Sen. Rick Jones — MLA Legislator of the Year

The Grand Ledge Area District Library is honored that Sen. Jones’ work to support libraries is being recognized statewide.  State Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) was recognized as Michigan Library Association Legislator of the Year for his leadership in promoting libraries and supporting legislation advancing the library mission.  Jones received his award at a brief ceremony before the September 26, 2017 Library Board meeting.  Library board members and members of the Friends of the Library gathered together to watch Sen. Jones receive the award from MLA Executive Director Gail Madziar.

(from left to right) Friends board member John Clark, Library board members, Joan Kane, Jeanne Garthe, Kevin Garthe, Sen. Rick Jones, Friends board member Ryan Maciejewski, Library Board members Joni Jeffery, Martha Parks

Sen. Jones is a Lifetime Member of the Friends of the Grand Ledge Area District Library and a staunch library supporter. At the groundbreaking of the library’s renovations, Sen. Jones praised the vision of the library board for the expansion of the downtown building to better serve the needs of the community.

Sen. Jones with Gail Madziar

“Sen. Jones recognizes the role libraries play in providing access to information and education in their communities and the need to keep them adequately funded,” said Gail Madziar, MLA Executive Director. “This past year he helped pass legislation giving libraries a voice in how tax capture authorities and tax increment financing could use specially dedicated library millages.”

The bills ensured the millages are used to fund libraries while promoting transparency and accountability for voters.  The MLA Legislator of the Year award recognizes lawmakers for their action on legislation impacting libraries and for their work supporting libraries and the communities they serve.