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Library programs delve into Copper Country
The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell.

The Women of the Copper Country, by Mary Doria Russell, has been named the 2021-22 Great Michigan Read by the Michigan Humanities Council, and the Parchment Community Library is hosting three events this month in support of the program.

The Great Michigan Read aims to create a statewide discussion on the humanities themes of a selected book. This year's selection is a novel that provides an account of 25-year-old Annie Clements as she stands up for miners and their families during the 1913 copper strikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Parchment Community Library‘s three events in support of the Great Michigan Read program are:

  • A launch party from 4–6 p.m. Jan. 10.
  • A presentation on Michigan Copper: Formations and Shapes by Bill Mitchell of the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society at 6 p.m. Jan. 18.
  • A presentation titled Show & Tell: My Copper Country Story by Theresa Payne of the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 that will feature items from Michigan’s Copper Country and the Calumet & Hecla Mining Co.

For more information, visit or call 343-7747.