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February 24, 2022
Note From Debbie
MLA has been a strong advocate for libraries throughout our 130-year history. In just the past two years, we have increased library funding, taken a stand on library privacy, property taxes, intellectual freedom, open meetings, and so much more. 
This week, I had the great opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes work of the American Library Association (ALA) and have had great conversations with other advocates from around the country and here in our state. I have been reminded many times over how strong our argument is for the value and importance of our libraries throughout our nation and in our world. We can’t ignore the evidence that strong libraries make strong communities. 

While funding for LSTA, IAL and infrastructure is on our national agenda, we also want to make sure our state legislators understand the value and importance of libraries and how critical and essential it is for libraries to be well funded and staffed here in Michigan as well.

As you know, advocacy is year-round work, it is time-consuming and must be reinforced at the state level year in and year out. Our state legislators need to know that their continued investment strengthens these centers of learning and self-discovery for all, and makes their communities thriving and dynamic places. We all know that libraries are the heart of every community and campus.

So, what can you do today? Read more
Call for Ambassadors 2022-2023
The Call for Ambassador online signup for 2022-2023 workgroups and committees is now open!! Applications are accepted through April 29, 2022. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally, we have a place for you! Review available volunteer positions and sign up on the web at
The Call for Ambassadors is now open for members interested in serving on MLA workgroups and committees. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in the Michigan library community, develop your leadership skills, grow your professional network, and represent MLA!

Save the date and plan to join us on Zoom on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 10:00 AM to learn more and chat with MLA staff, workgroup and committee members about participating in the 2022-2023 member year. Watch for more information and a link to register soon!

All MLA members are eligible to volunteer for workgroups and committees. Nonmembers interested in volunteering are welcome to join MLA by filling out the online membership application or by contacting us at (517) 394-2774 or [email protected].

Check out available opportunities to get involved on the web and complete the online ambassador application by Friday, April 29, 2022.
Call for Proposals for MLA 2022 Annual Conference
The MLA 2022 Annual Conference Workgroup is seeking education session proposals for the 2022 conference: Bridging the Divide, scheduled for October 19-21, 2022 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron, Michigan. Session Proposals are welcome through Monday, April 4.
The MLA 2022 Annual Conference is back in-person in beautiful Port Huron, Michigan, at the Blue Water Convention Center and this year we are focusing on how libraries are "Bridging the Divide".

The MLA 2022 Annual Conference Workgroup is currently in search of sessions that will speak to professionals in all aspects of library work, including leadership, youth services, programming, cataloging, IT, grant funding, capital improvement projects, reference, and more.

We want to explore and celebrate how libraries bridge the divides in their communities and on their campuses, including technological, socioeconomic, political, and access to information. Sessions that speak to this theme will be prioritized.

Session proposals are welcome through Monday, April 4.
Organizational Membership Renewal
Watch the mail for organizational membership renewal information for the 2022-2023 member year in April. A form to submit the information for the complimentary Linked Trustees organizational member benefit will be included with your renewal communications.

Thank you to all of our organizational members for your continued support!
Easy Renewal Process for Your Entire Staff
Did you know? MLA makes it super easy for Organizational members to sign up all of their employees as Affiliated Individual members. Instead of having to issue multiple checks for individual dues throughout the year, wouldn’t you love the option of cutting one check that covers the cost of annual dues for all staff ($85 per employee) AND…they will all renew at the same time each year!

We can provide you with one invoice that will cover the cost of the employees you choose to pay for. We will even pro-rate their dues as necessary to eliminate the need for sending multiple checks. Note according to the bylaws, membership in the association is not transferable or assignable, but there is an exception for Affiliated Individual memberships that are paid for by an Organizational member to address staffing changes. This is a wonderful professional development perk for your staff members and increases the “package of benefits” you offer.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please contact MLA Administrative Assistant, Lisa Buttigieg who will be happy to help answer any questions you may have. She can be reached by phone at (517) 394-2774 ext. 227 or by email at [email protected].
Organizational Member Directory
Search the MLA Organizational Member Directory to view public, academic, K-12 and special library organizational members of MLA.

You can search by library name, address or zip or view all organizational members in alphabetical order. Need to update your library's info? Library directors can log in to their individual member profiles to access and update their library's organizational membership. For assistance, contact Rachel Ash, MLA Membership and Communications Director at [email protected].
Check out MLA's Bill Tracker to view a full list of legislation that the Advocacy and Legislative Committee is watching.
Connect with Legislators During Reading Month
Every year, the month of March is celebrated as National Reading Month. There are so many fun ways to celebrate but we want to take the opportunity to encourage you to use this time to invite your legislators to your public library or school for a storytime! Participating in a read-aloud or storytime could be virtual or in-person and is a great way for legislators to engage with the community, and also a wonderful way for your library to build relationships with our legislators and strengthen our collective advocacy efforts.

You can find your legislator's contact information online using MLA's Find My Legislator tool. Or contact MLA and we will help you connect with your legislator to facilitate a virtual or in-person visit. Need a book to suggest for a storytime? Check out the March is Reading Month Suggestions from the Shelves of the Library of Michigan (pdf).
This video shared by State Representative Julie Alexander is an example of one way to engage legislators in our work. In honor of March Is Reading Month, Rep. Alexander read PB&J Hooray! by Janet Nolan in a video created for first graders at Jackson County School Districts.
Governor Whitmer's Fiscal Year 2023 Proposed Budget
On Wednesday, February 9, Governor Whitmer introduced her FY23 proposed budget with a $74.1 billion spending plan, the largest in state history. The Governor’s priorities for FY23 are laid out specifically on page 3 of the budget presentation document and the Budget Stabilization Fund – “Rainy Day Fund” has increased by $51.8 million bringing the total fund to $1.5 billion.

Even with increases in revenue, the Governor’s General Fund budget, which totals $14.3 billion, remains flat for Library State Aid at $15,067,700 but also continues to include $800,000 for a Library Pilot project for school and public library collaboration. (See pages 79 and 80 in the FY23 General Omnibus Budget). Other line items for the Library of Michigan take into account slight salary and program increases from FY22 for MeL and other library operations. Read more
Intellectual Freedom Task Force
The Michigan Library Association actively advocates and educates in defense of intellectual freedom – the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession and a basic right in our democratic society. View MLA's Intellectual Freedom Statement of Principle (pdf)

A new Intellectual Freedom Task Force has been established to coordinate with the Advocacy and Legislative Committee on developing progressive priorities relating to library collections, censorship and privacy. View details on the new Intellectual Freedom Task Force (pdf)
The purpose of the Intellectual Freedom Task Force is to support MLA in safeguarding intellectual freedom and first amendment rights, proactively educate and inform the library field of legislation related to intellectual freedom, develop a position and response by MLA in instances of controversy over censorship, and encourage Michigan libraries to develop policies that will support free speech and the freedom to read.

The Michigan Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Task Force will serve as a subgroup and coordinate with the Advocacy and Legislative Committee on establishing progressive priorities relating to library collections, censorship and privacy.

About 6 months ago, the Advocacy and Legislative Committee was instrumental in getting this conversation started. They developed a statement of principle but felt that they needed focused attention and more voices at the table as MLA develops an action plan to address the challenges to Intellectual Freedom here in Michigan. With so much happening at our schools and in our public libraries even now, we want Michigan libraries to be fully prepared - we are pretty sure that this will ramp up substantially in the months leading up to the November election.
Jasmine Parker, MLA Board Member and Youth Librarian at the Ferndale Area District Library will be taking the lead and chairing this Task Force. Jasmine is a member of the Advocacy and Legislative Committee as well and will be able to report back to that committee with any input and also bring items that need more formal approval to the attention of the MLA Board.
Letter to Legislators
Check out February's edition of our monthly outreach to Michigan Legislators where we continue to educate them on the value of our libraries and the critical role of library staff. Our monthly letters include information on programs and services that libraries provide, education on library funding, the return on investment for our communities, stats and fun facts about library usage and more.
Understanding Headlee and Proposal A - View the Advocacy Hour Recording
On Thursday, February 17, MLA welcomed Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League; and Judy Allen, Director of Government Relations, Michigan Townships Association, for a discussion about Headlee and Proposal A. Check out the recording below to learn more.
Federal Advocacy - Educators for America Act
On December 10, 2021, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) and Representatives Cindy Axne (IA-03), Jahana Hayes (CT-05), and Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) in the House, as well as U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in the Senate introduced the Educators for America Act. The bill aims to “mobilize and support states and local communities in improving the pipeline so that all schools have the diverse educators they should have, to support student development and academic achievement,” authorizes $500 million annually and specifically mentions school librarians as an area of need to be addressed with the funding.

“The American Library Association, and its division the American Association of School Librarians, applauds the introduction of the EDUCATORS for America Act, legislation which will strengthen the nation’s educator workforce and recognize the critical role school librarians play in our schools. Addressing the dire educator shortages which includes school librarians must be a top priority for Congress. This legislation, introduced in the Senate by Jack Reed (RI) and in the House by Alma Adams (NC-12), will support school librarian and other educator retention, diversity, and training, and will nurture the pipeline of future school librarians and other educators to ensure students have the resources and instruction they need. We thank Senator Reed and Representative Adams for introducing S.3360 and H.R. 6205, and for their longstanding commitment to America’s school library staff and the students they serve.”

EveryLibrary has launched a petition to support the Educators of America Act and make sure school librarians continue to be included in the wording of the bill as it moves through the process.
Spring Institute For Youth Services 2022: LEVEL UP
Spring Institute for Youth Services 2022 is back in person! It's not too late to register to join us March 10-11, 2022 at the Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Center Mt. Pleasant at Central Michigan University!

Spring Institute 2022 is all about sharing ideas and energy to help youth services library workers LEVEL UP and make positive changes within their library and the library profession. Full conference advance registration is only $300 for members and includes all meals and events. Check out details on our website and register today!
Featured Speakers
Angeline Boulley
Firekeeper's Daughter
Kristin Fontichiaro
Clinical Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Jenn Carson
Professional yoga teacher and Director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library
Education Sessions
The Spring Institute 2022 Workgroup has carefully selected a lineup of education sessions to inspire youth services library professionals to LEVEL UP! From making your mark on TikTok to connecting with your community, partnering with schools, virtual programming that will stick around, book challenges and censorship issues, burnout, self-care, and more, Spring Institute 2022 education sessions will give you ideas and inspiration for making positive changes at your library!

Check out the full lineup of education sessions at
COVID-19 Safety Precautions for MLA Events
We are moving forward with our plans to host Spring Institute for Youth Services in person in Mt. Pleasant with additional safety precautions in place. We are continuing to monitor and follow all current requirements related to COVID-19 from the CDC, State of Michigan, and the hotel venue in order to provide the safest environment for our attendees and will adjust our plans and health protocols as necessary.

Please note that all attendees, exhibitors, partners and staff will be required to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result within 72 hours of the first day of the event and everyone will be required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. Review the Spring Insitute COVID-19 information here to learn more about current safety measures and requirements. If you have questions or concerns, contact MLA at [email protected].
Early Bird Rates expire tomorrow, Friday, February 25, for the 2022 MLA Leadership Academy! This biennial leadership development program is designed for library leaders and aspiring leaders. Leaders are needed in all roles within the library. Whether you aspire to be a director or want to enhance your ability to lead volunteers, spearhead new programs, or form relationships within your community, MLA's Leadership Academy will equip you with the skills and resources you need to lead.

The 2022 Leadership Academy will be presented in a hybrid format, with some sessions held virtually. The entire program is $1295 for members and includes all virtual and in-person sessions, plus two overnight hotel stays and meals. 

Take the next step in your career and join the ranks of the hundreds of successful graduates of the Michigan Library Association Leadership Academy that have gone on to lead their libraries into the future. Early Bird Rates expire Friday, February 25! Secure your spot in the 2022 cohort and get the best rates by registering today!
Dating back to its inception in the 1970s, Leadership Academy has been one of MLA’s longest-standing and most respected professional development programs with alumni in all corners of the state. Don’t miss your opportunity to join the 2022 cohort. Registration won’t open again until 2024!

"Leadership Academy is an invaluable experience. Not only did I develop practical skills and learn tools to set me in better stead as I grow in my career and lead others, the program also enabled me to form solid relationships with my colleagues throughout the state. The professional networking provided by the Leadership Academy was the best part of a program brimming with priceless experiences."
Brandi Tambasco
Adult Services Librarian
Howell Carnegie District Library

"One of the best parts about Leadership Academy is meeting my fellow leaders! It is a great network and I was able to reconnect with a few at MLA's Annual Conference 2019."
Linda Lyshol

"While the Leadership Academy presented a robust and comprehensive coursework, it shone most in making new connections with other librarians across the state. Going through the Leadership Academy with other library professionals provided an opportunity to meet and work with varied professionals throughout Michigan. It's a fantastic step to take if you're interested in advancing your career and skill set."
Matt Church
Library Director 
Berkley Public Library

"MLA Leadership Academy was the perfect way to start getting involved with library work throughout the state. I met so many other leaders that I still serve with today. The program is a great way to formally start your leadership path in Michigan libraries."
Steven Bowers
Associate Dean
Wayne State University Library System

"Leadership Academy was an incredible experience both for the knowledge gained and the chance to meet and talk with peers. I left the program with a renewed focus and clear objectives for how I want to lead and how to support my library." 
"It formalized a lot of knowledge gained through experience and intuition. It provided many practical tools that can be used immediately. It connected me with a network of colleagues" 
"I LOVED IT and am so grateful my library invested this time and money in me. The cohort was great and I enjoyed and learned from all the speakers. Thank you! What an AMAZING group of people!!!" 
"So well organized, and really enjoyable. I liked having long enough breaks to talk and discuss with other members of the cohort." 
"I really enjoyed my time at Leadership Academy and I'm glad that I was able to attend. I met a lot of great people from other libraries that I wouldn't have been able to if I did not attend. Thank you, MLA!" 
Scholarships for Leadership Academy 2022
MLA Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of MLA Leadership Academy. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is Friday, February 25. Early bird pricing will be retroactively applied to scholarship recipients. Participants can also apply for a continuing education stipend to cover some of the costs of the program through the Library of Michigan's Library Continuing Education ProgramVisit the Library of Michigan's website for program details and criteria and to apply.
Michigan Library Advocacy Day 2022
The 2022 Michigan Library Advocacy Day is completely virtual. It's free to attend and open to everyone interested in supporting libraries! Register today and join us on Zoom next Tuesday, March 1, from 12:00 – 3:10 PM.
On Tuesday, March 1, the Michigan library community will unite to amplify our collective voice in support of ALL Michigan libraries at our second annual Michigan Library Advocacy Day! At this virtual advocacy training event, attendees will learn about the issues of importance to libraries, how to be a good advocate, current advocacy and legislative challenges and priorities, and how to connect with legislators.

Join us from the comfort of your home, office, or library, as we gather together on Zoom for an inspirational keynote followed by educational sessions about our current legislative priorities and topics important to the field. Please note, we will not be scheduling virtual meetings with legislators on Advocacy Day this year. Instead, we will provide templates and talking points for attendees, and throughout the day advocates will use their passion, knowledge, and stories to advocate for libraries with emails, calls, and tweets to Michigan legislators.

Mark your calendars now, register today, and invite your colleagues, trustees, friends groups, and library supporters from your community to join us!
Special Guests
We are pleased to welcome Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA) as our keynote speaker at Michigan Library Advocacy Day!

Tracie D. Hall is a librarian, author, curator, and advocate for the arts and has served as the Executive Director of ALA since 2020. Prior to her appointment at ALA, Hall served as the director of the Joyce Foundation Culture Program. She also served as Chicago's Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. In libraries, Hall was vice president of the Queens Public Library and assistant dean of Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice, Superintendent of Michigan Department of Education, will join us at 1:10 PM for a Conversation on Diversity in Literacy and Censorship.

Dr. Michael F. Rice was appointed Michigan's 44th Superintendent of Public Instruction by Michigan's State Board of Education in May 2019. He came to the Michigan Department of Education after serving 17 years as a local district superintendent - most recently at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Schools. Prior to serving as Kalamazoo's superintendent, Dr. Rice served five years as superintendent of the Clifton (NJ) Public Schools. Dr. Rice began his career in public education in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools, where he taught high school French, and founded and coached an award-winning speech and debate program.
Advocacy Day Schedule
12:00 PM – Welcome by Presidents of MAME, MLA and MiALA
12:08 PM – "Call to Action" – Jessica Keyser, Chair, MLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee
12:15 – 12:20 PM – Spoken Word – Masaki Takahashi
12:20 – 12:50 PM – Keynote – Tracie D. Hall, ALA Executive Director 
12:50 – 1:10 PM – Library Legislative Champion Speeches – Senator Stamas and Senator Schmidt
1:10 – 1:25 PM – Conversation on Diversity in Literacy and Censorship – Dr. Michael Rice, Superintendent of Michigan Department of Education
1:25 – 1:50 PM – Current Legislative Priorities, OMA, Redistricting (relationship-building) and State Budget/State Aid – Bob DeVries, GCSI
1:50 – 1:55 PM – BREAK
1:55 – 2:15 PM – Concurrent Breakouts: 
Penal Fines – Clare Membiela, Library of Michigan
School Libraries/Librarians – Kathy Lester, MAME 
2:15 – 2:35 PM – Concurrent Breakouts: 
Millages – Jessica Keyser, Grosse Pointe District Library
Open Education Resource (OER) – Michele Behr, Western Michigan University
2:35 – 2:55 PM – Intellectual Freedom – Jasmine Parker, Ferndale Public Library
2:55 PM – “Call to Action” – Jessica Keyser, Chair, MLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee
3:00 – 3:10 PM – Closing words – State Librarian, Randy Riley
MLA Connect offers virtual education and engagement opportunities you can access from anywhere to keep you connected to the library community in Michigan! Our webinar programs are formatted as Explorations: Keynote discussions with field leaders exploring the most pressing questions for our field today and into the future; and Workshops: Panel discussions featuring peer leaders and field experts. MLA Connect Workshops and Explorations are only $25 for members. Monthly MLA Connect Advocacy Hour conversations and periodical networking or informational coffee hours are always free! Save the date for upcoming virtual programs!
Diverse Experiences on Diversity Audits 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

MLA Connect Exploration: Keynote discussions with field leaders exploring the most pressing questions for our field today and into the future.

Join us on Tuesday, March 15 at 11:00 AM for an MLA Connect virtual exploration: Diverse Experiences on Diversity Audits! Are you curious about diversity audits but don't know where to start? Are you interested in learning more but unsure how they apply to your expertise? This webinar is for you. The webinar will have panelists from various library backgrounds that have completed or participated in a diversity audit. Each presenter will discuss their experience with these audits followed by panel Q & A.

Participants will become more aware of diversity audits, understand their value, and learn what skills and tools are needed to complete a diversity audit.

MLA Connect workshops and explorations are only $25 for MLA members!
Advocacy Hour - Intellectual Freedom: When the Challenges are Truly Political
On Thursday, March 17 we are pleased to welcome John Chrastka, founder of EveryLibrary for an MLA Connect Advocacy Hour about censorship and responding to book-banning. There are two sessions to choose from: join us live at 10:00 AM or join the afternoon replay (with live Q & A with John) at 4:30 PM! Use the links below to register!
When a book or materials challenge is made in good faith by people with legitimate interests in the outcome, then however difficult it is to follow policies and hold a dialog with your community, there will be an outcome that is in line with the First Amendment and your library's values.

However, there is an entirely different class of book bans that are political, politicized, and performative which must be understood in order to be properly engaged. Many times, these challenges use books to attack the library's funding, its staff, or even its existence as a community anchor. Other times, performative and politicized challenges seek to attack or negate the people the books represent.

In order to face these unusual types of challenges, library leaders need to see that they are more expansive than previous intellectual freedom fights and to be prepared to engage them on multiple fronts at once.

Join us for a discussion with EveryLibrary executive director John Chrastka about ways to anticipate and answer highly politicized challenges with integrity to your mission and compassion for the people your library serves. 

Please note recordings of all MLA Advocacy Hours are available to watch for free and on-demand on our website at
Special Guest
EveryLibrary’s founder is John Chrastka, a long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate. Mr. Chrastka is a former partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities. He is a former president and member of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – 2015) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Prior to his work at AssociaDirect, he was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA). He was named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal.
John Chrastka
Executive Director, EveryLibrary
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Vendor and Supporter Opportunities
Do you offer products and services for libraries? Don't miss the opportunity to connect with hundreds of library staff and support our upcoming Spring Institute for Youth Services 2022 happening March 10-11 in Mt. Pleasant and our MLA 2022 Annual Conference on October 19-21, 2022 in Port Huron, Michigan!

Contact Amber Sheerin, MLA Program and Event Director at (517) 881-3194 or [email protected] to learn more about sponsoring or exhibiting at Spring Institute for Youth Services 2022 or MLA 2022 Annual Conference.
Do you have news you want to share? Contact Lisa Buttigieg at [email protected] to share news of promotions, new hires, appointments, awards or a tribute in memoriam.
On the Move
Congratulations to Jennifer Dean who has accepted the director position at the University of Flint Library. All the best Jennifer!
After 25 years of service to the White Lake Township Community, Denise Stefanick is retiring. Many thanks for your many years of dedication!
Ann Arbor District Library director Josie Parker is retiring after serving the community for 20 years. Our heartfelt congratulations to Josie!
In Memoriam
Jim Pletz
The Michigan library community mourns Jim Pletz who passed away on Friday, February 18. Jim was an active and engaged member of MLA for many years before his retirement in 2020 from The Library Network. He will be greatly missed.
Advertise on MLA’s Job Board
Members receive deep discounts on job postings through the MLA Career Center job board. Learn more here.
Pontiac Public Library – Pontiac, MI

White Lake Township Library – White Lake Township, MI

View these jobs and more at the MLA Career Center.
Fight Censorship
With the severe uptick in local and statewide book challenges, ALA offers this clearinghouse of resources to assist library workers and library advocates in responding to and supporting others facing those challenges. Report challenges to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and let ALA know if you need assistance.
Mask Up, Michigan

Residents who need masks can pick one up from partner sites across the state.

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Nominations for the 2022 Michigan Humanities Awards are Now Open
Michigan Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce that the nominations for the 2022 Michigan Humanities Awards are now open. Awards will be selected from three different categories, and a panel of current and former board members, MH staff, and...
Arts & Humanities Touring Grants

The Touring Grant Application is now closed. Funding Cycle 1 has concluded. All funds are committed. Next funding cycle will open on February 1st. Click the link below for the new changes to the program for the 2022 grant period.

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Humanities Grants

Humanities Grants emphasize collaboration among cultural, educational and community-based organizations and institutions in order to serve Michigan's people with public humanities programming. These grants play a vital role in defining our...

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DigMich Newspaper Grant | Clarke Historical Library |...

Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library is pleased to offer an award to improve access to a Michigan newspaper. The funds will be used for: ​Scanning and placing online of a previously microfilmed Michigan newspaper ​Microfilming, ...

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2021-22 Great Michigan Read Title Announcement

The 2021-22 Great Michigan Read - chosen by regional selection committees representing all corners of Michigan - is The Women of the Copper Country, by Mary Doria Russell!

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Bridging Michigan Grants

Bridging Michigan grants provide Michigan nonprofits with up to $2,500 that can be used to spark in-depth thinking and conversation around the persistent social, economic, and cultural issues of systemic inequity that divide our communities. This ...

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35g – Innovative Community Library Grants

The Michigan Department of Education is announcing a grant to eligible school districts that have established innovative community libraries.

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GIG Fund

What is the GIG Fund? Arts Midwest's Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund provides financial support to arts...

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