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Miller boosts Goodland Library

by Candice Miller on February 19, 2014

GOODLAND TWP. —It was a special delivery, straight from our nation’s capitol, that had local dignitaries gathered at the Goodland Township Library on Monday.
Congresswoman Candice Miller delivered four boxes filled with brand new books sourced through a Library of Congress surplus program. The titles, which include a variety of genres, will be put into general circulation for Goodland residents to enjoy.
Miller chairs the House Administration committee, which oversees the Library of Congress. She selected many of the books herself, trying to grab as many of the popular children’s titles as possible. Miller said she likes to give a boost to small, new libraries, like Goodland’s, through this program.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be here,” Miller said, praising the efforts of township officials and the library board to reopen the structure adjacent to the township hall on M-53.

Last year, voters approved a library millage for three years at .9 mills.
With the advent of the internet, many thought institutions like libraries would become passé, Miller said, but that prediction hasn’t come true.
“I think libraries are never more important than now,” the Republican from Macomb County said.
“They are a social center….a glue of the community.”
Township Supervisor Ron Cischke said the efforts of many made the entire library project possible. Donations from the McTaggart family some 12 years ago allowed them to move the old hall to its current location and a generous gift from the late Marie Dahn, a former teacher at the Erity and Walker country schools, for continued operations. Present in her memory were family members, Francis and Paul Brinker.
“We always appreciate Candice’s visits. Usually she’s bringing us a check, but this is just as good,” Cischke said of the books.
Newly-hired librarian Catherine Yezak said she plans to label or stamp the new books in some fashion so that patrons can be reminded of the generous gift.
In addition to public access computers, books and magazines, the library also houses a replica of the one-room schools that used to dot the township and the Goodland Township Historical Collection.
The Goodland Library is open Mondays from 2-7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Fridays from  8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and

Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Call the library at 721-2110.


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