Check it out

Local libraries are booked these days. As the economy slumped in recent years, folks looking to save a little money turned to libraries for DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and books.
Alex Doty
Mar 16, 2012


It's a trend seen across the country, and Grand Haven's library is a reflection of that.

Loutit District Library Director John Martin said he's pleased to share that patrons checked out 331,494 items during the 2010-11 fiscal year. This is an increase of more than 18,000 from the previous year.

“That is just amazing,” he said. “The demand for service is probably higher now than in recent memory."

In 2010-11, more than 221,000 people visited the library, an increase from five years ago when about 200,000 people stopped in.

Grand Haven resident Jennifer VandeWaa goes to the library to read and work on school projects.

“They’ve got so many different books and there’s lots of different things,” she said. “The computer lab downstairs is really nice."

VandeWaa said she thinks the renovations several years ago helped highlight the benefits of and amenities at Loutit District Library.

“The setting is very nice and cozy," she said. "They have a fireplace now and huge windows. It’s really a wonderful place to be."

The library is even drawing people from outside the area.

Muskegon resident Nick Marcus works and goes to school full-time and said Loutit is a quiet place in which he can get things done.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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