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Welcome Back, Tallmadge Twp. Residents!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Yesterday, Tallmadge Township residents passed a millage to support library service at .3 mils. This means that Tallmadge Township residents once again have full borrowing privileges at any library in the Lakeland Library Cooperative, including all branches of the Kent District Library.

The Allendale Township Library contracts with Tallmadge Township to provide library services to Tallmadge residents. Tallmadge residents should call, email or stop by the Allendale Library to reactivate their Allendale card or get a new full-service card.  Since Allendale is the home library for Tallmadge residents, you will still need to pick up your holds at Allendale, per Lakeland Cooperative policy.  

We are thrilled that the measure passed and we look forward to serving you again!

Cheryl Whistler Garrison
KDL Interim Director

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Attn: Tallmadge Twp. Residents

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

You may have become aware of the fact that Kent District Library no longer serves Tallmadge Township residents. We hope that this situation is resolved in the near future. We want to take this opportunity to explain the situation and let you know what options are available.

Recently, the Lakeland Library Cooperative (LLC) adopted a policy requiring townships to pay at least .3 mil on local taxable value to use the shared library catalog and delivery system. If a township does not reach this level of support, contracting libraries will issue a “Contract Service Area” (CSA) library card good only at the contracting library. Tallmadge Township contracts with the Allendale Public Library for library services. Tallmadge Twp. does not currently meet the .3 mil requirement as set by the new policy; therefore, all residents who desire library service must visit the Allendale Twp. Library to receive a CSA card.

Kent District Library does not honor CSA cards. In agreement with the Lakeland Library Cooperative, KDL understands the need to be fair to those residents who pay considerably more than .3 mil for library service (for example, KDL residents pay .88 mils).  By honoring CSA cards, there would be little incentive for Tallmadge Twp. residents to vote to increase payment for library services.

Fortunately, Tallmadge Twp. residents will have the opportunity to vote on an increased library funding proposal on their township’s November ballot. If this ballot proposal passes, the township’s library payments will meet the minimum requirement, thereby again providing you with access to any library within LLC, including all KDL branches.  Please note: KDL receives no financial support from Tallmadge Twp. residents and will not even if the ballot measure passes. All library funding from the Township goes directly to the Allendale Twp. Library.  

For over 30 years, West Michigan residents have enjoyed the ability to use any library in the Cooperative regardless of which library their tax dollars support. Unfortunately, the Cooperative has lost over half a million dollars in State Aid last year and expects more cuts in this year’s budget. These cuts have made it critical that we allocate resources to those that fund our services.

Thank you,

Cheryl Garrison
KDL Interim Director

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Holds Policy Update

Friday, June 25th, 2010

On Monday, June 28, the Lakeland Library Cooperative’s new policy restricting holds on new books and nonprint materials goes into effect.

PLEASE NOTE: Kent District Library cardholders will still be able to place holds on all new KDL books and nonprint items.

This policy change is being made due to cuts to the Lakeland budget. It is necessary in order to reduce the volume of materials being transported in delivery between libraries. If you are not a KDL cardholder, please contact your local home library to ask how this Lakeland policy affects you.

Cheryl Garrison
Kent District Library Interim Director

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