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Libraries

Every community has or has access to a public library. The Detroit Public Library, www.detroitpubliclibrary.org, is a State Library. Anyone showing identification of Michigan residency may borrow from this library located at 5201 Woodward, Detroit – in the Cultural Center (313) 481-1300. Currently, there are over twenty branches, including the Douglass Branch which has specialized services for the blind and handicapped. The Library Network offers an automated system which facilitates interloan borrowing among public libraries in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, St. Clair and a small part of Macomb. Some college, public and private school libraries are also users of the system. Free public tours are available. College and university libraries are available to the general public with different policy restrictions – please contact the individual college or university. Oakland Talking Book Service (OTBS) Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Rd, Rochester 48307 (248) 650-7150 www.otbs.rhpl.org Services include digital, braille, and talking books, large print collection and mail delivery service. The Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is located at 40900 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Township 48038, and offers free service for all Macomb county residents. Visit www.cmpl.org or call (586) 286-1580 for more information. Toll free number is (855) 203-5274.

Media

Community Papers and E-Newsletters Almost all cities and townships have access to a smaller weekly newspaper and/or online editions focusing on local community headlines. Check with local government offices or libraries for more information.

REGIONAL PAPERS INCLUDE: Detroit Free Press www.freep.com The Detroit News www.detnews.com The Daily Tribune www.dailytribune.com Serves Southeast Oakland County The Oakland Press www.theoaklandpress.com Serves all of Oakland County The Macomb Daily www.macombdaily.com Serves all of Macomb County Latino Press www.latinodetroit.com Livingston Daily Press and Argus www.livingstondaily.com Serves all of Livingston County The Flint Journal www.mlive.com/flintjournal Serves Genesee, North Oakland and Livingston Counties The Arab American News www.arabamericannews.com Detroit Jewish News www.thejewishnews.com www.mlive.com A statewide electronic news source which specifies local coverage in the Ann Arbor, Detroit and Flint areas and covers Michigan Auto and Metro Detroit Business News. www.patch.com Neighborhood online news covering everything from local government to things to do with your family. Patch covers a number of communities in the Metro Detroit area. Log on and check to see if there is a patch for your community. ADVERTISING Advertising Age www.adage.com

AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS Automotive News www.autonews.com Autoweek www.autoweek.com Detroit Auto Scene www.detroitautoscene.com Tech Center News www.techcenternews.com BUSINESS Crains www.crainsdetroit.com dbusiness www.dbusiness.com

LAW Detroit Legal News www.legalnews.com * Note: There are newspapers specific to Detroit, Flint-Genesee County, Macomb and Oakland Counties.

POLITICS Inside Michigan Politics www.insidemichiganpolitics.com

Maps and Road Information

Michigan Department of Transportation www.michigan.gov/mdot This website includes state and county maps, detailed maps of metro Detroit, city/county locator, city to city distance/time calculator, rest area/and welcome center locations, up to date construction maps, historic landmarks and scenic turnouts, state beaches, campgrounds, memorial highways, roadside parks and turnouts. Check with individual chambers or city offices for local road maps. www.MapQuest.com details directions for any specific route door-to-door.

Medical Referrals

Refer to the list of hospitals in the Health Care section.

Passports

U.S. Department of State www.travel.state.gov (877) 487-2770 A complete list of local metro Detroit passport acceptance facilities can be located by zip code. This includes post office, city hall and library locations. The fee structure for all types of passports including expedited services can be viewed on this site. Detroit Passport Agency (877) 487-2778 Appointment Required 211 W. Fort St., Detroit 48226 Expedited service center for international travel and obtaining visas quickly.

Public School Registration

The State of Michigan requires that a child be age 5 by September 1st in order to enter the school system. (Waiver available for children with birthdays between September 2 and December 1.) Education is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 18. Proof of inoculations are required for DTP, measles and polio. Exceptions apply to students who present a physician’s certificate of exemption or waiver, or to those who provide a statement of exemption for religious reasons. A new enrollee or transferee will register at the school to be attended. A list of school districts appears in the Education Section.

Pet Adoption & Licensing

Most communities will require that pet dogs be licensed and that some form of animal restraint be used. Since there are variations in costs and registration dates, please call municipal government offices for detailed instructions.

Michigan Humane Society www.michiganhumane.org

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Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland offer adoption, animal surrender and veterinary services. There are adoption services off-site at PetSmart retail stores in Dearborn, Roseville and Taylor and at Petco in Sterling Heights. Log on for detailed information. Michigan Human Society is now offering FREE pets to veterans and active soldiers!

Detroit Dog Rescue P.O. Box 806119, St. Clair Shores 48080 (313) 458-8014 • detroitdogrescue.com

Adopt or foster a great dog from this no kill shelter! Log on for pictures, applications, or information about how you can help.

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