Monday, December 1, 2014

Music Downloads @ Mount Clemens Public Library

Mount Clemens Public Library, a member of the Suburban Library Cooperative, is pleased to announce that the Freegal music download service is now available free to library cardholders. Freegal offers digital access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists.  In total, the collection includes music from over 28,000 labels.

Library cardholders may download 5 songs per week, and enjoy three hours per day of streaming time.  Download and streaming counters are reset every Monday.  The MP3 files never expire and may be kept on your personal device permanently.  A Freegal Music app is available for Android and Apple devices at no charge.

Freegal is easy to use!  Have your library card number and PIN ready, and click here to begin sampling and downloading music.  The Freegal link is also available from the main menu of Mount Clemens Public Library's web site at


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In Memory of Chacella Newton

Mount Clemens Public Library staff and trustees are saddened by the recent death of former library board member Chacella Newton.  Ms. Newton was a charter member of the library board of trustees in 1994 when our district library was formed and was instrumental in leading the library through a transition to a new form of governance.  At various times during her 15 years  as a member of our library board of trustees, Ms. Newton served as president, vice-president and secretary.

The library benefited greatly from Chacella Newton's knowledge and wisdom, garnered through her years of service as a registered dietitian and food service consultant for the Macomb Intermediate School District, her teaching experience at Wayne State University and Wayne County Community College, and her term as a member of the Mount Clemens Board of Education.

The library has lost a true friend, dedicated supporter and champion, and she will be missed.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Medicare 101 at the Library

Are you a senior who finds all of the Medicare options and choices confusing and overwhelming?  Would you like some no-nonsense, practical advice for navigating the Medicare maze?  Mount Clemens Public Library can help!  Join us on Tuesday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. for "Medicare 101," presented by George Wojdacki, a counselor with the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program.  Our speaker will walk you through the "ins and outs" of Medicare and answer questions.

The program is free, but seats are limited and registration is required. To reserve your seat in this informative program, phone the library at 586-469-6200 or click the link to our online registration system.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In Memory of Mary L. Freer

The staff and volunteers of Mount Clemens Public Library are saddened by the death of Mary L. Freer, who passed away on August 2 at the age of 89.  Mary was an ardent supporter of the library and served as a volunteer genealogy assistant for many years, until ill health forced her to retire from that position.

Mary was a member of several genealogy and lineage groups and was always eager and willing to share her expertise with other genealogy researchers. We all looked forward to Mary's regular Thursday morning shift here at the library, and appreciated her warm and generous heart and her ever-present sense of humor. She will be ever fondly remembered and missed by all of us.

Mary's obituary may be viewed here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Macomb County Obituary Index Update

The Macomb County Genealogy Group and Mount Clemens Public Library are pleased to announce an update to the Macomb County Obituary Index. The latest release adds 7,698 new records to the index, bringing the total to 225,349.  The new records include data from the Macomb Daily issues of 2012,  Romeo Observer 1990-1993, 1993 and 2011, Mount Clemens Press 1892, Mount Clemens Monitor 1915, and a mixture of other dates from various local papers.

The index may be searched online at

Our thanks go out to the volunteers who gave so many hours of their time to make this update possible:  Karen Turner, Janith Hopp, Mary Duke, Dianne Sinning, Karen Brewer, Sue Long, Patricia Dettloff, Craig Reynolds, Herb Savage and Ann Faulkner.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Keeping Up With the Library

Did you know that there are many ways to keep up with the latest news and events from Mount Clemens Public Library?  In addition to this news blog, the library maintains a Facebook page and a Twitter account where you'll see reminders about upcoming program, announcements about new books, videos and CDs, and information about various library services.  You can even search the library's online catalog from our Facebook page!

In addition, if you are library cardholder, you may choose to have the library communicate with you about your library account via e-mail or text message.  We can send you texts or e-mails to remind you when your checked-out materials will be due, to alert you to holds that have arrived or let you know about overdue fines and bills.  If you are interested in this option, just stop at the circulation desk and let a staff member know what your contact preferences are.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on Friday, May 23 for staff in-service training, and from Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m.

While the library is closed, all electronic services such as our download center, databases, library catalog and digital archive will continue to be available through our web site.  Outdoor drop boxes are available for return of materials outside the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied periodically throughout the weekend by library staff.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Library Program Explores Packard Proving Grounds History

John F. MacArthur
Seldom mentioned in the history of the automobile industry and racing is the fact that Macomb County, Michigan was once home to the fastest auto track in the world.  Packard Motor Car Foundation board member John F. MacArthur will explain how the Packard Proving Grounds Test Track in Shelby Township achieved that designation when he presents a program entitled "The Fastest Track in the World" at Mount Clemens Public Library on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.

The Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is undergoing restoration of historic structures and the development of museum facilities. Mr. MacArthur will discuss the preservation and interpretive activities underway at the site and will illustrate his presentation with historic photographs.

Please join us for a look at this fascinating aspect of Macomb County's history. The program is free and open to the public and no registration is necessary.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mount Clemens History Scan & Share Day

Do your family albums contain historic photos, documents, letters, or other items that offer insight into the Mount Clemens area’s past? Mount Clemens Public Library asks you to dig into those old family albums and storage boxes and bring them to the Mount Clemens History Scan & Share Day on Saturday, March 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the library's local history room. During the event, a new high-speed scanner will be used to make digital copies of items documenting the community's past for the library's online local history archive.

Members of the public are invited to share their local history and help build the library's digital history collection. Volunteers will scan your photos, slides or documents while you wait and return your original items to you immediately. The library will keep copies of the scans for its online digital archive, where they will be available to genealogy and local history researchers using the library's web site, while owners will retain their original photos and documents. Contributors who wish to have a copy of the scans for personal use are encouraged to bring along a flash drive to the event.

The library seeks items that reflect Mount Clemens people, places and events. In particular, photos of local scenes and buildings, past residents, social events, homes and neighborhoods, schools, churches and businesses are sought, especially those images taken before 1980.

This is a free event, however registration is requested to assist with planning.  Items will be scanned on a drop-in basis; contributors may experience a wait during busy times. For more information, or to register to attend, phone the library at 586-469-6200.