If your Friends group has news or information about events or activities, we will publish it here and on our Facebook page. Please email the information to along with name of a person to be contacted in case others have questions or wish to have more details about the events. Thanks for sharing news about your events and activities!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. The American Library Association has teamed up with Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends on an adventure to promote the value of a library card.

Here's more information from ALA to help libraries celebrate and promote Library Card Sign-Up Month.

There are suggested activities for your library and your patrons, special graphics to print for adding signs in your library and other graphics for posting on your website and social media.


Talk About Friends, October 10, Charlevoix Public Library

Registration is open for the Talk About Friends meeting, October 10, 2019, 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the Charlevoix Public Library.

Click here to register.

Registration is free of charge but required.

Michigan Digital Preservation Initiative

Linked below are several items of interest to those who have been following along with the Statewide & Regional Stepping Stones to the National Digital Platform Project, We’ll continue to have updates going out on listservs for the remainder of the project (through November), but if you have not already we are now encouraging project followers to please subscribe to the new project listserv at

A recording from our August Virtual Community Planning Meeting is now available. If you couldn’t make the call feel free to catch-up/ keep-up with all the great work.

Please take a moment also to read our Project White Paper on Community Governance, and then fill out our brief Community Governance Survey.

We need your feedback on the type of governance structure you would like to see available for your institution as we lay the foundation for the launch of a state digital preservation network/community in 2020.

White paper -

Stay tuned for more details this coming week on the upcoming project workshop scheduled for the Michigan Museums Association Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI (October 2nd-5th).

As always, if you have any questions in between now and out next Virtual Community Planning Call on September 30th, from 11am-12pm ET, don’t hesitate to follow-up with me (Matt Schultz,

All best,

Matt Schultz
Curation and Digital Preservation Librarian
Grand Valley State University Libraries


No More Overdue Fines - Detroit Public Library

Beginning September 1, 2019, the Detroit Public Library will discontinue charging overdue fines for late returns. All past overdue fines are being eliminated, except those for damaged or lost items. Click here to read more.

Henika District Library

Friends of Henika District Library

Friends of Henika District Library received the Wayland Chamber Charity of Choice for 2019. We are updating a reading area in the library with new paint, new furniture and refurbishing some old furniture!

Here's an article on page 3 of the June 2019 edition of Allegan County's Chamber and Business News.

Melanie Suk of the Friends of Henika District Library provided this information.


ALA Midwinter Meeting

ALA Book Club Central

ALA Book Club Central is a new online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more. Award-winning actor, producer, and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central and a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy. Ms. Parker will offer her own book selections as part of SJP Picks.