At the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference on Thursday, October 27, Acting State Librarian Nancy Robertson announced that the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is the recipient of the 2005 State Librarian’s Excellence Award for exemplary public service. 


The Library of Michigan Foundation gives this award, which includes an engraved crystal trophy and $5,000 in privately-raised funds to be used for library services, to one Michigan library annually. This year’s award was made possible through the support of Hantz Group, Inc, based in Southfield, Michigan.


The winning library must demonstrate new, innovative and superior services to its customers with a can-do attitude and by always delivering on its promises; commitment to high standards of customer service through staff dealings with customers; and collaborations with community organizations.


In her remarks, Acting State Librarian Robertson noted that the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library “shines in its commitment to innovation, superior customer service, and proactive and effective collaboration with its community.”


“This is a wonderful tribute to the continued support that the library receives from the Midland City Council and our community,” said Library Director Melissa Barnard. “This tremendous honor recognizes the hard working and dedicated staff at the library, and the attention that the Library Board gives to community comments and suggestions.”


The Library Board prepared and submitted the nomination along with letters of support from community members and organizations. 


A special display at the library will feature the trophy, pictures from the award luncheon, and the nomination information submitted.


For more questions, contact the library at 989-837-3430 or visit the City of Midland website at