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Lakeland Library Cooperative serves 42 public libraries in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa counties.

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Upcoming Events – Trustee Roundtables

The Library of Michigan will be holding three in-person Trustee Roundtables this fall. October 13, 2022, 1:00pm-3:30pm – Herrick District Library North Branch, Holland for more information or to register, visit the Event Registration Page. October 26, 2022,...

Opinion: Have we forgotten what a public library is for? (The Washington Post)

Imagine a town without a library. In August, people in Jamestown, Mich., just outside Grand Rapids, signaled with their votes that they would rather defund — and possibly shutter — their only public library than keep books with LGBTQ themes on the shelves. The impact...

Controversy inspires Banned Books Challenge at Grand Haven library (Wood TV 8)

GRAND HAVEN. (WOOD) — The Loutit District Library in Grand Haven is hosting a Banned Books month in September promoting works that have been challenged or outright banned over the last 100 years. Librarian Chelsea McCoy says she was inspired to put the exhibit...

Romance author Nora Roberts helps save MI library defunded over LGBTQ books (Bridge MI)

It could make a great final chapter of a book: A doomed library is saved by the small checks of book lovers, and one huge donation from an internationally known author whose novels are among the most popular on the library’s shelves. Romance novelist Nora...

Defunded over LGBTQ books, Michigan library will try tax again in November (Bridge MI)

An Ottawa County library will ask voters for funding for a second time, in November, after residents in this small town voted last week to reject a millage because of the continued presence of  LGBTQ-themed books on library shelves. The library board voted Monday...

Patmos Library will pursue another millage amid controversy over LGBTQ books (MLive)

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – A message was delivered from Jamestown Township residents to Patmos Library board members Monday night -- keep the library open. But a failed millage at the Aug. 2 election, surrounded by a resident-driven campaign to remove LGBTQ materials from...

Millage vote for Ottawa County library to return amid debate about LGBTQ+ books (WZZM 13)

In Ottawa County, voters in Jamestown Township will have another chance to decide funding for a library, after a unanimous vote Monday night by the library board. The millage to fund the library failed in the August primary.  Monday's meeting at Patmos Library was...

After uproar over LGBTQ books, Jamestown Twp. library board to try millage again in November (Holland Sentinel)

Following a resounding failure of its operating millage renewal last week, the Jamestown Township library board voted Monday, Aug. 8, to ask voters to fund the library again in November.  This will mean a tight turnaround, as language to get on the November ballot is...

In danger of closing over LGBTQ books, W MI library board votes to put millage back on ballot (WOOD TV 8)

A West Michigan library board has voted to put a millage back on the November ballot after voters turned it down over LGBTQ books. The Patmos Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously during its Monday meeting. On Aug. 2, voters rejected the millage for the...

Michigan public library defunded over inclusion of LGBTQ+ materials (The Hill)

Voters in a Western Michigan township last week chose to defund their public library after a campaign organized by a conservative community group argued that a display of books showcasing LGBTQ+ characters and stories was “grooming children for sexual exploitation.”...

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INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

MI Right To Read

MI Right to Read is a grassroots coalition of concerned Michigan residents organized by the Michigan Library Association. The coalition opposes any attempts to ban books from Michigan libraries based on content subjectively deemed inappropriate. Its purpose is to educate the public and oppose any legislation that infringes upon First Amendment rights and intellectual freedom.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM RESOURCES

Lakeland stands in solidarity with the American Library Association, Michigan Library Association, and Library of Michigan in opposing any and all attempts to censor library collections. Click the button to find resources to help your library prepare for and deal with censorship challenges.

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