Residents seek library options

Some Crockery Township families want to do things by the book.
Marie Havenga
Oct 19, 2013


They want to be able to check them out, download them and read them in the comfort of their own homes. But living in a township that doesn't have a library contract, they've been shut out.

Several times a week, Jill Kelly loads her four homeschooled children in the family minivan and drives them to Spring Lake District Library to read books about their areas of study — plants, animals, space — but they can't take any books home.

“We are able to use the building, which I'm grateful and thankful for,” she said. “We study and read books from the shelves.”

But because Crockery Township is not a member of the library district, the Kelly family would have to pay an $88 nonmember library card fee to take books home. Even with that, they still are not allowed to take part in inter-library loans or electronic downloads.

A grassroots group wants to change all that. The Library for Crockery Readers group hopes to talk the Crockery Township Board into placing a proposal for a third of a mill on the August 2014 ballot for library services.

“I really hope that it goes through,” Jill Kelly said. “Kids need books, bottom line. Adults need books. You may find me campaigning around our neighborhood for this. I think it's ridiculous that we don't have access to books even though we pay taxes.”

About two weeks ago, the Kellys signed up for a library card in Muskegon County because they own a rental home there. Jill said Spring Lake District Library clerks have been confused about whether she can check out books locally with that card.

“It gives us an inroad to the Lakeland Library Cooperative (of which Spring Lake District Library is a member),” she said. “But sometimes I feel like a criminal when I try to check out books there. I feel like I have a big scarlet 'C' for Crockery.”

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



So, howzabout you take a crowbar to the old wallet and fork over $88? Buy one less carton of cigarettes.


ggravish, clearly you are missing the point of their grievance. It's a shame that you think it is all about the money. I can tell by your ignorant comment that you do not know this family. It's too bad, because you could learn how to be a kinder human being if you did know them. I can also tell you that despite what you have said, they wouldn't hesitate to show you love if you were in need. Shame on you for judging. You couldn't be more wrong.

As for the Kelly's - bravo, Jill, for fighting for your (and other family's) right to library access! I had no idea this was even a problem. Thank you for shedding light on this situation!


It's a joke, lady.


That library needs to get over itself. Ever hold an event there? They (employees) are standing at the door tapping their toe ready to herd you AND all the guests out of the room you reserved. Even the SL bond issue - full of SL tax payers - who PAY for the library are kicked out the minute the clock nears closing time. How embarrassing that we don't share with our Crockery neighbors.


The options they have are certainly there. They can choose with the variety of options they have at their disposal. - YOR Health Products


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