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June’s Newsletter!! – Sylvia Hubbard Author & Fndr of #MWN/Hubbook

June’s Newsletter

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Michigan’s Literary Diva

Sylvia Hubbard
Award-Winning Romance Suspense BestSelling Author

Cliffhanger Queen | Encourager | Mom of Three

Author’s Notes:

It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to speak at the Detroit event for Pen.org World Press Freedom event held at Pages bookstore this year in Detroit.

Of course, as always I was very nervous but excited about speaking at the event because I was on a National Platform I really wanted to bring home the significance a fiction writer has to be on this type of platform.

I made speech notes and I forgot to record the speech, but I hope you can get a gist of the speech.

Speech Notes:

  • What does a fiction writer have to say about freedom of the press and this year’s topic fake news and disinformation?

  • “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” ― Mark Twain

  • Because I write fiction I must stick with reality. Friends?

  • Examples:

    • Dreams of Reality

    • Secrets Lies and family ties

    • Beautiful

  • My heart and soul has been about showing the truth in a world and bringing more words to our community.

  • Freedom of the press helps me and all writers gives us the power to open minds and hearts. But in the words of Stan Lee with great power comes great responsibility.

  • I believe if we as writers Push literacy and our stories we can combat The threat of disinformation and give Write because you love it. Write because we have to. Write because we need to.

  • A child who struggles to read becomes an adult who struggles

  • The truth of the matter is with just a drop of ink we can give the power to find what is really out their and show them that we all have the pen.

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In other News

I HAVE FINISHED EMPEROR’S ADDICTION PART 2. If you haven’t read part 1, please click here. And if you have read it can you please leave a review wherever you have bought the book.

Also, I finished up, His Majesty Service. This was a work in progress that got into my head and wouldn’t let me go. Currently, it’s averaging over 200 pages, but I predict once it goes into the second draft it should be about 75 to 80 thousand words in all. It’s going to an agent for perusal. I’m crossing my fingers, but my stomach is in knots.

I’ll update you some more as I go into June. Currently, I’m working on Betrayed. Have you started reading? I’d love your feed back.

Honestly, I’d love your feedback in all my books.

Oh yes, and if you’re the special #sneakreader that you are, please join us on Facebook to talk about books and books and more.


To see more events I’ll be doing in 2019 at http://sylviahubbard.com/events and of course, support all my literary endeavors by collecting all my books at http://sylviahubbard.com/books.

Your Author,

Sylvia Hubbard

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Early Reader Resources or RIP Bookflix! via @LibraryofMich #michlit #motownwriters

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Excellence in Practice in Michigan’s School Libraries

Karren Reish

Early Reader Resources or RIP Bookflix!

In our series of Excellence in Practice posts, we are looking early reader resources for elementary schools. A popular early reader resource was Bookflix in the Michigan eLibrary, but that is no longer available.

So Amy Hermon, the library media specialist at the Maire, Mason, Monteith and Poupard Elementary Schools in the Grosse Pointe Public Schools decided to do a great presentation on where to go from there. She presented at the 2019 MACUL Conference on her suggestions and ideas.

You can find her presentation, Now What? RIP BookFlix, at http://bit.ly/2U6YbSQ. Amy’s advice is to be open to alternatives, such as other resource in the Michigan eLibrary (http://www.mel.org), talk to your school librarian, talk to your public librarian and see what you can find on podcasts and the Internet. Speaking of podcasts, you can learn more from Amy at her School Librarians United podcast.


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Ready to Read Michigan – Spring Newsletter 2019 via @LibraryofMich #michlit #motownwriters

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Ready to Read Michigan  –  Spring 2019

In This Issue:

Library Love…

“I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.”

~ Beverly Cleary

RTRM poster & other reproducible items for your library now available

RTRM Poster

NEW: Ready to Read Michigan (RTRM) Reproducible materials are up on our website, www.Mi.gov/ReadytoRead. Feel free to download, use in storytime and make available in your library. Items include the following:

*Please note that some pieces above require 11″x17″ paper.

Best Storytime Practices & more!

Jenifer Strauss Webinar

Did you know that the Library of Michigan has been offering live, interactive webinar training on Best Storytime Practices with Story Be Told’s Jenifer Strauss?  You can access past webinar recordings directly through our Webinar Archives page. The trainings all incorporate the 5 Practices of the Public Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read: Talk, Play, Sing, Read, Write. Also found on the archives site are recordings from the 2016-2017 ECRR webinar training series with Sue McCleaf Nespeca.  To learn about upcoming webinars and additional training opportunities from the Library of Michigan be sure to check our Continuing Educationpage for details.

MeL Early Reader Product Trials & Demonstration Webinars

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As you may have seen in the Library of Michigan’s March Dispatch Newsletter, Randy Riley wrote about the RFP process we’re engaged in to support the development of literacy for early readers. Specifically, we’re interested in adding full-text/full book content for early readers.

The technical scoring phase of the process has been completed for the 6 proposals we received and there were 3 eResource vendors (Gale, EBSCO, and Coughlin Capstone ) that passed technical scoring. We are now ready for phase 2 which is to test drive these eResources and share feedback.

There are two parts to this process.

  1. Attend product demonstration webinars from each of the three vendors.
  2. Participate in product trials with the products each vendor is offering.

To access the information you need to participate, please view this Google doc with all the details.

MeL’s early reader product demonstration webinars are this week, with details found in the Google doc above:

  • Tuesday April 16, 9-10:30 AM, EBSCO
  • Wednesday April 17, 9-10:30 AM, Gale
  • Wednesday April 17, 11-12:30 PM, PebbleGo by Capstone

    All product demonstration webinars will be recorded and the links to those recordings will be shared so if you can’t attend, the opportunity to view is still available.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. And if you know of someone who may not receive posts from the listservs, please feel free to forward this to them. We would like to cast a wide net and invite as many as possible.

Many thanks for your participation in this process!

Liz Breed

Michigan eLibrary Coordinator
Library of Michigan
Michigan Department of Education

In the News…

mom reading to child

Reading print books increases verbalization in toddlers and it increases interaction between parents and their todd, as opposed to e-books, according to a new study recently published.

Differences in Parent-Toddler Interactions With Electronic Versus Print Books was  published by Pediatrics (April 2019, Volume 143, Issue 4).

While the percentage of Americans reading electronic books has risen, Dr. Tiffany Munzer, University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, told ABC News “The print book is really the gold star standard in eliciting positive interactions between parents and their children.”  She went on to estimate that 30 percent of children read e-books at least once a week.

Learn more by reading the recent segment from ABC News: Toddlers Engage More with Print Books than with Tablets: Study (3/25/19).

New Books

boy reading

A Piglet Named Mercy
DiCamillo, Kate
ISBN: 9780763677534
If you’re a fan of “Mercy Watson,” you’ll love this picture book version about the beginnings of this early reader star!

The Little Red Stroller
Furst, Joshua
ISBN: 9780735228801
A colorful picture book that depicts a variety of families as they pass one red stroller through a chain of children as they each out grow it.

Home Is a Window
Ledyard, Stephanie
ISBN: 9780823441563
Poetic text and warm illustrations guide the young child through fears they may be feeling about a big moving-day in their lives, with a re-assuring ending of “home.”

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Model SL 21 School Libraries Teaching about “Fake” News via @LibraryofMich #motownwriters #michlit

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“Real or Fake? Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate Information.”

Karren Reish

Model SL 21 School Libraries and Fake News

The Library of Michigan’s three Model 21st Century School Libraries presented at the 2019 MACUL conference on the issue of fake news and students’ understanding of the sources they see and use.

Kathy Lester from East Middle School in the Plymouth-Canton Community School District, Jeannine Crissman from Carpenter Elementary School in the  Lake Orion Community School District and Margaret Lincoln from Lakeview High School in the  Lakeview School District did a panel session on the issue of critically evaluating resources “Real or Fake? Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate Information.”

You can find the session presentation and notes at bit.ly/MACUL19fake.

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From #MichLit Children’s Author, Kelsey Fox: Put a book in your basket! Coupon code inside! #easterbasket #gifts #bookpromo #motownwriters @JustTryItWyatt

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Literati named 2019 Bookstore of the Year @LiteratiBkstore via michigandaily #michlit #mittenlit #michiganreaders #motownwriters

Literati Bookstore, located on East Washington Street, was recently named as Publishers Weekly 2019 Bookstore of the Year.

Literati Bookstore, located on East Washington Street, was recently named as Publishers Weekly 2019 Bookstore of the Year. Buy this photo
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Publishers Weekly named Literati Bookstore its 2019 Bookstore of the Year on March 28.

Literati was announced in February as one of five finalists for the award, which honors independent bookstores nominated by those in the book industry. The award will be presented to owners Hilary and Michael Gustafson at BookExpo on May 30 in New York City.

Literati recently celebrated its six-year anniversary of being in business — it opened on March 31, 2013. Since then, the independent bookstore has made a name for itself with its public typewriter, cafe and the number of literary events it hosts.

read more https://www.michigandaily.com/section/business/literati-named-2019-bookstore-year

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From #MichLit Children’s Author, Kelsey Fox: Put a book in your basket! Coupon code inside! #easterbasket #gifts #bookpromo #motownwriters @JustTryItWyatt

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Introducing the New MeL Engagement Specialists via @LibraryofMich

Liz Breed, MeL Coordinator, LM

We are excited to officially introduce the Michigan library community to the new Michigan eLibrary (MeL) Engagement Specialists who started their positions with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) at the beginning of December.

These Engagement Specialist positions have been created to support you. Whether you need to connect a teacher in your school with quality content aligned to a lesson they’re teaching, or you want to provide your local community members with job resources, Theresa and Ann are here to support our library communities with

Please join us in welcoming Theresa and Ann!

Public Library Community

Theresa Runyan is the MeL Engagement Specialist for Public Libraries. Her position is to support the public library community in using Michigan eLibrary resources. Her most recent experience has been with the Jackson District Library, where she served as a Branch Manager, Circulation Coordinator and Customer Service Specialist.  She has a background in management, training, end-user trouble shooting, and marketing.

“I’m looking forward to working with all of you in this new position and finding ways to use MeL to support you and your patrons.”

Theresa Runyan
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Set up a visit: https://mcls.org/melrequest

Theresa Runyan, MeL Engagement Specialist
Ann Kaskinen, MeL Engagement Specialist

K-12 Community

Ann Kaskinen is the MeL Engagement Specialist for K-12.  Her position is to support the K-12 community in using Michigan eLibrary resources. She worked as a K-12 Library-Media Specialist for nearly 16 years but her career started as a high school teacher in the English, social studies, and public speaking subjects.  She has also served as a consultant for Allegan Area Education Service Agency (AESA) and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (ISD).  More recently, she completed an internship at the Kalamazoo Public Library and served as a teen librarian for Bay County Public Library in Panama City, Florida.

“As an advocate of MeL for most of my career, I am more than excited to assist school personnel with the navigation of the new eResources that can support K12 curriculum. I know it can be a challenge finding and utilizing new tools for instruction, but the new suite of EBSCO databases does not disappoint!”

Ann Kaskinen
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Set up a visit: https://mcls.org/melrequest

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Michigan International Women’s Show Exhibitor Registration NOW AVAILABLE for May 2-5 2019



Shop, sample and share the fun at Novi’s favorite event for women. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love!



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Dunes Review Seeks New Senior Editor

Do you love writing, writers, and Michigan? Michigan Writers seeks a new Senior Editor for the Dunes Review. We are accepting letters of interest from individuals who share our passion for reading and promoting the voices of emerging and established writers.

This is a volunteer position that requires passion and commitment, but also offers a tremendous opportunity to lead the publication of a well-respected literary journal.

Preferred Qualifications:

–Experience working for or editing a literary journal.
–Strong record of publication in one or more genre.
–Degree or extensive study of the craft of creative writing.
–Experience working with the Submittable platform (general tech competence necessary).
–Familiarity with the Dunes Review as an independent literary journal.
–Excellent organization, collaboration, and communications skills.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest. Your letter of interest should outline, in a compelling way, your vision for the future of Dunes Review, and how you might lead the the journal forward while also safeguarding its strong reputation.

Send application materials to: info@michwriters.org 

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.@LibraryofMich Announces 2019 Michigan Notable Book Awards #michlit

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Edwina Murphy, Michigan Collection Coordinator, LM

Hockey, music, and mermaids are some of the themes in the list of Michigan Notable Books (MNB) for 2019, released by the LM.

This year’s list of 20 titles are as diverse as the communities throughout the state.

Is your library interested in hosting a Notable Book author? Apply by January 31. The application process has been simplified with an online form.

The celebrated books encompass the entire Great Lakes basin from the 1970s Detroit music scene, to wild rice harvesting in Northern Michigan, to the history of Michigan’s own beloved soft drink, Faygo.

“This intriguing collection of books represents a spectrum of Michigan’s people, places and the history that makes our state unique,” Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles said about this year’s list. “I’m continuously impressed by the ever-increasing strength and popularity of the Library of Michigan’s Michigan Notable Book list. The abundance of quality writing generates more interest every year among bookstores, writers, libraries, and readers from all walks of life.

“The more we can instill a love of reading in our communities, the greater our efforts to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years,” Alles said.

Each year, the Michigan Notable Book (MNB) list features 20 books, published during the previous calendar year, which are about, or set in, Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or written by a Michigan author. Selections include a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, that appeal to many audiences and explore topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents.

Two past selections have found even greater notoriety after being named. The 2015 Michigan Notable Book, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, has been made into a Netflix original movie starring Sandra Bullock. The 2010 Michigan Notable Book, The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian, was made into a 2017 film, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.

MNB is a statewide program that began as part of the 1991 Michigan Week celebration, designed to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people, places, and things that make Michigan life unique and vibrant.

“The MNB selections clearly demonstrate the rich subject matter Michigan offers to writers,” said State Librarian Randy Riley. “Everyone will find something of interest that speaks to their lives or experiences in our great state.”

This year’s MNB selection committee includes representatives from the Library of Michigan; the Library of Michigan Foundation; Muskegon Area District Library; Capital Area District Library; Clinton-Macomb District Library; Cooley Law School; Lansing City Pulse newspaper; Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office; Wayne State University; Michigan Department of Education; Michigan Center for the Book; and the Michigan Humanities Council.

For more information or questions about the Michigan Notable Book program, contact the LM at 517-335-1454, visit www.Michigan.gov/NotableBooks, or email librarian@michigan.gov.

2019 Michigan Notable Books

Abbott by Saladin Ahmed – Boom Studios

While investigating police brutality and corruption in 1970s Detroit, journalist Elena Abbott uncovers supernatural forces being controlled by a secret society of the city’s elite. The hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy. Saladin Ahmed presents one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family amidst the systemic societal constructs that haunt our country to this day.

Across the Great Lake by Lee Zacharias – University of Wisconsin Press

85-year-old Fern Halvorsen reflects back upon her five-year-old self traveling with her father on a huge and powerful ship with a tall, handsome pilothouse and big smoking stacks. It’s 1936 and he captains a great coal-fired vessel, the Manitou, transporting railroad cars across Lake Michigan. The girl revels in the freedom of the ferry, making friends with a stowaway cat and a gentle young deckhand. The sighting of a ghost ship, though, presages danger for all aboard.

Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian – Akashic Books

Set in early 1970s Detroit, a divided city still reeling from its violent summer of 1967, Beautiful Music is the story of one young man’s transformation through music. Danny is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional home life with the harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence. Beautiful Music is a funny and poignant story about the power of music and its ability to save one’s soul.

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblaze by Lisa McCubbin – Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the story of a lady thrust onto the world stage. Setting precedents, she refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo—breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Her decision to speak out publicly about her own struggle with addiction sparked a national dialogue and helped to revolutionize treatment and inspired the modern concept of recovery.

Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit by Michael H. Hodges – Painted Turtle/Wayne State University Press

Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit tells the story of the German-Jewish immigrant who rose from poverty to become one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Kahn’s work ethic and approach to his craft spurred his influence on both industry and architecture. His willingness to design factories for the Soviets and munition facilities for the U.S government placed the Allied Powers on stronger footing at the outbreak of the Second World War. His proximity to epochal world events makes his life story a tableau of America’s rise to power. Albert Kahn’s designs are reflected in modern buildings today.

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow – Harper/HarperCollins Publishers

A fresh take on the awkwardness of being a teenager, Drum Roll Please is a story about a girl who finds that music makes her a stronger person. Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. She finds that with playing music, she doesn’t feel like a mouse. Summer band camp brings on big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself unexpectedly falling for another girl at camp. While her rock-and-roll future is in question, she finds her path forward.

Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction by Anne-Marie Oomen, Editor – Wayne State University Press

Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction comes to us from 23 of Michigan’s most well-known essayists. The writings approach Michigan at the atomic level. This is a place where weather patterns and ecology matter. A celebration of the elements, this collection is both the storm and the shelter. Contributors include: Jerry Dennis, Jessica Mesman, Toi Dericotte, Mardi Jo Link, and Keith Taylor amongst many of Michigan’s finest writers.

Faygo Book by Joe Grimm – Painted Turtle/Wayne State University Press

Starting with little more than pots, pails, hoses, and a one-horse wagon, Ben and Perry Feigenson reformulated cake frosting recipes into carbonated beverage recipes and launched their business in the middle of the 1907 global financial meltdown. Out of more than 40 bottlers in Detroit’s “pop alley,” Faygo remains the last one standing. The Faygo Book is the story of a pop, a people, and a place. The Faygo Bookis the social history of a company that has forged a bond with a city and its residents for more than a century.

Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5 & My Life of Impossibilities by Wayne Kramer – Da Capo Press

The MC5 reflected the late 60s and early 70s: exciting, sexy, violent, chaotic, and out of control. Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities, is a story of the personal struggle of an addict and an artist. From the glory days of Detroit to the junk-sick streets of the East Village, from Key West to Nashville and sunny L.A., in and out of prison and on and off drugs, his is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: he’s here to remind us that revolution is always an option.


Lake Michigan Mermaid: A Tale in Poems by Linda Nemec Foster and Anne-Marie Oomen – Wayne State University Press

Raised in a ramshackle cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan, a girl takes refuge in her beloved lake in the face of her disrupted homelife. One day she spots a creature in the water, something beautiful and inexplicable. Thus, begins a telepathic conversation between a lost young girl and the mermaid who saves her in more ways than one. Accompanied by powerful illustrations, The Lake Michigan Mermaid offers a tender tale of friendship, redemption, and the life-giving power of water.


Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan by Barbara J. Barton – Michigan State University Press

Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan focuses on the history, culture, biology, and economics surrounding the wild rice plant. The story travels through time from the days before European expansion and winds its way forward in and out of the logging and industrialization eras. It weaves between the worlds of the Anishinaabek and Euro-American immigrants. Barton discusses rice beds that once existed in Michigan, why many disappeared, and the efforts to restore and protect the plant.


Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt – Sleeping Bear Press

Sara Gwendolen Frostic was born in Sandusky, Michigan in 1906. When she was eight months old, she suffered from an unknown illness that left her with lifelong symptoms similar to cerebral palsy. She went on to attend college, contribute to the war effort in Detroit, and started her own printmaking business. Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story tells the story behind Gwen’s life and art. She dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.

Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson, Editor and Oliver Uberti, Designer – Grand Central Publishing

In the beginning, there were no editors, agents, or audiences. Book browsers were provided a blank page, an old-fashioned typewriter and the opportunity to express themselves. From such a streamlined foundation sprang the work Notes from A Public Typewriter. Editor and designer have combined their favorite left behind notes with essays and photos to create an ode to community and the written word that will surprise, delight, and inspire.

The Page Fence Giants: A History of Black Baseball’s Pioneering Champions by Mitch Lutzke – McFarland & Company, Inc

The Page Fence Giants were an all-star black baseball team based in Adrian, Michigan. From 1895-98, they played teams from local communities, along with games against minor and major league squads and other black baseball nines. In 1896, the Giants won the Black Baseball Championship series. Despite their winning ways, a championship, and a roster that includes one member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, this is the first book written about this all-star team.


The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark – Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company

When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. It took 18 months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. Anna Clark’s The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town but could also be about any American city.


The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage, by Keith Gave – Gold Star Publishing

When the Detroit Red Wings were rebooting their franchise after more than two decades of relative futility, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around were players from the Soviet Union. What ensued was a series of secret meetings to help enable the players to exit their homeland. This is their story from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap.


Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski – Lorena Jones Books/Ten Speed Press

With 75 recipes the Sister Pie cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit. The granddaughter of two Detroit natives created a little corner pie shop in a former beauty salon on the city’s east side where no one leaves empty handed. Those who don’t have money in their pockets can simply cash in a prepaid slice from the “pie it forward” clothesline strung across the window. This unique and fruitful business model is detailed beside tasty recipes.


So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt – Roaring Brook Press

Originally from Ulster County, New York, Sojourner Truth was born into slavery and was sold several times during the course of her life. Yet she possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Withintraces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans.


The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele – HarperTeen/HarperCollins Publishers

An aspiring journalist, Penelope, teams up with the nerdy boy next door to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other townspeople turn up dead in the woods. Things get weird with townspeople repeating the same phrases verbatim and men in black suits strolling around the main street of a very small northern Michigan town. With help from her parents and friends, she learns that the truth is not always simple.


What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha – One World/Random House

“The eyes don’t see what the mind doesn’t know” is a quote from D. H. Lawrence that guided Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s medical training and inspired her medical practice in Flint. This is a book about how the right doctor was in place to discover the elevated lead levels in the children of Flint. The result is a story of how doctors, along with parents and community leaders, discovered the medical crisis in the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Flint was a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for its children.

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MFDMO Seeking Interns for 2019 Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters


The Michigan Film & Digital Media Office (MFDMO) is accepting internship applications for the Spring, Summer & Fall 2019 terms!* This is an UNPAID internship, but college credit can be earned.

This position yields many opportunities to learn about the services and programs provided by the MFDMO, work directly with the Film Commissioner and MFDMO staff and help cultivate and foster the economic growth of the creative industries in Michigan.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Assist MFDMO staff members in the implementation of the next Strategic Plan that may include recommendations related to developing public/private partnerships, enhancing talent, strengthening relationships with colleges and universities and building the digital and creative sectors in Michigan
  • Provide support to the MFDMO staff in organizing documents, streamlining processes, preparing records for reporting purposes and helping maintain office operations
  • Participate in meetings with various industry partners (producers, writers, designers, and other creative entrepreneurs etc.), when available

Education and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in relevant software applications – spreadsheets, word processing, and database management
  • Proficiency in spelling, punctuation, grammar and other English language skills
  • Social media experience (optional)
  • Ability to stay on task and ask questions for clarity (preferred)


Key Competencies

  • Attention to detail
  • Confidentiality
  • Reliability
  • Initiative
  • Enthusiasm

Requested Time Commitment

  • Minimum of eight hours per week (1 full day or 2 half days)
  • Long-term commitment preferred (i.e. school term)

* Note:  You must be actively enrolled in an academic program to be considered for an internship.  Interested?  Send your résumé to mfo@michigan.org or contact Erika Murdey at the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office, 517-241-1275

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Library director wins state award

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Portage Lake District Library Director Dillon Geshel, above, has received the Michigan Library Association’s Up and Comer Award for 2018.

HOUGHTON — In some respects, the Portage Lake District Library is about 11,000 square feet on the Houghton waterfront. In others, it’s extending its reach to the Houghton downtown, across the canal and beyond.

read more http://www.mininggazette.com/news/local-news/2018/10/library-director-wins-state-award/

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