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From the Director: KDL a Star Library

Monday, November 7th, 2011

We did it again!

I am pleased to announce that Kent District Library has once again been recognized as a Star Library in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2011More than 7,000 libraries were evaluated, but only 262 received a starred rating.  KDL was one of only three Michigan libraries to make the list (Ann Arbor District Library and Benzie Shores District Library were the others).

We are thrilled that Kent District Library has received this accolade and appreciate the support that our patrons and communities have shown over the years. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this wonderful achievement.   

Thank you for helping make KDL a Star Library!

 

Yours,

Lance Werner Signature

 Lance Werner

 


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From the Director: Yay Us! — KDL & You!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Congratulations! A comparison of Kent District Library usage data with figures recently reported in Public Libraries magazine (Sept./Oct. 2011) reveals that KDL is outpacing the national average for communities our size. For example, our library visits per capita, circulation per capita and collection turnover (how often an item is checked out in a given year), were nearly two times higher than the national average.

What does this mean to you? It’s proof positive that you love KDL and the wonderful materials and services you find in our libraries. While we don’t need numbers to tell us this, these figures help prove that KDL has some of the most avid library users in the country!

Thank you for using your public library and making KDL way above average.

Sincerely,

Lance Werner Signature

Lance Werner, Director
Kent District Library


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From the Director: Personal Property Tax

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

You depend on your local community government for police and fire protection, safe drinking water, plowed roads in the winter, and other essential services. Access to information is an essential service provided to you by Kent District Library. In today’s knowledge-based economy, loss of this service will cripple our communities.

Some Michigan legislators are proposing elimination of an important source of funding through repeal of the Michigan Personal Property Tax (PPT) — a tax generally paid by businesses and corporations, not by individual taxpayers or homeowners.

Eliminating the PPT without a full and “stable” replacement would slash revenues for local governments, including cities, libraries, and schools, by another $1.2 billion. By stable source of funding, I mean funds that are guaranteed for essential local government services and protected now and in the future. 

Losing the PPT would be devastating for Kent District Library. It would mean a loss of $1.1 million in 2012, or approximately 7% of our total operating budget. Our branches are busier than ever with 6.4 million checkouts in 2010, up 11% over the  two previous years. People are turning to the library for community programming, information, entertainment, and job hunting/résumé writing resources.  Loss of the PPT would significantly impact KDL’s ability to deliver service at the level our community has come to expect.  Without these funds the Library will undertake layoffs, massive reductions in operating hours, and deep cuts to the collection budget.

If the PPT is eliminated, it must be fully replaced. Please join me in urging your state Senator and Representative to guarantee a full replacement of the personal property tax if they vote to repeal it.

Sincerely,

Lance Werner Signature

Lance Werner, Director
Kent District Library



Lance Werner has served as the Director of the Kent District Library since 2011. He can be reached via email at lwerner@kdl.org, or by phone at 616-784-2091.


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From the Director

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Lance Werner

Now that I’ve been on the job for almost six months, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my vision for Kent District Library in the coming years. 

I am honored to have been invited to serve the Kent District Library as its Director, and I am eager to become a part of this dynamic organization. The Kent District Library is recognized as one of the best public libraries in the nation and is warmly embraced by the community it serves.

I come to Kent District Library with a full appreciation of what has made the Library so successful: a dedicated and capable staff eager to serve patrons of all ages and from all backgrounds, devoted Friends of the Library groups and volunteers, a forward-looking Board of Trustees dedicated to quality library service; and all of you, the residents of the Kent County who have loyally supported the Library over the years.

People have called me “The Loud Librarian,” not because I speak loudly (although my voice does carry!), but because I believe that libraries today cannot sit quietly and expect that people will understand the value that the library brings to the community.  Libraries fuel amazing experiences that influence individuals and their communities. KDL branches are the heart of the community and at the heart of life-long learning and self-improvement.  Libraries are full of stories and stories have power.

Now, I invite you to speak up as well!  Tell us how the Kent District Library has influenced you; share your memories; communicate its importance to you, your family and our community.  Tell us your story.

Sincerely,

Lance Werner Signature

Lance Werner, Director
Kent District Library



Lance Werner has served as the Director of the Kent District Library since 2011. He can be reached via email at lwerner@kdl.org, or by phone at 616-784-2091.

 


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