This Friday’s Art Walk Will Come With An Added SHIVER

book-monthEvery month on the second Friday Downtown Flint celebrates the arts with the Art Walk, an event created years and years ago via a collaboration between the local independent galleries and the event continues to grow and evolve over time.  The walk itself focuses on the gallery space downtown – Buckham Gallery and Greater Flint Arts Council – but other venues such as Red Ink Studios (located in the same building as the Flint Local 432 all ages music club on First Street), Pages Bookstore, The Lunch Studio and other sites have joined in as additional venues where artists and musicians can showcase their work.  This month another venue joins the walk as MLive will host five local writers who will be offering their own twists on classic summer reading.  The event at MLive (located on Saginaw Street across from Blackstone’s) is called the Summer Shiver Book Tour and features five authors from the Flint area who each will be bringing books that will throw some very long and very deep shadows and all of them will be available to sign their books and speak with people if anyone has any questions about their work. The books will range from stories of the undead, to tales of romantic terror, to a university that has a strange and mysterious history, and on to non-fiction books about movies, and even books perfect for the littlest ghosts and goblins in the house.

Summer is a time many take to kick back and spend some time in a good book – electronic or traditional – and the Summer Shiver Tour is a great opportunity to meet some local authors and find out more about their work and for those looking to add a chill to the warm weather months this could be just the place to start.

Summer Shiver Book Tour

MLive Office – Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint

Friday, June 11, 2014

6PM – 8PM


Avoid The Bad Weather With A Digital Escape From The Library

Open book on stack of closed booksAs beautiful as the seasons are in Michigan there are times when you just can’t escape the effects the weather has on your day to day life.   While these occasions are blissfully rare there are times when the best thing you can do is stay at home and out of the chaos.  Staying in can get very, very boring no matter how many distractions we have but we often forget the amazing resources that are available to us via our local libraries and the simple pleasures that can be found in reading or listening to a book.  In the past few years our local and regional libraries have been lending DVDs and Blu Ray films out to people with valid library cards and it’s surprising how many big name films they have. The same goes with graphic novels, which are a collected comic book or a comic book story with one discernable arc.  There have also been strides made to bring books to you electronically and libraries have also become pioneers in digital book lending.  Digital lending allows you to check out books electronically to read on your digital readers and tablets at home.  Using this service and its appropriate free software you can check out electronic books and audiobooks for free.  Now, not every device is compatible but there is a list of devices that are and it’s worth the effort to look into what will work for you.

It’s hard to be cooped up in the house when the weather can turn nasty but in those times the library has you and your family covered.  We often overlook the many resources available to us at our libraries but this is the perfect time to re-acquaint yourself with what they offer.  You might just be surprised!

For more information on what the Flint Public Library and the Genesee District Library offer, please follow these links.

Flint Public Library –

Genesee District Library –

There is information on their online services and help to aid you in getting the information you need use them.