The heating and air conditioning system at Nottawa Township Library will be replaced thanks to a recent grant.
A $25,000 gift from the Robert C. Reinhardt Trust will cover the majority of the cost to replace the 20-year-old units. Bonnie Heflin, library director, said the grant was a welcome gift, as the library will have to pay less than $10,000 of its own money toward the project as a result of the $25,000 offer.
The replacement work will be performed by Colon-based Magic City Heating and Cooling.
The White Pigeon Township Library on Tuesday filled 99 backpacks with a variety of school supplies.
Library Director Perri Saunders said the seventh annual “Operation Backpack” event featured the most backpacks donated in its history. Financial donations allowed the library to purchase additional materials that were in lesser supply.
A team of almost a dozen student volunteers worked to fill the backpacks, which will be distributed next week to students at White Pigeon’s Central Elementary School. A few will be passed out to students at White Pigeon Middle School and White Pigeon High School.
The White Pigeon Township Library is issuing a reminder that the deadline to turn in donations to support its seventh annual Operation Backpack program is noon Tuesday.
Starting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, volunteers will work in an assembly-line manner and fill backpacks with school supplies. Items being sought by the library include glue sticks, pencil boxes, spiral and composition notebooks, scissors, erasers, crayons, pencils and colored pencils.
Items may be dropped off at the library’s circulation desk.
Perri Saunders, library director, said she hopes to fill 80 to 90 backpacks, which will be distributed to students at White Pigeon schools on the first day of class in two weeks.
Three Rivers mayor Ken Baker and commissioners on Tuesday agreed to a five-year lease renewal with the Three Rivers Public Library.
The agreement, however, could mean a well-established lunch business in the library parking lot might be forced to move.
A provision in the agreement gives the library control over the parking lot, including any expenses related to its maintenance. In exchange for relieving the city of maintenance-related costs, the library authority board will have a say in who is allowed to use the lot.
Lifelong Three Rivers resident Mike King has operated the Weenie Kings push-cart hot dog stand since 2007 from the library parking lot. Whether he is allowed to stay on the premises will be left for members of the library authority to eventually decide.
City Commissioner Daryl Griffith mentioned Tuesday that ultimately, the city commission decides who serves on the library board. Griffith said it can make changes if its members don’t agree with decisions made by the library authority board.
The contract calls for the library to continue paying the municipality $500 a month for use of the city-owned building.
The village of Constantine is hosting a Teddy Bear Safety Picnic on Thursday.
Participants will have the opportunity to spend an hour with Officer Holly, from the Constantine Police Department.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to noon at the Constantine Township Library. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animals. Officer Holly will provide safety tips, share a story, oversee a craft and offer a snack.
The Teddy Bear Safety Picnic is free and registration is not required. The event is recommended for children 7 years of age and younger.
A conference committee in the Michigan Legislature has voted to cut state aid to local libraries by 40 percent. The vote Sunday afternoon sets the stage for votes in the House and Senate when they return to work Tuesday. Lawmakers have until the end of the day Wednesday to erase a $2.8 billion shortfall or there may be a partial shutdown of state government. Aid to local libraries would drop from $10 million to $6 million under a budget approved 5-1. The panel’s Democratic chairman opposed the bill because of the library cut. (AP)