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Family History Sleuth: Getting Started with Genealogy

With so much information available online and at the library, getting started on your family history has never been easier. Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will highlight the tools available to help sleuth out your long, lost relatives. This program will explore key resources, including census records and newspapers, online tools and databases to assist you in your research, and successful strategies for finding your elusive ancestors. Join us July 24th at 7:00 PM.

Happy Birthday Wrigley Field!

Chicago's Wrigley Field opened 100 years ago today on April 23,baseball 1914. It has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916, and is the oldest active National League baseball park. The American League's Fenway Park in Boston is the oldest overall, having opened on April 20, 1912.


A nice little place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at one hundred by George F. Will


Wrigley Field: a celebration of the friendly confines by photos by Stephen Green ; text by Mark Jacob ; foreword by Ernie Banks


100 years of Wrigley Field [videodisc] by producer, Major League Baseball Production ; writer, Jeff Scott

Strange But True!

To quote Mark Twain "Truth is stranger than fiction..." and the following titles are certainly proof of that!

Lord Minimus: the extraordinary life of Britain's smallest man by Nick Page — Th true story of Jeffrey Hudson, the 18-inch "official dwarf" of the 17th century Stuart court.


The last alchemist: Count Cagliostro, master of magic in the age of reason by Iain McCalman — A fascinating account of the career of one of the most famous charlatans of the 18th century, Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, who traveled all over Europe - usually one step ahead of the authorities - passing himself off as an alchemist and a healer.


Agent Zigzag: a true story of Nazi espionage, love, and betrayal by Ben MacIntyre — Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced.

Turn!

The new AMC drama Turn, starring Jamie Bell, tells the thrilling story of America's first spy ring during the Revolutionary War.  Known as the Culper RIng, it was made up of a farmer and his childhood friends in and around Long Island, New York. Based on the book Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose, the drama was created and written by Michigan's own Craig Silverstein. For more  on this topic try some of these resources:

George Washington's secret six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger


Unlikely allies: how a merchant, a playwright, and a spy saved the American Revolution by Joel Richard Paul


Nathan Hale: the life and death of America's first spy by M. William Phelps

Women's History Month

Pioneering women who led and won struggles for equality and civil rights; created and advanced educational and professional opportunities; and made great contributions to the arts, sciences and humanistic causes are honored each year during the month of March — National Women's History Month.

General History

Chronology of women worldwide: people, places & events that shaped women's history by Lynne Brakeman, editor ; Susan Gall, managing editor

Extraordinary women of the Medieval and Renaissance world: a biographical dictionary by Carole Levin ... [et al.]

Notable Black American women by Jessie Carney Smith, editor

Notable women in world government by edited by the editors of Salem Press

The reader's companion to U.S. women's history by editors, Wilma Mankiller ... [et al.]

Great Michigan Read: Annie's Ghosts

Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie's Ghosts the highly popular 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read, will be speaking at various sites throughout metro Detroit in May.

5/21   11:30AM at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit
5/21   7:00PM at  Holocaust Memorial Center
5/22   10:00AM at Westland Public Library
5/22    7:00PM at Rust Belt Market in Ferndale

UoM Family Reading and Science Program III

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, March 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the balance", participants will find out what can happen if the food chain comes undone? In the circle of life there is a delicate balance of predators and prey, each keeping the other in check. This workshop will explore how we monitor the health of those relationships and what we can do to maintain the balance. Registration begins on February 24.

Cultural Expo Open House

The Cultural Expo open house will be presenting information from cultures all over the world, some well known and some not. Every country will have an activity, from coloring pages to puppets. Other countries will have traditional food with the recipes available if you love the food and want to make some at home. Countries represented will be Korea, Germany, India, Honduras, Poland and others!!
Join us on Saturday, March 22 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM as a team of National Honor Society students teach about and celebrate cultures from around the world.
[Savoir-Vivre International flag endpapers by Crosset Library in licensed under CC BY-SA2.0]

More Documentaries for Black History Month

The abolitionists [videodisc] by written, directed, and produced by Rob Rapley


Citizen King [videodisc] by a ROJA Productions film for American experience ; in association with the BBC and WGBH Boston


The fight [videodisc] by produced by Barak Goodman


Jesse Owens [videodisc] by a Firelight Films production for American Experience in association with WDR ; produced and directed by Laurens Grant ; written and produced by Stanley Nelson


Letters from Jackie [videodisc]: the private thoughts of Jackie Robinson by MLB Productions


The march [videodisc]: the story of the greatest march in American history by produced by Smoking Dogs Films U.K