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Get Back to Nature

If you’re someone who enjoys a good tramp through the woods, across fields, or on a dune, then A Field Guide to thField Guidee Natural Communities of Michigan is for you. Billed as the “essential guidebook to the natural communities of Michigan,” this book will help you understand the natural Michigan landscapes you encounter.

The e-book is available for an unlimited number of simultaneous GRCC users online, and can also be downloaded for 21 days – which will work great when you want to take it on a hike.  Plus we have a print copy. Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number if you are off-campus or using wireless on campus.  Take a look, and put on your walking boots!





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“A Song to Thee, Fair State of Mine”… Happy 179th Birthday, Michigan!

January 26th is the 179th Anniversary of the statehood of our fair state.  Take a peek at these interesting Michigan resources:

For more on all things Michigan, see our Michigan Subject Guide.

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Michigan Notable Book Display

By Tess Alliston
Circulation Associate

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Check out our latest book display on the first floor of the Library!  This month’s display showcases selections from the 2015 Michigan Notable Books, as well as some from previous years.  If you didn’t know, 20 books are chosen to be on this list each year by the Library of Michigan. The following books comprise this year’s list:

1.  The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War by A.J. Baime
2.  The Art of Memory: Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan by Thomas R. Dilley
3.  Bernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan, illustrated by David Miles
4.  Bird Box by Josh Malerman
5.  Bright Shards of Someplace Else by Monica McFawn
6.  Burnt Toast Makes you Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn
7.  The Contract by Derek Jeter
8.  A Detroit Anthology edited by Anna Clark
9.  Eight Mile High by Jim Ray Daniels
10.  The Fish and the Not Fish by Peter Markus
11.  Making Callaloo in Detroit by Lolita Hernandez
12.  Michigan Agricultural College Campus Life 1900-1925: A Postcard Tour by Stephen Terry
13.  Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron
14.  Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past by Sally Howell
15.  A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade by Barbara Rylko-Bauer
16.  Rivers of Sand: Fly Fishing Michigan and the Great Lakes Region by Josh Greenberg
17.  Songs Only You Know: A Memoir by Sean Madigan Hoen
18.  Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
19.  Strange Love by Lisa Lenzo
20.  Strings Attached by Diane DeCillis

The books chosen are either written by a Michigan author, or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region.  It dates back to 1991 when it began as part of the celebrations for Michigan Week.  More information can be found here on the Library of Michigan website.

View one of the electronic books from the comfort of your home or stop in to check one out!

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Happy 176th birthday, Michigan!

nunst035By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

Saturday is Michigan’s 176th birthday!

Did you know the state flag was first unveiled in 1835 and featured the face of Michigan’s first governor, Stevens T. Mason?  This flag was used for 30 years until it was changed in 1865.  In 1911, the flag was changed again and that change has been the flag we have been flying for over a hundred years.

Did you also know we have a state fossil? We do! It’s the mastodon! In addition to state wild flower, bird, and animal, we also have a state soil, gem, and reptile.  In addition, no matter where you are in Michigan, you’re within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.  Also, since 1874, the J.W. Westcott is the only floating post office in the world. Based in Detroit, J.W Westcott operates a ship to shore service, 24 hours a day along the Great Lakes.

If this has whetted your appetite to learn more about Michigan, there are programs and events happening all across the state this weekend to celebrate Michigan’s birthday. Some events are are also taking place online, so if you’re can’t make it, you can always celebrate virtually.

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