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Library of Michigan Crisis Update (20 August 2009)
Column published: 20 August 2009
By: Shirley Gage Hodges   Biography & Archived Articles

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.

Time is running out for the Library of Michigan so we all need to intensify our efforts. Contact your representatives as often as you are able. If you cannot speak with them, talk with their aides. We need to find individuals who are insightful and brave enough to sponsor and vote to veto Governor Granholm's Executive Order 2009-36.

The only way we can win this thing is if we come at them with a unified front with all the groups involved. Think about all of your friends and their affiliations and contact them and ask them to help us. Some groups to consider: American Historical Association; Children of the American Revolution; Colonial Dames of America; DAR; Friends of Michigan History; MOLLUS Friends; 7th Michigan Friends; SUVCW Friends and The Mayflower Society. Put your thinking caps on and I bet you will come up with some other groups of people you could contact.

Ways to Help Save the Library of Michigan

Mark Sept. 10, 2009 on your calendar. The Michigan Library Association is holding an event at the Capitol on that day. Talk with your friends and see if you can organize some car pools. Details will be available on their website.

They have added a wonderful tool to their web site to help individuals write their legislators via that site. All they have to do is enter their ZIP code, customize their message and send. They have the option of sending e-mail messages or have it produce a letter. Look for the button that says Write Your Legislators Now.

The Michigan Genealogical Council will be hosting a one-day seminar at the Library of Michigan, Saturday, September 19, 2009. There is a downloadable information and registration form available. We need to pack the place so that they can see how many people do come to events sponsored by the library. The deadline is Sept. 14 but it would assist them greatly if you could get your registration in early.

Contact both the Democratic and Republican headquarters for MI and ask them to remind their representatives that we are concerned citizens, we do vote, support their campaigns and have long memories.
  • Secchia-Weiser Michigan Republican Center, 520 Seymour St., Lansing, MI 48933; Phone: 517-487-5413; FAX: 517-487-0090.

  • Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 606 Townsend, Lansing, MI 48933, (517) 371-5410
Web sites to check daily for new information We must remain diligent and do everything we can to make sure that those in power realize that we will hold them responsible for the decisions they make when we enter the voting polls and are asked for campaign contributions.

In closing, Governor Granholm could learn a lot from Pennsylvania's Governor Rendell who's opinion about library funding was recently published in the Boston Business Journal.

Until next time :)

Shirley Hodges

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