Jessica Trotter is Head of Public Services at the Capital Area District Libraries Downtown Lansing Branch. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Michigan School of Information in Archives. Before coming to CADL, she worked for the Houston Grand Opera as their Archivist and as a local history librarian at the Kent District Library Rockford Branch. Jessica is a genealogist and she studies and performs Middle Eastern dance with the Habibi Dancers in Lansing.
Describe yourself in three words: Creative, curious and reflective
What do you most like about working in libraries? What I like most is that moment when you are helping someone and they “get it.” I also like the fact that I get to do so many different things. There is an element of teaching that I enjoy, as well as creative elements and coming up with great books for people to read.
Why did you join MLA, and is it the same reason you are still a member? I originally joined when I was as a student at University of Michigan. I wanted to find out what was going on in the field in Michigan. That hasn’t changed. I am still a member because it helps me to connect with people and to know out what other libraries are doing.
MLA is seeking nominations for the twenty-third annual Michigan Author Award. The award recognizes an outstanding published body of literary work by an author who is either from Michigan or has substantial ties to the state.
The Michigan Author Award was established in 1992 with the intention of recognizing significant Michigan authors with a lifetime achievement award. Over the years, the award has been given to a diverse collection of writers working in a variety of genres and styles. A panel of judges representing Michigan Library Association members determines the recipient on overall literary merit.
Debra Green is the Director of the Belleville Area District Library and has been since 1987. She has worked in libraries for 43 years though she is not quite 60. She began by shelving books at her local public library (Southgate) in 1970. She also worked at both Wayne State and U of M libraries, and Inkster and Trenton public libraries. Her current position has evolved from being the “branch manager (and only professional) of a 3500 sq. ft. Wayne County Library building with a circulation of under 60,000, to an expanded building of 11,000 sq. ft. (1992), to a District Library (2010) with a circulation over 210,000. She lives in Belleville and is active in the Belleville Rotary Club and Belleville Area Garden Club. Gardening, long distance walks, and grandchildren are among her other passions.
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen, published 2012 by Tundra Books, is the winner of the 2013 Thumbs Up! Award. The award will be presented at the Spring Institute 2014 Conference in Battle Creek, March 27-28, 2014.
Thirteen-year-old Henry’s happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father’s hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry’s family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry’s therapist suggests he keep a journal, at first he is resistant. But soon he confides in it at all hours of the day and night. In spite of Henry’s desire to “fly under the radar,” he eventually befriends a number of oddball characters, both at school and in his modest apartment building. And even though they know nothing about his past – at least, not yet – they help him navigate the waters of life after “IT.”
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award, the 2013 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, Best YA Book and the 2013 Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, published 2012 by Scholastic, is the winner of the 2013 Mitten Award. Presentation of the award will take place at the Spring Institute 2014 Conference in Battle Creek, March 27-28, 2014.
When the news of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound broke, the SEAL team member that stole the show was a highly trained canine companion. Throughout history, dogs have been key contributors to military units. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent follows man's best friend onto the battlefield, showing readers why dogs are uniquely qualified for the job at hand, how they are trained, how they contribute to missions, and what happens when they retire. With full-color photographs throughout and sidebars featuring heroic canines throughout history, Dogs on Duty provides a fascinating look at these exceptional soldiers and companions.