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Here’s a photo from Powell’s Books Facebook page. The bookstore covers an entire city block and has four stories!

I recently traveled to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, the largest used and new bookstore in the world! This inspired me to share a few of my favorite things about libraries and feature the libraries that serve our Lakeshore community. 

Libraries offer a wide collection of books, movies, audiotapes, CDs, and various services like internet, printing, or classes. Also, libraries sponsor summer reading programs or other event opportunities for people of all ages.

My mom took me to storytime at my local library and signed me up for the summer reading programs. I still set a book goal and try to reach it each summer. This summer my book goal was 10 books and I’ve read 6 so far!

These poems by Nikki Giovanni speak to her love of libraries. The line from “My First Memories (Of Librarians)” states, “A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on/a creaky/ wood floor.” The library I went to as a child always creaked as we walked. Even after some recent renovations, the floor still has a familiar creak. 

Scan the list below for the library closest to you. If you visit your local library often, comment below and tell us what you love about it. Keep your eyes open for upcoming updates about our event partnerships with the lakeshore libraries! 

Fun Facts: 

There are 17,000 public libraries in the United States, which is more than Starbucks or McDonald’s locations. 

Alaska’s Resources Library and Information Services in Anchorage has a taxidermy collection that patrons can check out. Boy scout troops sometimes use these items in their ceremonies. 

Ben Franklin founded the first library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, in 1731. The initial collection of books from this library burned in the War of 1812. 

Libraries Near You: 

Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, Douglas, MI 

Loutit District Library, Grand Haven, MI  

Herrick Public Library, Holland, MI 

Allegan District Library, Allegan, MI  

Fennville District Library, Fennville, MI 

Georgetown Township Public Library, Jenison, MI

Howard Miller Public Library, Zeeland, MI 

Spring Lake District Library, Spring Lake, MI 

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