Swank Movie Licensing information

For those of you that have your subscription to Swank Movie Licensing through White Pine, just a reminder that they have extended the coverage through December 2021.

The company knows that there are no in-person movies happening right now and that was the reason to extend the license through this year.

If you are able to hold outdoor movie events, they have approved select titles for outdoor showings.

Approved Titles

image of movies titles located on Swank Movie licensing page

New Michigan COVID-19 Webpage

A new state tool shows which activities are still not allowed in Michigan due to the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

With over 160 coronavirus executive orders in Michigan, the new online webpage shows a chart of activities and indicates if the activity can resume or not in each Michigan region.

The site includes a map of the eight regions, revealing which phase each is in for the state’s MI Safe Start Plan.

Read the article on MLive.com

Now Closed -Office Furniture and Equipment for Sale

Items that are currently available to purchase. There is a suggested priced listed but best offers will be considered.

Please contact Sheila Good at sgood@wplc.org if you are interested.

All items are “As Is”. You will be responsible for pickup, but not until June 2020.

Scroll over each image for details and suggested price.

Outreach from MI Department of State

Michigan’s first-ever Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In Michigan, a randomly selected commission of citizens is responsible for drawing U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. Voters amended the state constitution in the November 2018 general election to make citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines (called “redistricting”). The commission will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party.

The Michigan Department of State is eager to engage you and your community to invite them to apply and inform them about the new free online notary services and email submission option for applications. MDS would greatly appreciate the opportunity to reach your community directly via email, newsletter, or a virtual townhall or video conference meeting.

The deadline to apply – June 1 – is only six weeks away, so we need to get the word out quickly. The current applicant pool statistics demonstrate great interest and enthusiasm from Michiganders of all backgrounds, but as you can see here there is more work to be done to generate applications from a broad cross-section of the state. 

This is an extraordinary moment for all Michiganders to get involved and ensure the fairness and integrity of our elections. MDS would truly appreciate the chance to invite your community to apply and be part of this transparent, citizen-led process.

If this is of interest to you, we would be happy to set up a call with the MDS team to discuss further details and opportunities. You can find out more at, RedistrictingMichigan.org, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @redistrictingMI.

Provided by,
Sally Marsh, Director of Special Projects,
Michigan Department of State
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

TechSoup for Libraries newsletter

If you don’t already get the TechSoup for Libraries newsletter consider signing up for it so you receive news about deeply discounted software that may be useful for your library organization. Below is the latest newsletter from TechSoup.

To subscribe to the TechSoup for Libraries newsletter: https://www.techsoup.org/subscribe-to-our-free-newsletters


The most recent newsletter has info on:

  • Free Office 365
  • Discounted Zoom subscriptions for libraries
  • Newsbytes with COVID resources and freebies
  • Library 2.0 mini-conference online in June for small and rural libraries

Provided by Shannon White, Library Development Manager, Library of Michigan

Soft Skills Academy from Library of Michigan

The Library of Michigan is excited to present free, online continuing education for Michigan library staff that you can access now from our website. You will need to create a user name and password but it’s free and easy and you only need to do it once for any/all of the courses. Each course takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Staff Skills Academy: Online CE through the Library of Michigan

You can limit courses by category. The categories are:

  • Cataloging
  • Customer Service
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Programming
  • Readers’ Advisory
  • Reference
  • Technology

Shared by Sonya Schryer Norris, Library Consultant, Library of Michigan on 4/10/2020

COVID-19 Resources

Mi Coronavirus Vaccine page – https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_103214—,00.html (includes Michigan’s draft vaccine plan).

To come: there will be a CDC VIS sheet about the COVID vaccine here https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html

Michigan’s Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Plan w/CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/michigan-jurisdiction-executive-summary.pdf

Harvard Health Letter- General consumer article on vaccine mis- and disinformation

APIC- Understanding herd immunity and the COVID vaccine

WHO- myths and misconceptions about vaccineshttps://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/vaccines-and-immunization-myths-and-misconceptions

Keep checking back with the NLM’s Medlineplus resource as they will continue to update consumer-level info on COVID vaccines as it becomes available. There’re also Medlineplus articles and tutorials on evaluating Internet health information.

Here is a “spotting fake news” handout from Cornell University: https://guides.library.cornell.edu/evaluate_news/infographic