By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (AP) - Officials have broken ground for the Lake Odessa Community Library, funded through a federal loan.

The event took place Wednesday morning in Lake Odessa, a village of 2,000 in Ionia County, about 30 miles west of Lansing.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a $625,000 rural development community facilities loan for the project.

U.S. Agriculture Department official James J. Turner say “libraries have a central role in helping rural residents learn and communicate” in a knowledge-based economy. He’s the department’s Michigan regional development director.

The library also serves 2,000 more residents in surrounding Odessa Township and contracts with Sebewa Township for library services.

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