Sen. Proos encourages residents to celebrate libraries

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is encouraging Southwest Michigan families to support local libraries and celebrate their positive impact during National Library Week, April 8-14.

“Getting a quality education is still the most important step toward a rewarding future, and local libraries provide tremendous options for students and residents to access the knowledge they need to succeed,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The 60th anniversary of National Library Week is an excellent time to recognize the contributions of our libraries and librarians and to promote the wide range of education and community resources they provide all of us.”

Michigan has more than 650 public libraries, and residents can find their local library by visiting

“Last year, the governor signed my legislation to open up library services to thousands of families on both sides of the state border,” Proos said. “By joining the compact, Michigan residents now have more access to a world of information and literary materials and Michigan libraries can share the cost of providing these important services.”

With Public Act 173 of 2017, Michigan entered into the Interstate Library Compact, which now allows Michigan residents to utilize services offered by libraries of other states that have also entered into the compact, including Indiana and Ohio. The services include the use of facilities, personnel, equipment and other materials.

“Today’s libraries are much more than just places to check out books,” Proos said. “Modern libraries help engage our communities, provide access to the internet and digital information, offer safe havens and activities for kids, and promote reading and creativity. In this effort, they help improve our state and prepare both current and future generations for success.”