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Monday, July 14, 2014

A letter from City Resident Larry Neal.

Dear Library Supporter,

It is hard to believe that just three years ago we finally passed the library millage for our City and secured the contract with the Baldwin Public Library for quality local library service! The City and the Library have renewed the contract for six years contingent upon the outcome of a vote for the renewal of the library millage. This renewal is on the August 5 ballot!

If you have received your absentee ballot, please be sure to vote YES for the library millage renewal. If you will not be in town on August 5, please contact Amy Burton at the City to receive an absentee ballot (248) 644-1520.

Our contract with the Baldwin Public Library has been a success by all measures. For example, by the end of our library "dark ages" only 87 families in our City (5.8%) had library cards. Today, after less than three years, 687 or 46.1% of our families have cards. In all, 1,070 individuals have cards with an average checkout rate of 5.8 items (up from 4.1 for the first year of our contract).

Please remember that every vote counts and that approval of a renewal is not guaranteed. Encouraging other family members, neighbors and friends who live in the City to vote YES is critical to retain our contract with the Baldwin Public Library.

Thank you.

Larry Neal

Editor's Note:  City resident  Larry Neal  is by profession a librarian and Director of the 
Macomb-Clinton Township Public Library which serves communities approaching 100,000 residents. He was active in our City's library millages of 2009, 2010, and 2011. The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce named him their 2011 many of the year for his efforts which won us our current library contract. In addition Mr. Neal was chosen as Michigan Librarian of the year  for 2013

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