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Explore the World with CultureGrams

CultureGrams is an online database that features detailed information on over 200 countries.  Learn more about the peoples of other continents, or explore our neighbors to the North, South, East or West with the States and Provinces Editions, which tour the U.S. and Canada. 

Pure Michigan Travel

Michigan's motto declares: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." With that in mind,  take some time to explore the natural beauty and wonder of our great state with the resources listed below. For more ideas explore the Pure Michigan website.

Of woods and water: a photographic journey across Michigan by Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan ; foreword by Dave Dempsey


The paddler's guide to Michigan by Jeff Counts


Hiking Michigan by Roger E. Storm, Susan M. Wedzel


Belle Isle to 8 Mile: an insider's guide to Detroit by edited by Andy Linn, Emily Linn and Rob Linn

Detroit Fiction

Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson


Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer


Trigger man: more tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels


See what I see by Gloria Whelan


The dollmaker by Harriette Arnow

Michigan in Song

music notes: music notesCheck out some of these tunes that mention Michigan or its cities:

Michigan Historical Fiction


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson — Detroit, 1912.


The Detroit electric scheme by D. E. Johnson — Detroit, 1910.


The expeditions: a novel by Karl Iagnemma — Michigan Territory, 1844.


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer — Detroit, 1967.


Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick — Detroit, mid-1970s.


The mercy killers: a novel by Lisa Reardon — Ypsilanti, 1967.

Detroit ... Remember When?

Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area has fond memories of the people, places and things that formed their childhood. Some are still with us but others have disappeared into history. Whatever the case, take a trip back in time and revisit them right now!

Hudson's: Detroit's legendary department store by Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon


Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker


From Soupy to nuts: a history of Detroit television by Tim Kiska


Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum


Detroit's Belle Isle: island park gem by Michael Rodriguez and Thomas Featherstone

Michigan Born!

michigan: michiganMichigan is the birth place of many illustrious figures in all walks of life. The state can claim innumerable artists, actors, authors, sportsmen, scientists, musicians, innovators as native sons and daughters. Here are just a few!

Michigan at the Movies

Check out some of these films set in Michigan!

Anatomy of a murder [videodisc] by Columbia ; Otto Preminger presents — Upper Peninsula

The road to Wellville [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures — Battle Creek

Semi-pro [videodisc] by New Line Cinema presents a Mosaic Media Group production — Flint

Answer this! [videodisc] by Wrekin Hill Entertainment and ; Neka Films present ; produced by Mike Farah, Anna Wenger ; written & directed by Christopher Farah — Ann Arbor

Zebrahead [videodisc] by an Ixtlan Production ; Triumph Releasing Corporation — Detroit

Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Documentary Detroit

Detropia [videodisc] by Loki Films presents ; in association with Ford Foundation/Justfilms and ITVS, Impact Partners and Vital Projects ; produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady


Detroit [videodisc]: remember when by produced by WTVS in association with the Detroit Historical Society and Museums


The Hudson's building [videodisc] by an Urban Gralic production ; presented by Public Benefit Corporation


Searching for Sugar Man [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Classics release of a Red Box Films/Passion Pictures production in association with Canfield Pictures and the Documentary Co. ; produced by Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul ; written and directed by Malik Bendjelloul


Henry Ford [videodisc]


Burn (DVD) [videorecording]

Michigan Authors

Michigan: MichiganMichigan is home to many noted authors. Whether native born or longtime residents, writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry, the following authors have produced a remarkable body of work.

Foodie Fiction

Delicious!: a novel by Ruth Reichl

The recipe box by Sandra Lee

The girls' guide to love and supper clubs by Dana Bate

John Saturnall's feast by Lawrence Norfolk

How to eat a cupcake: a novel by Meg Donohue

A place at the table by Susan Rebecca White

Show Me the Cookbook: TV Programs and Chefs

Wacky Food Books

Foodie Romances

Currant Creek Valley by RaeAnne Thayne

Hot under pressure by Louisa Edwards

A Madaris bride for Christmas by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson

You're the one by Robin Kaye

Burning down the spouse by Dakota Cassidy

Harvest moon by Robyn Carr

Book Bundles

Looking for a book (or audiobook or movie) to complete a badge? Come into the library and grab a bundle. Bundles are two or three similar items which we've bundled together. Maybe they are read-alikes for a popular author, or perhaps they all share a theme.  Convenient and fun--pick one up today!

Chow Down Streaming Movies for Adults

Mostly martha [electronic resource] — The head chef at a chic restaurant, Martha has no time for anything - or anyone - else. But, Martha's solitary life is shaken when a fateful accident brings her sister's eight-year-old daughter, Lina, to her doorstep.


A wedding for bella [electronic resource] — By day Dominic Pyzola is a corporate raider and by night an Italian pastry chef. Upon learning that his upstairs neighbor and surrogate mother, Bella, has fallen seriously ill, he determines to see Bella's long time dream come true by marrying Bella's daughter.


Love's kitchen [electronic resource] — Rob Haley, an up-and-coming chef and restaurateur in London, is grief-stricken when he loses his wife. With encouragement from his infamous friend and real life TV Chef Gordon Ramsay, Rob decides to spice up his life by turning a run-down country pub into a gourmet restaurant.


Burger town [electronic resource] by Scott Entertainment ; producer, Steve Sobel ; directors, Dann Linck, Gary Licker — A tasty, colorful tour of the Los Angeles burger and Drive-In scene that also traces its Americana roots from post World War II through the 1990s.

Foodie Films and TV Shows

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film — A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.


Julie & Julia [videodisc] — Julia Child's life is intertwined with the life of Julie Powell who decides to cook every recipe in Child's book "Mastering the art of French cooking" over the course of one year.


Chocolat [videodisc] by Miramax Films ; produced by David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran ; screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs ; directed by Lasse Hallström — A single mother opens a chocolate shop in rural France - with Sunday hours -  and meets resistance from the rigidly moral community. But, as the townspeople discover their delicious products, attitudes change.


Waitress [videodisc] by Night and Day Pictures — A young married waitress who bakes wonderful pies discovers that she is pregnant, and as she begins to write letters to her child her life begins to change.

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