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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library (734) 241-7878
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Ellis Library & Reference Center (734) 241-5277
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library (734) 289-1035
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
L.S. Navarre Branch Library (734) 241-5577
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Rasey Memorial Branch Library (734) 848-4572
Robert A. Vivian Branch Library (734)241-1430
Senior Outreach (734) 241-5770
South Rockwood Branch Library (734) 379-3333
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library (734) 279-1025
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
12776 Dixie Hwy. P.O. Box 47, S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 379-3333
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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Civil War

Kid volunteers wanted! 

Travel back in time to the 1860s and enter the world of a Civil War soldier from Monroe.  This will be a hands-on experience for students who have completed the 4th to 6th grade.  Camp activities will include marching, setting up camp and the taste of hardtack. 

As the Civil War ended, the men who fought and lived together for the length of the war continued to come together for fellowship and support.  Several organizations were created to continue these bonds formed by the Civil War.  These organizations included the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the United Confederate Veterans (UCV), the Union Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), and the Union Veteran’s Union.  Women also formed sororal organizations like the Dames of the Loyal Legion, the Women’s Relief Corp and the Veteran’s Nu

Even though her husband, General George A. Custer, is known as the most photographed general of the Civil War, many images still exist of Elizabeth Bacon Custer.  The Lawrence A. Frost Collection houses a small collection of images of the Custer family.  Part of this collection has been digitized and can be viewed from our Images of the George A. Custer Collection page.

At the onset of the Civil War, neither the Union nor the Confederate Governments made provisions for the spiritual needs of their military men.  As the armies grew, and the Civil War dragged on, policy was formed, creating a designation for chaplains in both armies.   According to Terry Jones’ reference, The A to Z of the Civil War, Union chaplains were appointed by the Regimental commander and were paid $100 a month.  Their duties included church services, helping with the sick and injured, writing letters home and keeping reports of the spiritual health

Little is known about the early life of Custer’s interpreter Isaiah Dorman.  Sources conflict on his birth year and place.  It has been written that he was born a free man in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while other sources state that he was born a slave on the D’Orman plantation in Louisiana or Alabama.  Facts prior to 1865 have been murky.  It was historian Robert Ege, in his 1966 article, Braves of all Colors, who made the suggestion that Dorman was an escaped slave from an escaped slave wanted poster.

       In April of 1861, Michigan answered President Lincoln’s call for troops and through the course of the Civil War filled over thirty infantry units with Michigan men.  There was a segment of the population, although willing to fight, not allowed to enlist at the initial call for men.  African-Americans from Michigan and from around the country were prevented from joining the ranks of the citizen soldier until the war seemed to drag into a long and desperate fight.  It has been recorded, that these Michigan men were very willing to tak

Norman Johnathon Hall

The Lawrence A. Frost Collection of Custeriana is a multimedia collection that includes over 5000 books, videos, numerous images, journals, newspaper articles, sound recordings and art work.  It focuses on the life of General George A. Custer which includes his academic work at West Point, his heroic participation in the Civil War and his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. 

Which Custer brother?

Civil War soldier William Kimball, a member of the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics, relates an incident involving a derailed train attacked by rebels on May 18, 1864, near Huntsville, Alabama. Kimball states, “The engineer was a brother of General Custer and was wounded in the hand,” but never names a brother.

The Civil War and the Custer Family

War prisoners to be quartered on an island in Lake ErieSecretary Cameron has authorized the establishment of a depot for prisoners of war at Johnson’s Island, in Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie.  An experienced builder in Sandusky has contracted to erect seventeen buildings capable of accommodating 100 prisoners.  They are to be finished by December 10th, at a cost not to exceed $25,000.  (Published in the Monroe Commercial on October 31, 1861)

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