About The Library
The Harrison Township Public Library serves the residents of Harrison Township, Michigan. Formed in 2009, the library was operated by volunteers for the first six years. As of 2015, the library is primarily funded through local property taxes.
The mission of Harrison Township Public Library is to connect people to resources that inform, educate, entertain and inspire. We seek to offer our patrons access to a world of knowledge, personal enrichment, and cultural appreciation. We value our patrons, our community, quality of service, and lifelong learning.
Melissa Goins is our Library Director. She has been instrumental in helping the Library grow into its present form and began as a volunteer at the library in 2009. She has served the library as Assistant Director and was the Volunteer Director in our early years. Melissa has worked in public libraries, special libraries, and academic libraries.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Oakland University and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.
Adult Services Librarian
Renée Nixon is our Adult Services Librarian. She selects new books (in multiple formats) for the HTPL collections which strive to meet the popular reading tastes of the community. She also purchases materials to support a broad range of subjects for our non-fiction collection. Her goal is to provide a destination for the residents of Harrison Township where they can gather to learn, read, access affordable entertainment and find creative inspiration.
Renée earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MILS) at the University of Michigan, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a focus on creative writing.
Youth Services Librarian
Tina Rossow has been working in libraries (big and small) since 2004. She has a dual bachelors in Elementary Education and History from Wayne State University and is certified grades K-8. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a Masters in Library and Information Sciences, specializing in Youth and Teen Services. Tina plans and facilitates all of our children’s programs and maintains our collection of children’s materials.
Kelly Hovinga is our Full-Services Librarian. She has worked in libraries for the last six years and is responsible for the DVD collection as well as programming for adults and teens in our community. She has a Masters in Russian History from the Ohio State University, and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She does not watch football. Her interests include history, science, cooking, travel, crafts, and board games.
Community Relations Manager
Kayla Dimick is our Community Relations Manager. Before calling HTPL home, Kayla was a local newspaper reporter. She graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor's in journalism. Kayla wears many hats, one of them being the social media maestro. Outside of work, Kayla is a mama to two little ones and enjoys reading, gardening, and perfecting her homemade bread recipe.