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July 31, 2012
The Daily News

EDITOR:On Tuesday, August 7, Dickinson County voters will be asked to vote on the renewal of the millage authorization of 0.9 mills for the Dickinson County Library.

The Dickinson County Library was formed in 1960 by a vote of the entire county and was originally supported by a property tax of 1 mill. Since then, the library has continued to serve the entire county and is currently authorized to assess up to 9/10ths of one mill. The library seeks to renew this authorized rate in order to continue operations for 5 years.

The library maintains three locations to serve the public: the Main Library located at 401 Iron Mountain Street in Iron Mountain, the Solomonson Branch at 620 Section Street in Norway and the North Dickinson Branch in the North Dickinson School in Felch.

The library's webpage provides access to the library catalog, as well as downloadable eBooks and audiobooks and other informational resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

In 2011, the three branches welcomed 147,357 patrons. Dickinson County Library has 11,502 card holders and members checked out 169,996 items over the past year. The number of items checked out averaged 6.5 items per person

Computers are available for public use at all three branches and in 2011, computer users logged in 30,920 hours. The Main and Solomonson Branches also offer wireless access.

The Dickinson County Library provides a large variety of materials, such as: adult, teen and children's books, entertainment and educational DVDs, music, audio books on CD, local and national newspapers, magazines, large print books, local history and genealogical materials. The library collection numbers over 105,644 items distributed amongst all three branches. If an item is not available in the collection, it may be borrowed from libraries in the system or from other libraries in the state.

The Dickinson County Library is a vital community institution and is an active place where children are introduced to reading during preschool story times, where children enjoy the pleasure of reading during the summer reading programs, where all ages attend programs covering a variety of topics, where community groups meet, where individuals have access to the Internet and where all ages can browse and borrow favorite books, movies and music. It is a place where community members of all ages discover the power of knowledge and take advantage of the full spectrum of opportunities that the library provides.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, voters will be asked to vote on the renewal of the authorized millage rate that will continue to provide these priceless library services within the county.

Amanda Griggs

Young Adult Specialist/Public Relations

Dickinson County Library

Iron Mountain



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