MUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon Area District Library, (MADL) will hold system-wide Open Houses at all ten community branches, Wednesday, July 7, 11 am – 7:00 pm. The public is invited to see major, new library renovations that took place during the pandemic, including the build of a new Muskegon Township Branch at a new high visibility location. Other renovations are in progress.
The public is welcome to visit any of these branch locations during the Open House; Dalton, Egelston, Holton, Montague, Muskegon Heights, Muskegon Township, North Muskegon, Norton Shores, Ravenna, and the Library for the Visually & Physically Disabled. Refreshments and giveaways will be available.
“We are now fully open and are offering many new enhanced services to give our community more conveniences and choices,” says Kelly Richards, Director of MADL. “Our dedicated staff is committed to providing great customer service and look forward to seeing you again,” says Richards.
Muskegon Storyville will also officially open with a Ribbon-cutting ceremony on the same day. Storyville Villages are early literacy, child-sized villages where children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers can let their imagination run wild. Villages are located in the Montague, Muskegon Heights and Norton Shores library branches. “There has been tremendous excitement and support for this new early literacy initiative”, says Doug Hughes, Chair of the MADL Board. “It’s a one-of-a-kind learning place in Muskegon County that supports school readiness,” says Hughes.
Since the pandemic, MADL has eliminated overdue fines, and now offers free wireless printing, curbside pickup and a new Library app which makes it easy to access your account and the catalog to order books. MADL is offering more digital resources, such as BrainFuse, a one-on-one tutoring service and Tumblebooks, animated talking picture books for kids, and extensive 24/7 Wi-Fi service.