Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

March 20, 2012

An opening reception for the new National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” will take place Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Wayne State University‘s Shiffman Medical Library.  The exhibit can be viewed until April 28, 2012 as part of the Spring 2012 Arts in the Atrium program sponsored by Shiffman Medical Library and the WSU School of Medicine.  

“Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked.  Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.”    -from the program flyer

A Community Educational Program will take place Saturday April 14, 2012 at the Margherio Family Conference Center.   Topics on the agenda include, among others, African Americans & the Civil War, Medicine in Detroit in the 1860’s, and The Civil War and Nursing.  The special guest speaker will be Jeff O’Den, historical documentary filmmaker.

Find out a lot more about this subject and this exhibit at


Elmore Leonard presented by WCCCD and GPPL

February 17, 2012

Elmore Leonard will discuss his experiences with Hollywood and adapting his books to movies and television, including his latest book Raylan, companion piece to the television series Justified (FX), on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.  This event is presented by the Wayne County Community College District and the Grosse Pointe Public Library and is open to the public at no cost, but seating is limited!  Click here to register!

SS. Cyril & Methodius Patronal Feast

February 7, 2012

Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library invites patrons and friends of the community to the 2nd Annual Patronal Feast Celebration dinner on February 11, 2012.

Autumn Rhapsody

November 3, 2011

Polish Mission hosts Detroit Vintage Jazz Concert Fundraiser

Friday November 18th, 2011
Orchard Lake Schools Art Gallery

ORCHARD LAKE, MI –The Polish Mission will hold a gala autumn fundraiser with singer Kira Frabotta and Pianist Mike Jellick.  Both are Detroit-raised young musicians with a unique repertoire of jazz from the early 20th c.  that will set the tone as Orchard Lake’s Art Gallery transforms into a 1930s jazz club for the evening.  Kira’s clean soprano top is balanced by a smooth mezzo/alto sweetness, along with her natural ability to scat like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  Her sultry swing jazz style was influenced by the greats: Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, and Anita O’Day.  Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Livonia, MI, Mike Jellick is one of the most sought-after pianists in the midwest.  He has private studios teaching both jazz and classical theory and performance in both the Detroit area and Kalamazoo.  Mike has been awarded commissions by groups ranging from small private schools to larger corporations, groups, and non-profits: Most notably, Lincoln Center.  

Josh James and the St. Mary’s Jazz Orchestra will open the show with a special performance at 7:00pm, then Frabotta and Jellick will perform selections in Polish and English to celebrate the opening of the largest exhibit in America dedicated to Polish master painter Zofia Stryjeńska.  Stryjeńska is known as the “Princess of Polish Painting,” and her avant garde style consumed her art and her life during the period between the two World Wars.  Stryjeńska’s signature “old meets new” style combined Polish country themes with modern art deco graphic design and vibrant colors.  Her dynamic delivery of that concept made her works some of the most recognizable and influential pieces in the panorama of Polish masters.  Six pieces will be on display.

Detroit’s own Cadieux Café will entice guests with Belgian and Polish cuisine, and fall and choice wine selections at the open wine bar from Leelanau Cellars will set the mood for a truly Detroit-themed jazz gala.  Individual tickets $50; a pair is $80.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting, or by calling (248)-682-1885.

Great Michigan Read

October 11, 2011

“Join the statewide discussion about an incredible moment in Michigan history”

Read the book by Kevin Boyle Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age and join the entire state in a book club from the Michigan Humanities Council.   There are many events happening between now and June 2012.  Tons of details can be found here:

An author tour will kick off October 22, 2011 at the Alpena County Library.  To see the full author tour schedule, click here:

Some events in the Detroit area include:  “Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins,” October 20, 2011, 7 PM, Orion Township Public Library,  “Detroit in the Roaring Twenties,” October 25, 2011, 7 PM, Plymouth District Library, and “Arc of Justice Dramatization and Panel Discussion,” January 14, 2012, 1 PM, Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History.

In addition, “We Don’t Want Them,” a traveling exhibit produced in partnership with Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion will stop at the Greater Flint Arts Council / Flint Transit Authority (downtown Flint transfer station), Three Rivers Public Library (Three Rivers), Davenport University (Grand Rapids), Peter White Public Library (Marquette), Detroit Science Center (Detroit), Interlochen / Traverse Area District Library / Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City), Castle Museum of Saginaw History / Saginaw News (Saginaw), Old Mill Museum (Dundee), and Artworks (Big Rapids).

DALNET at Internet Librarian 2011

September 21, 2011

DALNET Systems Librarian Cathy Wolford will be speaking at Internet Librarian 2011 as part of the conference’s popular Cybertours.  The theme of the 15th annual conference is “Revolutionizing the Net with Content, Connections & Conversations.”  This year’s conference takes place October 17th – 19th. 

Cathy’s discussion is titled “Using YouTube Playlists for Collection Development.”  The description is as follows: “Delivering library services in new formats is becoming the norm. This cybertour looks at using YouTube, the world’s largest and best-known online video brand, which has a convenient way to organize user-created videos into collections.  Learn how to create and customize your YouTube channel and playlists, excel at video selection analysis, and understand the various types of YouTube accounts and their benefits. Filled with lots of tips on how to integrate YouTube playlists into other library while dealing with the use of third-party content.”

Cathy has presented or had poster sessions at many conferences including national ones like Computers in Libraries and Special Libraries Association, as well as local ones like the Michigan Library Association annual conference and Academic Libraries.  This is a great way get DALNET’s name recognized on a local, regional and national level.

Teaching art across the K-12 curriculum

July 8, 2011

Institute for Arts Infused Education

Marygrove College’s Institute for Arts Infused Education provides professional training for artists, principals, in-service and pre-service teachers. The Institute has designed two training sessions, held Aug. 16 & 17, 2011, to focus on methodology and pedagogy of integrating arts across the K-12 curriculum and to provide professional development for those interested in and/or working in the field. Participants are eligible to earn .6 SBCEU’s per day. To register, please telephone (866) 903-3033. Registration ends July 20.
 -From the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan July 2011 Newsletter