The Alma Public Library will be sponsoring a "book discussion" lead by local author, ROBERT VIVIAN, on Wednesday, May 04, 7PM, in the Library's Smith Meeting Room. Dr. Vivian, a member of the Alma College English Department faculty, will be discussing his new book MYSTERY MY COUNTRY. Bob Vivian has presented previous programs at the library with much success. His discussions are informative and encourage interaction with his audiences. Copies of the new release will be available for purchase. Definitely, mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 04, 7PM...you have a date at the Alma Public Library for an evening of entertainment and new perspectives with Dr. Bob Vivian! Refreshments will be served.
The Library has been able to access digitized issues of the Alma Record from 05 June, 1885 through 02 April 1914. This access is through the CHRONICLING AMERICA website, which provides information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. This collection is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment For the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC). The program is a long-term effort to provide an Internet-based searchable database of U.S. newspapers. The Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, is a local partner is this effort, and will be working to do more digitizing of our local newspaper resources. There is a "hot" link from the above "Digitized Alma Record" to the newspaper database located at the Chronicling America Website. Definitely, visit and utilize this resource. It is a print "time machine" returning visitors to an earlier Alma!!
Alma Public Library STORYHOUR Hosted By Tina
The ALMA PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIME is back after its absence during the summer months. There will be new stories, crafts, and excitement, all provided by our Story Lady, Tina Leonard. The storytimes are on Tuesdays, at 10am., in the Smith Community Room. Mark your calendars for Tuesday mornings @ 10am.,to join Tina with new and favorite stories and crafts. See you then!
OVERDRIVE E-BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE!
The Alma Public Library has expanded its services to include e-Book access from OverDrive. This company is a leading multichannel digital distributor of e-Books and other digital media. Library card holders can borrow popular e-Book titles by visiting the Library's website and clicking on the OverDrive icon. Titles from OverDrive can be read immediately on most major computers and devices with an internet browser, and all titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period(14 days). There are no late fees with OverDrive materials! Connect with OverDrive for a new reading experience.
Cu`entame un cuento??(Spanish Story Time)D`onde? La biblioteca p`ublica de Alma(Where? Alma Public Library) A new event for the library will be the Saturday Morning Spanish Storytime. These programs are scheduled at 10am.,and will run from September 8 to November 17. A special holiday event is being planned in December, with a date to follow. The Spanish storytimes are planned for children between the ages of 2 and 6 years, but "kids" of all ages are welcomed...we encourage any and all who desire to have contact with the Spanish language, outside of the traditional classroom, to come and participate. This program is a joint effort between the Alma Public Library, the Hispanic Coalition, and the Alma College Modern Language Department.
ARRIVAL OF DAVID MCMACKEN'S NEW BOOK,
We are very excited about Mr. David McMacken's new book, titled, "TAMING THE WILDERNESS. THE AMAZING STORY OF THE SETTLEMENT OF GRATIOT COUNTY". David has been working on this title for a period of time, and now it is available to all who are interested in the historic development of Gratiot County. The book chronicles the lives of Gratiot County's early settlers from 1850/1876. As David acknowledges, "This book is not a collection of family histories, nor is it a list of politicians, soldiers, store-keepers, or blacksmiths. Copious details about those folks are found in existing Gratiot County history books. Nor will this book be read from cover- to-cover. Rather, it is a narrative culled from many sources and covering many topics. It is the dramatic story of life in Gratiot County..." The book is $25.00, and can be shipped for an additional $6.00. Orders outside of the Great Lakes region should contact the library for applicable postal charges.
Library Board Meetings
The Library Board meets in the Alma Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month, except for the May and November meetings. The Board meeting is an open public meeting. Citizens and patrons of the library are invited and encouraged to attend. Board Meeting dates within the 2015/16 Library Board Year include 29 July/2015; 30 Sept./2015; 11 Nov./2015; 27 Jan./2016; 30 Mar./2016; 11 May/2016; 27 July/2016.
Friends Of The Alma Public Library
Friends Of The Alma Public Library: A non-profit organization formed to promote the library in the community and to support the Library staff. Activities include fund-raising and sponsorship of literary programming. Friends Of The Alma Public Library Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. in the Library Community Room(Smith Suite). Interested citizens are welcome at Board Meetings and/or to function as auxiliary members. Call the Library for Friends Of The Alma Public Library contact information.