Gold in Michigan cover

Find yourself some gold in Michigan

Gold in Michigan
MARC Geologic Research Services
1987

This is more pamphlet than book. It is more of a general summary of gold discoveries in Michigan. This is basically a county guide to gold discoveries. It is geared to the lay person and it would be a natural choice for any public library in Michigan.

It is a weeder because its physical binding is gone, the typeset is terrible to read and the images are fuzzy. There are also no direct citations other than an author’s note that the information was from state and national records. However, depending on the item’s condition and collection parameters, it might be a keeper. I doubt this would be important to geology research, but it could be helpful for historical or genealogical leads.

michigan geography front cover 1984

Michigan Geography

Michigan: A Geography
Sommers
1984

Right before my library closed for the pandemic, I had started a pile of “interesting” weeds. This one was headed to the recycle bin as it was more tape than book.  I managed a quick scan and promptly forgot about it.

This is truly a geography book geared to a more academic or adult audience. It is a rather large paperback and on first glance I thought it was geared to kids. The contents are focused on basic demographic and physical description of the states. It is not for kids. It is basic descriptions and data from the late 1970s. Aside from some interesting illustrations, it is clearly out of date.

Discover Michigan cover

Michigan, My Michigan

Discover Michigan
McConnell
1981

My Story of Michigan Geography
Callahan
1937-1941
Revised 1951

January 26, 2013 is Michigan’s Statehood Day, or as the kids will be calling it, Michigan’s 176th birthday. In preparation for our program, I was pulling materials.  Tucked away in the 977s were these ancient books. Usually, I can’t get enough of this kind of material, since every 3rd grader in the state is studying all sorts of Michigan topics like cities, the Great Lakes, and of course, the Mackinac Bridge.  Neither of the above books has circulated much. For today’s kids these are duds.  (The second one was published before the Big Mac was built, which automatically discounts its value).