Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) adds State Parks and Rec Areas Library Funding Going to the Voters in November
Library services have taken some substantial hits over the past several years, due to decreases in operating revenue. The most unfortunate results of this have been our having to close our doors every Thursday, and on Sundays throughout the summer, as well as reductions in our budget for new materials, which is just over half what they were in 2008. Other less visible changes have been driven by reductions in Library funding: building maintenance has been deferred. Staff wages have been frozen, and benefits have been cut. We have also reduced budgets and found efficiencies in energy use, maintenance and supplies.
The Library receives 85% of its funding from local property tax. These revenues have fallen 13% since 2008. On November 3, the Library will ask District Voters to continue their support of the Library by approving a levy of 0.22 mills for a 20 year period for Library operations. The Board of Trustees decided to make this request in 2015, since this year the Library will make its final payments on the bonds used to construct the Library building. The millage to make these bond payments, which has averaged about 0.22 mills over the past few years, will no longer be levied.
The Library's proposal is to replace that bond millage with an equivalent operating millage. The overall rate of tax support for the Library will not change. The 0.22 mills that has gone toward paying for building bonds would now be replaced by 0.22 mills for Library operations. For a house with a sale value of $200,000, this tax would be about $22.
Without this millage, the Library will not be able to restore lost services in the foreseeable future. Indeed, further cuts to services are likely, as major maintenance items such as roofing, restrooms, aging carpet and furniture, become critical. If the millage passes, it will be possible for the Library to reopen on Thursdays, increase materials budgets to offer a wider variety of new materials, expand our collections of ebooks and other electronic materials, and reduce waiting periods for popular items. We will be able to budget for major building maintenance without having to further cut services.
Further details of the Library's proposal are here. You can also contact Dr. Nancy B. Johnson, the Library Director, at 810-229-6571, ext. 203 or email@example.com.
Three of the Library shelvers graduated from High School in June. Rachel Lawson, Summa Cum Laude, will attend Grand Valley State U next fall, with Award of Excellence and Faculty Scholarships. Brianna Meyer, also Summa Cum Laude, is planning to study history at Saginaw Valley State U. And Spencer Wack, a National Honor Society member, garnered a Metropolitan Scholarship, and several Departmental Awards to attend U of M Dearborn. Great Job, Rachel, Brianna, and Spencer! We will miss you.
Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Brighton District Library, we are pleased to bring back to our users the Mango Languages online language-learning system. Free to BDL cardholders, and accessible any time through the web or on mobile apps, e
ach lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Your library card number is required for access
. Check it out now at
Slot Car Demolition Derby
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Room A/B)
Miniature Motorways brings slot car racing to the Library. Bring yourself, bring your kids, and see who gets to be the last car standing! For all ages. A free ticket is available 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited.
Thursday, August 6, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
(2|42 Community Church)
Get ready for the biggest Nerd Fest Livingston County has ever seen! This mini-comic con will have a comic exchange, comic artists and authors, Magic, the Gathering with Nerdageddon Comics, and more. This program is presented in conjunction with the Cromaine and Howell Libraries. Check out the LIB Con website for more information: brightonlibrary.info/teens/lib-con/
Held at the Commons at 2/42 Community Church at 7526 Grand River, Brighton. Drop-in.
The MAP program continues to grow!
MAP offers Library cardholders free or reduced-fee admission, or other discounts, at over 100 arts and cultural institutions statewide. The big news is that MAP has entered into a new partnership with Michigan DNR, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Michigan Recreation and Parks Association that has added some 230 state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, and state historic sites to the MAP program. You can search the listings and print your passes at the MAP website. Enter Brighton District Library in the search form to see links for passes.
The Library is a drop-off location for LESA's Backpacks for Kids Project,
beginning in August.
The Library is Closed
from Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.
in the Norma Gray Gallery
Art at the Library
in partnership with the
May 11 - July 6
Julie Tibus (watercolor)
Baiba Jensen (gouache)
July 6 - August 24
Velinka Cucuz (mixed media)
Tanya Bolen (photography)
Monday, July 13
6-8pm in Room A/B
Public is welcome!
August 24 - October 19
Lora Garcelon (watercolor)
Sandra Hanert (acrylics)
Monday, August 31
6-8pm in Room A/B
Public is welcome!
Download digital editions of your favorite magazines through the Library!
Red Cross Blood Drive
comes to the Library Friday,
July 24, 10:30am-3:45pm, in Room A/B. Drop-in or make an appointment at 517-318-7210,
or register online at RedCrossBlood.org and use the sponsor keyword: BrightonLibrary
Thank you, Donors!
Honorary & Memorial Gifts
Jane Clarke Family,
in memory of Jane Clarke
to honor the engagement of
The Reverend Dr. Sherry Parker & The Reverend George Lewis
Hilton Elementary kindergarten class, in honor of their teacher,
Mr. Bill Renner
Hilton Elementary School
third grade class,
in honor of their teacher,
Mrs. Mary Beane.
Brighton District Library
staff members, in memory of
♦ Sharon Storch
♦ Gifts of $100 or more
We are grateful for those who generously contribute to the Library throughout the year. Our recognition of these individuals, families, and organizations is on our Donors Wall.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Library, options and details can be found on our webpage, Support the Library.