Chesaning district library moves forward
CHESANING – After untold hours of hard work, the district library concept in Chesaning is finally coming to fruition. As of March 9, the Chesaning Public Library is now the River Rapids District Library.
“Everything is transitioning over,” said Erin Schmandt, library director. “It’s like starting a business from the ground up. We’re getting everything squared around.”
Schmandt received official notification approving the change from the state librarian on March 10.
Regular library patrons will see little change initially. While the name “Chesaning Public Library” will cease to exist, the library itself will remain the same. It will continue to serve the residents of Chesaning Township and the Village of Chesaning – the same service area that has been in effect since May, 2010.
Schmandt said the next big challenge is finding a way to fund the district library. She said they are looking at placing a millage request on the ballot to replace the millage previously provided by the township. The library board will be discussing their options at their meeting on April 14. The millage request could appear on the ballot in the August or November elections.
The district library is currently guided by a provisional board. The seven members are Amie Auten, Paul Martin, Michelle Kuchar, Susan Cannon, Christi Schubert, Mary Baese and Meredith Adelman. The board will be serving until the 2012 general election, when a permanent district library board will be elected.
To help ease patrons through the transition, there will be a Patron Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 14, where library personnel will be available to answer questions. Watch Library Lines in upcoming issues for further details.