Shirley Bruursema, a member of the Kent District Library Board of Trustees for over 20 years, was recently recognized by a coalition of libraries and organizations for her efforts in championing libraries across Michigan. She was praised for her enthusiasm for public libraries, her dedication in educating and coaching libraries and the goodwill she has spread through the library community. Bruursema accepted her award during the Michigan Library Association 2016 Annual Conference in Lansing.
Bruursema has been a Lakeland Library Cooperative Board Member for over 30 years. She has been dubbed the “Millage Queen” for coaching libraries through millage campaigns and helping pass 80 successful library millage elections since 2000. She planned and presented numerous workshops for the education and training of library trustees and supported the Michigan Library Association with countless hours of legislative advocacy efforts.
In a letter to Bruursema, Governor Rick Snyder wrote “You have worked to open new libraries while also keeping and expanding existing libraries. Your service and dedication to the libraries, communities and people of Michigan is greatly appreciated.”