Get FREE access to online classes and meetups courtesy of the MDHHS Aging and Adult Services Agency. The state agency has teamed up with a website called GetSetUp to help you safely and securely learn new skills and interact with peers over the internet. GetSetUp offers live meetings with older adults from near and far. You can learn things like how to use ZOOM for a family gathering or videochat with other folks about local sports or crafting.

Follow these steps to join the service:

  1. Make sure you have an email address as well as a camera and microphone on your computer. You can also use a smartphone or a tablet.
  2. Go to the website getsetup.io/michigan. You should see the MDHHS logo in the right-hand corner.
  3. Start browsing the classes and meetups. Click the blue "Register Now" button to sign up for a session. You can just sign up for individual sessions or you can create an account to track your activity. You can also sign up to get emails about upcoming classes.
  4. The majority of classes are free. If you see a class that has a fee, you can enter the coupon code MICHIGANHEALTH to waive the fee for most classes. 
  5. We recommend you start out with the "New Member Orientation" at this web address: getsetup.io/details/new-member-orientation

If you have any questions, there is an email address and toll-free phone number at the top of the GetSetUp webpage. Please take advantage of this fun and innovative service.

History is being made every day--for better and for worse. To take a look back in time, check out some of the new books gracing the library's history shelves.

Charismatic, brilliant, and courageous, Eldridge Cleaver built a base of power and influence that struck fear deep in the heart of White America. It was therefore shocking to many left-wing radicals when Cleaver turned his back on Black revolution, the Nation of Islam, and communism in 1975. 

How can we make sense of Cleaver's precipitous decline from a position as one of America's most vibrant Black writers and activists? And how do his contradictory identities as criminal, party leader, international diplomat, Christian conservative, and Republican politician reveal that he was more than just a traitor to the advancement of civil rights?  

Author Justin Gifford obtained exclusive access to declassified files from the French police, the American embassy, and the FBI, as well as Kathleen Cleaver's archive, to answer these questions about a man far more compelling and complex than anyone has given him credit for.  

Here is the many-faceted, world-historically significant story of Britain at war. In looking closely at the military and political dimensions of the conflict's first crucial years, Alan Allport tackles questions such as: Could the war have been avoided? Could it have been lost? Were the strategic decisions the rights ones? How well did the British organize and fight? How well did the British live up to their own values? What difference did the war make in the end to the fate of the nation?

In answering these and other essential questions he focuses on the human contingencies of the war, weighing directly at the roles of individuals and the outcomes determined by luck or chance. Moreover, he looks intimately at the changes in wartime British society and culture. Britain at Bay draws on a large cast of characters--from the leading statesmen and military commanders who made the decisions, to the ordinary men, women, and children who carried them out and lived through their consequences--in a comprehensible and compelling single history of forty-six million people. For better or worse, much of Britain today is ultimately the product of the experiences of 1938-1941.

Nonfiction Book Group: January

Join us Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away-until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story - from 100,000 years ago to the present.

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book and e-audiobook formats. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, January 16 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online Register

Looking for more books to read with a beach theme? Check out one of these titles below!

Informational Books

Ocean counting by Janet Lawler

Outside, the wind whistles; the temperature drops. You look skyward, and see the first white flakes of snow drifting gently towards the ground. It's the perfect time to curl up indoors with one of these wintry, snowy picture books listed below.

Sheltering in a cavern, Chirri and Chirra enjoy sweet treats, a game of marbles, soaking in a hot spring, and a comfortable rest in an igloo that is just the right size.

First snow by Nancy Viau

Friends gather outside to celebrate the first snowfall of the season with snowball fights, sledding, building igloos, drinking hot chocolate, and making the most of a windy, wintry day.

We currently have a job opening with our Circulation Services Department for the Page position. For complete details please visit our jobs/volunteer page.

The Assassin's Creed games take historical events and give them a fantasy twist. In Assassin's Creed Valhalla you play as a Viking raider looking for a new home in 9th Century England. Check out one of the following books below to learn the history behind the characters and stories you encounter in the game. 

The age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth

The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships to explore. The Age of the Vikings tells the full story of this exciting period in history.

The Vikings : a history by 1948- Robert Ferguson

Presents a history of the Nordic warriors and explorers who plundered and traded their way across Europe, and discusses how their conquests helped spread and enhance accomplishments in the arts, culture, and government.

orange background with mandala designs that says "Happy Diwali"

Diwali (also called Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights) is the biggest and most important celebration in India. The name originates from the row of clay lamps (diya or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes in the representation of the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This celebration is over 2,500 years old. This holiday is celebrated by Hindus mainly but is also enjoyed by non-Hindu communities too. Diwali takes place over 5 days in either October or November. This year it spans November 12- 16 with the main celebration day in the middle on November 14. 

To learn more, or to find some activities or materials to check out, keep scrolling down! 

Rangoli Decorations

November has been celebrated as Native American Heritage Month since 1990. Check out a book by a Native American author in the YA section to learn more about the culture, history, and lives of Native teens. 

Fiction

Apple in the middle by 1970- Dawn Quigley

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

- information from National Congress of American Indians

 

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