By Kathy Kane
The Trenton Veteran’s Memorial Library will get some additional assistance thanks to its new “municipal” status, which was celebrated at a special open house last month.
Library Director Francine Sanak, Assistant Director Suzanne Street and Library Associate Donna Jensen greeted guests and dignitaries from the four communities now served by the library.
“Because we moved from a Wayne County to a municipal facility encompassing Woodhaven, Brownstown, Grosse Ile and Trenton, we will have extra local control of services and more decision-making, including hiring from all four cities.” Street said.
The ribbon-cutting and open house were officiated by Grosse Ile Supervisor Brian Loftus, Brownstown Supervisor Andy Linko, Woodhaven Mayor Pro-tem Sharon Bono-Beaton and Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack.
“We need to create awareness that this is now ‘Our Library,’ ” said Jim Wagner, Trenton city administrator.
“The No. 1 reason we should be excited is that other communities have experienced positive growth, attributed to their library services.” Linko said.
Supervisor Loftus said, “The numbers were obvious. We needed to collaborate on this. It’s about the quality of life.”
As a former teacher, Woodhaven’s Bono-Beaton said she is adamant about libraries not going extinct. “With this partnership, it will only grow.”
Barbara Warren, Brownstown treasurer, added: “We need to get the message out to Woodhaven residents, Brownstown and Grosse Ile, that this is for ALL of our communities and take advantage of it.”
“Thanks to all the cities,” Stack said. “The number of people who use this facility is amazing. We have great services and will gain even more with this partnership.”
Along with the formal ribbon-cutting, attendees were invited to enjoy sweet treats and meet with local authors and library program coordinators.
Among them were Kathy Covert Warnes, author of Ecorse Along the River; Jean Scheffler, who authored The Sugar House; retired Trenton teacher and resident John Wukovits, who has authored many books and has a new one coming out soon.
Carol Hendricks also was on hand to discuss the Images of Trenton from the Trenton Historical Society and friends of the library. Grosse Ile historical author Sarah Lawrence and Pam Frucci, author of a children’s book, also were in attendance.