Morton Township Library holds official dedication Sunday

MORTON TWP. — More than a year after its groundbreaking and a almost a month after its opening, the Morton Township Library will hold its official opening dedication on Sunday.

The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the library, located at 110 S. James St. in Mecosta. Continuing the celebration, the library will hold daily events beginning Monday to mark the dedication.

HELPING OUT: Morton Township Library volunteers Marian Ritter (left) and Terry Swier helped organize books on the library’s shelves in April before the library opened. (Pioneer file photo)

Festivities will begin with the dedication during which light refreshments also will be served. Representatives from Wolverine Building Group, C2AE Architectural Firm and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development — who all contributed to the project — will be present, as well as state officials and others who have devoted their time. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., library staff will hold an open house for the community to tour the renovated and expanded facility.

On May 16, 2011, Mary Ann Lenon, library director, and other officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site where the expanded portion of the new facility now stands. For the past year, crews worked on renovating 5,000 square feet of the library’s existing building while adding a 10,000-square-foot addition; the project cost $2.7 million.

The renovation of the 20-year-old building now houses a 120 person-capacity community room, a room for the Friends of the Morton Township Public Library, literacy teaching rooms, a children’s activity area and storage room.

In addition to the library itself, the 10,000-square-foot addition also houses three meeting rooms, a business center with six computers, 10 public computers, a teen room with three computers and three booths for teenagers to work at, a children’s room with a play area and eight computers and a quiet room with periodicals and a fireplace.

Local subcontractors and suppliers, and environmentally-friendly building materials and methods were used throughout the project.

After the dedication on Sunday, the library will hold at least one event each day from Monday to May 25. The events include speakers, musicians and a children’s theater program.

The project’s funding sources include Morton Township residents, organizations, businesses, contractual townships, memorial funds and grants and federal bonds from the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program. Grants also were provided from the Robert C. Reinhardt Library Fund, the Lawrence Sanders Foundation Match program, the Great Lakes Energy People Fund, the Tri-County Electric People Fund and the Mecosta County Community Foundation.

The library’s new hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about Sunday’s dedication, contact the library at (231) 972-8315.

Following Morton Township Library’s official dedication ceremony on Sunday, the library will hold special events throughout the week to mark the dedication.

  • 7 p.m., May 21 — Anatomy of a murder and more presented by Michael Artman
  • 7 p.m., May 22 — Key West Permafrost Blues Band
  • 7 p.m., May 23 — Richard Hamilton presents Civil War ancestry
  • 7 p.m., May 24 — Local authors’ showcase
  • 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., May 25 — Kids’ day with Wild Swan Theater performs “Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot”
  • 7 p.m., May 25 — The Gratitude Steel Band

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