Nominations Being Accepted for 2014 Michigan Author Award

Submitted by coveyl on November 27, 2013 - 3:22pm.   

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.

Member Spotlight - Debra Green

Submitted by coveyl on October 31, 2013 - 4:26pm.   

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.


2013 Thumbs Up! Award - The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Submitted by coveyl on October 22, 2013 - 4:28pm.   

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

Dogs on Duty Wins 2013 Mitten Award

Submitted by coveyl on October 22, 2013 - 4:15pm.   

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.

Speaking Opportunities at Upcoming Conferences and Events

Submitted by coveyl on October 1, 2013 - 4:36pm.   

Are you interested in sharing your experience with fellow library professionals? MLA has a variety of speaking opportunities available at upcoming work shops and conferences. More information will be posted as it becomes available, so check back often.