Feb 212019
Travel Michigan 
by RLHyde

More and more schools have had to make the hard decision to either keep or cut out the schools library. The sad thing is, that’s the schools first thing they think of when making budget cuts. Michigan has been one of the hardest hit with the budget cuts forcing schools to cut down on library costs. With technology becoming more and more prevalent, libraries are becoming old-fashioned an out of date. With the creation of the Nook and eReaders, paper books are becoming old school. With the connotation that paper books are becoming less and less popular, libraries itself are becoming something that can be sacrificed when making school budget cuts.

The sad part of this is, not all students have access to the Internet or technological devices such as the nook or eReader and they rely on having a reliable librarian and a well-stocked library for their research for school projects and assignments. Not everyone has access to the Internet and by schools making this assumption and cutting out the schools resources, it is negatively affecting the underprivileged students. Libraries that normally have two or three people on staff are now down to just one librarian, which makes finding one on one time with the librarian hard to come by. Not only are they letting go to most of the libraries staff, but they are hiring uncertified “librarians” that don’t know how to affectively help students within a library or help them with school work. They are just there to help check out books.

Librarians have always been there to help students and assist them in finding what they need to do there school assignment research. Now since so many students are going home and doing there research online, it is becoming less important for schools to have on staff, well-educated librarians. They now can hire more much cheaper, people who can be trained to check out books. In the past, the school library was the most important part of the school. It was the one-place schools were always upgrading and making better since it was so utilized by the students and teachers.

Schools upgraded libraries by adding computers, new software to help find books easier and integrated more and more technology into the library, but students are uninterested. The majority of students own computers at home and don’t feel the need to use the library because of that. Until the libraries becoming entirely technology based, featuring new devices that students don’t own, this generation of students will not be interested in going to libraries. 

Until all the books in the world get scanned into computers to be able to be read on devices such as eReaders and Nooks, libraries will still be standing. Unfortunately, technology is not always as good as the hard copy. Technology can have glitches and mistakenly erase important books, skip pages, Internet connection could be cut off and important information can be lost forever. People can fight the past and old ways as much as they want , but in the end, the most reliable option is keeping libraries open and running and keeping the books on the shelves.

For more information please visit Michigan School Rankings and Private School Rankings 

Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit Michigan School Ratings and Public School Rankings

Nov 192017

Michigan boasts the most registered boats in the US and 11,000 lakes in which to sail them. Tourists looking for metropolitan fun will find it in Detroit, the home of Motown soul music and Ford motorcars.

Visitors can also spend some time in the college city of Ann Arbor and the garden and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids. Northern Michigan relies on the tourism dollars that come in each year to support its economy.

The travel season to northern Michigan is heavy from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with a spurt around the fall color season. The biggest areas of tourism for the north are the historical sites, the city festivals, the Upper Peninsula destinations, Mackinac Island and the fall color season.

Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are among the biggest draws for visitors in Michigan. Mackinaw City is the city at the very tip of the Lower Peninsula, where the Mackinac Bridge begins.

About five miles to the northeast is Mackinac Island, which can only be reached by a ferry.

Mackinaw City has a historic fort and museum, and the Island also has a fort, reenactments and more museums to browse through.

The city has many artisan shops, including those selling the area’s specialty fudge. Mackinac Island uses horses and bikes to travel, since there are no private cars on the island.

The Grand Hotel, built in 1887, sits atop a hill in the middle of the island where it has views of the Straits of Mackinaw and Lake Huron. The hotel has luxury amenities, such as a spa, romantic baskets, honeymoon suites and golf getaways. As of 2010, the rooms ranged in price from $ 400 to $ 1,200 per night.

The northern section of Michigan is rich in historical sites. The maritime museum in Rogers City has displays of old vessels and artifacts from the lifestyle of the sailors.

The most interesting part is interacting with the staff, who walk, talk and dress like characters from that era. A shipwreck museum in Paradise has artifacts from 13 different shipwrecks which occurred in the Great Lakes.

There is a large tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior during a storm in the 1970s. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum in Northport is 150 years old.

There are exhibits of maritime history and artifacts from the era. This is the only lighthouse in Michigan which has a school-type museum, where you can sit in an old classroom to learn about the area, the lifestyle and the lighthouse.

Traverse City, Michigan is the black cherry capital of the United States. Not only does spring kick off the road construction season, it’s the beginning of the spring and summer festivals in Michigan.

Many small communities and even the larger cities have a specialty they produce and highlight it during a weekend or a week-long festival. There is the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, which is celebrated in mid to late June.

The Traverse City Cherry festival is a 10-day long affair that begins in the first part of July. Other festivals in northern Michigan celebrate bluegill, lumberjacks, art, Bigfoot, bass, mushrooms and blossoms.

The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is still a wilderness of sorts. Over 90 percent of the land is still forest.

The Upper Peninsula has ski resorts, a mountain range, waterfalls and the Soo Locks. The Soo Locks in Sault Saint Marie is where the big ships come in.

The ships are in the higher water of Lake Superior and are lowered so they can continue traveling in the shallower waters of Lake Huron. The Soo allows visitors year round, and every June, Engineering Day allows visitors to walk out and explore the locks.

Hundreds of people travel to see Tahquamenon Falls each year. The Upper Falls are the larger of the two, and have one giant drop of 50 feet in the Tahquamenon River.

Farther down are the Lower Falls, which are a much smaller series of falls. Camping can be done in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, which houses the falls in the city of Tahquamenon Falls.

Terry Daniels has worked in resort management for the last 14 years. He has worked in many of the Iron River hotels and recommends Chicaugon Lake Inn.

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