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All Around Michigan

Take a tour of our great state and learn about some of its many interesting communities.

Ann Arbor observed: selections from Then & now by Grace Shackman

Lost Ann Arbor by Susan Cee Wineberg

Cadillac: vintage postcard memoirs by Debra Bricault

The Caro area by Marcia M. Dievendorf, Patricia E. Frazer, and Mark O. Keller for the Caro Area District Library

Vintage views of the Charlevoix-Petoskey region by M. Christine Byron & Thomas R. Wilson

Dearborn, Michigan by Craig Hutchison and Kimberly Rising ; Dearborn Historical Museum, City of Dearborn

National Cherry Festival

This year's National Cherry Festival takes place June 29 to July 6 in Traverse City. Along with the numerous cherry delights, the festival includes cruises, parades, live music, arts & crafts, and family events. Scheduled to appear live are Edgar Winter, Aaron Tippin, Foreigner, and Styx. Earning your My Mitten badge couldn't be any easier - or more fun!

Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula: hand-altered polaroid photographs by Cynthia Davis


Traverse City: from farmstead to lakeshore by Thomas Kachadurian

In Old New York

Take a walk back in history to the New York City of the 1870s, '80s and '90s where you will encounter the Astors and Vanderbilts, Diamond Jim Brady, Boss Tweed, Stanford White, and Teddy Roosevelt:

American passage: the history of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato

The architect of desire: beauty and danger in the Stanford White family by Suzannah Lessard

The blizzard of '88 by Mary Cable

Boss Tweed: the rise and fall of the corrupt pol who conceived the soul of modern New York by Kenneth D. Ackerman

Commissioner Roosevelt: the story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City police, 1895-1897 by H. Paul Jeffers

Harborfest 2013

Celebrate South Haven's maritime history at this year's Harborfest celebration. Festivities include food, crafts, boat racing and a Renaissance festival, and run from June 20 to the 23rd.  Have fun and earn your My Mitten badge at the same time.

Maritime South Haven: 1900-1950 by Michigan Maritime Museum

Automotive Hall of Fame

Learn about the pioneers of the auto industry through visual and interactive exhibits at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. Located next door to the Henry Ford Museum, it opened in 1997. A fun and informative way to earn your My Mitten badge.

The Ford century: Ford Motor Company and the innovations that shaped the world by Russ Banham ; foreword by Paul Newman

The American auto factory by Byron Olsen and Joseph Cabadas ; foreword by Ben Hamper

Riding the roller coaster: a history of the Chrysler Corporation by Charles K. Hyde

Billy Durant: creator of General Motors by Lawrence R. Gustin

Hydroplane Racing on the Detroit River

Watch Unlimited Hydroplanes race on the Detroit River at speeds close to 200 miles an hour at this year's APBA Gold Cup Race. This year's event runs July 13-14 and is a great way to earn your My Mitten badge.

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

Time Travel to the Great Battles of the Civil War

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863. Travel back in time and learn more about the battles of the war that literally tore our country apart:

The bonfire: the siege and burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman

Chancellorsville, 1863: the souls of the brave by Ernest B. Furgurson

Dissonance: the turbulent days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run by David Detzer

Donnybrook: the Battle of Bull Run, 1861 by David Detzer

From Winchester to Cedar Creek: the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864 by Jeffry D. Wert

Eyewitness History

Be there with the history makers!

The beauty and the sorrow: an intimate history of the First World War by Peter Englund ; translated by Peter Graves

Berlin diary: the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941 by William L. Shirer ; with a new foreword by Gordon A. Craig

Blue-eyed child of fortune: the Civil War letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw by edited by Russell Duncan

Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission ; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain ; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]

Dispatches from the front: the American war correspondent by Nathaniel Lande

Michigan Modern

Visit the new exhibit at the Cranbook Art Museum and earn your My Mitten badge! Opening June 14, Michigan Modern: design that shaped America celebrates our state's contributions to modern design, including the architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki. The exhibit will be available until October 13. The Cranbrook Art Museum is also part of this year's Michigan Activity Pass program.

Ford Fireworks

fireworks: fireworksCelebrate our nation's birthday and earn your My Mitten badge at the Detroit Ford Fireworks display on June 24 at 10:00 PM. The 55th annual event takes place along the Detroit River and Hart Plaza. For more fireworks display in Wayne County click here.

Electric Forest Festival

The 2013 Electric Forest Festival takes place this year in Rothbury, Michigan from June 27-30. This year's performers include The String Cheese Incident, Passion Pit, Yeasayer and Pretty Lights. Click here for directions and have a great time earning your My Mitten badge.

100 Best Written TV Series

tv: tvThe Writers Guild of America recently announced their list of the 100 Best Written TV Series of all time. The Top 25 includes such favorites as  The Sopranos, SeinfeldAll in the Family, The West Wing, Friday Night Lights, and Mad Men. The complete list can be found here.

Honoring Veterans

Two days have been set aside to honor the memory of those who have served America in the armed forces:

The resources below are a good way to learn about our nation's armed conflicts and honor the memory of those who served to protect our nation.

Women Veterans

America's first woman warrior: the courage of Deborah Sampson by Lucy Freeman and Alma Halbert Bond — The biography of the only woman soldier to fight in the Revolutionary War.

Movies for Earth Day

Earth Day: Earth DayAlthough Earth Day is officially celebrated once a year on April 22, the Library has a great collection of environmentally-themed documentaries that are available all year round. From wildlife to climate change, from recycling to alternate energy, we have it covered! Check out just some of the titles below:

Beyond pollution [videodisc] by directed by Barker White — Examines the economic impact and health effects that the disastrous BP oil spill will have on local communities both immediately and long term.


Climate of doubt [videodisc]: the politics of global warming by written by John Hockenberry, Catherine Upin ; directed by Catherine Upin — An examination of the shift in political attitudes towards global warming in the United States.


Collapse [videodisc] — The economic predictions of investigative journalist Michael Ruppert regarding the possible global financial meltdown and major social change that could result if oil dependence continues unabated.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees 2013

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will induct its new members for 2013 on April 18. The inductees are Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, and Albert King. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Lou Adler and Quincy Jones. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Ordinary girl: the journey by Donna Summer ; with Marc Eliot