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Today, the Ladies' Library Association building, a two-story, red brickfaced structure, seems a natural part of the landscape at 333 S. Park St., at the corner of Park and Lovell streets, behind the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and near Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. But, it took an act of legislation from the Michigan State Legislature in order for the group to construct it. Why? Women didn't have the rights they have now when it was built in the late 1870s.

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Did you know downtown Kalamazoo is believed to be home to the nation's first building financed and built by and for a women's club, and still used for its original purpose? The Ladies' Library Association of Kalamazoo building turns 140 years old this year. It'll be open for tours during the June 7th Art Hop.

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Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Some democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right. But not everyone is onboard. 


Every subject area in school depends on reading. That’s part of the reason that many districts in West Michigan are part of an initiative to boost reading scores. 

(MPRN-Lansing) A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate. Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission.