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Beyond books: Libraries bringing community together

Jul 18, 2017 9:39:00 AM / by Local First

The library has been my favorite place to go since I was a child. Being an avid reader and writer, I have always loved visiting the library for hours to look at the endless amount of books. I never left without a new book in hand.

A library is a local place for the community to gather and share ideas. It is welcoming to all and eager to assist people. At the library, there is something for everyone!

Since I now live in Coopersville, the Coopersville Area District Library has been the place for me to go. The library opened back in 1949, and though it is small, there is still a big selection of books! The library is about “Preserving the past, providing technology and education for a lifetime of learning, and promoting culture and community through literature and the arts.” I love how libraries hold things from the past, present, and future. No matter where you turn, there is something new to learn, and a new way to grow.

Besides supplying various books to people of all ages, they also host events throughout the year. Some of their events include book clubs, story time, movies, film workshops, and even crafts. There is always a new free event going on for the community to join in. Next month, they’re having their Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, which I attended last year. All funds raised in the three days go toward buying new materials and also programming for the library.

The library isn’t only about books and events. They also supply computers and internet for public use. Their website is full of ways to help people find scholarships, jobs, homework help, and much more. Music and movies are also available to check out, which reaches out to people who don’t enjoy reading. The library continues to find a way to bring the community together; even people with different interests.

The Coopersville Area District Library is located at 333 Ottawa St. in Coopersville. You can learn more at coopersvillelibrary.org or on Facebook

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