Library Programs and Collections
• The Mission of the Library of Michigan The Michigan Legislature created The Library of Michigan to guarantee the people of this State and their government one perpetual institution to collect and preserve Michigan publications, conduct reference and research and support libraries statewide.
Michigan Notable Books
• Plinkit Plinkit is a feature-rich and easy to use library-specific website template free to Michigan libraries.
Plinkit provides an easy-to-learn, easy-to-update website template. It is designed for libraries without specialized technology staff. It is easily expandable for libraries that wish to do more. There is no cost to the libraries and the technology "heavy lifting" is done by the Library of Michigan. Training and refresher courses are free. And Plinkit is easy to learn. If you can operate Microsoft Word, you can operate Plinkit.
Check out some of our sites:
* Boyne District Library
* Lapeer District Library
* Buchanan District Library
The Library of Michigan has taken on all costs associated with the program courtesy of Library Services and Technology Act dollars. The program is currently not accepting new applicants.
Feel free to contact Sonya Schryer Norris at the Library of Michigan at 517-373-4457 or email@example.com with any questions.
The 2013 Michigan Notable Books
The Library of Michigan has announced the
list of the 2013 Michigan Notable Books - 20 books highlighting Michigan
people, places and events.
The list highlights exceptional "Michigan books" published in 2012 that bring
attention to Michigan authors and topics. Books that showcase the range of
experiences of Michigan's citizens and life in the Great Lakes by
well-established and first-time authors can be found on the list.
"This year's selections again exemplify the extraordinary resources, people,
talent, and history we have here in Michigan," said State Superintendent of
Public Education Mike Flanagan. "Our Notable Books for 2013 are important for
everyone to learn about Michigan's enduring success and promising future."
Books featuring topics as varied as a physically-challenged kid from Flint who
went on to win an Olympic Gold Medal and pitch a no-hitter for the New York
Yankees; the 1968 Detroit Tigers, survival of the Kirtland warbler, a biography
of Michigan's first governor, northwest Michigan's Fishtown, the revival of
Detroit, saving the Theodore Roethke's house, Michigan's historic train
stations, a memoir of a Detroit soul singer, a study of Michigan's amphibians
and reptiles, depression era Flint and an illustrated history of Detroit's
historic places of worship are all part of this year's list.
"The books selected as Michigan Notable Books are just the tip of the iceberg
of all of the great stories Michigan authors have to tell. Each year the
selection committee chooses books that highlight the diversity found in our
great state," State
Librarian Nancy Robertson said. "This program successfully shines the spotlight
on the number of talented writers and illustrators we have in Michigan. These
books help to tell Michigan's story. Our 'home' is a place where history,
talent and having a special connection to our cultural heritage is greatly
To learn more please see the
Michigan Department of Education's January 2 press release.
Michigan Center for the Book
• Michigan eLibrary (MeL) MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.
- MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair, practice tests and art images. View a video to familiarize yourself with the databases.
- MeLCat allows you to order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials and have them delivered to your participating library.
- MeL Michigana contains photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeL Michigana.
- MeL Gateways include specialized resources such as those in genealogy, health, business and areas for kids and teens.
- M.O.R.E.: Michigan Online Resources for Educators allows teachers and parents to find curricular-based resources searchable by subject and aligned to the Michigan Content Expectations.
• What's New at the Michigan Center for the BookThe 2013 grant program will be coming soon. Please contact the Center for the Book coordinator, Randy Riley for more information.
Our 2012 Michigan literary brochure is Tasting Michigan!. It's a great list of Michigan cooking, food heritage and artisan agriculture books.
The Center for the Book has expanded its membership options! Libraries with budgets under $500,000 can now join for $125 per year. For more information on the benefits, see Why Should My Library Join the Center for the Book and the Affiliate Application. We hope to see you soon!
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