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.

If you're filing for unemployment for the first time, it can be stressful and confusing. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has received an unprecedented amount of filers in the last several weeks do to the Covid-19 crisis, but offers some helpful information to help you get started. To learn who is eligible to file, check here.

How do I File a Claim?

You have two options to file a claim - by phone or online. To file by phone call 1-866-500-0017 and choose Option 1 ("to inquire about and file a claim" ). The phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The agency also has a call-back feature if you are on hold so that you don't have to remain on the line.

To file online go to and use the MiWAM (Michigan Web Account Manager) portal. Filing online should result in faster service, but although the website is open 24 hours a day, it is recommended to use it during off hours (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.) as the site has been operating slowly during peak hours.

What do I Need to File?

  • Social Security number
  • Your address, phone number, and date of birth
  • Employment information for the past 18 months (including your employer's name and address; your first and last day worked; and your gross earnings)
  • Driver's license or State ID 
  • If applicable, your Alien Registration Card and the expiration date of your work authorization 

How do I Get Paid?

You have two options for payment: direct deposit or debit card, but you must certify your eligibility every two weeks. To make that report you can:

  • Go online (the preferred method) to access your MiWAM account which is accessible  seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 
  • Call MARVIN (Michigan Automated Response Voice Interactive Network) at 1-866-638-3993 Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More questions?

You can find more tools and resources at www.michigan/gov/uia, including video tutorials, a fact sheet, and a MiWAM toolkit with step-by-step instructions for creating an account. Additional information can also be found in the links provided here:

Check out these new titles recently added to the Library's emedia Biography shelves.

The CDC recommends wearing a cloth mask in public settings when it is difficult to maintain social distancing. There are several easy ways to make your own mask - for those who have have some simple sewing skills, and for those who do not. The CDC provides clear instructions on everything from how to make a mask, the correct way to wear it, and how to clean it. Another good source of simple mask-making instructions can be found at Masks4All.

Although the Freep Film Festival has been postponed until December, documentary fans can still watch  some of the films that were to appear at the annual event during a virtual version of the festival this week. One film will be featured every day  between April 22-26 for free on In all, twelve  films will be shown. 

It's important to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, and if you must go out, to practice social distancing. But while we stay home, don't let fear and anxiety become overwhelming. Helpful advice is available from many resources, including the CDC, the American Heart Association, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, and WebMD. The library's emedia collection also contains many titles, a few of which are listed here.

Although baseball is out of action indefinitely, you can still follow the Detroit Tigers 2020 season! Simulated games are being played on MLB the Show 20 as provided by the Detroit Free Press. You can also visit to watch some classic baseball games of the past. Meanwhile, catch up on some good reading and listening with some of the titles available from the Library's ebook collections.

At a 1931 barnstorming exhibition game in Tennessee, a seventeen-year-old pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Her name was Jackie Mitchell-"organized baseball's first girl pitcher." On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax made baseball history by pitching his fourth perfect game. In July 1970, a stripper rushed onto the field at Riverfront Stadium to kiss Johnny Bench, temporarily disrupting a game attended by President Nixon and his family. These are just some of the great, quirky, and comic moments in the annals of baseball recorded in The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told.

The extraordinary story of the 1968 baseball season--when the game was played to perfection -even as the country was being pulled apart at the seams.