Dear friends

When complete, the expanded library will greatly enhance our downtown, attract more visitors and be a greater resource in the heart of our community.

Completing this vision will require a significant cooperative effort. The City of Grandville has already committed $4 million to this plan. We are seeking an additional $1 million in community charitable gifts to meet our $5 million goal. You can help and become part of a lasting legacy.

Campaign chairs

Honorary Co-Chairs

Vern Boss and Jim Buck

Campaign Co-Chairs

Steve Maas, Diane Troost, Barb Nienhuis and Lee Cook

Cabinet Members

Joel Baar, Roger Bearup, Josh Bernstein, Jay Elder, Pat Gill, Amy Henrickson, David Hibschman, Jean Iwema, Scott Johnson, Lynn Jary, Ken Krombeen, Jim Kuiper, Nicole Lichner, Lisa McCaffrey, Scott Pastoor, Jan Schuiling, Jill Weigle, Stephen Williams, Bob Wright and Jan Zylstra

Increased demand


+30% Circulation


+36% Program/Outreach Attendance


+93% Summer Reading Club Participants

The percentages shown above represent increases over the past 10 years.

Today's library is not the quietest place in town. Hosting more than 250,000 visits each year requires a lot of flexibility, but it's increasingly difficult to keep pace with the growth of our community. One of the challenges currently faced is the lack of space for programs and events. Expanding the library will allow hosting of multiple activities at one time and better serve more people in our community.

Tomorrow's library

An extensive space study identified several specific areas of need:


  • Ten new private study rooms to accommodate individuals and small groups seeking quiet meeting space
  • Family restroom in the lobby
  • Separate and enclosed space for children's programs and early literacy efforts
  • Drive-up book drop
  • Larger space for the Friends of the Library Book Nook
  • Fireplace area separating the current library from the new community center expansion


  • 6,665-square-foot expansion on the west side of the library to include a large, divisible community room that could host library programs and serve as a space for city, community, business and nonprofit events.

Infrastructure upgrades

  • HVAC system replacement
  • Roofing maintenance
  • New carpet
  • Additional space for janitorial, storage, restrooms, a warming kitchen and a lobby.


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How can you help?

You can help us achieve this important goal by supporting the campaign through:

  • One-time cash gift
  • Multiple-year pledge commitments (may be paid over a three-year period)
  • Gift of appreciated assets (i.e., stock)
  • Estate gifts



For more information, contact Ken Krombeen, City Manager, City of Grandville, 616.531.3030 or