The scene inside the new Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch in Macomb Township, minutes after it opened to the public. It’s located across the street from the Macomb Township Recreation Center.

The scene inside the new Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch in Macomb Township, minutes after it opened to the public. It’s located across the street from the Macomb Township Recreation Center.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


New North Branch opens in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published October 7, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — With a celebratory cutting of the ribbon, Clinton-Macomb Public Library Director Larry Neal proudly declared the North Branch open for business.

A new North Branch dedication ceremony took place Sept. 19 at the library, located at 54100 Broughton Road, across the street from the Macomb Township Recreation Center.

Neal said patrons will notice a love of early literacy and art in the children’s area.

“You’ll see the love for my staff who have been with me on this journey through this whole process, giving input on every last detail,” he said.

The director commented that, at the end of the day, the new library is for the public.

“It’s a place in the community to learn, to have fun, meet neighbors, to get together and have babies and toddlers interested in the love of reading,” Neal said. 

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said the new location is a dream come true for Macomb Township.

CMPL services all Macomb Township residents and most of Clinton Township.

“It’s not as large but was never intended to be the main library,” Cannon said when asked how it compares to the library on Romeo Plank Road. “This is a fantastic addition to their campus.”

Macomb Township Supervisor Frank Viviano said libraries nowadays aren’t just a place for books.

“This is a community center,” he said. “There’s all kinds of resources, computers, places to read and study. People can rent movie screens where you can take home and have a movie night with your neighborhood.”

The supervisor said the building is a stunning piece of architecture.

“This building will provide an outstanding anchor to this Town Hall complex and is something we as a community can enjoy for many years to come,” he said.

Viviano said the plan is for the intersection of 25 Mile and Broughton roads to be developed with townhomes and a commercial corner.

When asked what could be on the south side of the square, land southwest of the library, Viviano said the township is working with engineering firms to come up with a wish list of the whole town center area, extending to Macomb Corners Park.

Regarding connecting Broughton Road to 24 Mile Road, Viviano said it’s a matter of money and priorities. He noted there are plans for Broughton Road to go to 23 Mile Road. Currently, Broughton Road ends just south of the library.

Canon said CMPL has come a long way since the early days of operating from Erie Elementary School in 1992 to now being a premier library system.

“This is something we should all be proud of,” he said. “The newness and excellence of each new venture compliments and perfects this wonderful library system.”

Cannon concluded his remarks by thanking the residents of Clinton and Macomb townships for having the foresight of seeing the merits and value of a library system, and the importance of education and supporting the system with their wallets.

Randy Riley, state librarian at the Library of Michigan, said there is a genuine drive for library workers to provide service to the community.

“All of you are not here if the people in this building are not doing the right thing,” Riley said. “Continue to ask your library and librarians what you want them to do for you. They are here to listen and be responsive to your needs and wants.”

The North Branch is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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