In over 40 years as a Birmingham resident, Elaine Morse has always appreciated the Baldwin Library. The former Borders Book Shop assistant manager is impressed with Baldwin’s vast collection and is thrilled with having access to books statewide through the Michigan Electronic Library System (MeL).
The former library trustee, who calls founder Martha Baldwin one of her heroes, has also particularly enjoyed participating as a presenter at the library’s free public programs.
“Years ago I was invited to develop a program on mothers and daughters in literature and I had such a good time doing that,” says Morse who is a frequent speaker on books and reading. “I value the invitation from the library to prepare presentations, including in 1983, a three part series on women writers, In a Different Voice.
Morse gave a talk on memoirs and the art of the personal narrative as part of the 2009 Everyone’s Reading program which featured Diane Rehm and her memoir, “Finding My Voice.”
“It strengthens our community when people are given the opportunity to share their interests and passions and I encourage my fellow citizens to participate,” she says.
Morse sees the Baldwin Library as an important community gathering place and says that in terms of quality of life and public services, “it ranks right up there, for me with schools, roads, and public utilities, all essential to our civic private lives.”
“It was vital to Martha Baldwin that citizens had access to books and ideas so I am confident she would be proud to see how well the library continues to fulfill her mission,” she says.
Elaine Morse was a long-time Birmingham resident and much-loved member of our community until her death in April 2012.