What We're Reading... October 2012

The days are getting shorter. Time to sit in front of the fire, reading a good book.

Mrs. Adams in winter: a journey in the last days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien

Do not ask what good we do: inside the U.S. House of Representatives by Robert Draper

The dark fields by Alan Glynn

The summer without men: a novel by Siri Hustvedt

Making piece: a memoir of love, loss, and pie by Beth M. Howard

Time was, Time is… September 2012

Look What's In Large Print: July 2012

Time was, Time is… June 2012

Social Security Statements Now Accessible Online

Workers who have paid into the Social Security system can now view their personalized earnings and benefits information with the launch of a new portal by the U.S. Social Security Administration. The new online Social Security Statement replaces the annual paper statement that was suspended for those between the ages of 25 and 60. Individuals 18 and older can register and create an account and once verified can access their statement and view benefits. In February Social Security resumed mailing paper Statements to workers age 60 and older if they are not already receiving Social Security benefits.

[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Great Michigan Read 2012

To wrap up this year’s Great Michigan Read, the Michigan Humanities Council will host a grand finale event on Monday, June 25 in Traverse City. This finale will be held at the Dennos Museum Center and feature Arc of Justice author Kevin Boyle. This will be an amazing event, providing an opportunity to reflect on the conversations and discussions generated by the Great Michigan Read throughout Michigan.

Tickets are available for $35 and $100. More information is available at the Michigan Humanities Council. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on the Council's Facebook page.

SEMCOG Seeking Comment

SEMCOG seeks public comment on projects proposed for 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a list of roadway and transit projects selected as priorities for funding by cities, county road commissions, transit agencies, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. The public comment period officially began on March 27, 2012 and will end with Executive Committee action on April 27, 2012.

The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012 is drawing to a close. This year's selection has inspired displays and discussions across the states in public libraries and schools. The author, Kevin Boyle, received his undergraduate degree from University of Detroit-Mercy and his doctorate from University of Michigan. He is presently teaching at Ohio State University. Arc of Justice won the National Book Award in 2004 and was named Michigan Notable Book in 2005.

Arc of justice: a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle — the story of a Detroit physician of African-American descent, his family, and trying to move up in the world. The consequences of purchasing a home in a Detroit, middle-class neighborhood in 1925 by Dr. Sweet were terrifying and not a shining moment in Detroit's history.


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