at the Jermaine Jackson-Cairns Community Center at 58 Orchard, NOT at the library building.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today to honor the memory of Army Sgt. Joseph M. Lilly of Flint. Sgt. Lilly, 25, died June 14 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Panjwa'l, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on June 12. He was assigned to the 18th Engineer Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

 A 2005 graduate of Carman-Ainsworth High School, Sgt. Lilly enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation and completed basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he became a combat engineer. He was deployed to Iraq from July 2009 through August 2010, and was serving his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer Library Hours Now in Effect

Now through Labor Day weekend, Mount Clemens Public Library will be open during the following hours:

Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As always, the library's electronic services, including library catalog, databases, digital archive and download center are available 24/7 from our web site.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Library Hosts Reading With Rambo

"Reading with Rambo" is an opportunity for children to read a book of their choice to a lovable dog. By reading with Rambo, children will gain the confidence to enjoy reading. Rambo will listen patiently and help the reader relax, making reading an enjoyable experience. The first "Reading with Rambo" will be Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. in the Children's Room of the library. There is no registration, just come ready to read! Each child may read one book to Rambo so that many will get a turn. Rambo is eager to meet you and hear what book you have to share.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Flags Lowered in Honor of Judge Dennis F. Murphy

In accordance with an order from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the library's flags are flying at half-staff through June 13 to honor the memory of Judge Dennis F. Murphy. Murphy, of Gaylord, had served as a Michigan circuit court judge since 1996.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer Reading Club is Here!

School's almost out for the summer, and the library has summer reading club programs and events in store for pre-school through teen readers. Four simple steps will get preschool read-to-me and elementary and secondary school age readers prizes this summer:

1. Borrow books from Mount Clemens Public Library.
2. Write the number of pages you read from each book by the title on your due date receipt.
3. Add total of pages read at bottom of receipt.
4. Bring your receipt back for prizes each time you return books.

Preschool children will receive a prize for every 5 picture books read to them. Kindergarten through second grade readers will receive a prize for every 150 pages read. Third grade through high school readers will receive a prize for every 250 pages read. The best times to get prizes are: Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. We are looking forward to serving your family this summer! Check the Library Events Calendar for summer programs each Tuesday from June 19 through July 17 at 2 p.m. and ending on Thursday, July 26 with a puppet show, "Jock and the Beanstalk" presented by Nancy Penvose.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June is Audiobook Month - Get Caught Listening!

June is Audiobook Month, and the library has thousands of audiobook titles waiting for you. An audiobook is a perfect companion for a long road trip, boring airplane ride, or for just plain relaxation on the beach or in your backyard hammock!  As a bonus, cardholders who check out two or more audiobooks at Mount Clemens Public Library before June 22 may enter a drawing to win a Huron-Clinton Metro Parks pass. Here's a sample of some of the great audiobook titles that have been added to the library's shelves recently (click links to hear audio excerpts or author interviews):

Stop in and check out an audiobook today - and get caught listening!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 in observance of the Memorial Day federal holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29 at 9:00 a.m. While the library is closed, all electronic services, including databases, the library catalog, and digital downloads will be available through 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 periodically throughout the holiday weekend by library staff.  Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Library Presents Legendary Locals of Mount Clemens

On June 11, Arcadia Publishing will issue a new book written by library assistant director Deborah Larsen, entitled Legendary Locals of Mount Clemens. This volume is part of a new series that is being introduced by Arcadia, the nation’s largest commercial publisher of local history books. The Legendary Locals series focuses exclusively on the stories of the people of a community—rather than upon buildings, events, or dates.

Legendary Locals of Mount Clemens  features a sampling of the founders and builders, innovators and cheerleaders, educators, writers, business leaders, entertainers, athletes, and heroes—past and present—who populate the pages of Mount Clemens' history. Included are those who were fearless enough to be first—first to settle the community, first to lead, or first to break racial, gender, cultural, or economic barriers. Also told are the stories of those who built and bettered the community through selfless service in charitable, philanthropic, or educational endeavors, as well as those of the business and professional leaders who built the town’s economic engine. Profiles of the entertainers, athletes, and performing artists who called Mount Clemens home will be featured, along with innovators and eccentrics and even a couple of notorious personages who add their own peculiar brand of warp and weft to our local historical tapestry.

Finally, Legendary Locals of Mount Clemens  chronicles the stories of the community’s hometown heroes, including soldiers, police officers, and fire fighters who took risks on behalf of their fellow citizens and in some cases, lost their lives in the line of duty.

A special book launch program will be held at the library on Thursday, June 14 at 12:00 p.m., including an illustrated presentation of some of the stories featured in the book.  Copies will be available for purchase and signing following the program.  All author proceeds will benefit Mount Clemens Public Library.  The program will be repeated on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. for those who are unable to attend the daytime event.

Please join us!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DIA Inside|Out Comes to the Library

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming public presentation in conjunction with the Detroit Institute of Arts' DIA Inside|Out program, currently on display in the downtown area.  Reproductions of seven great art masterpieces are now exhibited in Mount Clemens' public spaces as a part of this outreach program sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  On Monday, May 21 at 12:00 p.m., a DIA docent will visit the library to offer a free public presentation on these works of art.  No registration is required and everyone is cordially invited to attend.

For more information on the DIA Inside|Out program in Mount Clemens, visit the program map on the Anton Art Center web site.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lee-Ellena Funeral Home Sponsors Library Subscriptions

The library is pleased to announce that Lee-Ellena Funeral Home has graciously agreed to continue their generous sponsorship of ten library magazine subscriptions for the next two years.  This support allows the library to continue to offer a wide variety of popular periodicals to our readers and is particularly helpful to us during very difficult economic times with shrinking budgets.  As you browse our magazine racks, please notice that some of our periodical issues are displayed in binders like the one shown here - these are the subscriptions that Lee-Ellena Funeral Home has purchased for the library. We thank the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home for their commitment to community service.  To learn more about the company, please visit their web site.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Library Closed For Easter Weekend

The library will be CLOSED from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.  Regular library hours will resume on Monday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m.  While the library is closed, materials may be returned in the outdoor drop boxes located near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building. These drops will be emptied by library staff throughout the weekend.
Electronic library services such as our online catalog, databases and download center will continue to be available 24/7 while we are closed and may be accessed through our web site.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

City Directory Database Update

The library is pleased to announce that an update to our Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index has just been loaded, adding records to the database from the 1930 Mount Clemens City Directory.  This database now contains index records for directories published from 1896 through 1930.  The index is searchable by personal name or business name, street, employer, business type and directory year, or any combination thereof.  To search the index, go to:
http://www.mtclib.org/search/MCDirectory.php

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Library Closed for Presidents Day

The library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 20 in observance of the Presidents Day federal holiday.  Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, February 21 at 9 a.m.  While we are closed, drop boxes will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of library materials, and all electronic library services will be available through our web site.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Library Closed Friday Morning, February 10

The library will be CLOSED on Friday morning, February 10, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for an all-staff meeting.  The library will OPEN to the public at noon on Friday, February 10.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Airman

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Air Force Technical Sergeant  Matthew S. Schwartz of Traverse City, Michigan. TSGT Schwartz, 34, died in the Helmand province of Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist assigned to the 90th Civil Engineer Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming.

Schwartz was a 1996 graduate of Traverse City Central High School and served 12 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was on his sixth deployment.  His awards and decorations include: the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, three Bronze Stars with two oak leaf clusters and one V device (the final bronze star issued for heroism).