Over There: Remembering the Great War
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, the Friends of the Alma Public Library are hosting a very special dinner and program on Saturday, April 8, beginning at 6 p.m. Artifacts, memorabilia, photos, literature and a Republic Truck will be on display along with a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Gratiot County Red Cross. Music is also part of the evening's entertainment.
The menu will consist of several American style dishes, including ham and "Chicken Hemingway," among other scrumptious hor d'oeuvres, salads, desserts and wine, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Following the dinner, guests will adjourn to the community room for a dramatized program on Gratiot County's efforts and experiences in the Great War, written by Gratiot's own historian Dave McMacken.
Tickets are on sale now at a cost of $50 each and must be purchased at the library. Special seating – and service – at the "Officers' Table" is also available at a cost of $100 each. Proceeds go to benefit the Alma Public Library.
Guests are encouraged to dress in the style of the period if they wish to do so.
Tickets are limited so it's best to get yours early. This is one event you won't want to miss.
2017 Peeps Extravaganza!
Create a diorama of a scene from your favorite book or movie. All characters must be played by Peeps. Build your diorama using a shoebox or similar-sized space no larger than 18”x18”x18”. Create a setting, furnishings, a backdrop—you are limited only by your imagination. Everybunny can enter!
There will be 1st place winners in three age groups:
11 and under, Ages 12-17, Ages 18+
Each 1st place winner will receive $50.00 in cash!
Begin turning your entries in at the Alma Public Library on Monday, April 10th.
Your entries must be in by 9 p.m. on Monday, April 17th.
Peeple will begin voting for their favorite diorama on Tuesday, April 18th.
Peeple’s Choice winners will be announced on Monday, May 1st.
Join Lizzie for storytime on Tuesdays at 10 AM! Storytime is half an hour of stories, flannel boards,
rhymes, movement activities, and crafts. All are welcome and no pre-registration is required.
Hope to see you there!
BILINGUAL SPANISH STORYTIME
ZINIO DIGITAL MAGAZINE
TUESDAY MORNING STORYTIME!
Join Lizzie, our juvenile and young adult services librarian, for stories and crafts on Tuesdays at 10 AM in the Smith Community Room!
OVERDRIVE E-BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE!
The Alma Public Library has expanded its services to include e-Book access from OverDrive. This company is a leading multichannel digital distributor of e-Books and other digital media. Library card holders can borrow popular e-Book titles by visiting the Library's website and clicking on the OverDrive icon. Titles from OverDrive can be read immediately on most major computers and devices with an internet browser, and all titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period(14 days). There are no late fees with OverDrive materials! Connect with OverDrive for a new reading experience.
ARRIVAL OF DAVID MCMACKEN'S NEW BOOK,
We are very excited about Mr. David McMacken's new book, titled, "TAMING THE WILDERNESS. THE AMAZING STORY OF THE SETTLEMENT OF GRATIOT COUNTY". David has been working on this title for a period of time, and now it is available to all who are interested in the historic development of Gratiot County. The book chronicles the lives of Gratiot County's early settlers from 1850/1876. As David acknowledges, "This book is not a collection of family histories, nor is it a list of politicians, soldiers, store-keepers, or blacksmiths. Copious details about those folks are found in existing Gratiot County history books. Nor will this book be read from cover- to-cover. Rather, it is a narrative culled from many sources and covering many topics. It is the dramatic story of life in Gratiot County..." The book is $25.00, and can be shipped for an additional $6.00. Orders outside of the Great Lakes region should contact the library for applicable postal charges.
The Library has been able to access digitized issues of the Alma Record from 05 June, 1885 through 02 April 1914. This access is through the CHRONICLING AMERICA website, which provides information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. This collection is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment For the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC). The program is a long-term effort to provide an Internet-based searchable database of U.S. newspapers. The Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, is a local partner is this effort, and will be working to do more digitizing of our local newspaper resources. There is a "hot" link from the above "Digitized Alma Record" to the newspaper database located at the Chronicling America Website. Definitely, visit and utilize this resource. It is a print "time machine" returning visitors to an earlier Alma!!