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Friday, August 05, 2022 03:21 PM

Patmos Library Millage

August 5, 2022

The Michigan Library Association stands in solidarity with the Patmos Library Board of Trustees on the decision to retain a small collection of LGBTQIA+ materials on their library shelves. We are equally disheartened to learn that continued funding for the library was defeated on the August primary ballot because the library would not remove these materials. 

We recognize that individuals have the right and responsibility to make decisions about what materials are suitable for themselves and their own families. We also stand united with the majority of the Patmos Library Board, and with librarians across the nation in upholding our Constitutional protections. The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. No one has the right to make rules restricting what other people read or to make decisions for other families. Freedom only exists when individuals can make their own choices. When a book is banned by those who want to censor voices they don’t agree with, our democracy itself is threatened.

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News - Advocacy
Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

MI Right to Read - Intellectual Freedom Fact Sheet

MI Right to Read is an MLA initiative coordinated through the leadership of the Intellectual Freedom Task Force to protect the right to read in Michigan. Visit MIRighttoRead.com today to join the coalition. View resources to assist libraries with first amendment challenges at milibraries.org/intellectual-freedom-toolkit.

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News - MLA
Written by Deborah E. Mikula, MLA Executive Director   

Letter From Debbie

July 29, 2022

It is fun to reminisce about the first conferences I ever planned back in the mid-1980s for those operating historic theatres. Lasting a full week, over 150 attendees would hop on four tour buses and we would go from place to place to place, a different hotel every evening, visiting historic theatres in a particular region of the country (Texas, North Carolina, California, Detroit to Toronto), conducting educational sessions with renowned experts in theatre renovations and operations, and sharing wonderful meals and networking time with those that had something very unique in common. The planning and coordination of these events was fun and exhausting all at the same time. 

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News - MLA
Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

Welcome to MLA's 2022-2023 Ambassadors

We are so proud of our ambassadors! Check out the new MLA workgroups and committees webpage for a who's who of MLA members that have stepped up to represent MLA and the Michigan library community.

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News - MLA
Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

Join the MLA Mentor Program

Are you looking for new ways to develop professionally while connecting with other Michigan library workers? As a mentor or mentee, you and your partner will be matched based on your interests and then set your own goals as a team. The Mentor Program is a flexible partnership based on the schedule and communication preferences of the mentor and mentee.

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News - MLA
Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

MI Library Is Now, MI-83 Project Survey

Digital Content? Statewide Advertising? How great is it that your library received thousands of free audio and ebook content available in perpetuity through OverDrive for your community? And a statewide marketing campaign to let all residents know what is available at their local library? Pretty great, right? We agree!

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News - MLA
Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

MLA Youth Literary Awards Lists

Visit us on the web at milibraries.org/youth-literary-awards to learn more about the MLA Mitten, YouPer (Young Person), and Thumbs Up! Awards, download award seals to use at your library or view lists of past winners and honor books. Click here to view the 2022 Youth Literary Awards announcement on Facebook to give it a share and a like!

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