Tamarack District Library Lakeview, Michigan

Growing Minds~Building Communities


April is poetry month!

The Tamarack District Library is holding a poetry contest in the Month of April.  Three age categories will be judged: child, teen, and adult.  Pick up your entry forms at the library, via email by request (email us at lvw@llcoop.org), download a copy of the form here.

Submit your entries by April 16, 2016   April 23rd, 2016!  The Poetry Slam and presentation of prizes will be on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.


Grand Opening of TDL’s Seed Library!

Spring 2016 is right around the corner and with spring comes thoughts of green plants sprouting up through the ground.  The Tamarack District Library has a new way to engage with our community this spring: a seed lending library.  The seed library is open to anyone with a library card and is available to the public starting March 19th.  We will have a kick off event for the seed library on March 19th starting at 1:00 PM.  Did you know that Lakeview has a community garden?  Volunteers with the garden will be available that day to talk about the community garden and how you can get involved. Our first speaker for this event is Ben Cohen of Small House Farm, a small homestead business located in Sandford, MI. Ben, who is a practicing herbalist, is best known for his work in maintaining the diversity of many heirloom crops through the traditional art of seed saving. Ben is going to share his expertise with us about growing and saving seeds.

Our main speaker is the Botanical Explorer, Joseph Simcox.  As an international guest speaker at conferences around the globe, Simcox is a World Food Plant Ecologist and Ethnobotanist.  Everywhere he goes, he shares his diverse depth of knowledge about food sources and seeds.

The seed library and its events are for the entire family, spread the word!


The motto of the new Seed Library is Select, Sow, Share.  Here is an overview of how it works:

Step One: Select

Browse through our collection of donated Open Pollinated and Heirloom seeds.

Open Pollinated are seeds that naturally pollinate and have adapted to our local growing conditions over time.  Heirloom seeds are varieties that have passed down through many generations in a family or community.

If you are a beginning gardener, select just a few packets, concentrating on seeds that are categorized as “easy”. These include bean, pea, lettuce, and tomato.

Sign up as a participant in our Seed Library program, then use your library card to “check out” the seed packets. You might also want to browse our gardening books to learn more about your seeds and soil.

Step Two: Sow

When you get them home, keep your seeds dry until ready to plant.  Follow planting instructions for each variety, noting when and how deep to plant.  A planting chart can be found online or pick up one from the library.

Some plants have to be started indoors and transplanted after the last frost date.  In our area this is May 15th.

Gardening is a great outdoor family activity and a way to reduce the stress of a long work day. Caring for plants and watching them grow is a very fulfilling activity.

Share your photos  with us to let us know how you are doing. We would like to send you a follow up survey to let us know how your seeds grew.

Step Three: Share

Help us keep our seed library going! If you would like to save seeds to share back to the library, make sure to save seeds from your strongest, tastiest and most vigorous plants.

For plants with seeds that grow in pods or on the outside of the plant, allow the seeds to dry on the plant and collect them before they break open.  These include flowers, herbs, beans, carrots.

For plants with seeds that grow inside the flesh of the fruit, the seeds will need to be rinsed off and dried thoroughly. These include tomato, watermelon and squash.

Save some seeds for yourself, and return a portion back to us, and watch our community grow!



MCC Reads selection for 2016 “The Other Wes Moore”

Join the Montcalm County community in reading MCC’s selection for 2016 “The Other Wes Moore.  https://www.montcalm.edu/mcc-reads-the-book-the-other-wes-moore-one-name-two-fates/

TDL will have a book talk featuring this book on March 5th (Saturday) at noon.  Bring your lunch and enjoy some lively conversation about this book with Linda.

You can find the book at the library in multiple formats. Click here.


March Movie Madness is here!

Tamarack District Library present March Movie Madness! Sponsored by Wesco and the Friends of TDL, we are offering free public showings of movies on Thursdays @ 5:45 pm.  Free popcorn and water are provided.movies


Winter Reading 2016

The Winter Reading Program for TDL will start on January 18. The program is for all ages, from toddler to adult.  The challenge is to read at least 2 hours each week; all materials checked out from the library will count, including magazines, ebooks, audio books, even children’s books that are read aloud. Return weekly for a chance to win free movie rentals. Finish the challenge of 2 hours per week for 6 weeks and receive a finisher prize, plus be entered to win a grand prize.

There are many opportunities for programs going on during Winter Reading, check our event calendar.oud


Uproot your family tree!

We have many new opportunities to share with you in 2016, and one of those is the newly formed “Tamarack Heritage Tracers” family history group.  All skill levels are invited to join in this group which meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Each month will include a learning session (research techniques, how to use Ancestry, new websites, etc.), plus an opportunity for everyone to share something from their research.  See you then!


January event calendar posted

New events and monthly programs planned starting with the New Year.  Click here to download a PDF version.


New books added by bestselling authors for December 2015

Download the following PDF document which contains clickable links to the books in our card catalog.



Christmas in Lakeview, 2015

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2015 will be Christmas in Lakeview!  There are lots of family fun events going on at area businesses. ChristmasInLakevew


2015 “Celebration of the Seasons” is almost here!

The Friends of the Tamarack District Library will be holding their 7th Annual Celebration of the Seasons from November 30 through December 4, 2015.  Our annual Christmas Cookie Sale will be on Friday, December 4 from 10 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m. as well as our Soup & Chili Cook-off from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library.  If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, download a participation form by clicking here. You may donate a Christmas tree, wreath, or other holiday item; a homemade holiday craft; a decorated Christmas gift basket with a gift certificate or items from your store.  We will advertise your name and donation to let others know of your generosity!

The Holiday Season is fast approaching, and we are once again asking our Friends for help.   The Friends in the past have baked delicious holiday cookies and treats which we will be selling for $4.00 per pound.  Please help by bringing your cookies to the library on Friday, December 4 before 10 a.m., or drop them off on Thursday night before 8 p.m.  The cookie sale will be on Friday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The biggest event of the year for the Friends of the Library is always our “Celebration of the Seasons”, which will be held this year from November 30 through December 4 during regular library hours.  If you have not had the opportunity to attend, you are missing a wonderful holiday event at the library in LakeviewA silent auction is held at the library during that week, with patrons bidding on the donated holiday items.  The final bids will be collected on Friday at 7 p.m. and announced shortly thereafter.  You do not need to be present to win.  If you would like to donate a holiday craft, wreath, tree, Christmas basket, gift card, certificate or any other item, please bring it to the library before Wednesday, November 25.  The library will be closed Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day) through Sunday, November 29.  We can always use items for the baskets, such as CDs, jewelry, car washing supplies, pet supplies, holiday items, decorations, games, etc.  In the past, your baskets and other contributions have been fabulous!!

This will also be our 4th annual Chili-Soup Cook-off!  It gets better every year!  If you have a favorite recipe, please register at the library by Wednesday, December 2 and join in on the fun!  The chili and soup will be served in the Tamarack Room on Friday, December 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Please bring your chili or soup to the library in a crockpot by 5:15 p.m.  The public will be voting on their favorite with the 1st place winner receiving a small prize!