Capital Area District Libraries earn 2019 State Librarian’s Excellence Award


The library is alive and well. In fact, in the Greater Lansing area, the Capital Area District Libraries are thriving. That is much in part to keeping up with the ever-changing times and keeping a focus on community.

State Librarian Randy Riley has announced Capital Area District Libraries are the recipient of the 2019 State Librarian’s Excellence Award for superior customer service.

The Library of Michigan Foundation and Library of Michigan give the State Librarian’s Excellence Award and Citations of Excellence Award each year to highlight how important the services that Michigan libraries provide are.

Riley presents the annual award, including $3,000 in privately donated funds, Oct. 16 at the Michigan Library Association’s annual conference in Novi.

“Selecting one library for this recognition is quite difficult,” said Riley. “The (Capital Area District Libraries) impacts Ingham County communities daily and consistently finds new and inventive ways to bring their resources to the people.”

Among those inventive ways to bring resources to the community, is the organization’s Library of Things, which allows adult library cardholders to check out items from the collection the same way they would check out a book or DVD. Read about it here. The library also provides download and streaming services, community outreach and an active social media presence to stay connected with the community.

“We are so thrilled to be awarded the State Librarians Excellence Award,” said Capital Area District Libraries Director Scott Duimstra. “To be recognized for the superior customer service we provide to our communities is very important to the Capital Area District Libraries. From our staff to our board and our community partners, our mission is to empower the communities we serve.”

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