Mott Library News

March 2016

Women's History Month at Mott Library

Mott Library has been busy this March with activities for Women's History Month. Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Mott Library, we were able to offer a screening of "Iron Jawed Angels", a film about the suffrage movement in America. Don't worry if you missed the first showing! There will be a second screening on April 4 at noon in the Event Center.

Additionally, we have a wonderful showcase display of books on the history of women and women's issues. Accompanying the books in the display are cut outs of various famous American women. Stop at the circulation desk to pick up a sheet and see if you can identify these women.

Mott Library Supports GEARup2READ 2016

(From the press release) GearUp2Lead, a nonprofit organization in Flint, has partnered with the Flint andGenesee Literacy Network, Brandon Publishing, The Flint Public Library, The Crim Fitness Foundation and Barnes and Noble of Flint for the first annual GEARup2READ Book Drive! Organizers have set a target of putting books in the homes of over 1,000 families in Flint and Genesee County during March, which is also recognized

as National Reading Month. They are seeking additional community entities and individuals to help them reach this goal.

GearUp2Lead is recruiting Heroic Literacy Agents to donate books or funds for the purchase of reading materials for children throughout the county. A list of suggested books with the heroic principles of growth mindset, empathy, action, and responsibility have been placed on the organization’s website to help guide purchases, yet, all children’s books are welcome and accepted for the Book Drive. To date, multiple

organizations have signed on to donate including Mott Community College. The effort has even garnered support from as far as Coyote Ridge Elementary School in Glendale, Arizona!

According to Adam Hartley, Executive Director of GearUp2Lead, “This purposeful and timely book drive was designed to place heroic stories in our children's hands and help them develop the principles necessary to be positive change agents. The importance of cultivating a growth mindset, nurturing a sense of empathy, taking action, and accepting responsibility when it comes to improving our community are invaluable lessons. Heroic

readers become heroic leaders!”

Katie Hugelier, Community Business Development Manager of Barnes and Noble believes children need to be supported in reading what they enjoy and heroic themes can peak that interest. “A child who tells me they hate to read, is a child who hasn't found the right book. I make it my mission to find the right one. There is nothing better

when you make that connection and they come back for more.”

The Book Drive will distribute the books collected through its’ various partners such as Flint and Genesee Literacy Network, and Flint Public Library to insure they get into the homes of children in Genesee County. To donate personally or to become an organizational Heroic Literacy Agent visit GearUp2Lead’s website at or call Adam Hartley at 810.429.6927. You can also drop off book donations in the box located at Mott Library.

New at Mott Library - We Have Audiobooks!

Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Mott Library, audiobooks are now available for checkout. You'll find them located near the Best Sellers collection. Have a title you'd like to hear? Let us know!

Friends of the Mott Library Best Sellers Collection March 2016

Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World by Kevin Bales.
The co-founder of the largest abolitionist organization in the world identifies key links between environmental destruction and human trafficking while outlining new approaches to solving both crises. By the author of Disposable People.

A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance by Theodora Ross.
An authoritative reference for people facing a genetic predisposition to cancer draws on the author's experiences as both an oncologist and genetic melanoma survivor to explain how to identify risk patterns, obtain testing and make informed decisions without fear.

A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan.
Depicts Abraham Lincoln in his 20s and 30s, as he works as a lawyer and in the state legislature and spends time with a fictional poet, Cage Weatherby. By the author of The Gates of the Alamo.

Life-Changing Magic: Spark Joy Every Day by Marie Kondo.
A follow-up to the best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up shares the highly sought Japanese cleaning consultant's detailed methods for organizing closets, folding clothes and minimizing clutter.

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf.
Haunted by the unsolved murder of his mother in his teens, Sarah Quinlan's husband, Jack, is forced to confront the past in the wake of a devastating accident and disturbing family questions. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Silence.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee.
A legendary opera singer tries to discover who betrayed her secret past as a courtesan when she is offering her a chance at immortality through a libretto that tells her tale in the new novel from the author of Edinburgh.

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth.
While a couple with early-stage Alzheimer's disease struggles to hold fast to their memories and growing relationship with one another, a chef at their assisted-living facility questions her willingness to help them in the wake of a tragic incident. By the best-selling author of The Secrets of Midwives.