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Howard Miller Community Center Use Policy
Background The Howard Miller Community Center welcomes the public use of its four meeting rooms in keeping with the City's mission to “Feel the Zeel” and build our community, one piece at a time.
Policy Statement The Howard Miller Community Center allows outside organizations and groups to use facilities and meeting rooms when they are not needed for administrative use or for activities or programs sponsored in whole or in part by the City or the Howard Miller Library. A permit to use the facilities and meeting rooms is revocable and does not constitute a lease. The Community Center staff reserves the right to deny applications for use based on the availability of space and staff.
The Community Center staff does not discriminate when making its facilities and meeting rooms available for public use. The Community Center will not discriminate against any group or individual desiring to use a room in the Community Center in violation of state or federal laws. The permission to use the Community Center facilities and meeting rooms does not signify that the Community Center or the City of Zeeland endorses the policies or beliefs of an individual, group or organization using a room.
City of Zeeland government departments have priority use of the Community Center’s facilities and meeting rooms. The Community Center reserves the right to pre-empt any scheduled meetings. The Community Center reserves the right to attend any meeting to ensure that no unlawful activities are occurring on the Community Center’s premises. The Community Center does not extend any special privileges to the organizations to which staff members belong.
The Zeeland City Council authorizes the Community Center Director to review and modify reservations to use the Community Center facilities and meeting rooms, including pro-rated fee adjustments. The Zeeland City Council authorizes the Community Center Director, or his/her designee, to develop and implement procedures and guidelines in furtherance of this policy.
User Fees Current user fees for the Community Center rooms are provided on the City of Zeeland’s public website and promotional materials.Use by Non-Profit Organizations User fees are charged according to the space desired and the type of organization using the space. Groups which meet the criteria for a non-profit organization as defined below will be charged 50% of the full user fee for the room being used.
For a group to be classified as being a non-profit organization and therefore to receive a discounted room user rate, one or more of the following criteria must be met:
1. The organization must serve the public to further religious, scientific, charitable, educational, literary, public safety of other community service-oriented goals which results in a social benefit for the Zeeland community.2. The organization must have been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS [501(c)(3) status].3. The organization’s operations must be conducted by volunteers without the assistance of paid staff members or consultants.
Reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Users or the representatives of a user must be 21 years of age or older to sign a Reservation Agreement.Fee-Exempt Status Eligibility The Community Center reserves the right to confer fee-exempt status upon eligible organizations pursuant to the City of Zeeland City Council Policy Directives. In addition, entities may be added to the Fee-Exempt List upon application to and approval by the Zeeland City Council. Entities need to be on the list of approved recipients which is on file with the City Clerk in order to have fee exempt status.Costs and Damage The Community Center reserves the right to collect payments for costs incurred through the use of its facilities and meeting rooms. The Community Center may also collect payments if a user or a user’s invitees or guests cause damages to its facilities and meeting rooms.Community Center facilities and meeting rooms are available for use during regular Community Center operating hours.
Alcoholic Beverages Pursuant to City Ordinance 28-284 which prohibits the sale or distribution of alcohol on City property, no alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances are allowed in the building or on the property of the Howard Miller Community Center.Smoking Smoking is not permitted on the premises.See the User Agreement for a complete list of user rules and guidelines. The User Agreement is available from the office of the Event Coordinator for the Howard Miller Community Center.
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Thank you for considering a donation to the library! Transform your gently used books into library programs and other services by donating them to the library.
Please note that we cannot accept magazines, textbooks, dictionaries, technical manuals, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or any materials that have a strong mildew smell or actual mildew on the items. If you have these items, check with a local thrift shop or consider recycling them.
We will provide you with a receipt for your donation. Staff will review the materials and will determine what we can sell in our book nook.
Thank you again!
Updated on 3/24/2022
In order to obtain a library card, you must currently be a resident of Zeeland City, Zeeland Township, Olive Township, or Blendon Township. We can also create cards for Herrick District Library in Holland. The requirements for children and adults are listed below:
Adults: Adults may obtain a library card if they present a valid Michigan Driver’s License, Michigan ID or Resident Alien Card displaying their current address. Other forms of photo ID are acceptable if the current address is listed. They will need to present a piece of official mail/form showing current address if the ID does not have it. Official mail/forms would include a tax bill, a recent utility bill, voter registration, or printed check. Individuals must be over 18 to obtain an adult card.
Children: Parent or legal guardian of the child must meet the above requirements. The parent or guardian must be present to sign for the library card. People aged 16-17 still require a parent or guardian’s signature.
Student Cards: Children living in the Howard Miller Public Library service area who do not currently have a standard library card with a co-signer are eligible to apply for a limited use, student card without a co-signer provided. Child must be able to provide full home address, birthdate and phone number or email address. These cards only allow 3 print youth material checkouts. They have full access to Howard Miller Public Library’s digital collection. They can be upgraded to a full-use card with all privileges given to standard card holders with a co-signer signature at any time. The co-signer must provide the ID requirements as listed in the Adults category above.
Non-residents: Non-residents may obtain a library card with a current Michigan Driver’s license/Michigan ID or proof of Michigan temporary residence. The fee for a non-resident is $50.00 per year (cash or check only). These non-resident cards are only valid through and can only be used at the Howard Miller Public Library.
Zeeland City, Zeeland Township, Olive Township, or Blendon Township Residents: If you do not already have a card, you can apply for a library card by following this link.
Updated on 06/7/2023
Every three years library cards "expire". This just means that the library wants to verify your information (phone number, address, emails, etc.). When the library is open you may come in with your drivers license and staff will renew your card. If you are out of town and trying to check out digital material you can call the library at 616-772-0874 if no information has changed.
Zeeland City, Zeeland Township, Olive Township, or Blendon Township Residents: You can renew your library card through our app. For more information, follow My Library App link.
Updated on 3/11/2022
There are multiple apps associated with the library:
MyLibrary: This app is your ticket to the library in your pocket! You can:
Libby: Libby is one of our digital resources apps. You can check out ebooks, comic books, downloadable audiobooks, and magazines. You can borrow from libraries across the state using Libby too!
hoopla: hoopla is another digital resource app. With your Howard Miller library card you can check out 5 items a month. The types of downloadables available on hoopla include television shows, movies, music albums, audiobooks, ebooks, and comic books! Watch tutorials on using hoopla here.
Beanstack: Beanstack allows you to keep track of the books you've read and participate in various challenges. This is a fun and laid-back way to safely participate in library programs throughout the year! Beanstack is also a website, you do not need the app to participate.
Here at the Howard Miller Public Library we use a service called Shoutbomb for library alerts. Shoutbomb allows patrons to see when their holds are ready, which holds are ready, and where to pick up the holds! You can also see which items are due in 3 days and which are overdue. This system also allows for renewal of books that are due in 3 days or less. Renewals might not always work for various reasons. If this happens please check the catalog or call us.
It’s so easy to sign up!
To add a family member's card just text ADDCARD+[Your library card number]+[Your 4 digit PIN]. To add multiple cards you need to send multiple messages.
Change your PIN? You need to update it on Shoutbomb! Text NEWPASS+[Your library card number]+[NEW PIN].
Here are the commands Shoutbomb uses:
To Change Email:
NOTE: Follow the same steps to sign up for email notifications.
There are many ways to renew your items!
Automatic renewal happens 3 days before your item is due. If your item is renewed it will show the new due date based on the original due date. So if your movie is due on April 4 and is automatically renewed it will now be due on April 11! If it is a book, it will be due on April 25. See below for an email example of an automatic renewal notification.
Most items can be renewed, but some, like our feature film DVDs and Express books, cannot.
To check out materials at Howard Miller Library, there are two options.
The Howard Miller Public Library is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. Borrowing privileges of your card extend beyond walls of this library to 82 area libraries. This means that you may visit other libraries within the cooperative to check out materials, or request that materials be sent to the Howard Miller Public Library for pick up. Names and addresses of libraries within the cooperative can be found at the Lakeland Library Cooperative website. PIN number is required to place items on hold.
Updated on 03/11/2022
There are a few reasons that you might not be able check out materials from our library (physical or digital). These include:
To see the Lakeland Library Cooperative Circulation Policies (Revised February 2020) click here.
Yes! Lakeland Digital Library (Lakeland Library Cooperative), Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), Suburban Library Cooperative, Great Lakes Digital Libraries (GLDL), Download Destination, Up North Michigan Consortium and White Pine Library Cooperative are partnered to share certain digital resources. This means that all patrons will have additional digital resources available to them.
Here's how to sign up with the other libraries:
1. Click on the menu icon at the center of the bottom menu:
2. Click "Add A Library".
3. Search for Midwest Collaborative, Suburban Library, Great Lakes Digital Libraries, Download Destination, Up North Michigan Consortium or White Pine Library Cooperative.
4. Choose "Sign In With My Card" then scroll to Lakeland Digital Library (under Partner Libraries).
5. Use your library card to sign in and then repeat the process with the other partnering libraries!
To Switch Between Libraries:
There are a few ways to switch between libraries:
1. Click on the Libby icon at the center of the menu.
2. Click on the library you want to explore.
1. Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen.
2. Click on the library name and pick a library to search:
You can also borrow from other libraries right from the title information!
1. Click on the "plus box".
2. If another library has a copy ready to check out you can click on the box to borrow it immediately!
Updated: October 7, 2022
If you got a new library card number or recently moved you will need to update your account on Libby. It is pretty easy to do this!
1. Click on the menu icon in the center of the screen.
2. Choose "X Card(s) +".
3. Pick Actions.
4. Choose "Verify Card"
5. Enter your library card number and click Sign In.
This will have to be repeated with any of the partner libraries.
Updated: March 29, 2022
You will open your "shelf" and choose loans. See the menu below to learn all about the Libby options.
Find our materials here! There are multiple collections of books to browse as you scroll down the screen. Just click on the book cover that catches your eye to learn more about it and borrow/place it on hold!
Click the magnifying glass to search for material. Start typing the book/series title or author. Suggestions will appear—unfortunately, this does not mean that the library owns the title. You can borrow or place the book on hold from the results page!
Here you will find:
Loans - What you’ve already checked out
Holds - What material you’re on hold
Tags - This is a way to organize what books you want to read and those you’ve read. You can create a Wishlist by making a new tag.
Timeline lets you see what you what you placed on hold or checked out by month.
5. Using Partner Libraries on Libby:
Other libraries in Michigan have partnered with Lakeland Library Cooperative to offer you more material. You can switch between libraries by clicking on the Libby icon in the center.
You can also see what other libraries have the book you’re looking at by clicking on the “plus box” (see below). If another library has a copy ready to check out you can click on the box to borrow it immediately!
You can also update your library card number and provide feedback to Libby using this icon.
You can only renew an item if its within 3 days of being due and no one has it on hold. It is a common courtesy to return your item as soon as you're done so the next person can enjoy it!
When you're ready to renew or return:
1. Go your Shelf and pick "loans".
2. Click "Manage Loan" under the title.
3. Choose "Return Early" or "Renew Loan" if available.
The other options are:
Reading Journey - See how much time you've spent reading this title and the timeline for your checkouts.
Share Title - If you really loved this title and want to share it with your friends you can share the link from here!
Tag - Tag the title to group together your favorites, what you didn't like, or just about anything!
You must know the person's library card number in order to pick up their holds curbside.
Mobile Hotspots should be picked up at the front desk, but we can bring the paperwork out to your car if you are uncomfortable coming in the building due to COVID concerns.
Other items in our collection cannot be placed on hold so cannot be picked up with this service:
You can! Placing a book club kit on hold is different from other items so we recommend that you go here for more information.
We are not requiring masks, but have them available for people who wish to wear one.
We have 8 public computers available for the public to use. All computer stations are adequately spaced to allow for social distancing. You may use your library card or a guest pass for up to 2 1-hour sessions. All gaming on public computers will be suspended during this phase of our re-opening.
Yes, guests will be able to access books and other library materials within the children’s area of the library. We've added the children's play tables back onto the floor.
There are areas available to read materials in the library while remaining socially distanced from other guests. We are asking that you use hand sanitizer before and after reading magazines and newspapers in the library to mitigate the spread of the virus.
We are offering curbside pickup currently but there are differences:
We cannot accept returns via curbside. We cannot hand you your items. You might not be able to use the curbside parking space, but any parking spot on Church St. is okay.
*Curbside exchanges will now consist of your holds in a bag labelled with your last name. A staff member will put the bag on the sidewalk near the library’s entrance on Church Street. If you have mobility issues, please let us know and we will deliver your holds to your vehicle. If you are in quarantine, please send another person to pick up your holds. We will check them out to a family member or friend for you.
Our study rooms are currently available on a first-come first-serve for two hour sessions. You must be 18 years of age to use a study room. There are also tables with chairs throughout the library for those who need a quiet place to work.
We have a number of in-person activities planned for a variety of age groups. Please check our calendar through this link to learn more about the events!
Our director, Amanda Hanson, is more than happy to answer questions and address concerns. She may be contacted by emailing email@example.com or by calling the library at 616.772.0874.
The Main Avenue project consists of a comprehensive refresh of the downtown district from State Street to east of Maple including new sidewalks, landscaping, light poles and bollards, irrigation, and asphalt paving. In addition to refreshing the existing infrastructure, we will be expanding the theme of our downtown district into the block from Centennial to Maple which will introduce angled parking on the northside of Main Avenue and a mid-block crossing. While this in itself is transformational, as part of the project the sidewalks, crosswalks, and mid-block crossings will all be reconstructed with snowmelt throughout the expanded district.
First, as described this is not strictly a snowmelt project. While snowmelt is a component of the Main Avenue Project, it is a portion of a much larger project. Our current sidewalks, planters, light poles, and driving surfaces are roughly 20 years old, and while they are well maintained, most of them are reaching the end of their useful lives. The road surface needs to be replaced, trip hazards throughout the district continue to emerge, and other aspects are just getting tired.
In addition to the need to update some of the facilities, we are experiencing unprecedented growth in our downtown district, especially east of our traditional downtown. This growth has led us to evaluate what our greater downtown district looks like and what it would look like to create four blocks of downtown with a consistent feel and theme. This project will assist in accomplishing this theme.
Finally, we have decided to add snowmelt to the project after numerous years of thoughtful decision making. Snowmelt will be a complimentary feature to attract and retain current and future development.
The Main Avenue redesign/refresh project is moving along nicely and will continue into 2024 with the primary blocks of construction being Church to Elm and Elm to State. As the project has started to take shape (physically) and will continue to progress to the west in 2024, we thought it would be good to remind our citizens of our priorities around this project from a street design standpoint (in addition to sidewalk snowmelt), based on a planning study we commissioned in 2022.
We thank you for your ongoing patience during this exciting construction project. We understand that road construction is messy and can be frustrating at times. We hope however, that you will join us with excitement on what these improvements will do to further support the growth of downtown and create safer areas for vehicles and pedestrians.
The budget for the project is $10.2 Million.
The project is expected to begin in June of 2023 and extend through the 2024 construction season with the intention that the work east of Church will be completed in 2023 and the remainder of the project will be completed in 2024. Depending on the severity of the winter construction activities will take a break during the winter.
Generally speaking, the funds for this project have come in the form of unbudgeted Personal Property Tax Reimbursement payments from the State of Michigan. Since 2018, the City has received more than $6.5 Million from this unbudgeted revenue source. The remaining funds have come from either an unbudgeted surplus in the General Fund or in the case of Fiscal Year 2024 a budgeted transfer from the General Fund.
While it may seem more desirable to reconstruct the central block of the downtown district first, we have chosen to do the easterly block for several reasons including:
Except for an 8-week closure of Main from Centennial to Maple during the summer of 2023, at least one lane of traffic will be maintained throughout the entire project.
We are planning a phased approach to construction and are expecting block-by-block phasing to minimize disruption. We do realize though that some overlap between blocks will occur throughout the project in order to minimize the total disruption time to the Downtown. Parking spaces adjacent to the construction activities will be blocked off to facilitate contractor construction activities. Front door or partial driveway access will be available throughout the course of the project when feasible but realize there may be times when front door access will not be available (i.e., during snowmelt tubing installation and during the pouring of concrete). During periods between sidewalk removal and reinstallation and there is no concrete surface, access may be by temporary gravel, plywood walkways, or through other means. Downtown patrons and property owners are encouraged to use rear entrances throughout the duration of the project.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions you may have regarding the project.
On Church Street, between Main & Central.
Priority will be given to vendors who curate high-quality, unique or unusual items not already well represented at the market.
By completing an online application available at:
Payment can be made by cash or check. Payment must be sent to City Hall (21 South Elm Street, Zeeland MI 49464) within 10 days of receipt of your application acceptance email.
15’ wide x 10’ deep
Yes! Your items could change over time. Also, the jury that reviews the applications changes.
Not necessarily. We keep a limited number of vendors in each category (i.e. only a few jewelry vendors, a few clothing vendors etc.) to keep from oversaturating the market. There are times that we like to allow other vendors to be a part of the event so we rotate them.
Possibly. Unfortunately, we will be unable to confirm this until closer to the event date.
All applications are reviewed approved by our Peddlers’ jury.
We send notifications via email to everyone who applied 3-4 weeks following the application deadline.
A select number of food trucks will be accepted.
The market happens rain or shine.
No, everything that is needed to create your booth space must be provided by the vendors. Tent weights are also strongly encouraged (no water jugs, please).
Approved vendors will receive the event map with booth assignments two days before the event.
Booth assignments are based on available space, electrical needs, and accessibility as well as the overall flow for the shopper.
Yes, we do our best to accommodate booth requests noting that not all requests can be met.
After the Initial Inspection, the property owner is given at least thirty days to make all of the required corrections prior to the Re-Inspection. Once all of the corrections have been made, and all of the documentation and fees have been submitted, a Rental Certificate of Compliance may be issued to you.
At this point in time, we are estimating a total project cost of $3.6 Million which includes the removal and replacement of the existing sidewalk and installation of snowmelt along Main on both sides of the street from State to the East property line of the Community Restaurant. This also includes snowmelted crosswalks at State and Main, Church and Main, Centennial and Main, Maple and Main, and a Midblock Crosswalk on Main between Elm and Church. (The crosswalk at Elm/Main is already complete.)
Generally speaking, the funds for this project have come in the form of unbudgeted Personal Property Tax Reimbursement payments from the State of Michigan. Since 2018, the City has received more than $5 Million from this unbudgeted revenue source.
These payments were unbudgeted because they are not guaranteed. The City did budget for nearly $4 Million of Personal Property Tax Reimbursements and did incorporate these funds into our operational budget. Since this additional $5 Million was not guaranteed, we did not feel that it was prudent to use these funds for operational investments or a lower the millage rate. Instead, we have chosen to use these funds for long-term transformative projects.
It is anticipated that property owners abutting this snowmelt system will responsible for two costs associated with the project which will be charged in the form of two special assessments.
At this point in time, we are planning to levy these special assessments based on the snowmelted area for each parcel. As part of the special assessment process, City Council could determine to place a cap on the square footage that is specially assessed, exempt specific parcels from the special assessments, or even choose not to specially assess for these costs.
We are currently working on a grant program using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for eligible small businesses and non-profits that could be used to off-set the Installation Special Assessment.
Our plan is to begin construction during the spring of 2023 with an anticipated fall of 2023 completion. In order to be ready for construction during 2023, we will be working through final engineering, aesthetic design, special assessment processes, and grant policies throughout 2022. Our intention is to have a final bid package ready by December of 2022. During 2022, we will also be addressing items such as how to handle building insets, special assessment considerations for varying sized snowmelt systems, and project coordination.
Since the scope of the snowmelt project only includes sidewalks and crosswalks - it is projected that vehicular traffic through downtown will be maintained during the majority of construction. We envision a phased approach to construction, and are anticipating block-by-block phasing in order to minimize disruption. On-street parking spaces adjacent to the construction activities will be blocked off, in phases, as we work through the project, in order to facilitate contractor construction activities. We do realize though that some overlap between blocks will occur throughout the project in order to minimize the total disruption time to the Downtown. We will work with the contractor in order to maintain front door or partial driveway access throughout the majority of the project, but realize there may be times when front door access will not be available (i.e. during snowmelt tubing installation and during the pouring of concrete). During periods between sidewalk removal and reinstallation, when there is no concrete surface, temporary surfaces will be used, such as gravel, plywood walkways, or through other means.
The Social District allows customers the flexibility to purchase alcoholic beverages downtown (currently from Tripelroot, Frank's East & StrEATs Taco Kitchen) and consume them while walking or sitting within the boundaries of the district.
This is a perfect opportunity to grab a drink while you wait for availability to dine at a restaurant or visit a downtown event. It also creates the opportunity for different people in your party to select drinks and food from different restaurants and dine together at City of Zeeland tables within the Social District. Think of it like a food court!
You may eat or consume alcoholic beverages served in designated Social District cups at any City of Zeeland furniture, including: downtown benches, picnic tables, at café tables found within the boundaries of the Social District. Group seating is provided at the Elm Street Park (across from City Hall), in the Main Street bump outs adjacent to the mid-block crosswalk, the patio behind Drip Coffee, and the on-street Patio in front of Tripelroot (on Main Street).
Businesses that provide their own café seating in front of their business along Main or Elm Street, may permit customers to consume Social District beverages while dining at their tables. (Please ask at individual businesses.)
Beer, wine, and liquor are allowable drinks when served in a designated Social District cup. Drinks must be purchased from a licensed business within the Social District. Currently: Tripelroot, Frank's East & StrEATs Taco Kitchen.
No. You may only walk on public property within the designated Social District boundaries. Leaving the Social District with an alcoholic beverage, or trespassing on private property violates State and local law.
No. Once an alcoholic beverage has left the business where it was served it must be consumed before you enter another other business or private property.
No. The Splash Pad is not part of the regular operational hours of the Social District. If alcohol is ever permitted within the Splash Pad it will be for City of Zeeland approved special events only and will be clearly posted on those occasions.
The social district map has two categories - the red section indicates the regular social district boundaries: Mon-Sat, 8am-11pm.
The pink sections will be used during designated special events only.
These special events include:
*Alcohol in the Splash Pad is explicitly off limits unless otherwise posted.