• Remembering Fran Pletz
Frances H. Pletz (Fran) was born in 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. She just recently passed away at the age of 93.
Fran was truly the first lady of libraries and librarianship in the state of Michigan. Among her many other accomplishments, she served as the executive director of the Michigan Library Association from 1969 to 1982 and she served on the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees from the 1992 through 2005. She also served on the Library of Michigan Foundation Board of Trustees as well.
Fran visited the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees meeting on September 12, 2012, with her son Jim who is the director of The Library Network in Novi. She was a wonderful person professionally and personally, and she will be missed but always treasured.
Additional Information from the State Librarian
• Library of Michigan Board of Trustees We thank Bus Spaniola for his many, many years of service, and Carolyn Nash for her important contributions to the Board's activities these past years. We welcome the additions of Pam Christensen and Jennifer Crowley, and are pleased to have Kathy Irwin reappointed to the board. In addition, we also welcome Donna Hellman, designee of Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young, Jr. Donna is replacing long serving member Barbara Bonge, who has recently retired, and who we also thank for her service and many important contributions to the Board.
• State Librarian's Excellence Award LANSING - State Librarian Nancy Robertson announced today that the Litchfield District Library is the recipient of the 2013 State Librarian's Excellence Award for superior customer service. Lakeview High School Library in Battle Creek, and the Kent District Library in Kent County each received a 2013 Citation of Excellence, a trophy and $500.