We at Herrick District Library have always been thankful for the opportunity to serve the greater Holland community. This summer, however, we are even more aware of how fortunate we are to work here and to be your public library. Our thanks goes out to the Holland community for passing a millage levy that will continue funding the library for the next 14 years. 

During the past few months of informational conversations about the Aug. 2 vote many in Holland have shared their appreciation of and affection for the library on social media, in letters to the editor, and in community conversations both inside and outside the library. 

Your support allows the library mission to continue in the ways it has in the past. Well over one million items are checked out annually, providing a print and literary rich environment for our community. Storytimes with an average of 40 people in attendance continue teaching children and caregivers early literacy skills. More people continue to come through the library doors in a given year than visit the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Van Andel Public Museum, combined.

Your support also allows for continued service improvements. This summer Herrick District Library launched a book bike that will travel to community events, allowing community members to check out library materials and register for a library card outside the library walls. The library also began checking out Kindle Paperwhites preloaded with classic and bestselling titles. 

This fall the Library will launch a pilot program offering mobile hot spots for checkout. Since one in five homes in Michigan does not have internet access at home, we are excited to soon begin offering this option for community members to help bridge the digital divide in our community.

Herrick District Library looks forward to additional improvements that will be possible when the new millage levy begins next year. These improvements will include necessary updates like a new boiler, but will also include service improvements like the addition of Sunday service hours at the main library and a community conversation about expansion of the North Branch facility (currently only 5,000 square feet with no meeting space).

Thank you, greater Holland area. We are privileged to serve this community, which we call home.