Leelanau Township Library

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Message from the Director

Welcome to the Leelanau Township Library
Message from the Director


During the past year the Leelanau Township Library reached a milestone, the 50th anniversary of its current location on Nagonaba street. This milestone is one of many, as the library as an institution in Northport stretches back to 1856. But milestone celebrations serve as important reminders of where we have been and where we are going.

Some ways of moving ahead are not as apparent as others. In the past year, we’ve made some technical changes behind the scenes to improve how we serve library patrons. The library’s new integrated library system (went live in January. This is the software that we use every day at the library to “keep it all straight”: checking items in and out, placing reserves, recording new items to our catalog. It is also what enables you to see the library’s catalog and to access your library account from any device with Internet access. Additionally, we updated our email provider, making it easier for you to remember our email and website addresses.

If you are a little less interested in technical nuts and bolts, the library’s programs provide a more prominent way to see what we have to offer. While June through August is especially busy, with the library community pitching in with Summer Reading programs and anticipated events like the Summer Writers Series, something interesting is happening every month of the year - whether a long-standing event like January’s Burns Night or one of our new Saturday programs like the family Kite Day coming up in May. The bulk of the library’s programs are supported by the Friends of the Library, who will have their Spring meeting on April 22.

As the library begins its next 50 years, we will mature as a Northport community institution, continuing our path with inspiration from the past and an eye to the horizon.

Nellie Danke 
March, 2019