On Aug. 4, the Community District Library is asking voters to renew its 0.7 mill for library operations for the next four years. To be clear, this is not a new tax but a renewal of the same rate as the last eight years. A majority of the funding for the library comes from the millage.
The library benefits local communities with its various services: lending books, ebooks, audiobooks, library interloan from libraries all over Michigan, computer access, printing, faxing and so much more.
The library branches host wonderful events and programs all year round. People of all ages enjoy cooking demonstrations, books clubs, story times, craft classes and cultural presentations. During the summer, all of the branches have Summer Reading for kids and teens to encourage reading all summer.
It’s important that we have local libraries available as place for people to go; a community space similar to a community center. Libraries are that space for a lot of people. During the school year, the libraries are always buzzing with activity from kids who go there to use computers to unwind afterschool or catch up on homework. Other times, it’s people stopping in to request the newest best seller from their favorite author, pick up craft kits for their kids, use computers, browse for books or to meet for tutoring.
I urge voters in the Community District Library service area to consider voting on Aug. 4 to support the library millage renewal.
Joyce Haak, Owosso