Library Update – March 4, 2017

It is the goal of the Fruitport District Library Board of Directors to have a soft library opening April 1, 2017 with plans for a grand opening in May 2017, perhaps around the time of the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Carnival.

It is a very slow process waiting to get the program and training required by the Lakeland Library ILS. Library services through Spring Lake District Library will end March 31, 2017. Our project plan has us ready to go live April 1st. Though we are working very diligently to get all the books entered into the system there are concerns that they might not all be in by April 1st. We are hopeful that our Fruitport Library residents will be patient with us in case it does take another week or two.

We are asking that our residents plan ahead for this time when ILS services may not be available and your current Spring Lake library card will no longer provide you library services. As we know this will be an inconvenience, please make additional preparations for your library needs in case we aren’t live at our target date. The library will continue to be open 9-3 p.m. and computer services will be available. There may be opportunity to take books that have been donated to the library out on loan, but not new books until we are able to go live, which means all books/media, etc are entered into the ILS program. At the time we “go live” with the Lakeland ILS we will begin issuing Fruitport District Library Cards.

If you are in the area, you may want to visit the Library in Pomona Park, Village of Fruitport to meet our new library Director, Bethany Nettleton and check out current events that are held at the library.

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. A winner has been chosen and Bethany is working to get our new library cards processed with the new logo as well as on our new outside sign.

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.