Records Retention and Disposal Information for Michigan Public Libraries

White Pine Library Cooperative went through boxes that were kept for years and needed to eliminate a lot of the papers and dated information.

There are certain items that need to be kept for different amounts of time.  We used the State of Michigan  Records Retention and Disposal Schedule, General Schedule #17 – Public Libraries.  This schedule defines how long records need to be retained to satisfy administrative, fiscal, legal, and historical requirements, and they specify if/when records can be destroyed. 

Here’s the link to the schedule that was used:  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dtmb/RMS_GS17_640201_7.pdf

You can also find this information on the White Pine Library Cooperative Resources page:  https://wplc.org/resources/

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Free & Open Sourced PDF books for children’s mental health


COVID19 Books for Children from Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan (4 titles).

When Everything Opens – a response story and distance Learning during COVID-19  – FREE registration and download from Teachers Pay Teachers.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Resources & Activities

Developmental Trauma, Children and Family Mental Health, and more resources from Beacon House Therapeutic Services (UK).

ACES Too High Resources on adverse childhood experiences.

Managing COVID-19 Anxiety (all ages) from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, including

My Pandemic Story: A Guided Activity Workbook for the World’s Children, Families, Teachers, and Caregivers from The Children’s Psychological Health Center.

COVID-19 Time Capsule from Loving Creations.

Barefoot Books At-Home Activity Books include “Managing Anxiety “and “Mindfulness for All Ages.”

Tech Tips

Families & Tech During COVID-19 from Navigating Screens Project (LSTA).

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic from Common Sense Media.

Provided by Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator, Library of Michigan


COVID-19 Resources