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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Muskegon Area District Library Needs Your Help

To think that the day would come, that an entire library system is in jeopardy was at one point, unthinkable.  The harsh reality is....The Muskegon Area District Library System is in just that place.  Their funding runs out December 31st 2016 and unless voters approve a millage that will cost the average homeowner here $5.20 a month to provide library services, it's over.  A subscription to NETFLIX is $8.99 a month.  Think about that for a second.

Get the Facts on the Millage Request

Some think the library is an outdated relic....a place easily replaced by the internet.  But when is the last time you were in a library? Did you know that they offer programs like Early Literacy Outreach?  Teaching kids to read early?  A library for the blind and physically handicapped?  Did you know there are 10 community branches of the Muskegon Area District Library that serve all points in the county?  They host book discussions, arts and crafts projects, summer reading programs the list goes on and on.  It's all gone if the millage doesn't pass.

I had a chance to sit down and talk with Kelly Richards, he's the Director of the Muskegon Area District Library.  I figured let's go right to the top to find out the need, the costs and the importance of maintaining a community library system.  Take a listen to our chat below!

Can we really afford to lose the Muskegon Area District Library?  Do we really want to be seen as the community that said no to reading, programs and resources available to all?  Is doing your part to the tune of $5.20 a month too much to ask to make sure those resources are available to all?  August 2nd is coming up soon.  Consider the options of not having a library before you vote.

You can visit the Muskegon Area District Library page at the link below.

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  1. I assume this is supposed to say funding will run out December 31, 2016?