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Volume II, Issue 2, May 7, 2003
@ Your Library: Events & Reports | 1 - 2
Cool Library News from Traverse Area Libraries
Brrr! Is it Spring yet? It’s mid-April and the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay is still frozen. Even the migratory birds are reluctant to fly back to northern Michigan! Nevertheless, any suspicions over whether or not North Michigan librarians have simply hibernated through this Siberian-like winter can be put on ice! We have been busy up here!
Leelanau Township Library reports their Online Card Catalog will now be available remotely to patrons who have already obtained a library card from their facility at www.ipac.libnet.org. Patrons can now renew, reserve and locate their reading selections from their home computers. Also, Northport is elated to report that they are concreting their plans for an expansion.
Suttons Bay Area Public Library reports that they have received a $5000 grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Suttons Bay has earmarked $3000 to purchase books, videos and tapes on the subject of Native American culture and history. Also, $1000 will be used to purchase “early readers” for children and that $1000 is targeted to purchase YA books.
Petoskey Public Library reports that, thanks to a newly passed mileage increase, they are in the process of building a new library. Their plans call for an expansion and the renovation of the old Bell Telephone building which will give them four times the square footage. Ground breaking will be in July and the public is invited to join! The Carnegie Building, which the library currently uses, will be renovated and, in conjunction with the Art Center and the Museum, will be transformed into a Michigan history library.
Mackinaw Area Public Library reports that they have just completed a 20’x80’ addition to the library and they have filled it with Michigan history and Michigan fiction books. Also, the Bliss Branch Library has taken over the entire newly renovated Bliss Town Hall. Their circulation has never been better!
Munson Medical Center’s Department of Library Services of Traverse City reports that they have recently received a $100,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine to provide digital library services to five affiliated hospitals and five clinics in the Munson Medical Center service area. Funding will provide access to web-based clinical resources for healthcare providers as well as access to non-clinical health resources for patients in the communities Munson serves.
Traverse Area District Library (TADL) reports that they are almost ready to implement their grant project that includes the digitalization of unique book collections for area libraries. TADL was one of eight libraries, and the only public library, to receive this grant from the State of Michigan. Additionally, as soon as the snow melts, children groups will plant the Children’s Teaching Garden which overlooks the Broadman River. Children will plan, plant and tend either vegetable or fruit gardens. The produce from these gardens will be donated to area food agencies.
That’s it for cool library news from the Traverse Area!
Yvonne N. Boudreau, Senior Information Research Specialist, Munson Medical Center - Health Sciences Library, firstname.lastname@example.org