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Library History

2017

Hot SpotPinewood DerbySTEAM Kits

  • Patrons can now have access to Mobile Hotspots which shares unlimited data with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices.  Use the hotspot to conduct research, complete homework, view entertainment or stay connected with family and friends.
  • Held the first 3D Pinewood Derby program at the Library which gave patrons the opportunity to create and design their own car and race.  Cars were created on the Library’s 3D printer.
  • Unveiled 36 STEAM Kits (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) for our patrons to check out.

2016

3D Printer

A 3D printer is available for patron use. The printer’s purpose is to provide access to emerging technology that encourages the design and creation of innovative objects.

2014

Historical Commission Members

The Novi Historical Commission designed eight markers commemorating areas in the city which preserve the historic landscapes associated with the automobile. The legendary Novi Special racecar, located at the library, stood out at its first Indianapolis 500 race in 1941 with its 450 horsepower engine.

2013

Read Box

  • The first Read Box debuted at Lakeshore Park. The goal is to encourage reading during the summer months.
  • Annual circulation statistics reach 800,000 items.

2012

Chamber of Commerce Award

  • The Novi Chamber of Commerce Recognition Award for Customer Service Excellence is given to businesses that demonstrate a commitment to meeting their customers’ needs. The library demonstrates the ability to interact effectively with patrons from diverse cultural backgrounds and a passion for quality customer service that runs through the entire staff.

  • Unveiled the Business Resource Center which is a “one-stop-shop” for information on how to start or expand your business. This great resource also includes mentorships from the Senior Corp of Retired Professionals (SCORE).

2011

Library of the Year AwardLibrary of the Year BannerICMA Voice of the People Award

  • RECEIVE THE LIBRARY OF THE YEAR AWARD! Julie Farkas, Director of Novi Public Library said, "It is both an honor and privilege to receive the State Librarian's Excellence Award. Our library works hard every day to be a destination place and information gateway for its community. Being honored with this award validates that the services, resources and programs we are providing is making a positive impact on our great community."

  • The Washington-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA) announced Novi was a recipient of its Voice of the People Award for Transformation. The awards are given to communities in recognition of their use of citizen surveys to make significant improvements in service quality.

2010

Library ExteriorGrand Opening Plaque

  • In a National Citizen Survey, the library received an impressive positive rating for superior customer service and general services from 94% of the city’s residents.

  • Grand Opening of new library building on June 1, 2010 A Gem in Our Community – providing the resources and programs to support the educational, cultural, informational and recreational needs of our diverse community.

2008

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Library.

2004

The Charles and Myrtle Walker family has lived in Novi for nearly 30 years.  The Walkers believe that the time has come for a larger library.  They have donated $1 million to start a Library Building Fund.  Following their generous donation the Library is renamed the "Charles and Myrtle Walker Public Library of Novi."

2003

The millage was rolled back to .78 of a mill.
Debut of the Novi Public Library's redesigned website and new logo.

2002

Novi Public Library becomes part of MiLE, Michigan Library Exchange, Michigan's largest virtual catalog.
Library added two computer stations with word processing capabilities.

1998

Six "Kids Net" (currently CyberZone) stations were added to provide Internet access for children.

1996

Annual circulation statistics reach 300,000 items.  Public access Internet stations were installed in the Library.

1995

Online "shared" catalog adopted; users can access holdings of 50+ libraries.

1992

Computerized card catalog was introduced for public use.
The Novi Public Library received Number One ranking in a Novi News survey of city services.

1991

Library goes "online" for circulation transactions.

1990

The Library hours increase with the addition of Sunday hours from Labor Day to Memorial Day.

1989

On April 22, 1989 the "Dorothy Flattery Wing" of the Library is dedicated.

1988

Novi Public Library began an expansion project on the east wing.

1987

New Novi Civic Center opened next to the Library, the City offices were then moved into the new building.

1986

Old Novi Town Hall is relocated to Library property.

1985

Head librarian Dorothy Flattery retired after 22 years of service.

1978

The East side of the building is leased to the City, for administrative offices, for a cost of $1.00 a year.

1976

The 23,190 square foot Library opens, operating with an independent one mill.

1975

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new library building on seven acres of land on Ten Mile near Taft, its present location. 

1969

Village of Novi becomes a city.

1968

Novi Public Library joined Wayne County (later Wayne Oakland) Library Federation.

1964

The Library got an addition that doubled its space.

1963

The Library became self-supporting when voters approved a one-half mill to support it.  Dorothy Flattery became the head Librarian.

1960

The Novi Public Library opens in a former bank building on Novi Road near Grand River with approximately 150 donated books.  Novi resident, Dorothy Paquette, spent countless hours cataloging the donations and setting up the Library.  About 7,500 items circulated the first year the Library was open.