Fruitport Library

The Little Library That Could

The Fruitport District Library is Growing up!!
By Bethany Nettleton, Director of the Fruitport District Library

The Fruitport District Library is growing up! For those of you who have not heard, we separated from the Muskegon Area District Libraries (MADL) on December 31, 2016. The Fruitport District library (FDL) opened its doors again on January 3, 2017.   The Little Library that Could began the uphill journey towards becoming a full fledged library with bare shelves.

In the first part of January, the library was accepted into the Lakeland Library Cooperative (LLC). We also joined the LLC shared ILS (catalog) on February 9, 2017. Next, we linked 6800 books 2015 or newer. After linking those 6800 new books, we went “live”, and were able to start issuing library cards on April 10, 2017. Lastly, we had our Grand Opening on May 20, 2017.

So what do we know now and where are we in the process?

• In the middle of June 2017, we hired Beth Werking as our Children’s Librarian for 10 hours a week, and Ken VerHulst as our Young Adult Librarian for 20 hours a week.
• 1175 library cards have been issued since April 10, 2017
• In July 2017, Lot’s of Carpet on Airline road offered the library brand new carpet for our lower level
• Also in July, the Cedar Springs Public Library gave us beautiful new shelving, printers, and a circulation desk for our lower level.
• We are excited to get approval from the board to start putting the new carpet and shelving in, decorating the space, and moving the children’s and young adult books to the lower level.
• The Howard Miller Public Library in Zeeland donated their old signage to the library
• Our Children’s Librarian, Ms. Beth, donated a cute barn that is the backdrop for our weekly Tuesday at 11:00am StoryTimes.
• Four computers have been donated by the MISD and they are donating more for our lower level
• A copier/fax/scanner/printer is available for patron use
• We have linked 8795, 2015 and newer books and 10,501 total books to the shared ILS
• We now have MELCAT as of September 4, 2017. MELCAT allows our patrons to order books from libraries all over Michigan
• Our summer reading program was small but a success
• We had many programs in the midst of all that linking too, below are a sampling:

• Painting in the Park
• Party in Pomona Park
• Dynamite Magic
• Jeff Veley a bullying expert
• James Pancy on Depression
• The Great Eclipse Party
• Child safety expert Julie Sanderson
• Author Jennifer VanderKlipp twice
• Kana Music
• Fun Halloween StoryTime with Ms. Beth

• Overdrive (online books) and Zinio (online magazines)
• We have an active Facebook page “Fruitport District Library”
• We are on Twitter, SnapChat, and Instagram
• A new roof has been installed
• The village DPW is now caring for our library grounds
• We have upcoming programs in November and weekly programs:

• StoryTime every Tuesday at 11:00 am
• College Career Autism Support – Mondays 1-4
• Autism Spectrum Disorder Parental Support Group Wednesdays at 3-4 and the First Monday of the month 6-7.
• Veterans Day Program honoring our local soldiers. November 10, 2017 at 1-2. Our speaker is Mike Verhoulst from the TriCities Historical Museum
• JFK: The Magic Bullet, the Umbrella Man, and the Grassy Knoll a community lecture by James Pancy

We have already purchased, 9500, 2015 and newer books. We are working on purchasing the last 4098 brand new 2015 or newer books that are needed to remain part of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. After these books are processed, we need to link those 4098 new books.by the end of February 2018. The total books linked will be 13,598. Please bear with us as this is a huge undertaking.   Presently, we have over 16,000 new and a few older books on our shelves.

Also, We would like to thank the community for your generosity. Amazingly, we have received well over 10,500 donated books, audiobooks, music, and movies. We are still looking for books 2015 or newer, also audio books and dvds.

The Little Library that Could is growing up, come check us out soon!

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 FruitportDistrictLibrary.org, 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.

Library Update – March 21, 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.

Bethany is still working with Lakeland Library Cooperative to get our 6,700 books into the ILS system. Once they are entered we will be able to “go live” with the Lakeland Cooperative. The Fruitport District Library cards have been ordered as our project plan has us ready to go live April 1st. We are hopeful that our Fruitport Library residents will be patient with us in case it does take a few additional days.

Many good things are happening for the library right now. We are having a new roof installed on the library. Crockery Township had some book shelves that we have purchased for a reasonable amount. 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 Nettleton-Seeley 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.

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 FruitportDistrictLibrary.org, visit our Fruitport District Library Facebook page or call the library at 231 366-6107.

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 FruitportDistrictLibrary.org, visit our Fruitport District Library Facebook page or call the library at 231 366-6107.

Yoga Classes

Please join us for yoga classes at the Fruitport District Library every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.

The cost is $7.00 per session. If you bring a first time friend the cost for each is $5.00 for that session.

Please watch for postings at the library and on the Fruitport District Library’s Facebook page.

Jo Johnson, Yoga Instructor

Fruitport Library Update – February 2017

Fruitport District Library Board of Directors has been working to meet two more goals before we can become a “full service” library. The first goal was to be approved membership by the Lakeland Library Cooperative. In January 2017 we sent a resolution to their board asking to be approved. It was granted unanimously.

The second goal was to be approved membership to the Lakeland Library ILS. This would give us the large circulation of books our residents have grown accustomed to. In order to be a member of the Lakeland ILS we would need to be approved by the ILS Council and meet the criteria of purchasing 13,598 books that are two years and newer.

Today, February 9, 2017 is truly a “HAPPY DAY” as the Lakeland ILS Council not only approved our membership, but also granted us a waiver. The waiver allows us to purchase ½ of the books now and ½ before the end of February 2018. This gives us time to get all the books in the system and relieves the financial burden to our budget.

We thank the Spring Lake District Library Board of Directors and their Library Director, Claire Sheridan for helping us through January, February and March. They have informed us that over 300 Fruitport residents have signed up for a Spring Lake Library Card. They report that Fruitport residents have been very courteous and it has been their pleasure to serve us.

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.

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. There is currently a yoga class every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. and a music event. Can you suggest more ways to use the library for community purposes?

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 journey to form a community library that will meet the needs of those paying the library tax will be ongoing. We are thankful for the unbelievable support during this District Library establishment period. Many items, including books, computers and time have been donated to help with the opening process. A big thank you to those who are volunteering at the library and for all your donations.

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.

 

Fruitport District Library Board of Trustees

Thank You to Fruitport Volunteers!

A big shout out to thank those library lovers who volunteered to help us clean the library:

Ron Becklin
Linda Corinti
Rebecca Morrow and two hard working, sweet daughters
Chuck Koon
Andrea Anderson
Chris Anderson
Paxton Anderson
Baby Girl Anderson
Lela Miller
Bethany Nettleton

If I have forgotten anyone, please let me know  🙂

Rose Dillon, CPFA, MiCPT, MCAT
Fruitport Township Treasurer

Fruitport Library Update

November 2016 

On November 19, 2016 the MADL will no longer staff the Fruitport Library. We will continue to see the inventory decrease at the Fruitport Library until that date.

Your MADL library card will expire December 31st. Until then your library card will be good to use at any MADL member libraries including the ability to place books on hold as is your current practice. All books on hold will go to the Norton Shores Branch Library from November 19th until December 31, 2016.

Fruitport is working to join the Lakeland Library Cooperative giving us the circulation of books our residents currently have. Once our library is an approved member of Lakeland Library our residents will be able to share services with any library that has a membership with Lakeland Library Cooperative.

The Fruitport Library will need to hire new staff and are in the process of interviewing for a Library Director at this time.

Fruitport Library will experience start up pains, but the plan is to continue all programs in the same manner our residents now experience.

We are working with Spring Lake District Library to ensure our residents have library service should the Fruitport Library be unable to open January 1, 2017. Once we have contracted with Spring Lake Library, temporary library cards will be issued at no cost to Fruitport residents. This will be temporary plan of service until we can open the Fruitport Library doors and issue Fruitport Library cards.

The Fruitport Library drop box will not be accepting return books as of November 19th. Books should be returned to other MADL member libraries.

Contact the Library Committee for additional information:

Rose Dillon
231 865-3151
rdillon@fruitporttownship.com 

Donna Pope
231 366-6030
d.irlenepope25@gmail

Fruitport Township Residents – Library Information

On November 19, 2016 the MADL will no longer staff the Fruitport Library. We will continue to see the inventory decrease at the Fruitport Library until that date.

Your current yellow MADL library card will be good to use at any MADL member libraries until December 31, 2016.

Your MADL card will be good until December 31, 2016.

Fruitport will join the Lakeland Library Cooperative giving us the circulation of books our residents currently have. Our residents will be able to use any library that has a membership with Lakeland Library Cooperative.

Until December 31st you can still continue to place books on hold as is your current practice using your MADL card. After that date you can continue to do that with your new library card.

The Fruitport Library will need to hire new staff.

The Fruitport Library plans to continue programs in the same manner our residents now experience them.

We are working with Spring Lake District Library to ensure our residents have library service should the Fruitport Library be unable to open January 1, 2017.

All books on hold will go to the Norton Shores Branch Library from November 19th until December 31, 2016.

The Fruitport Library drop box will not be accepting return books as of November 19th. Books should be returned to other MADL member libraries.

Contact the Library Committee for additional information:
Rose Dillon
231 865-3151
rdillon@fruitporttownship.com

Donna Pope
231 366-6030
d.irlenepope25@gmail

Fruitport Library Replacement Millage – May 3rd

Funding for our Fruitport Library

Last fall our community voted to withdraw from the Muskegon Area
District Library (MADL). That tax millage has now expired.
The millage proposal on the upcoming May 3 ballot is NOT an increase.
The .75 mills you have been paying for the past 10 years will go to operate
our own library rather than the MADL.
It’s listed on the May 3rd ballot as a new millage, but actually replaces
the millage we were paying to MADL.
This funding is needed to keep our Fruitport Library open under our own
management as was explained before our vote to withdraw.
Let us know what services are important to you. Keep in mind during this transition
process that the benefits of creating and running our own library will be worth it.
Like us on Facebook: Fruitport District Library

See page 1 of flyer here.

Questions & Answers About the Library

Q. Will we still have the large selection of books available?
A. All local libraries, including the MADL, Spring Lake & White Lake libraries have a
membership with the Lakeland Library Cooperative, which helps make available the large circulation of books. We will join the Cooperative so we can still access those books/materials.
Q. Where will the Fruitport library be located and when will it be opened?
A. We own the current building by Pomona Park and will continue to use it. We become independent January 1, 2017. We will work hard to be open by that date. If we are not ready to open by that date, we will be able to contract with Spring Lake for a short period until we have our own library up and running.
Q. Will I need a new library card?
A. Yes. All Fruitport library patrons will be issued new library cards.
Q. Will there still be computers for our use? Will we have children’s
programs?
A. Yes. It is very important that computers are available. We will continue the children’s programs and, eventually, hope to enhance them.

See page 2 of flyer here.

Citizens to Keep Library Money in Fruitport

Citizens to Keep Library Money in Fruitport

Citizens to Keep Library Money in Fruitport Committee
Agenda
April 20, 2016
Fruitport Township Hall 5:30 p.m.
5865 Airline Road
Fruitport, MI 49415

Goal: How to inform Fruitport residents regarding the May 3rd Library millage?

I. Post cards
a. Mail to registered voter households – give volunteers 20 cards to mail to friends, family & neighbors
a.i. there are 20 stamps in one book.
a.ii. postage went down last Monday to .47 per stamp.
b. Mail to absent tee voters when their ballots are mailed – we are current with these mailings
c.

II. Media – how to reach the most amount of voters in the least expense manner?
a. We are working to have Muskegon Chronicle and/or MLive post an article
b. John Coon will ask Stillwater Springs if he can place an article in their monthly newsletter

III. Information Pamphlet/Cards distributed throughout community

IV. Signs/Banners
A. We are using signs from the November election
B. We are using banners from the November election

Citizens to Keep Library Money in Fruitport Committee