Library director: Programs, patrons as strong as ever

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON – “Life is good,” Trenton Veterans Memorial Library Director Francene Sanak said. “Business is booming.”

On the heels of its first-ever LEGO building night, Sanak said the library, 2790 Westfield Road, hasn’t lost a step in providing services to residents since – as part of a four-community consortium with Woodhaven, Brownstown Township and Grosse Ile Township – departing its prior agreement with Wayne County Library System in 2014.

“Our budget is about the same,” Sanak said. “It hasn’t really changed much. All of the communities seem satisfied, and we have lots of people in the library now.”

Trenton was among many Downriver communities – along with Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Melvindale and River Rouge – which declared independence from Wayne County. City officials said the change allowed greater flexibility with budgeting and local staffing and programming decisions.

In an era of recovery Sanak said programming and patronage remains as strong as ever, and the facility serves to complement a school system that “does a good job educating students,” and a historical society which stores archives there.

“That helps as far as supporting and using a library a lot,” Sanak said.

Sanak said the upcoming calendar – with new programs like last month’s LEGO night joining time-honored story time sessions, family movie nights and other staples. The LEGO Builder’s Club seems poised to be a regular feature, while elsewhere among the stacks the library maintains its core mission and purpose with regular adult book discussion groups, local author nights and other special events.

“This is a population where literacy doesn’t seem to be a problem,” Sanak said. “There’s a lot of avid readers, and it’s a joy to work with that many people who like to read.”

For a full calendar of programs and more information call the library at 734-676-9777 or go to www.trenton.lib.mi.us.
(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)

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