Library Update – March 31, 2017

Fruitport District Library (FDL) will not be able to issue cards until Monday, April 10, 2017. Lakeland Library ILS staff will be at a conference the first week in April so plans have been set back a week from what was originally planned. Our Fruitport residents will experience the inconvenience of limited library services for a short period of time. If you have a Spring Lake Library Card, it will not be accepted by any other libraries. Books, DVD’s and other materials may be checked out currently at Fruitport Library, but services through Lakeland Library Coo­perative will not be available until April 10, 2017. We apologize for the short delay for full services, but Fruitport residents can continue to visit the local library and check out materials without a card until Monday, April 10, 2017 when FDL cards will be available.

We still plan a soft opening in April with the grand opening in May 2017, perhaps around the time of the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Carnival.

Library Director, Bethany Nettleton-Seeley has been working nonstop and is on the last leg to get the remaining books into the Lakeland Library ILS system. We plan to “go live” with Lakeland Library Cooperative and begin issuing Library cards, as stated above, by April 10, 2017.

A new roof has been installed on the library. Crockery Township had some book shelves that we have purchased for a reasonable amount. White Lake Library has donated some articles. Children’s programs are being offered. Computers are available for patron use and books can be borrowed on your honor system. If you are in the area, please visit the Library in Pomona Park, Village of Fruitport to meet our new library Director Bethany and check out current library events.

Muskegon County patrons that are qualified Blind and Physically Handicapped and meet the state requirements can utilize the subregional library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped located at the MADL Administration Building, 4845 Airline Road, as this service receives funding from the State. Those who qualify can pick up their books/media at this address or have them mailed to their homes.

The support of our Fruitport community is unbelievable. There are not enough words to express our thanks for those who have donated such wonderful books, magazines, DVD, CD and other materials. Also, thanks to those who continue to stop by the library and help Bethany on a regular basis. Thanks to all who participated in the logo contest. The winner has been chosen and will receive $25.00. Bethany is working to get our new outside Fruitport District Library sign completed by Compass Designs, a local business.

We thank the Spring Lake District Library Board of Directors and their Library Director, Claire Sheridan for helping to service our library patrons through January, February and March.

Please join us for the monthly District Library meetings at the Fruitport Township Hall the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. where we welcome your ideas and input. We are looking for volunteers to serve on a facility committee that will do research on our library building needs and recommend how we meet handicap accessibility, parking needs and increase space into the future.

You can visit our website at, visit our Fruitport District Library Facebook page or call the library at 231 366-6107.

Thank you to all who have been patient with us as we begin to build up our very own Fruitport District Library.