Leelanau Township Library

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Message from the Director

Welcome to the Leelanau Township Library
Message from the Director

Greetings! As many of you know, I started as the Director of the Leelanau Township Library in June, receiving the torch from long time Director Deb Stanndard. In this first year, I have been working to get to know the community that the library serves.

My first glimpse of Northport was this time last year. My husband and I spent Easter weekend in the area. Winter wasn’t completely over, but we could see signs of spring and the sun shining off the bay. It was Poetry Month, so although the library and downtown shops were closed, poems peeked out from the windows as we peeked in.

At first glance, the library, with its brick walls and rows of books, seems very traditional. Once you look closer and stay awhile you start to meet the creative and interesting people that make up the library community. You also find that while mainstay library services such as book loans and reference questions still play a big role, there is a need and desire for library services to stay current. Public access to the Internet at the library is one way to address patchy access in rural areas, and rising costs. A Pew Research Center report issued this month found that audiobook use is on the rise among American readers, a trend I see here. And the strong positive response to program offerings at the library shows the desire for programs that enrich us at every phase of life.

I am very grateful for the guidance from Deb Stannard and the support of Mary Crowgey, Children’s Program Coordinator & Library Assistant, during this transition, as well as the welcome from the Library Advisory Committee, the Friends of the Library, the Township Board and the community.

Nellie Danke