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EIN: 93-269280

Mail donations to:
126 E. Main St.
Ionia, MI 48846

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Raising Funds To Move ICL Into The Future


Tuesday, April 23 @ 6 PM:  Yoga at The Future ICL, 302 W. Main St., Downtown Ionia

Instructor: Kassidy Turbergen

Ability: All Levels

Class Fee: Donation Appreciated to ICLF

Saturday, May 11 @ 4 PM: Kate Campbell Stevenson presents Eleanor Roosevelt in The Future ICL, 302 W. Main St., Downtown Ionia

Admission: Donations Appreciated to ICLF

Saturday, June 1 @ 9 AM:  Book Sale and miscellaneous items in The Future ICL, 302 W. Main St., Downtown Ionia during the Ionia Cruisin' Classics Car, Truck and Bike Show.  


The Ionia Community Library Foundation's (ICLF) main purpose is to support the Ionia Community Library (ICL) by raising funds to renovate and relocate the library to the "Future ICL" in downtown Ionia, for operating and maintenance of the library, and for programs, activities or material.


ICL is currently located in a two-story, 5,500 square foot, Italianate home that has been a library since 1903.  Due to space contraints, ICL can only provide basic services to the community while the other libraries in the County are expanding their buildings and improving their services.   

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Hall-Fowler Home

Current location of ICL

In April 2021, Mercantile Bank donated its 22,000 square foot Ionia facility to ICL.

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  The facility:

  • has historic value to the community

  • fills a huge void in downtown Ionia

  • has space to provide the services and programs of a modern library 

  • provides access for everyone

  • is an ideal location for the ICL

But, only if important modifications and updates are made.

Three separate millage proposals to raise the $6.2 million for the entire two-story renovation project were rejected by the voters, one loss by only 36 votes.  Encouraged by a large group of supporters, the ICL Board, staff and an architect devised a one-story plan that would still more than double the library’s current space. The first step was to form the ICLF to raise funds for the new plan.  


To raise $3.7 million for the new plan through donations, grants and fundraising events:

  • a remodel of the first floor of the Future ICL 

  • repairs to the exterior of the building

  • HVAC upgrades

  • waterproofing repairs for the roof and the basement


The ICLF would love the opportunity to answer any questions you might have regarding “the Future ICL,” and would greatly appreciate any donation you can make to help revitalize downtown Ionia with a 21st century library that meets the community’s needs.

Join our mailing list to receive updates on the ICLF.

Thanks for your interest and support!

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Toni Ann Buys         |     Logan Bailey
                    Beth Milewski
Kassidy Tubergen   |     Gale Yeomans
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