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Explore Other Worlds @ the Library!

We’ve just beefed up our science fiction, fantasy and horror collection with a wide selection of new titles.  Look for the special display in our new materials area and check out something that strikes your fancy!  Here’s a small sample of what’s available:

Kill Creek / Scott Thomas

Best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween in one of the world’s most infamous haunted houses At least he won’t be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. Fans of Gothic horror won’t want to miss this one!

Powder Mage trilogy / Brian McClellan

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? The Powder Mage trilogy is a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.

Terror / Dan Simmons

As the HMS Terror searches for the Northwest Passage in 1845, an unseen predator stalks the ship, leaving the crew fighting for survival in the Arctic Circle

Strange Weather / Joe Hill

A collection of four chilling novels that explore classic literary themes through the prism of the supernatural.

Calculating Stars / Mary Robinette Kowal

A woman pilot leads the way to colonize space after a cataclysmic meteor strike wipes out the eastern U.S. and threatens to make Earth uninhabitable.

Noumeon / Marina Lostetter

If you like Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama series, the real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves and echoes of Octavia Butler’s voice, this tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity might be for you. In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

 

Library Welcomes New Director

The Mount Clemens Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandon B. Bowman to the position of Library Director, effective July 2, 2018. Mr. Bowman succeeds Donald E. Worrell, Jr., who will retire from the library at the end of June after 45 years of exemplary service to the Mount Clemens community.

Mr. Bowman has served most recently as the director of the Oak Park Public Library, and has earlier professional experience as a Youth Services Librarian at Chesterfield Township Library and as a media specialist with Almont Community Schools. He holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in public history from Western Michigan University. Mr. Bowman began his career as an intern at the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collection (now known as the Zhang Legacy Center). He is also one of the founders of the Oak Park Historical Society.

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Mount Clemens,” Mr. Bowman says. “It’s a community with rich history and wonderful people, and I can’t wait to start to meet and interact with everyone there. In essence, it really will be like coming home, since I grew up not far from there in the thumb area, and have many fond memories of the city from my youth. The library in Mount Clemens does some really amazing things, and I’m looking forward to integrating myself into the community and becoming not just an advocate for the library, but the city as a whole. There seems to be such a wonderful synergy between the schools, the city and the library and it’s fantastic to be able to be part of that type of situation.”

Mr. Bowman is married and has five children. He describes himself as a huge football fan, having played and coached the game at the high school level. He is an active community volunteer in his home town, and looks forward to announcing youth football games this fall.

He’s also filled with enthusiasm for his new role at Mount Clemens Public Library. “Don has done an amazing job and left me with a wonderful position to start from, for which I can’t thank him enough,” he says. “Through his and the library staff’s hard work, there are such amazing opportunities available to us, and I can’t wait to get the community input and see what things we can cook up to keep the ball rolling.”

In Memory of Betty Lou Morris

The Mount Clemens Public Library Board of Trustees, administration and staff mourn the passing of library trustee emeritus Betty Lou Morris, who died on May 31, 2018.

There are Friends of the Library, and then there are friends of the library. Betty Lou Morris was a true and steadfast friend of the Mount Clemens Public Library for over half a century. When she first arrived in town with her husband, physician Gerald W. Morris, and their sons in the late 1950s, one of her first orders of business was to apply for a library card. That first visit to Mount Clemens Public Library, then located in the Carnegie building, began a relationship that would endure for the rest of her life.

During the socially turbulent 1960s, Betty Lou Morris served as a member of the Mount Clemens Board of Education. At the time, the public library was operated by the school district, and a new facility was sorely needed. As a member of the school board in that era, Mrs. Morris was part of the process of building a new home for the library across from the high school on Cass Avenue.

In the 1970s, after completing her tenure with the Board of Education, Mrs. Morris became one of the founders of the Macomb County Genealogy Group at the library, and served as its chair for many years. The Genealogy Group quickly became much more than a casual group of people interested in family research. Under the guidance of Betty Lou Morris, the group worked tirelessly to fund and develop resources for the local history and genealogy collections of Mount Clemens Public Library. Over the years, the relationship between the library and the Genealogy Group strengthened until the group became a de facto Friends of the Library organization. The Macomb County Genealogy Group has raised many thousands of dollars for the library to fund purchase of equipment, microfilm, books and databases over the years. Most recently, they helped to raise funds for the library’s elevator repair and new digital microfilm readers.

In 1994, when a change in state law required that the library separate from the school district to become a independent district library, Betty Lou Morris stepped up again to serve as the first president of the newly-appointed Mount Clemens Public Library Board of Trustees. She continued her service as a member of the library board for 22 years, until declining health forced her retirement in 2016. Grateful for her long service and tireless advocacy for the library, the board of trustees designated her a trustee emeritus upon her retirement.

Always a ready ambassador for the library, a friend to its director and staff, and true believer in the role of public libraries in the advancement of a democratic way of life, Betty Lou Morris never flagged in her interest in library affairs. During the last few months, as compounding health problems took an increasing toll and she was no longer able to visit the library in person, she kept in touch by phone and e-mail to stay informed about the search for a new director and changes that were on the horizon for her beloved Mount Clemens Public Library. As always, she was the pure definition of a library advocate.

No library ever had a truer friend. She will be sorely missed.

Spring/Summer Fiction Sneak Previews

Here’s a look at what’s coming from your favorite authors this spring and summer. Registered library card holders may call the library at (586) 469-6200 to place holds on these forthcoming titles. When you place your hold in advance, you help your librarians decide how many copies of a popular title will be needed to meet demand. Registered library card holders may also place their own holds by visiting our online library catalog at www.mtclib.org. (You will need your library card number and PIN to use this feature).

Abbott, Jeff. The Three Beths. (July). Mariah Dunning’s mother is missing and she would give anything to find out what happened to her, but the truth may be worse than she could imagine.

Backman, Fredrik. Us Against You. (June). Fredrik Backman reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days in this new novel from the author of A Man Called Ove.

Brown, Sandra. Tailspin. (August). Thriller about a reckless pilot caught in a race against time.

Evanovich, Janet. The Mark. (August). Next installment of the Nick Fox and Kate O’Hare series.

Giffin, Emily. All We Ever Wanted. (June). Three people have to make hard choices between their families and their values.

Giordano, Raphaelle. Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One. (July). Charming feel good and universal story of one woman’s journey from boredom and dissatisfaction to happiness and fulfillment.

Hannah, Sophie. The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot. (August). Sophie Hannah continues the tales of one of the world’s most beloved detectives, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. (more…)

Income Tax Help @ Your Library

It’s income tax season again, and your public library has helpful information to make the process less painful.  Use the links below to print tax forms, check on your refund status, or find an area tax preparation assistance site.

List of Senior Citizen and Low-Income Tax Assistance Sites
in Macomb County

Downloadable 2017 Income Tax Forms
Internal Revenue Service 2017 Federal Tax Forms

Michigan 2017 Income Tax Forms

City of Detroit 2017 Income Tax Forms

Tax Refund Inquiries
To check on the status of your federal tax refund, click here.
To check on the status of your Michigan tax refund, click here.

Important Contact Information

To request IRS tax forms to be mailed to you, call:
(800) 829-3676 (available M-F 8:00 am – 8:00 pm).
Your local IRS office is located at:
500 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI 48226
(313) 628-3722
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To request Michigan tax forms to be mailed to you:
Current and prior year Michigan tax forms may be obtained by one of the following methods: Downloading the desired form from our web site or by calling 1-800-827-4000 and placing your request. Please allow 30 days for forms to be mailed.

These services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Your local Michigan Department of Treasury Field Office is located at:
41300 Dequindre, Suite 200
Sterling Heights MI 48314
(586) 997-0801

Field office staff do not provide tax return preparation assistance. Offices shown as having ‘LIMITED ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE” have staff who will answer general questions, accept payments and distribute current year forms.

New Bicentennial Book Now Available

The City of Mount Clemens has released a new commemorative history book entitled Capital of Macomb: A Bicentennial History of Mount Clemens, Michigan, 1818-2018. The new book is issued in anticipation of the city’s upcoming bicentennial observance in 2018.

During 2018, the city will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its platting by Christian Clemens and its establishment as the Macomb County seat. Planning is now underway for a variety of public events to commemorate the historic milestone.

Deborah Larsen, who is assistant director and local history librarian at Mount Clemens Public Library, wrote Capital of Macomb for the city’s bicentennial planning committee. The 40-page book presents a broad overview of the historical events that shaped the city over the past two centuries. It is illustrated in color with more than 50 images, some never previously published. Copies are $15 each, and all proceeds from sales of the book will be used to help defray costs of next year’s bicentennial events.

“This book is a perfect souvenir of our bicentennial celebration,” said Mount Clemens Mayor Barb Dempsey. “It would also make a lovely gift for family and friends who grew up in Mount Clemens but now live in other places. It reconnects them with home.”

Copies of Capital of Macomb are available for purchase at the library’s checkout desk. Anyone who does not live locally and wishes to order a copy by mail may call 586-469-6818, extension 315 to order a copy from the City of Mount Clemens.

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased offer online homework help in over 40 subject areas from qualified tutors through Tutor.com.  This new service is available for students enrolled in grades K-12 or the first two years of college.  Any cardholder from our library may access the free tutoring service online between the hours of 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily.

How does it work? Just sign in to the Tutor.com site with a library card and pin number.  Click on the button to connect with a tutor and answer a couple of questions about your grade level and the type of homework assignment you are working on. You will then be placed in a virtual classroom with a qualified tutor for your subject area and grade.  As you chat with the tutor, your session will be recorded, and you and your parent may review the recording or transcript of your tutoring session at any time.  You may also upload reports, research papers and other assignments that you are working on to have a tutor review them and make suggestions for improvement.

Tutor.com is free to use, and it operates in a safe environment. Tutors are thoroughly tested in their subject areas before being employed by Tutor.com. They will not give answers to students, but will guide them through the material and help them to understand it and reach answers on their own.  Only first names are  used during sessions, and tutors never have contact with students outside of the virtual classroom.

Explore Tutor.com by clicking here, or use the Tutor.com button on the left side of the library’s web page.

Download E-books Free!

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the library’s downloadable e-book collection.  Whether you are at the beach or relaxing in a hammock in your own backyard, you can use your library card to select from thousands of current and popular titles in our e-book catalog.  All you need is a library card and an Internet-connected personal device such as a tablet, laptop, smartphone or e-book reader.

Click on the Downloads link on our library web site menu and select Overdrive E-Books and Audiobooks.  You’ll see a full catalog of fiction and non-fiction for all reading tastes.  To manage your selections more easily on portable devices, download the Libby Overdrive app from your app store.

As always, your library staff will be happy to answer any questions you have about using this free service.

Happy Reading!

Macomb Cable Network and Mount Clemens Public Library Win State History Award

state-award-emblem-for-webMount Clemens Public Library and Macomb Cable Network (MCN) are pleased to announce that they have been selected as the winner of the 2016 State History Award in the media category for their jointly-created local history video series, A Minute of Your Time.

A Minute of Your Time presents local history topics in a one-minute format.  The series currently includes 41 episodes on a variety of local history topics, and airs during segments of MCN’s award-winning Bath City Beat program on local access cable channels across Macomb County.  The episodes are also available online from Bath City Beat’s YouTube channel.

Staff and student producers at MCN create the episodes from scripts and source materials drawn from the historical collections of Mount Clemens Public Library.  Several local civic leaders have also participated in the project by lending their voices to the narration of some of the segments.

To view the videos in the series, click here.  To view an episode guide to the available videos, click here.

The Historical Society of Michigan presents State History Awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The awards recognize the excellence of achievement  in the collection, preservation, and/or promotion of state and local history in a variety of categories, and are the highest recognition presented by the state’s official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

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