Monday, December 23, 2013

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Thursday, December 26, at 9:00 a.m.

The library will also be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1 for the New Year's holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Thursday, January 2 at 9:00 a.m.

While we are closed, all digital library services will remain available through our web site, including our online catalog, media download center, databases, digital magazines, and historical archive.  Outdoor drop boxes will remain available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of library materials, and will be emptied periodically by staff throughout the holiday breaks.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Library Offers Free Magazine Downloads

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to offer access to Zinio For Libraries, the world's largest newsstand.  The Suburban Library Cooperative, of which the library is a member, has created a new Zinio web portal which allows library patrons to select and download issues of 93 popular magazines to their computers or portable devices.

After creating free accounts to use the service, library card holders will have unlimited access to complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most Internet-enabled devices.  Magazine issues downloaded from the service do not "expire" or need to be returned to the library, and there is no limit on the number of magazines that a user may borrow.  There are also no waiting lists to download content; everything you see in the library's Zinio portal is available for immediate download.

Library staff will be happy to assist you in creating your accounts and navigating the site.  Try it today by clicking here, or look for the Zinio Digital Magazines link on our web site.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend. While we are closed, all electronic services will be available from our web site, including our online catalog, digital archive, media download center, and databases.  Outdoor drop boxes will remain available outside the north (parking lot) entrance to the building for return of library materials and will be emptied periodically throughout the weekend by library staff.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cemetery Association Donates Rare Record Collection to Public Library

From left: Clinton Grove Cemetery Association trustees R. John Umlauf and Jane Alfonso; Assistant Library Director Deborah Larsen; Library Director Donald E. Worrell, Jr.; Cemetery Association trustees Robert Petitpren, Jr., Brad Thomas and R. Philip Groh.

Mount Clemens Public Library has received a donation of a significant collection of historical records, spanning nearly a century of Macomb County history, from the Clinton Grove Cemetery Association Board of Trustees.

The collection comprises the business records of the Hubbard Funeral Home of Mount Clemens, which operated from 1875 to 1971. The funeral home was founded by William Burton Hubbard and was continued by his son, Duncan Burton Hubbard, until the latter's death in 1971.

"The Hubbard Funeral Home collection represents a treasure-trove of local history and genealogical data," said Donald E. Worrell, Jr., Director of Mount Clemens Public Library. "This gift adds an invaluable resource for the many researchers that the library serves from locations all over the country, and we are pleased that the Clinton Grove Cemetery Association has seen fit to entrust it to our care."

The Board of Trustees of the Clinton Grove Cemetery Association donated the collection to the public library to help historical and genealogical researchers access a valuable chronicle of Mount Clemens and Macomb County history. The library will be able to provide greater access to the records through its longer public service hours and an online index to the data which will be developed by staff and volunteer research assistants during the coming months. The index to the Hubbard records will eventually be available online from the library's web site at www.mtclib.org.

Mount Clemens Public Library is the oldest public library in Macomb County and one of the oldest in Michigan, having been established in 1865. The library's local history and genealogy collection was founded in the 1950s and has grown to be one of the most extensive collections in suburban Detroit.

Clinton Grove Cemetery was established in 1855 and is Macomb County's oldest operating cemetery. With new and innovative interment options, a state of the art genealogy section on its web site, and a host of upcoming events including "A Walk Into the Past" on August 24 at 1 p.m., Clinton Grove is not only an important part of history, but continues to make history every day.  For more information about the cemetery, visit www.clintongrove.com.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In Memory of Kenneth King

We are sad to report the passing, yesterday evening, of former library director Kenneth King. After a long and successful career at Detroit Public Library, Mr. King succeeded Miriam Altman as director of Mount Clemens Public Library in 1973. He served as director for 12 years, retiring in August 1985.

During his tenure as library director, Mr. King was known for his dedication to improving the quality of life in Mount Clemens through his participation in many civic organizations. Among the local organizations that benefited from Mr. King's leadership and contributions were Mount Clemens Rotary Club, Mount Clemens Beautification Committee, Mount Clemens Regional Arts Council, the Bright Future for Mount Clemens Committee, Macomb County Historical Society and the Mount Clemens Business Association.  In 1976, he was recognized by his professional peers when he was named Librarian of the Year by the Michigan Library Association.

He will be fondly remembered by long-time library friends and former staff.

Click here for a biography of Ken King and information about visitation.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Libray Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day federal holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Friday, July 5 at 9:00 a.m.  While we are closed, digital library services such as our online library catalog, research databases, media download center and digital archive will be available 24/7 through our web site.  Outdoor drop boxes will remain available outside the north (parking lot) entrance to the building while we are closed.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Macomb County Cemetery Master Index Updated

The Macomb County Genealogy Group and Mount Clemens Public Library are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Cemetery Master Index. The update adds 12,085 names to the master index, including information on burials in Clinton Grove Cemetery since the original transcription of 1977, as well as data from St. Mary's Cemetery, New Baltimore, Beth Tephilath Moses Cemetery in Clinton Township, and many others. The index may be viewed at

http://www.mtclib.org/search/cemetery.php

Our thanks go out to Macomb County Genealogy Group members and library volunteers Gail Campbell Schulte, Ann Faulkner and the late Carolyn Horton, whose indexing efforts made this update possible.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Reading Club

Four simple steps will get preschool read-to-me, 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 up all pages read and put the total 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 helping your family "Dig into Reading" this summer!  Check the Library Events Calendar for summer programs each Tuesday at 2 p.m. starting on June 11 with "Dig into Reptiles!" presented by Michael Brophy of R.E.P.T.I.L.E., Inc. and ending on Tuesday, July 23 with a puppet show, "Digbie Digs Deep" presented by Nancy Penvose.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. While we are closed, drop boxes for return of library material will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building, and will be emptied by library staff periodically throughout the weekend.

Our electronic services, including our online library catalog, databases, digital archive and download center will continue to be available 24/7 through our web site.

Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28 at 9:00 a.m. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

When the Stars Came to Mount Clemens

You may know that Mount Clemens was once a world-famous mineral bath resort, but did you also know that the Bath City was the home of a thriving theatrical colony in the days before motion pictures?  Learn more on Tuesday, April 23, at noon, when local history librarian Deborah Larsen presents an illustrated program entitled "When the Stars Came to Mount Clemens." Larsen, who recently wrote an article on the subject for the March/April 2013 issue of Michigan History magazine, will follow the story of the Mount Clemens theatrical colony from its founding to its demise. The program will include stories and photos of some of the performers who made Mount Clemens their off-season home.

The program is open to the public and no registration is required.  For further information, call the library at 586-469-6200.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED from Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 for the Easter holiday weekend. Regular hours will resume on Monday, April 1 at 9:00 a.m.  While we are closed, all electronic services will remain available through our web site, including the online library catalog, download center, databases and digital archive. Outdoor drop boxes for return of library materials will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied throughout the weekend by library staff.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, March 1, 2013

The History of the United States Secret Service

On Tuesday, March 26 the library will welcome guest speaker Radford W. Jones, who will present a program entitled "The History of the Secret Service and My Time with the Kennedy Detail."  This presentation will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the library auditorium.

Mr. Jones retired from the United States Secret Service after a 21-year career, during which he served on protection details for presidents, vice presidents, and many visiting foreign dignitaries. His presentation will give an overview of the Secret Service and its areas of responsibility, and will also include stories of his experiences in serving on the John F. Kennedy presidential protection detail.

Upon his retirement from the Secret Service in 1983, Mr. Jones joined Ford Motor Company, from which he later retired as Manager of Security and Fire Protection.  He then joined the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, where he teaches a graduate level course in homeland security.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Library Holiday Hours

Mount Clemens Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 18 in observance of the Presidents Day federal holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19 at 9:00 a.m.  While we are closed, all electronic library services will remain available through our web site, including our online catalog, media download center, databases, and digital archive.  Drop boxes for return of library material will be available outside the north (parking lot) entrance to the building.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven, of Fort Carson, Colo. and formerly of Plainwell, Mich. Sgt. Schoonhoven, 38, died Jan. 20, 2013 at Brooke Army Medical Center in Houston, Texas from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device on Dec. 15, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 43 Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colo.

Sgt. Schoonhoven attended Plainwell High School, and joined the U.S. Army in 2006. He served as a motor transport operator for the 32nd Transportation Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and previously served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was serving his fifth tour of duty.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Library Holiday Hours

Mount Clemens Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 21 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, January 22 at 9:00 a.m.

While the library is closed, our electronic services including our online catalog, databases and download center will be available 24/7 from our web site.  Drop boxes for return of library materials will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the library and will be emptied by library staff while we are closed.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mount Clemens City Directory Database Update

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to announce an update of our online Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index. Data from the 1932 city directory has just been loaded, making the coverage of the index a 36-year span from 1896 through 1932.  Thanks to Library Executive Assistant Heather McCallister, who has done all of the data entry for the database, it now includes more than 119,000 index records.

The Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index may be searched by individual or corporate name, street, employer, business type or directory year. It is a useful tool for genealogists and local historians alike, and will continue to expand as additional years of the Mount Clemens City Directory are indexed in the future.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Michael Hodges presents Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to welcome award-winning author Michael H. Hodges on Tuesday, January 22 at noon. Mr. Hodges will present his new book, Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations, just published by Wayne State University Press.

Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations is a contemporary photographic survey of the iconic train depots in towns across our state, including functioning stations, re-purposed buildings, and derelicts.  Michael Hodges is the art and architecture writer for the Detroit News and is also an accomplished photographer who has created a set of photos of Detroit architecture entitled Unexpected Detroit.  His latest work, Michigan Historic Railroad Stations has just been named a 2013 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.

This program is free and open to the public. Please join us on January 22 to meet Michael H. Hodges and hear about Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

In Memory of Muggie L. Smith

The library is sad to report the passing of one of our retired staff members, Mrs. Muggie L. Smith.  Mrs. Smith was well known in the community as a long-time employee of the Mount Clemens Community School District, and she worked in the library at the circulation desk from 1981 until her retirement in 1997.  Those of us who worked with Mrs. Smith will remember her fondly as a someone who was unfailingly kind, courteous and friendly to everyone she met. Our sincere sympathies go out to her entire family for their loss.

Information about the funeral arrangements for Muggie L. Smith may be found here.