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2016 State Librarian's Excellence Award

State Librarian's Excellence Award Dear Library Directors, Trustees, Institution Administrators, and Library Users,

The Library of Michigan Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2016 State Librarian’s Excellence Award are now being accepted.

The State Librarian’s Excellence Award recognizes a Michigan Library that best exemplifies excellence in customer service. Roger Mendel is sponsoring the $2,000 cash prize awarded to the winning library. The Foundation is pleased to announce this year that the Citation of Excellence Award amounts have increased from $500 to $1,000. Two runners-up will be recognized with a Citation of Excellence. All three award-winners will receive trophies for public display.

We hope you will consider nominating your library this year! The criteria is described on the attached nomination form. The deadline for nominations has been extended to August 26, 2016. Winners will be announced at the State Librarian’s Luncheon on Friday, October 28, 2016, during the 2016 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Lansing.

Library directors, trustees, library users, or administrators may make nominations. See the nomination form for details of submission requirements. If, after reviewing the full criteria, you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Library of Michigan Foundation office at (517) 373-1297. See the application>>

2016 Night for Notables

Michigan Notable Books The 2016 Night for Notables Event was an amazing success! The evening included a special award ceremony honoring the 2016 Notable Authors, a program featuring a panel of 3 previously honored Notable Authors who chronicled the lives of former Michigan Governors and a gala reception and book signing. The event was enjoyed by more than 200 guests who joined in this 13th annual celebration of Michigan’s rich literary history.

“Night for Notables” Features Authors Profiling Michigan Governors (press release)


March, 2016/LANSING – State Librarian Randy Riley, Consumers Energy Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Carolyn Bloodworth and State Representative Andy Schor join Riddle Elementary School students in celebrating a Grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to the Michigan Reads!, One state, One Children's Book Program.

Student Inspiration Project
The central goal of the Michigan Department of Education’s Student Inspiration Project is to inspire and motivate children from grades four through eight to commit to and more fully engage with their own education. The project was inspired by research which reveals that student motivation is lacking due to in-and-out of school dynamics. As the state of Michigan continues to address issues of content relevancy and delivery, the Student Inspiration Project will seek to promote projects and programs that give students ways to: 1) accommodate peer pressure by celebrating learning and achievement; 2) have a say in what and how they learn; and 3) authentically discover that they are not alone in their desire to learn.

The Student Inspiration Project will leverage private funds for support. The project accepts donations through the Library of Michigan Foundation. The Foundation provides opportunities for charitable giving to benefit, among other things, special programs and projects otherwise not provided through state or federal funding.

Learn more about the initiative from the Michigan Department of Education or visit the Student Inspiration Project Website.

Parties interested in getting involved can reach Kristen Harmeling at Kristen.Harmeling@YouGov.com or Ann-Marie Mapes at mapesa@michigan.gov.

Why The Foundation Exists
Established in 1985, the Library of Michigan Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, public charity governed by an independent Board of Directors. The Foundation exists to provide opportunities for charitable giving to benefit the Library and to provide funding for Library programs and projects otherwise not provided through state or federal funding. LEARN MORE >>

The Library of Michigan Foundation raises funds to support special programs, services and collections of the Library of Michigan. We invite you to learn more about our nonprofit charity. LEARN MORE >>

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