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Happy Birthday to our Nation's Capital!

fireworksOn July 16, 1790, President George Washington signed the Residence Act, officially approving the creation of a capital district to be located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast. According to the U.S. Constitution, Washington, D.C. is not part of any state, but is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress. Virginia and Maryland both donated land to form the capital district which was named in honor of our first president.

Through a fiery trial: building Washington, 1790-1800 by Bob Arnebeck

Washington: the making of the American capital by Fergus M. Bordewich

Washington burning: how a Frenchman's vision of our nation's capital survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the invading British Army by Les Standiford

Royal Baby Watch

Have you caught Royal Baby Fever? Are you anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge? How about a little royal reading to keep you occupied until we hear the big announcement!

William and Kate: a royal love story by Christopher Andersen

William & Kate: a royal love story

William & Catherine: a royal wedding by Andrew Motion

Elizabeth the Queen: the life of a modern monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

Prince Philip: the turbulent early life of the man who married Queen Elizabeth II by Philip Eade

Philip and Elizabeth : portrait of a royal marriage by Gyles Brandreth

Book Club Choices: July 2013

Ten Books Every American Should Read...

Common sense by Thomas Paine

1776 by David McCullough

Founding brothers: the revolutionary generation by Joseph J. Ellis

The Declaration of Independence by illustrated and inscribed by Sam Fink

Animal farm by George Orwell ; preface by Russell Baker ; introduction by C.M. Woodhouse

1984: a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm

The Star-Spangled Banner by Spier, Peter

Look What's In Large Print July 2013

In celebration of our nation's 237th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the Battle at Gettysburg...

American creation [Large print]: triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis

Benjamin Franklin [large print] by Edmund S. Morgan

Bunker Hill [large print]: a city, a siege, a revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

The killer angels [Large print] by Michael Shaara

Samuel Adams [Large print]: a life by Ira Stoll

Battle of Gettysburg for Tweens and Teens

150 Years ago, the battle of Gettyburg was just ending today. Learn more about this historic and bloody battle while earning badges for Connect Your Summer.

You wouldn't want to be a Civil War soldier!: a war you'd rather not fight by written by Thomas Ratliff ; illustrated by David Antram ; created and designed by David Salariya

The Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Carin T. Ford

The Battle of Gettysburg: would you lead the fight? by Elaine Landau

Tillie Pierce: teen eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg by Tanya Anderson

Two miserable presidents: everything your schoolbooks didn't tell you about the Civil War by Steve Sheinkin ; illustrated by Tim Robinson

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Heroes of the American Revolution

gwflagms.jpgWe all know about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and their contributions to our country's beginnings, but there are plenty of other figures who should also be remembered. Read about some of them below:

Lafayette by Harlow Giles Unger

Samuel Adams: a life by Ira Stoll

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

Tom Paine: a political life by John Keane

Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg which was fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863 in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Approximately 51,000 soldiers from both sides were killed, wounded, or captured during the battle considered a turning point of the war. At the end of the third day, General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate army was forced to retreat back to Virginia. Four months later, on November 19, President Lincoln dedicated the Soldiers National Cemetery at the site with the historic speech that came to be known as the Gettysburg Address.


Time was...time is July 2013

The Americans: the national experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

America, a history in art: the American journey told by painters, sculptors, photographers, and architects by W.G Scheller

The photograph and the American dream, 1840-1940 by Foreword, William Jefferson Clinton ; American notes, Charles Dickens; essays, Stephen White and Andreas Blühm

Eyes of the nation: a visual history of the United States by Vincent Virga and curators of the Library of Congress ; with Alan Brinkley

Witness to America: an illustrated documentary history of the United States from the Revolution to today by Stephen Ambrose & Douglas Brinkley, [editors]

Michigan Art & Architecture

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex

Art Deco in Detroit by Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski

Art in Detroit public places by text by Dennis Nawrocki ; photographs by David Clements

Buildings of Michigan by Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Artists of early Michigan: a biographical dictionary of artists native to or active in Michigan, 1701-1900 by compiled by Arthur Hopkin Gibson ; research assistants, Beverly Bassett and Jean Spang

Marshall M. Fredericks, sculptor by edited by Suzanne P. Fredericks ; introductory essay by Edgar P. Richardson ; foreword by Sammuel Sachs II ; researched and compiled by Marcy Heller Fisher ; with contributions by Barbara Heller ... [et al.]

Ethnic Michigan

Michigan has a rich history of ethnic diversity. Early European explorers were met by the most populous Native American tribes of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and the Ojibwa (or Chippewa) people. Later, in the 17th century, the French voyageurs explored and settled in Michigan. These included Etienne Brule, Jacques Marquette, and Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit. However, over time large populations of various European, Middle Eastern, and Asian ethnicities have emigrated to our state. Find out more about the people who have contributed to Michigan's growth and culture.

Arab Americans in Metro Detroit: a pictorial history by Anan Ameri ; Yvonne Lockwood

Arab Americans in Michigan by Rosina J. Hassoun

Chaldeans in Michigan by Mary C. Sengstock

Even More Fascinating Michigan History

More Fascinating Michigan History

Michigan remembered: photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, 1936- 1943 by edited by Constance B. Schulz ; with introductory essays by Constance B. Schulz and William H. Mulligan, Jr

Father Abraham's children: Michigan episodes in the Civil War by Frank B. Woodford ; new foreword by Arthur M. Woodford

A drive down memory lane: the named state and federal highways of Michigan by LeRoy Barnett

The Potawatomis, keepers of the fire by R. David Edmunds

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan by Michael R. Federspiel

Lumberjack: inside an era in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by William S. Crowe ; editors, Lynn McGlothlin Emerick, Ann McGlothlin Weller

Detroit ... Remember When?

Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area has fond memories of the people, places and things that formed their childhood. Some are still with us but others have disappeared into history. Whatever the case, take a trip back in time and revisit them right now!

Hudson's: Detroit's legendary department store by Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon


Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker


From Soupy to nuts: a history of Detroit television by Tim Kiska


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


Detroit's Belle Isle: island park gem by Michael Rodriguez and Thomas Featherstone

Mysterious Michigan

Fascinating Michigan History

Michigan Notable Books 2013

Michigan: MichiganThe Michigan Notable Books program annually selects 20 of the most notable volumes published that year that best reflect the state's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences. Most of the winning titles can be found in the Library's collection. From fiction to nonfiction, the following list offers a variety of choices:

American Poet by Vande Zande, Jeff


The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan: a Quaternary and Recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman


Bear has a story to tell by written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead


The boy governor: Stevens T. Mason and the birth of Michigan politics by Don Faber