State Librarian to visit KCC, area libraries Oct. 27

A view looking up the hill on the North Avenue campus toward the library and the Spring Lake Room

Kellogg Community College’s Morris Learning Resource Center will be the first of five institutions to host State Librarian Randy Riley for a daylong visit showcasing area libraries on Oct. 27.

Riley, who succeeded former State Librarian Nancy Robertson following her retirement in April, will begin his visit at the LRC at 9 a.m. with a reception with KCC and Miller College students, staff and administrators. The KCC event is free and open to the public.

Following his appearance at KCC, Riley’s approximate schedule will be as follows:

  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Lakeview High School Library, 15060 S. Helmer Road, Battle Creek
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Willard Library, 7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, and the library’s Helen Warner Branch, 36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek
  • 1:45 to 2:25 p.m. at the Marshall Middle School Learning Resource Center, 100 E. Green St., Marshall
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Marshall District Library, 124 W. Green St. Marshall

Martha Stilwell, director of Library Services at KCC, said the visit will allow Riley to sample offerings of area academic, school and public libraries all in one visit.

“Battle Creek and Marshall have outstanding libraries that offer tremendous value to our communities through our programming and services,” Stilwell said. “We want to showcase those programs and services to highlight the importance of libraries in communities across the state.”

As State Librarian, Riley oversees the Library of Michigan, which collects and preserves Michigan publications, conducts reference and research activities and supports libraries statewide. Stilwell said the State Library supports the College’s efforts in part by hosting the Michigan eLibrary (, an online library resource available to all of the state’s citizens that is heavily utilized by educational institutions.

For more information, contact Stilwell at or 269-660-2380.

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