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Library of Michigan Crisis Update (14 August 2009)
Column published: 14 August 2009
By: Shirley Gage Hodges   Biography & Archived Articles

This article is an update to previous articles that outline the Governor of Michigan's plan to close Michigan's state library, and the grass-roots effort to reverse the decision before it is too late.

To catch up on the news about this topic see:
Your support is needed to help save the historical collection of the Library of Michigan. If Michigan is able to shut down its state library without public reaction, other state and provincial libraries will be next.

Make sure you are checking the Michigan Genealogical Council's web page every day or two. They have actually designated a page for news about the Library of Michigan. Go to:

Take time to scroll down through the site so you are up to date on the latest developments. It is wonderful to see all of the organizations that are getting behind our cause. I was delighted to see a statement by the American Library Association. Hopefully, our Governor and representations and senators will soon realize that they have a lot of concerned people who are becoming involved in this situation who are voters in this state. Our out-of-state friends are also very important because they come to Michigan to spend dollars, which are very valuable to the State's economy.

Scan through the list of places that have given us media coverage. Let them know how much we appreciate it. If you know of other sources, be sure that you contact them and encourage them to get involved.

It was delightful to see people of all ages at the Hands Around The Library Rally on August 5th. We had the full range of ages and experiences present. We so appreciated the fact that our younger generation was eager to help the cause.

Kyle and Zoe Christensen carrying Western Michigan Genealogical Societies banner.
Photo credit: © Roger Moffat

The Michigan Library Association is holding an event at the Capitol on September 10, 2009.

Details will be available on their website. Mark this date on your calendar. We need to spread the word about this rally so that we can get huge numbers of supporters of the Library of Michigan there.

It is imperative that we continue to contact the Governor and our representatives and senators. We understand that they don't get too concerned until they get a large number of messages. Don't just stop by contacting your representative but also contact those representating other districts. They all work for all of us. It is important that we are specific in our messages. We need to stress that the collection is kept intact and accessible for all the citizens of Michigan.

In these difficult economic times our citizens desperately need their libraries. It sometimes is the only place that they can go to find the resources that they need.

I would encourage you to think about the people you know that you can ask to help us. This is something that is important to genealogists, historians, librarians, school teachers and students. If we can get all of our friends to help we can make a difference.

Until next time :)

Shirley Hodges

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