Community Conversation @ Your Library!

Make sure you stop by Monday, October 28th at 7pm!

We will be having a Community Conversation regarding the upcoming renovation of the Children’s Area, as well as getting ideas about other improvements that can be made to the library to increase your experiences!

Light refreshments will be served and we hope to see you there and get your invaluable input!

Increased materials!

We are pleased to announce that starting on July 1, 2019, you will see a drastic increase in the amount of new materials that the library will be purchasing!

By doing so, you will see a dramatic decrease in your wait for many new books and movies, including through Overdrive!

Please remember that you can make suggestions for purchase at the Circulation Desk and we will have a special form on our new website that will allow you to suggest titles through there!

New Website Coming!


We know this page has been a little slow lately, but that’s because we have big news! By the end of Summer (August 2019), there will be a new and improved website here for your use. This website will be a combination of modern and traditional sites to give our users the best possible experience and allow for users to get access to their account and databases easier!

Thank you for bearing with our growing pains through this next few months, but we guarantee that the end result will be worth it!

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.