Vote ‘yes’ on August 6 for Lenawee District Library millage

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To the Editor,

The Lenawee District Library is proposing a millage to support the libraries in Adrian (US-223 and Maumee St.), Addison, Britton, Clayton, Deerfield and Onsted. The County Commissioners approved the new district, which created a new board and the ability to propose a levy, last fall.

The county has supported the library for many years for residents of Lenawee. However, this funding is going away in 2014. A millage is needed to fund the libraries, restore hours and services to all of the branches and take over the services currently covered by the county such as insurance and building maintenance. The approval of the millage will cost the owner of a $100,000 home (taxable value of $50,000) $30 per year, or about the average cost of a hardcover book.

The Lenawee District Library provides programs and needed services to local residents.

• More than 800 children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Club Program in 2012

• In 2012, the Lenawee District Library hosted 569 programs with 14,129 participants including children’s reading programs, Prime Time Family Reading Time, and computer classes

• Library use continues to climb, with 19,793 new patron registrations since 2000

• In many local communities, the Lenawee District Library offers the only access to computers and the Internet

• Libraries provide assistance to patrons applying for or accessing e-government services, including tax forms, unemployment benefits and Medicare enrollment
I am an advocate for libraries. They are a vital part of our community. If you haven’t been to your local library, I encourage you to make a visit and see what’s available for you and your family, and see your friends and neighbors who rely on their services.

Please join me in supporting the Lenawee District Library and vote yes on August 6th!

Catrina Ossmann
Adrian Township




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