Kent District Library (KDL) is partnering with Kelloggsville Public Schools (KPS) to transform a state-of-the-art media center within Kelloggsville High School into a community library.
The Wyoming-based public high school recently opened a two-story media center at 4787 Division Avenue, SW that would traditionally be open only to its 694 students.
The vision to make this a true community library began prior to groundbreaking through a collaborative process with KDL and Kelloggsville. The vision became a reality with the assistance of a Steelcase Foundation grant awarded to the district in the amount of $250,000 over the next three years. Kelloggsville asked KDL to manage the facility, which will also be open to community members after hours, on Saturdays and during the summer starting in January 2018.
KDL will also supply the Kelloggsville library collection with a focus on popular materials and the school’s curriculum. Students will have access to all KDL materials available system-wide, including books, e-books, music, movies, databases and more via their KDL library card.
“We are very pleased to announce this unique collaboration with KDL, which is the first of its kind in the county,” said Kevin Simmons, Kelloggsville High School principal. “Our new state-of-the-art space, in combination with the first-rate resources that KDL is making available, will be a tremendous asset to our students and to the community.”
The community will be welcome to use the 6,000 square-foot facility at specified times, including:
- Three evenings a week between 3 to 8 p.m. during the school year
- First and third Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Additional hours during summer months when school is not in session, including evening and weekend hours.
Lori Holland, manager of the KDL Wyoming Branch, will oversee all KDL services and staff at the Kelloggsville branch.
Community card holders will be able to access all KDL materials available for loan or online, including:
- KDL’s entire digital collection, including movies, television shows, games, magazines and more, along with specialized content for children
- Eight networked personal computers and a public printing station
- KDL programming, including Storytime and KDL LAB experiences
- Interlibrary loan services through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL)
- KDL databases, including scholarly journals, encyclopedias, reference works and other resources
The partnership between the public library and school system highlights Kent District Library’s goal to challenge the traditional concept of what a library is and to ensure its many programs are available to everyone in the county.
“We’re excited to further extend our services and programming to Kelloggsville High School through this unique partnership,” said Lindsey Dorfman, Kent District Library director of branch services and operations. “It’s wonderful that KHS is opening its doors to allow the community to access its new state-of-the-art media center.
“We are delighted to offer expanded opportunities for students and the community to experience all that KDL has to offer.”
The facility will open to the public in January 2018. As details such as hours of operation are finalized, they will be published at KDL.org.
About Kent District Library
Kent District Library is a public library system operating 19 branch libraries that serve nearly 400,000 residents of 27 different municipalities throughout Kent County. KDL is an IRS-designed 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations. KDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. For more, visit kdl.org.
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