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MeL Minute: Build a Program Around Scarecrow Day

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Brought to you by Christine Schneider of the MeL Team:

Why did a scarecrow win the Nobel prize?... Because he was outstanding in his field!
For more than a century now, people in the U.S. have celebrated Scarecrow Day on the first Sunday of July.  To help Michigan celebrate on July 1st of this year, we wanted to offer some great ideas for programming at your library or for families to do together at home using MeL resources!
1.Host a “How to Build a Scarecrow” activity From General Reference Center Gold: ·Fragrant scarecrow. (Seasonal Scent) ·Recycle Sam tin-can scarecrow ·Corny, creative scarecrows ·

Google Sites - Duplicate a Site

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You now have the ability to duplicate a Google Site!  Most exciting part of this for schools, this means you can create building or district page templates which can then be duplicated by others (or duplicated by you and the copy shared with others) to keep a consistent theme over multiple sites in your domain. 

The addition of Duplicate site is now available in the More menu -


When you select to Duplicate a site, you will get a window that:

lets you rename it, save it in a different folder than the original siteallows you to copy the share settings (or not) 

After clicking OK - it will give a message of Copying... on the window.  Depending on the size of the site you are duplicating, this may be there several minutes -

When the duplicate site is created, a message appears at the bottom of the current site asking if you want to open the copy.  (I note this as you DO NOT want to make changes on the site that is visible as that is your original site.)

That's it!

MeL Minute: MeL databases classes now open for enrollment

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The new semester of MCLS MeL Databases classes is now open for enrollment. These classes are held monthly August through November and all are half-hour webinars. Michigan libraries across the state work very hard every day to make meaningful, positive impacts in their communities. 
Take a look and sign up now for the upcoming webinars! https://store.mcls.org/  The webinars are topical and range from school resources, to history, business, and more. They are taught by subject specialist Michigan library staff.
The semester kicks-off August 29 at 3:30pm with Back to School with MeL. That class is followed up on September 26 with MeL Small Business Resources. All classes in this series are free and open to all Michigan library staff, educators, and other interested users.
These webinars are recorded and made available on-demand anytime on the MCLS website. Additionally, provided are slides from the webinars and hyperlinked documents which connect you directly with the featured resources/…