Books and Reading
A collection of subscription databases, ebooks, and other online material paid for by the the Northville District Library or by the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL).
|Books & Authors
Thousands of award-winners, bestsellers and librarian favorites.
Recommended for upper elementary through high school. Full-text (1981-Present). Find over 2000 articles, ebooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias. Personal portfolios and tools allow users to tag articles, share links, take notes, build reading lists, and design timelines and slideshows. Includes reading level search, spell check, integrated dictionary and language.
|Expanded Academic ASAP
Meets research needs across academic disciplines with scholarly articles and reports.
|Literature Resource Center
Background information on contemporary and classic authors, critiques of novels, and more. This database paid for by Northville District Library.
Great tool for locating both novels and works of non-fiction, and resources for those who wish to talk about and promote books and reading. This database paid for by Northville District Library.
Audio Books & E-Books
- Download Destination
- E-Books for Research (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
- Project Gutenberg
Northville District Library Resources
- Battle of the Books - annual reading competition for middle schoolers
- Between the Lines Book Discussion
- Community Reads
- Kids - Websites for Authors, Book Awards, and Book Recommendations
- My Reading Log
- 100 Best Non-Fiction Books
- 100 Best Novels
- 100 Life-Changing Books - Chosen by National Book Award authors.
- 75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World
- ALA Book and Media Awards and Notables
- Banned and Challenged Classics (American Library Association)
- Book Awards (AwardAnnals)
- Book Browse
- Booklist Online - More than 130,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers
- Book Spot
- Complete Works of William Shakespeare
- Fiction_L Booklists
- Goodreads - The world's largest site for readers and book recommendations.
- Google Book Search
- Kirkus Reviews
- Library of Congress Catalog
- Library Journal Book Reviews
- MeLCat - Search the MeL Catalog for books, books on tape/CD/DVD, music, magazines, and more!
- Michigan Notable Books
- Modern Library's Best 100 Novels and Nonfiction Books
- National Book Foundation
- New York Review of Books
- New York Times Book Page
- NPR: Books
- Online Texts Collection (Internet Public Library)
- Oprah's Books
- Overbooked (a Web Site for Ravenous Readers)
- Poets.org - poetry, poems, bios & more; from the The Academy of American Poets
- Read.gov - The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.
- Reader's Robot (Reader's Advisory Service)
- Turning the Pages: Leaf Through Our Great Books (the British Library)
- What's Next? (Books in Series)(Kent District Library) Order of books in series.
- This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
- The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club by Rachel. W. Jacobson
- The Reader's Choice: 200 Book Club Favorites by Victoria Golden McMains
- Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason by Nancy Pearl
- More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason by Nancy Pearl
Portrait of William H. Maybury
The portrait, painted by J. Raeburn Middleton, was completed in 1934 under the auspices of the Public Works of Art Project. The PWAP was the first of four federal arts projects during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal administration. The PWAP was the first federal program to support the arts nationally, and employed thousands of artists during the Great Depression.
The Detroit Institute of Arts suggested to the U.S. GSA that it find a local site to display the painting, and the Northville District Library met the government requirements for housing the portrait that included climate control within the facility and a full-time professional staff. Alfred Ackerman, Head of Conservation and Painting Conservator for the DIA, and a 22-year Northville resident, restored the Maybury painting.
Photo Caption: Alfred Ackerman, Head of Conservation and Painting Conservator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Library Director Julie Herrin with the recently installed portrait of William H. Maybury .
(Photo courtesy of Steve Fecht)
Loan from the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration
Commissioned through the New Deal Art Projects
Local History Volunteer Opportunities
We Remember...Marian "Mernie" Hines
The Library and the Northville community fondly remember Mernie Hines, a dedicated Library volunteer, who passed away in 2011. Mernie worked diligently on the Northville Record Index project for many years, ensuring the excellent Index that patrons use today. She was instrumental in obtaining two grants, and trained and assisted volunteer indexers. The Index has been a valuable tool for local history buffs and general researchers over the past 20 years. Her volunteer work over a 10-year period contributed to the success of the Library's valuable Local History collection.
Northville District Library's Local History/Genealogy Collection has benefited from community members and organizations who have donated time and/or funding towards making our collection what it is. If you would like to volunteer, here are just a few ways you may do so.
Northville District Library
The Library has a number of local history projects in need of volunteer help.
Contact the library and see if a current project sounds interesting!
Northville Genealogical Society
The Northville Genealogical Society has donated their book and magazine holdings to the library's genealogy collection and have donated funds for purchasing additional genealogical materials. During designate times, or by appointment, members also donate their time to assist researchers.
Northville Historical Society
The Northville Historical Society maintains an archive at historic Mill Race Village on Griswold Street, across from Ford Field and offers many opportunities for those interested in volunteering.
ReferenceUSA Webcast FREE Training Sessions
Reference USA is a paid database provided to you by Northville District Library.
|ReferenceUSA® is a powerful online source of business and residential information for reference and research. Register for these free webcast training sessions by following the link on the listed session time(s) below. You will need an Internet connection and a phone line to participate.|
These are single, one time sessions, each one hour long.
Search Essentials: the Basics of ReferenceUSA®
Fridays: January 13 - March 30 at Noon (11 am Central)
Designed for the patron new to using ReferenceUSA®, this session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA®. The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA®, would want to know in order to be successful using the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques. Time allotted at end of session for questions.
Start, Manage, Grow! How Businesses can use ReferenceUSA®
Mondays: January 9 - March 26 at 11 am (10 am Central) or 3:30 pm (2:30 pm Central)
Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA® to find the critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business. Topics include: research prospects and prospective clients; locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally; network with other businesses in your area or industry; develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities; understand community demographics; survey locations for expansion; conduct competitive analysis; locate subject manager experts and professional services; source new employees; find investors, venture capitalists and angels; plan delivery routes and service areas.
Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies
Wednesdays: January 11 - March 28 at 11 am (10 am Central) or 3:30 pm (2:30 pm Central)
Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA® as part of their Career Searching Strategy. Included is information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes; creating engaging cover letters; assembling a network of references and referrers; finding key persons at a business to act as mentors; building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences; as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.
Local History Web Sites
- Northville Historical Society
- Northville Genealogical Society
- Novi Public Library
- Oakland County Historical Resources
- Plymouth Historical Museum
- Plymouth District Library
- Lyon Township Public Library
- Salem-South Lyon District Library
- Salem Area Historical Society
- Farmington Community Library Heritage Collection
- Canton Public Library
- Livonia Public Library
- Burton Historical Collection at Detroit Public Library
- Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan
- Michigan Death Index, 1867-1897
- MeL Michigana
- Michigan Biographical Index
- Michigan Family History Network
- Michigan Genealogical Council
- Making of Modern Michigan digitization project
- Michigan Genealogy on the Web
Resources from the State of Michigan
- Archives of Michigan
- Library of Michigan
- Michigan Cemeteries
- Michigan County Histories and Atlases
- Michigan Historical Center
- State Historic Preservation Office
- Vital Statistics
Census Information and Vital Records
- Library of Michigan 1870 Census Index
- National Archives 1940 Census Records
- Michigan census and demographic data
- Michigan Naturalization Records
- Where to write for vital records
- State death indexes
- How to obtain vital records
- Public Records Search
- African Ancestored Genealogy
- New England Historic Genealogical Society
- National Archives Resources for Genealogists
- Newspaper Archives
- Cyndi's List
- National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution)
- Ellis Island Immigration Records
- Brigham Young University family history and genealogy
- Family Search from the Latter Day Saints
- Federation of Genealogical Societies
- Military Records
- Ontario cemeteries
- U.K. and Ireland genealogy
- Bureau of Land Management - Land Records
- Canadian genealogy
- Civil War Soldiers Search
- Genealogy-specific search tool
- U.S. Geological Survey Historical Maps
- National Genealogical Society
- National Historical Geographic Information System
- Surname searches for published family trees
- Sons of Union veterans of the Civil War
- Free Genealogy and Family History Online