To get me to head in to the air conditioned comfort of the Muskegon Area District Library was not much of a fight. They asked if we'd come talk about some of the fantastic programming they had going on over the summer months to not only keep young minds working during a little downtime from school, but to also give area families a little something to do that doesn't involve snap chats and video games and you tubes and on and on and on. Yes, you hear me saying it now...the importance of stimulating little minds..and your own is second to none. Today's offerings in the world of digital entertainment are beyond anything I could have ever imagined growing up, but, the basics...like reading...writing, arts, crafts and inspiration all need to be fostered in young peoples minds.
The summer is when the Muskegon Area District Library kicks everything into high gear. The events calendar on their website is a staggering collection of things to do, see and learn across all of their 10 branches located all across Muskegon county. Recently, the MADL had asked voters to approve a millage request and from the looks of the amount of work that's going on to engage and enlighten, that millage passing was put to incredible use. Everything from family story times to movie showings, t-shirt paintings to country music shows, flower and botany contests, computer training, used book sales...it doesn't end. There is literally a flurry of activity every day, all summer long. The best part it...it all focuses on making sure that minds stay active and don't lose the edge over the vacation break.
If all of that isn't enough...let's talk about the entire online arm of the MADL. Foreign language learning services, Hoopla, which is all your favorite entertainment options like movies, albums, TV episodes and more, Databases (because who doesn't love a good database), foreign television programming, English as a second language courses...you could literally get lost in the digital end of things alone. It's a pretty remarkable library system we're sporting here in Muskegon.
I met up with Alison Purgiel who is the Librarian of the Norton Shores branch of the MADL to talk about the goings on, she's really got her finger on the pulse of it all. Take a listen to our chat below.
Our community might not be the richest, but..let's be honest here. we can get just as much out of what we have as any other. We have got an amazing library system that we all agreed by vote should be preserved and used for generations to come. It's always a great pleasure to stop in to any of our area library branches. It's equally a pleasure to talk to Alison. She's so passionate about her job and her community. To have the MADL on as a sponsor here and Positively Muskegon is truly a nod to us too saying that we're getting it right. It's a great partnership. If you'd like to know more about all that's going on at the Muskegon Area District Library, click on the photo below to go to their website!