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Wednesday, November 22, 2023 12:00 AM

Note From the MLA Staff

November 22, 2023

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the MLA staff send our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of you who work in our public, school, academic, tribal and special libraries throughout this beautiful state and to say thank you for everything you do to support and build MLA. Perhaps even more important though, we get to say thank you for the work that you are doing locally and for each and every one of the 10 million citizens of Michigan.

THANK YOU for being a place where families, seniors, teens, children, refugees, the homeless, those with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, all races, all religions, and all others feel welcome. Your kindness, patience, and acceptance of EVERY person who walks into your library are at the top our list. 

THANK YOU for serving the individual needs of your patrons by offering a diverse collection of books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines and to do so without bias.

THANK YOU for offering your skills to help patrons find the best resources, lead people to the worthiest research and even offer tutoring for those who need an extra boost.

THANK YOU for providing your expertise so that in today’s world, we can decipher fact from fiction. 

THANK YOU for protecting the right to read and standing strong against censorship of any kind. Read more

THANK YOU for offering everyone a quiet space to study and an open space for meetings.

THANK YOU for giving Michigan residents space to think critically, prepare and explore the real world, and engage in civil discourse.

THANK YOU for offering the kinds of programs that allow patrons to experience new things and experiment in a safe and welcoming environment.

THANK YOU for being centers of community and connecting individuals with those who might not connect otherwise.

THANK YOU for all you do to eliminate illiteracy and teach the love of reading to all who walk through your doors.

THANK YOU for showcasing, displaying, and exhibiting local collections and art within your spaces.

THANK YOU for providing the energy that fuels the imagination, especially in your youth service areas.

THANK YOU for being the heart and soul of your community or institution.

We send you both thanks and gratitude for all you do. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Your MLA Staff


Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director
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Rachel Ash
Membership and Communications Director
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Keeley Briggs
Database Coordinator
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Lisa Buttigieg
Administrative Assistant
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Amber Sheerin
Program and Event Director
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