Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pocket Guide by Cheryl Poch

Our Fowlerville Librarian is back with more wonderful information on the latest and greatest reads. Books worth exploring. Today's book is a pocket guide for Michigan.

What’s in a name? If you are from Michigan – would you rather be called a Michigander or a Michiganian? I prefer Michigander myself.

It’s always fun to learn new facts about our grand old state of Michigan. Here are a few I came across in a little book called My First Pocket Guide - Michigan.

Michigan got its name from the Ojibwa Indians. This tribe is also known as the Chippewa. They called Michigan, michigama, which means “great waters.” And did you know that Michigan is the only state that is divided into two distinct parts?

Speaking of names – Michigan is not the only name by which our state is recognized. We have a few other nicknames, official and unofficial like The Great Lakes State, Wolverine State and Water Wonderland.
Here are some special Michigan-related words to learn – you can ask your friends if they know how to spell these as you read them out-loud -- Keweenaw, Mackinaw, Manistique, Menominee, Ontonagon, Peninsula, Tahquamenon.

Discover Michigan – take a trip – read a book.

Cheryl L. Poch, Director
Fowlerville District Library
131 Mill St. P.O. Box 313
Fowlerville, MI 48836

Just like Cheryl, I prefer Michigander. How about you?

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