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Genealogy @ Your Library: FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org is a free searchable genealogical resource sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints. In addition to having billions of searchable records, it also has a vast amount of educational information regarding genealogy.  Join us as we explore this free family history treasure trove.

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With CPL's e-media services, you can bring e-books, movies, music and more to wherever you are, any time of the day. There are many ways to do it:

On your Smart Phone: Libby (OverDrive), Hoopla, or Cloud Library

All of our e-media services have apps available in the Google Play or Apple store, but due to the size of smartphone screens and the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, phones are great for audio. As portable entertainment, music or audiobooks are convenient when you're on the go, or busy around the house. (*Be sure to download items while connected to wi-fi. Items will delete when they are returned.)  ​We recommend: Hoopla offers both music and e-audiobooks, but audiobook aficionados will want to use Libby (OverDrive) and Cloud Library as well to maximize their options.

On Your E-Ink Reader: OverDrive or Cloud Library

The best bet for 21st century bookworms, e-ink e-readers such as the Kobo Clara HD or Kindle Paperwhite are portable, use very little battery power, and are easy on tired eyes. They don't support apps, reducing distractions so you can focus on reading. Take the library with you wherever you go! We recommended: Though Cloud Library content can be transferred to non-Kindle readers with the Windows app, OverDrive has the best selection of new e-books, and works with both Kindle and ePub formats. 

On Your Tablet or Kindle Fire: RBdigital Magazines

Tablets offer a mix between the portability of a smart phone and the screen size of a computer. iPads, Kindle Fires and other tablets are especially good for reading e-books or watching video. Tablet e-readers like the Kindle Fire also offer e-reader capabilities, as well as a wide selection of apps. As we mentioned above, you can find apps for our e-media services in your device's app store, so your options are wide open. ​We recommend: Tablets offer a lot of options, but we think the reading experience offered by RBdigital Magazines is great on larger tablets. 

On your TV: Hoopla or Kanopy

Sit back and relax with streaming video. There are a variety of ways to stream content to your TV, including devices like Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast, or directly connecting your TV to your computer with an HDMI cable. See this video from TechBoomers, or this article from CNET, for more information on how to send video from your computer to your television. We recommend: It's a toss-up. Kanopy has a great selection of foreign and independent film, as well as children's television. For British television or popular films, Hoopla is your best bet.

On Your Computer: Alexander Street Press

Fortunately, you can enjoy any of our services from your Mac or PC. All of our e-media services will run directly through your web browser. Enjoy-the world is your oyster! We recommend: Alexander Street Press offers great background music while you work, from Bach to Bossa Nova.

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Movies and music and e-books, oh my! We have something for everyone, whether you're an avid e-audiobook listener, a parent in search of family-friendly videos, an e-book fan working through a classic detective series, or someone looking for your favorite summer driving music, your CPL library card offers a wide variety for every type of reader (or listener, or watcher). If you are looking for...

The Newest E-Books: ​OverDrive 

Offering a large catalog of e-books and e-audiobooks, OverDrive also has the newest e-books. Read on your smartphone, Kindle, or other device, even on your computer. 

The Newest E-Audiobooks: Cloud Library 

Cloud Library has a selection of e-books and e-audiobooks, but its best content is the new e-audiobooks added every week. Listen on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. 

Always-Available E-Books, E-Audiobooks, and Comics: Hoopla

Offering thousands of titles, including high-resolution graphic novel pages, Hoopla content is always available. A great option for voracious readers who are working through long series or want to explore new authors.

Popular Magazines: ​Rbdigital Magazines 

Read current issues of popular magazines in high-resolution on your device with RBdigital. We recommend a tablet or laptop, for best viewing.

Movies and Television: ​Kanopy and Hoopla (Tie)

Hoopla's selection is much larger, and has a higher check out limit with something for everyone, while Kanopy specializes in independent film and world cinema. Both Kanopy and Hoopla also have great selections of quality children's video: for feature films we recommend Hoopla, while Kanopy offers a more impressive selection of children's television. 

Popular Music: Hoopla 

Hoopla lets you stream full albums from artists in every genre, including same-day new releases from top artists.

Runner Up: Alexander Street Press - If you like rare tracks, world music, jazz or classical music, Alexander Street Press is your destination for thousands of songs from around the world and throughout history. 

Virtual Town Hall flier

Residents of Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Livonia are invited to attend a Virtual Town Hall event on Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 - 8:00PM. This event will be co-hosted by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and Wayne County Commissioners Terry Marecki and Melissa Daub to address how the Prosecutor's Office is responding to COVID-19, increased instances of domestic violence during the Stay-at-Home Order, reducing the jail population, the Prosecutor's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and more.

To join the Virtual Town Hall on May 14, go to https://zoom.us/j/5485243984, or call 1-646-876-9923 and enter the following code: 5485243984#

For questions about the event, or to submit a question to be asked during the event, please email district10@waynecounty.com.

May 1, 1960.  An American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was shot down over Central Russia. Powers was tried, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released in exchange for an imprisoned Soviet spy.

May 2, 2011.  Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Forces during a raid on his secret compound in Pakistan.

May 4, 1886.  The Haymarket Square Riot occurred in Chicago after 180 police officers advanced on 1,300 persons gathered in the square listening to speeches of labor activists and anarchists. An incendiary device  thrown by an unknown person caused police to open fire and led to the death of several people, including eight policemen.

April 2, 1513.  Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon sighted Florida and claimed it for Spain. His landing site is now present day St. Augustine -  the oldest city in the continental United States.

April 2, 1792.  Congress established the first U.S. Mint in the city of Philadelphia.

The Cold War : a new history by John Lewis Gaddis

April 4, 1949. NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was created with the signing of a treaty by twelve nations united for common military defense against the threat of expansion by Soviet Russia into Western Europe.

Volunteers needed!

We are all eyewitnesses to history as it unfolds in this time of social distancing, toilet-paper hoarding, business closures and even Some Good News. This crisis is affecting us all in different ways. What is your story?

Please consider recording your daily experiences, thoughts, and feelings in diary form, either in writing or video, to submit to the COVID-19: Share Your Story project. The Library of Michigan is looking to collect and preserve these stories of daily lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic to provide future historians, researchers, and students with information and data on daily life in Michigan communities during this crisis.

Submit your story to Librarian@Michigan.gov. ​

For details, visit the Library of Michigan Share Your Story project website.  

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