Millage Matters at the Webberville Library

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Julie Chrisinskie, Webberville Library HeadSummertime is library time! I have felt that way ever since I was a farm kid growing up in New Lothrop, Michigan. Though I may have been busy raising 4-H projects and helping out at home, not a week went by that I didn’t make the time to attend a program or browse the shelves at my tiny local library for a new adventure.

Now that I’m a librarian, it’s great to be on the other side of the desk. I love seeing kids arrive on their bikes and families walk in to discover their own adventures on our shelves here in Webberville.

Summertime often brings new faces into the library. Kids who are too busy during the school year suddenly have a little time to spare. But with hundreds of books on our shelves, and thousands more available through our online catalog, it can be difficult to know where to start. After a long absence from the library, one teenage girl recently said to her mom, “I don’t know how to pick out a book.”

That’s where librarians can help! I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to teach young people to navigate the library, as well as what a fun challenge it is to introduce them to new authors and stories. It can be a magical “a-ha” moment when you get kids and books to click, particularly kids who say they don’t like reading or reluctant readers who struggle with it. Finding them the “right” book is the trick, and we are up to the challenge.

Come in and let us help you find your “a-ha” book! And while you’re here, be sure to pick up information about an important vote coming up this summer that affects the library. Many of you are aware that almost 90% of the funding for the CADL system comes from property taxes, collected as a millage. Our current millage has expired, and in order for the library to remain open, it must be renewed by the voters in our service area.

Renewing the millage would not increase taxes. Voters would simply be agreeing to continue funding CADL at the current rate for the next four years. With these funds, the 13 CADL locations and bookmobile will continue to provide excellent services, collections and programs. Without them, our doors will close on Jan. 3, 2011. The vote will take place this Aug. 3. For more information, please visit cadl.org/millage, or pick up a brochure at the library.

- Julie C., Webberville Head Librarian

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