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Pure Michigan

Michigan is filled with mysteries, myths and majesty. See everyone's favorite places that vividly show the state's uniqueness. Get familiar with our great state, our endless freshwater coastline, and our major destination cites throughout the state. Let us celebrate Michigan. Welcome to a better state — Pure Michigan

Route 66, the Mother Road

It's summertime, and it's traveling time. There is no other highway in the world that has captured the hearts and minds of travelers than Route 66, the 2,448 miles of highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles. My daughter recently took on this challenge and drove on stretches of this road. Parts of the road have long fallen into disrepair, but some roadside establishments that made it famous still exist. Whether you want to embark on a cross country trip or take on a sentimental journey, we have videos and books just right for you. Check out the many library materials on this famous route!

Winter Outlook

What will the weather be like this winter? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center has made weather predictions in their Winter Outlook.
[Photo courtesy of AccuNet/AP Photo.]

No More Jellyfish, Chickens or Wimps: Raising Secure, Assertive Kids in a Tough World

No more jellyfish, chickens, or wimps : raising secure, assertive kids in a tough world by Paul Coughlin — Through showing parents how to avoid over-parenting and how to instill the glorifying virtues of toughness, wisdom, and courage, Coughlin presents a clearer picture of Jesus—not just the "meek and mild" side often presented in churches today.

Online, Web-only TV Series

"Clark and Michael" originated as Clark Dukes' film school project. Its premise is two guys trying to get their TV pilot made. The show, a Web-only series, caught the attention of CBS executives and is now being produced by CBS. It is the most streamed CBS Interactive series and has been nominated for several "TV Guide" Online Video Awards. Check it out at Clark and Michael.

Today in Religious History, November 24th

  • 1703 — In Philadelphia, German-born pastor and hymnwriter Justus Falckner, 31, became the first Lutheran clergyman to be ordained in America
  • 1713 — Birth of Father Junipero Serra, Spanish missionary to western America. From 1769, he established 9 of the first 21 Franciscan missions founded along the Pacific coast, and baptized some 6,000 Indians before his death in 1784. For more on him, see Serra Junipero in our catalog
  • 1838 — Canadian Sulpician missionary Franois Blanchet, 43, first arrived in the Oregon Territory. A native of Quebec, he spent 45 years planting churches in the American Northwest, and is remembered today as the "Apostle of Oregon."
  • 1880 — In Montgomery, AL, more than 150 delegates from Baptist churches in 11 states met to form the Baptist Foreign Missions Convention of the United States.