The Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch

Last Friday evening, the City of Kentwood hosted a renaming ceremony at KDL’s Kentwood branch. In honor of his dedication to the community and to the library, the cermony was held to rename the Kentwood branch library for Richard L. Root, former mayor of Kentwood. Mayor Root died in June.

Nearly 250 people attended the elegant renaming ceremony. Comments by Kentwood Mayor Richard Clanton and KDL Library Board Trustee Shirley Bruursema included quotes from the former mayor and an appreciation of his influence on them and on the city of Kentwood. Clanton reflected on Mayor Root’s passion for the library as a place of learning and fun for families. Bruursema mentioned how Mayor Root unofficially “adopted her” from Gaines Township because of her close work with him in passing the millage to construct the now Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch of Kent District Library.

Members of the Root family were present for the unveiling of a portrait of Mayor Root by Michigan artist Bill Murcko. State Representative Ken Yonker and senators Tonya Schuitmaker and Dave Hildenbrand also issued a proclamation in honor of Mayor Root.

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Heidi Nagel is KDL’s Communications Manager. She is an equal opportunity librarian — loving both cats and dogs with equal fervor.

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