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Written by Deborah E. Mikula, MLA Executive Director   

Letter From Debbie

June 24, 2021

Why do some places exude a spirit of community more than other places? Why do some places become focal points and anchors in their community and others do not? Why do we feel such a strong sense of belonging in some places over others?

I have discovered that most of us are drawn to places that are unique and creative, to places that exude a sense of community, to places that are lively and inviting, to places that are diverse and inclusive, to places that promote people’s happiness and well-being. Our libraries are these places. Our libraries are “third spaces” to many, and over the course of the past 15 months, you have been missed. Greatly missed!

Libraries throughout Michigan are centers for learning and self-discovery, providing free and open access to information to all residents. While libraries continue to provide access to literature and promote literacy; they are continuously evolving to simultaneously serve as community hubs, community centers, tourist destinations, places to read, places to get help, places to gather and socialize, places to study and places to learn – cultural institutions in the heart of every community and campus throughout Michigan.  

Earlier this week, the rules, guidelines, and the emergency orders that we have all lived with for more than a year were lifted. While some of you have been physically open on and off during the past 15 months, many more libraries across Michigan are just beginning to open their doors. With a collective sigh, we really can say that we are getting back to normal, slowly but surely.

Debbie Signatiure

Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director

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