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Clarke Historical Library

January 2018

DigMichNews Reaches 300K Pages

Clarke Historical Library's internet hosting service for newspapers has achieved a landmark. The total number of pages now available online at DigMichNews has reached three hundred thousand. This number represents more than thirty one thousand issues from over fifty titles. The latest additions include historic newspapers from Kalamazoo. Kudos to DigMichNews!

Speaker Series

The Spring series features a half dozen events. Many are related to the upcoming exhibition (dis)ABLED BEAUTY, on loan from Kent State University. Others include author Hank Meijer discussing his latest work and a faculty panel presentation on Harry Potter. Unless otherwise noted, events will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Park Library Auditorium and will be followed by a reception. The Harry Potter marathon reading of the Order of the Phoenix will take place all day in Park Library?s Baber Room. All events are free and open to the public.

Feb. 8 Exhibit Opening: (dis)ABLED BEAUTY: the evolution of beauty, disability and ability. Presentation by Heidi McKenzie, founder of Alter Ur Ego, a designer of adaptive clothing for people in wheelchairs. In 2007, an accident left speaker Heidi McKenzie without the ability to feel from the chest down. She subsequently founded Alter Ur Ego, to design clothing for herself and her ?wheelie? friends. This presentation is made possible by Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Feb. 21 & 22 The International Appeal of Harry Potter
Two days of events celebrating a most notable literary wizard. On February 21, a panel of CMU professors will discuss the Potter series. In the Baber Room on February 22, there will be a reading marathon of the Order of the Phoenix in over a dozen languages. These events are made possible by the John and Audrey Cumming Endowment.

March 15 Jane Hash, spokesperson and model for Classy Little Fashions will talk about clothing for non-standard body types. The Classy Little Fashions Foundation supports individuals who have non-standard body types by developing age appropriate, fashionable clothing.

March 19 Hank Meijer discusses his book: Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century. Longtime NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts writes of Meijer?s work, ?every member of Congress should read this book.? Join us to discover why. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Critical Engagements Speaker Series of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

March 21 @ 6:30pm KT Maviglia was diagnosed with Sensorineural Hearing Loss in the fourth grade. She is an accomplished woman who was crowned Miss Michigan in 2014 and will share her story about her journey with hearing loss.

Individuals in need of an accommodation should contact the Library at or by phone 989-774-1100.

Spring Hours

The dates of upcoming Saturday hours at the Clarke are as follow: Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 17, 24, 31 from 9am-noon.

Tweet Your Vote for the Next Michigan Historic Newspaper to be Available Online

Voting for the annual newspaper digitization grant award will run from January 22-27. The award covers scanning and placing online of up to 9,000 pages of a previously microfilmed Michigan newspaper OR microfilming, scanning, and placing online of up to 4,000 pages of a Michigan newspaper. During the fall, communities from throughout Michigan submitted applications for their projects. Selected as finalists are the communities listed below. Further information about the projects is available on the Clarke web site.
2018 DigMichNews Grant Finalists