Annual Report 2017



  • 3D printer made available for public use.
  • Started to circulate mobile hotspots.
  • 9th Annual Battle of the Books began, this year in partnership with Grand Ledge Area District Library.






The Library planned for the statewide Kickoff event for Michigan Reads! One Book program. The book Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum was written by Lisa Wheeler, who read her book to the audience. Special guests at this event: Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Deputy Superintendent Kyle Guerrant, State Librarian Randy Riley, Library Board Trustee and Elmwood Principal Tim Lyman, and very attentive second grade classes from St. Gerard.





  • Library staff participated in the Literacy Celebration at the Hannah Center in collaboration with Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, CACS Head Start, Great Start, Library of Michigan, RIF Lansing, WKAR/Ready to Learn, and local area libraries.
  • Strategic Planning Sessions were held with several staff and board members from the Library, the Friends, Delta Township,
    and Waverly Schools.
  • Access to streaming movies, music, audiobooks, and e-books from Hoopla began. The library unveiled a new catalog, Enterprise, at




Strategic Plan Report was submitted to the Library Board.  One year tasks and a vision plan were outlined.







  • Offered the first Autism Library Browsing program.
  • Partnered with LAFCU for Money Smart Week.
  • AARP hosted a shredding event.
  • Staff visited 21 schools and engaged with over 5,500 students.





  • Summer Reading Program Kickoff featured adoptable pets from the Capital Area Humane Society.
  • Partnered with Tri-County Office on Aging on a caregivers program.
  • Hosted SoupGrant Lansing which supports community improvement projects.
  • Meet & Eat Up began. We averaged 83 participants.
  • 90 students from Windemere Park Charter Academy toured and signed up for library cards.





  • Held a Coding Camp for kids ages 10 and up.
  • Food for Fines yielded 177 pounds of food donations.
  • Multi-Cultural Storytimes featuring some of our storytime parents as well as students from MSU’s English Learning Center. Languages included: Hindi, French, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese.




  • Agreed to partner with Capital Area District Library on a community reads program.
  • Staff attended back-to-school open house events at Waverly and Grand Ledge schools.
  • 250 eclipses glasses supplied by the Space Science Institute were handed out in two days.
  • Hosted over 175 summer programs for all ages.



  • Began pilot program at Elmwood Elementary that allows students access to Woodlands and Hoopla using only their student ID.
  • Staff met with the Director of the Refugee Development Center to gain insight on refugees and the resources they may need.



  • Grubaugh Orthodontics donated a charging station for mobile devices.
  • Community Survey begins.
  • Partnered with Refuge Lansing for displays and programming.
  • Book for Capital Area Reads announced: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. Story of a Cameroonian immigrant working as a driver for a Lehman Brothers Executive in 2008. The author will be at the Lansing Center on April 28 and the library will be hosting book clubs and other events.
  • Beer Contest – four participants from past contests have gone on to open brew pubs.



  • Story Walk opened at Sharp Park. Our first book, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, was chosen with an online community survey. New books will be highlighted seasonally.
  • Participated in Michigan Libraries for Life and signed 16 people
    up to be organ donors, potentially saving and enhancing more than 100 lives.
  • Food for Fines yielded 123 pounds
    of food donations.
  • Community Survey Results were tallied and outlined three areas for the Library to improve in the future:
    • Promotion
    • Sunday Hours
    • Collections




  • The Library was a collection site for Toys for Tots.
  • Began digital access to Consumer Reports and A to Z World Food.
  • Started partnership with Potter Park Zoo for programs and circulating zoo passes. The zoo passes allow patrons access for their family and free parking.
  • The first program with the zoo had over 100 kids
    and their families in attendance.

Looking Ahead

Looking ahead

  • In January, Elder Law Clinics and STEAM Saturdays began.
  • In spring, the Capital Area Reads programming happens.
  • In June, the music themed Summer Reading Program begins and the library will celebrate 10 years in the building.
  • Staff will be out and about more at community outreach events.

Community Survey

In 2017, as a part of our Strategic Plan initiative, the library undertook the task of doing a community-wide survey to help map out our future goals. With over 100 responses, the input will help guide the library’s growth and development in three main areas over the next year:

  • Library Hours
  • Collections
  • Expanding the Library of Things

Nearly 94% of the respondents are extremely satisfied or satisfied with the library’s programs and services, which shows a great appreciation of the hard-working staff. We are excited to see where the direction of the community helps guide us for the future.

Library Statistics

Library Statistics

  • 277,526 items checked out
  • 157,355 visitors welcomed
  • 89,680 items in the collection
  • 88,187 visitors to
  • 1,435 room reservations
  • 354 youth programs offered
  • 10,524 youth programs attended
  • 29,883 cardholders
  • Over $45,000 contributed by the Friends of the Library
  • 427 adult programs offered
  • 2,950 adult programs attended
  • 12,686 MeLCat items loaned out to other libraries
  • 15,746 MeLCat items borrowed for our patrons