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Posted on: January 31, 2024

ELPL to Welcome Kevin King as New Library Director Starting March 4

Kevin King reads a picture book to a group outdoors

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is pleased to announce that Kevin King has been hired by the Board of Trustees to serve as the Library’s next director. King will begin his new role on March 4.

“With assistance from a search committee of committed community members and library staff, the Library Board of Trustees was pleased to interview several qualified candidates for our library director position. We offered the position to Kevin King, who comes with years of library management experience, and who articulated a vision for leading ELPL through staff empowerment and community engagement,” said Library Board of Trustees President Amy Zaagman.

King has worked as a librarian at Kalamazoo Public Library for over 26 years in a variety of roles. During his time there, King has led initiatives such as removing fines on overdue materials, providing library cards to every Kalamazoo Public Schools student, implementing a program to aid patrons with housing instability, substance use disorder or mental illness, helped establish the Amanda Green scholarship and led the first Anti-Racism Transformation Team. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the ELPL Team! I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with an amazing staff dedicated to the community, innovation, accessibility and knowledge,” said King. “In the next few months, I look forward to meeting and listening to as many East Lansing residents as possible. Please do not hesitate to seek me out to let me know what you need from your library.”

Visit to learn more about programs and activities planned for this spring at the ELPL. 

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