April 23 04:35 AM
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Community benefits from positive library vote

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the board, administration and staff of the Lapeer District Library, I would like to thank everyone that came out to support us during the election on August 7. Seventy-one percent of the votes cast in the library's operational millage election were in favor of the millage, and we are pleased to know that so many people support the Lapeer District Library and the important role that their library plays here in our community.

The positive vote was the result of months and months of hard work and dedication by the Say Yes to Libraries campaign committee. Chairman Rob Nagel worked diligently with his crew, especially Phyllis Clark and Rhoda vanVugt, to get the word out and to spread awareness of how vitally important this vote was to the future of our library. The Friends of the deAngeli Library, the Metamora Friends of the Library, American Shower and Bath, Travel Adventures, Karen Rykhus, Dave Snyder, Robert Thomas, Lapeer County Bank & Trust, Bishop Kelley School, the Lapeer Community Schools board, the staff and board of the Family Literacy Center and countless other committee members and supporters worked tirelessly to make sure that this millage effort was a success.

I would be remiss if I were to neglect mentioning the staff. The Lapeer District Library stands strong today because of its hard working and dedicated staff members. Everyone dealt with a myriad of difficult situations over the past eight months with an immense level of professionalism and grace. Two thirds of our work force was laid off, and the remaining staff members kept this library system up and running while the fear of permanent closure loomed overhead. I am forever grateful to our entire staff for their hard work and dedication.

As a result of the positive vote, the staff of the Lapeer District Library has been busy preparing to restore library service around the county. We have recalled our laid off staff, and I am pleased to share that effective September 4, all of our branch locations were be open and operational! The Marguerite deAngeli Library, our main branch in Lapeer, will be open in the mornings and in the evenings. We are reinstating our popular story hours at deAngeli and at our branches around the county, and our free computer classes are in the process of being scheduled. You can get more details on our exciting restorations by visiting our web page at

Again, thank you to the voters and library supporters. We are looking forward to serving you as we move toward the future. If you haven't been to one of our locations recently, please stop in and visit us. I'm confident that you will see continued positive change as we continue to serve our community.

Kate A. Pohjola, Director Lapeer District Library
September 05, 2007

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