Category Archives: Books

A Grand Traverse County cancer center recently received a donation of 100 books to help expand children’s imaginations


A Traverse City cancer center recently received a donation of 100 children’s they say they hope will inspire kids when they or a family member is in treatment.

The Cowell Family Cancer Center received the donation from the Michigan Architectural Fund. The books focus on architects and career building. Continue reading

New book explores the way we construct personal narratives to give our lives meaning

EisenbergTHEPOINTISLeeOn the shelves today The Point Is, is a book that explores the way we build personal narratives to give purpose and meaning to our lives. The author, Lee Eisenberg, is the former editor-in-chief for Esquire Magazine, has worked as a consulting editor for Time magazine, and is the author of several books.

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Alma Public Library celebrates Great Michigan Read


The Alma Public Library is getting into the spirit of reading this season. It’s hosting its inaugural event for the Great Michigan Read Wednesday, December 9th.

The Great Michigan Read is a state-wide book club. This year’s book is Station Eleven by Emily St. John- Mendel. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic northern Michigan. Continue reading

New CMU program bridging generation gaps

(Photo courtesy of CMU)

(Photo courtesy of CMU)

Three generations are mixing at Central Michigan University, thanks to a new program implemented this fall.

Bridges Together is a learning development program where preschoolers get to hangout with seniors 60 or older and CMU students. Continue reading

Otsego County is celebrating reading with a best-selling author


The Otsego County Library will be hosting a best-selling author next week Monday, November 2nd, to talk about her book — which is set in northern Michigan.

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of Station Eleven. The book was chosen for this year’s Great Michigan Read Program — a book club for libraries across the state.

Jackie Skinner is the Public Services Librarian at the Otsego County Library.

She said a book set in northern Michigan was exciting for the community to read.

“We’re dealing with universal themes that you would normally encounter in fiction, but it gives you that extra added benefit of a local perspective — you know part of it is set in northern Michigan, so there is a lot of familiarity to it.”

Skinner said the community is grateful Mandel is able to come to Gaylord.

“She is going to be coming and giving a presentation at the Gornick auditorium at the Gaylord High School at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, so, we’re very fortunate to have her come through. It’s a nationally known book, it’s been a bestseller, it’s on the national book award finalist list.”

Madel will be discussing her book and giving a presentation, along with time for questions and a book signing.

The event is free and open to the public. Door will open at 6:30 at the Gaylord High School auditorium, and the program will begin at 7.

Access to technology drives people to the library


Libraries in many cities, including Clare, Charlevoix and Traverse City say they’re seeing a change in library usage.

Officials say these days people are coming in less for books and more for technology. Continue reading

Michigan lawyer to discuss new novel in northern michigan

Julie Lawson Timmer to visit McLean and Eakin on Aug. 11 to discuss her new novel "Five Days Left".

Julie Lawson Timmer to visit McLean and Eakin on Aug. 11 to discuss her new novel “Five Days Left”.

A Michigan lawyer who just authored her first novel is receiving rave-reviews from several New York Times bestselling authors including Jodi Picoult, Christina Baker Kline, and Laura Schroff. Continue reading

Snyder signs law meant to prevent more cash-strapped schools from closing


Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills into law meant to prevent financial emergencies in schools.

The state and intermediate schools districts now have more power to step in sooner when schools show signs of financial trouble. Continue reading

The Magna Carta turns 800 years old

The first draft was signed by King John on June 15th 1215 AD

The first draft was signed by King John on June 15th 1215 AD

June 15th, 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of a very important piece of English history. For the first time in England, law had been written down that gave rights of appeal to the people, limiting powers of dictatorial oligarchies. The impacts it had on its people 800 years ago still ripples through world governments today. Continue reading

New K-12 budget includes early literacy funding


The Legislature has approved budgets for the coming fiscal year.

The K-through-12 schools budget was enthusiastically endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. Every school district in the state will see a funding bump of $70 to $140 per student under the new K-through-12 budget the Legislature just sent to Governor Rick Snyder. Continue reading

Students get lesson in culture through children’s book read-in

Olremi Itunu Abayomi reads from Fox Fables

Olremi Itunu Abayomi reads from Fox Fables

Children around the world enjoy stories, and children’s books are common in every country.

Tuesday at the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University, international students and professors brought those books to life with a Read-In.
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Local author presents her father’s World War II journey as told through his letters home

Theresa IrishAuthor Teresa Irish will bring what she calls a story of love, faith and World War II to the Clare and Harrison Libraries March 10.

It was Memorial day weekend 2006, one month after her father’s death, that Irish opened his army trunk, searching for one last connection with her father.
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Petoskey bookstore receives a James Patterson donation

bookBestselling author James Patterson launched 2014 by pledging to support small, independent bookstores that promote children’s reading.

Now as the year comes to a close, one of his donations will be making its way to McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey. Continue reading