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 partnerships include:
What do attendees at this annual summer event have in common with CADL? We love sharing great music! Our staff is on hand to promote hoopla, a free music streaming service available to CADL cardholders. Event attendees are given the chance to win a guitar autographed by popular singers.
This annual dazzling holiday event can draw upwards of 70,000 visitors to downtown Lansing. Last year's Silver Bells event was a perfect time to introduce them to local musician Taylor Taylor, whose original single “Right Here” helped inspire CADL’s marketing campaign. Taylor was featured in our parade entry, and also performed to enthusiastic crowds at the Downtown Lansing branch.
It's all aboard when CADL sponsors free rides on Linc’s Little Reading Railroad at the Ingham County Fair Kids’ Day each August. Fair goers also enjoy a visit to our Bookmobile, where staff are ready with fun activities and giveaways.
This local backpack and school supply drive, sponsored by St. Vincent Catholic Charities, provides children in need with the necessary materials to learn. Several CADL branches serve as drop-off points for donations, which helped fill over 1,000 backpacks last year.
Each year, CADL organizes a corporate team to participate in the annual Capital City River Run. Our staff helps raise funds that benefit local organizations such as Impression 5 Science Center.