Community involvement is one of the Capital Area District Libraries' Core Services. Our staff reaches far beyond the walls of our libraries in hundreds of ways—serving on committees, participating in local fairs and festivals, and lending a hand to many organizations and charities.
Some of our long-standing partnerships include:
Through our partnership with Capital Area Michigan Works!, CADL has become a vital member of efforts to support the area's un- and underemployed. A reference librarian regularly attends meetings of CAMW's career networking group to promote CADL resources and encourage job seekers to view the library as a place to find help and training.
This local volunteer committee is made up of area leading literacy, education and early childhood advocates. CADL staff participates in monthly meetings to share resources and discuss ways to promote literacy among area children. Our website serves as the public gateway to information for annual ECLC events.
A coalition of education, business, government and media partners, Keep Learning is committed to pooling resources in order to raise the level of education achieved by mid-Michigan students. We're a charter member and because CADL and Keep Learning share a mission — providing access to ideas and information that support continuous learning — we have remained involved with this effort since its inception in 2005. In 2012, a Marketing staff member took on the co-chairmanship of Keep Learning's Passport to Adventure initiative.
The Smart Commute Challenge asks local businesses, neighborhoods, groups and families to reduce their carbon footprint, increase physical activity and engage in some friendly competition. Since 2013, CADL staff have walked, biked, used public transit or carpooled to work during this two week event. In 2014, CADL placed second in most smart commutes logged in the 'Ginormous' organization category.
Other local groups and businesses that CADL staff works with on a regular basis include community centers, senior centers, food banks, historical societies, scout troops, Capital Area Literacy Coalition, Fenner Nature Center, Hugs for Hospice, Impression 5 Science Center, the Michigan Humanities Council, Potter Park Zoo, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Bestsellers Books & Coffee, Biggby Coffee, NCG Cinemas, Tuesday Books and many more.