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October 11, 2018                                               ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                                  PAGE 7


        Growth spurt

        Plymouth Library continues to expand services

                          Julie Brown  said, “but really have passion for  That includes large print, audio,
                          Staff Writer  libraries and public service.”  e-books and the traditional print
                                         Souchock was a city depart-  books that line the shelves.
           Carol Souchock has had a    ment head in Adrian, serving as  “Certainly the use of libraries
        very busy five years at the    the Adrian Public Library direc-  has changed,” she said, “but the
        Plymouth District Library.     tor for nearly eight years.    book is the anchor of our services
           Souchock became the library   Both Adrian and Plymouth     and will continue to be.”
        director in October 2013 just as  have a strong sense of communi-  She noted great community
        construction at the Main Street  ty and support arts, she's found.  partnerships, such as the Bosch
        facility in downtown Plymouth  “Everything is just magnified  Community Fund to help
        was being planned and then     here, just the wide range of pro-  STEAM, or science, technology,
        completed.                     gramming that's being offered,”  engineering, arts and math edu-
           While Souchock grew up in   she said of the two cities.    cation. The Plymouth library
        Dearborn, she has fond child-    Her undergraduate work at    partners with the Plymouth-
        hood memories of Plymouth.     the University of Michigan-    Canton Community Literacy
           “We would come to Plymouth  Dearborn focused on history. She  Council to help English as a sec-
        and we would go to the Ice     holds a master of library and  ond language learners and oth-
        Festival. We would eat at the  information science degree from  ers.
        Mayflower,” she recalled. She  Wayne State University, as well  She and the staff focus on   Plymouth District Library Director Carol Souchock said the bicycle
                                                                                                     repair station outside the front door of the facility is evidence that,
        liked the Little Professor on the  as an archival administration  expanding services, with   “Libraries are lively, active community places.”
        Park bookstore then on Main    certificate.                   Souchock glad the construction
        Street, the hot air balloon rides -  She calls Plymouth Township  of the past couple years is done.  at Plymouth Township Park that  mysteries including authors
        and especially the Plymouth    home and serves on the         She praises her staff for flexibili-  drew a crowd, along with  Robert Parker, Tom Clancy, and
        library.                       Plymouth Noon Rotary board of  ty and meeting patron needs   Plymouth Fall Festival programs.  books on history and sports, both
           “Starting as a child, we would  directors. Souchock also co-  throughout, noting it inconve-  Of neighboring libraries and  fiction and nonfiction. She said
        come here and go for that      chairs that Rotary Four-Way    nienced many.                 their welcoming directors,     she also enjoys author Dorothea
        Sunday drive,” she noted, recall-  Essay Contest committee with  “Libraries are lively, active  Souchock said, “We share   Benton-Frank's books on the
        ing cornfields then between    Tony Bruscato, an annual youth  community places,” she said. “We  resources and we learn from  Carolinas, which Souchock has
        Dearborn and Plymouth. “It was  writing contest.              have 1,000 visitors a day and for  each other.”              visited.
        like going out for a country drive.  “Our focus is getting outside  all different reasons,” she said.  That includes interloan of  Souchock is also a Plymouth
        I realized what a special commu-  the doors of the library,”  Souchock added that she appre-  materials through The Library  Historical Museum vice presi-
        nity it was.”                  Souchock said of recent library  ciates both her dedicated staff of  Network, which she calls “some-  dent, another partnership she
           “I was coming to see this   strategic planning. An example is  70 and a perpetual millage that  what of an equalizer.”  likes. She said she is also proud
        amazing facility,” she said of the  periodic distribution of comic  voters approved.           She said she is excited about  of the bike repair station outside
        223 S. Main building, which    books for children at the        “I think people would be sur-  the next six months, “just doing  the library front door, near the
        opened in the spring of 1998 as a  Saturday Plymouth Farmers  prised to learn that running a  everything we can do to provide  bicycle rack.
        replacement for earlier and    Market in a library booth.     library is running a big business.  information,” even services not  “That bike repair station is
        smaller library buildings on the  She doesn't believe that books  There's a lot of responsibility,”  yet asked for. “And that comes  kind of cool,” she said. “I think
        site.                          are giving way to electronics.  she said, noting the library annu-  through the passion of our staff  about babies, bikes and dogs,
           “I thought I was going to be an  “It's a fallacy. What is happen-  al budget of about $3.8 million.  and the community,” she said.  when I think about this commu-
        archivist initially,” Souchock  ing is the format is changing.”  She touts an eclipse program  Her passion includes reading  nity,” she added with a chuckle.
        Make A Difference Day seeking area volunteer help

           Plymouth Community United Way is    x5 or or online at  at the number or addresses above.   Plymouth Community United Way
        seeking volunteers to help make a differ-   Serving the Plymouth, Canton and    addresses human service needs of individ-
        ence in the community.                 ence2018.                             Western Wayne County area since 1944,  uals and families.
           The annual Make a Difference Day will  Garbacz said the event is perfect for
        take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 this year  families, youth groups, local companies,
        and the community group is hoping to pro-  "or just about anyone. Come with friends,
        vide enough volunteers to rake leaves and  or alone-we will match you with a great
        provide light outdoor labor for senior citi-  group of hardworking team members."
        zens and those with disabilities in both  Volunteers younger than 18 years of age
        Plymouth and Canton.                   and younger must be accompanied by an
           Volunteers will be helping to provide  adult. Volunteers should be prepared to
        fall clean-up in both communities. The  bring rakes, gloves and other yard tools if
        event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a conti-  available. United Way will supply lawn
        nental breakfast at Plymouth First United  bags secured through grants and dona-
        Methodist Church. After breakfast, teams  tions.
        will head out to homes in the community.  Those older than 65 or who are dis-
           Volunteers are asked to register with  abled and could benefit from the free
        Erica Garbacz by Oct. 26 at (734) 453-6879  service, can contact Garbacz at to register
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