About the Muskegon Township Branch
Muskegon Township Branch – East Muskegon’s Hidden Jewel
After 69 years of bookmobile service to neighborhoods throughout Muskegon County the bookmobile was officially retired in 2009. The bookmobile’s home base was at the Muskegon Township offices. Then in July of that year, the youngest branch of the Muskegon Area District Library, (MADL) was born: the Muskegon Township Branch.
Housed in the Orchard View Community Education building on Ada Avenue, the branch consists of one room in a former elementary school. All of MADL’s services are available including access to computers, a book club and Story Time for children.
Pam Knight, who coordinates the branch, says that although the branch may appear small, she keeps the book collection up to date and full of materials she knows people want. According to Knight, “In the past seven years the biggest challenge has been letting people know we are here.” With a growing customer base, a new successful adult book club has begun to meet monthly.
Located one block off of Apple Avenue, township residents appreciate that they have a community asset at the library. Last summer, the Muskegon Township Branch had tremendous attendance at its summer reading program with nearly 800 people.
According to Knight, “It helps that we have access to the school’s gymnasium, a perfect place for kids to enjoy programs.” The positive synergy with day care in the building, Head Start Preschool Program and Orchard View Community Education sharing announcements of children’s programs has built up a following over time.
The Muskegon Area District Library has 10 community branches, and works closely with local municipalities to provide great programs and services. The Muskegon township branch has one of the largest populations with just over 18,000 residents.
The Orchard View Community Education program has been a valuable partner and we appreciate the successful collaboration we have with them.