Virtual Millage Series

03/09/2023 01:00 PM - 03/30/2023 03:00 PM ET


  • Free


Webinar link will be emailed to registrants the day before the webinar begins.


Join us a series of webinars covering the topic of library millages. Register for the series and get access to all 4 events. Each webinar will be recorded and posted at the end of the month.


Our virtual millage workshop series features the 4 sessions shown below:

March 9 at 1:00 pm EST
Before Your Millage
Hear from LM staff members Clare Membiela and Joe Hamlin on library establishment and how it affects what the library can and cannot do when it comes to a millage. Information on how to find the best millage amount and how that can be calculated will also be discussed. (1.5 hours)

March 16 at 1:00 pm EST
Legal Issues: Millage Proposals and Millage Campaigns
Attorney, Anne Seurynck will provide an overview of the library millage process from a legal perspective. Participants will learn the dos and don'ts of ballots and campaigning in Michigan. (1.5 hours)

March 23 at 1:00 pm EST
The Legal “Dos and Don’ts” of Campaigning: YES Committees, Libraries, Boards and Friends Groups
Attorneys Bill Fahey and Kendall O’Connor will provide information to help libraries legally navigate the often-complicated relationships between the library staff, the board, the friends’ and the “YES” Committee in conducting a successful- and legal- millage campaign. (1.5 hours)

March 30 at 1:00 pm EST
Tips for Obtaining a Millage in Contentious Communities
Long-time Kent District Library trustee and library millage campaign consultant Shirley Bruursema will discuss tips and secrets for successfully campaigning in millage-resistant communities, including communities questioning library content and operations.
Valerie Meyerson, Petoskey Public Library, Library Director, will share how their library navigated a successful millage campaign in a contentious and difficult time. (2 hours)

Clare Membiela, Library Law Consultant, Library of Michigan
Joe Hamlin, Library Data Coordinator Library of Michigan
Anne Seurynck, Attorney, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC
Bill Fahey, Attorney, Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC
Kendall O'Connor, Attorney, Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC
Shirley Bruursema, Trustee, Kent District Library
Valerie Meyerson, Petoskey Public Library, Library Director

The four-part series will be recorded and available at the conclusion of the full series.

The webinar link will be emailed to registrants the day before the webinar begins. You only need to register once to receive links to attend all 4 sessions.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library of Michigan.