New Loutit District Library director comes full circle

John Martin remembers getting his first library card when he was a kid at Grand Haven's former Carnegie Library on Third Street and Columbus Avenue - currently the Fifth Third Bank parking lot. Now, he is the new director of Loutit District Library just a few blocks away. "Everyone I run into in this town has just been super welcoming and great to work with - not just the library people, but people in town,' said the 55-year-old who became the library director last month.
Kyle Moroney
Jun 25, 2011


After graduating from Grand Haven High School in 1974, Martin graduated from Grand Valley State University with a major in history and German. He then received a masters in library science from the University of Michigan, and began his library career in the catalog division within the technical services department at U-M’s graduate library. Martin then worked at the University of Detroit Mercy library for two years as the head of the catalog department.

Martin took his first public library job at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham as the head of the technical services/coordinator of automated services. He worked there for six years before his 21-year stint as director of the Oak Park Library outside of Detroit.

“The cool thing about working in a public library is you see people of all ages and all backgrounds come into the library,” Martin said, adding how ecstatic it is to watch a giddy young child go to the library to get their very first library card. “It’s very cool.”

Martin recalls spending time at Loutit District Library as a kid, long before it was remodeled and re-opened in July 2009.

“The size and the community spaces that are now available — like the giant children’s room and the community meeting rooms, the computer lab — all those things are important to the community and are just as important to the people who work here,” he said. “It makes you happy to come to work every day.”

Read more of this story in today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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