Fifteen years ago, Ingham County residents welcomed a new arrival—the birth of a regional library system now known as Capital Area District Libraries. In 1997, faced with a critical need to overhaul and fund the library services being offered through Ingham County and the Lansing Public Schools, voters in more than 20 different municipalities overwhelmingly approved a millage that paved the way for coordination of library services.The 13 branches of the new system opened their doors on Jan. 2, 1998. Today, CADL is not only a vital member of the communities we serve, but also a great example of regional cooperation. By sharing a single collection and other resources, CADL provides significant cost-savings for taxpayers. Shared resources also ensure that everyone in our district has access to the same services, no matter how big or small their community.
In addition to a top-quality collection of books, magazines, movies and music, CADL also offers services like job seeker tools, early literacy support, readers advisory, eBooks, Internet access, Wi-Fi, computer instruction and more. Our online presence includes an extensive catalog, daily blog posts and active social media sites. Hundreds of free events take place at our branches each month, ranging from storytimes for toddlers to health information for seniors.
CADL’s Board, administration and staff will celebrate our birthday all year long, with special activities planned for the 15th of every month. The festivities kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 15, when the public is invited to drop in during the afternoon for free birthday cake and a chance to win movie passes, courtesy of NCG Cinemas in Lansing.
- Carol Grund, Marketing and Communications Assistant at CADL