Libraries are important center pieces and heart of a community. Libraries have always served the role as a place where people have gone to seek information and resources, or a place where people go to find a good leisure reading book. Even as computers have changed the way people find information at home, the library continues to play a vital role in the community it serves.
During economic hardships, libraries fill the void when people are unable to afford a computer, internet, books about resume writing and job seeking etc… They provided databases that help gain new skills and practice tests necessary for job seekers. The library as an equalizer during an economic downturn cannot be undervalued and will never be replaced.
Another important role is a community gathering place. A space where community programs are held, whether it be story time for toddlers, after school activities for kids, or eReader classes for adults. Library programs often include cultural programing, lectures and speakers, authors, and displays that provide opportunities for lifelong learners. Libraries provide space and resources for the young and old, and all ages in between. What other community service offers this?
Our own Community District Library holds a diverse collection of materials; books and eBooks for all ages, fiction and nonfiction, large print, audio books on cd, music, movies, magazines, newspapers, and local history. Materials not on the shelf at one branch are easily requested and sent to a branch of choice for pick up, not only from other CDL branches, but also through hundreds of libraries around the state.
Even in the ever changing world we live in, the library will always be an anchor for the community.
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Thanks to support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Michigan Public Libraries, FREE one-day passes into a State Park or Recreation Area are available at Community District Library. More than 100 state parks are available for you to explore! There are a limited number of passes available at each of our branches and patrons are limited to one pass during the summer.
With beaches, trails, forests and more - Michigan State Parks are a great place to read and relax or to get out and get active. The MI Big Green Gym initiative is a partnership between Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. To learn more visit: MI Big Green Gym.
Community District Library announces that it is part of the 2014 Michigan Activity Pass program. The program is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 70+ arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, and to provide reduced cost or complimentary access to arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan, from St. Joseph to Saline to Saginaw to Sault Ste. Marie to South Range, and all points in between.
Beginning May 24, library users with a valid library card from any one of Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries can print a pass, either from home or at the library, to one of the participating cultural institutions listed on program's the website. Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires one week from the date it is printed.
The Community District Library is pleased to announce our special programs for toddlers and children during the 2014 Michigan Reads! program. Michigan Reads! is an annual early literacy program focused on a featured book. For 2014, it is “Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band” by author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Tim Bowers. Watch our events to see what our branches have planned. For more information about the statewide program click here.