Tamarack District Library Lakeview, Michigan

Growing Minds~Building Communities


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!


Shelf Life Book Club Picks

TDL’s book club meets the third Thursday of each month @ 5:00 PM.  The members help choose the books, then discuss a different one each month.  All are welcome!

Picks for the next four months are (click on the book title to place a hold on the library system):

October ~ “Ghost Boy” by Martin Pistorius  

November ~  “Station Eleven” by Emily Mandel


January ~ “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee 


February ~ “Forgotten Seamstress” by Liz Trenow



Celebrate Independence Day for victims of human trafficking

On July 7th, The Tamarack District Library will host a special forum on Sex Trafficking Awareness. We are partnering with SetFree Movement to bring you information about this travesty against our children.
2014 ArtPrize artist, Pamela Alderman, has graciously loaned a few pieces of her “Scarlet Cord” installation to us. They can be viewed all during the month of July at the library.
WAR chest boutique items from Women At Risk, Intnl. are being offered for sale at the library from June 29 – July 7.
Author of “A Vulnerable World”, Elise Graveline Hilton, will be here on July 7th from 5:00 until 8:00 to sell her books and also to speak to us.
Senator Judy Emmons, champion of Michigan’s human trafficking legislation, will also be here on July 7th to speak to us. She will start at 6:30 pm.


Our Summer Reading Sponsors are our Heroes!

Our community cares about TDL and promoting literacy for our patrons. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the following sponsors:

Brookside Golf Course
Dippity Dog
Dr. Jim Draper
Farm Country Cheese House
Frederik Meijer Gardens
Friends of TDL
Full Circle Farm
GR Children’s Museum
King’s Trading Post
Lakeview Elevator
Lakeview Wellness Center
Main Street Pizza
Maranda WOTV 4
Old Navy
Shalom Vegetables
Six Lakes Hardware
Susan Rasmussen
West Michigan Whitecaps
What’s the Scoop

Thank you to all who gave prizes to make our reading program successful!


Special program on the relief effort in Nepal June 20, 2015 @1:00 PM

On May 10th, 2015, a contingent of Saginaw Valley State University faculty and students traveled to the earthquake ravaged country of Nepal to help in the relief effort. After witnessing Nepal’s second major earthquake within 4 weeks, the team went on to provide medical services in four Kathmandu communities.

Rene Hernandez, a native of Lakeview, was the lead medical clinician on the team and will be here at the library to detail the experiences, triumphs, and challenges that the team encountered on their journey.

Join us in the Tamarack Room at the library on June 20, 2015 (Saturday) @ 1:00 PM.


TDL & Friends of TDL are hosting an art show!

In support of the library, the Friends of the Library are hosting an art show. Entries can be any size, any medium: $10 for each entry. Grand prize will be $100.

Enter now until June 6th. The art will be displayed at the library during Summerfest 2015 (June 12 & 13) during the library’s open hours.

Rules and entry form can be downloaded from here.  Or stop in the library and pick one up.


Escape the Ordinary! Summer reading program 2015

Signups for this summer’s reading program started on May 16th, but don’t worry, there is still time to get signed up for great prizes.  Summer reading this year is for all ages, preschool through adult, and runs from June 6th through July 18th.  Stop into the library to receive your signup bag which includes your reading log.

We have a packed calendar for you, with programs for the kids on Thursdays from 4-5 PM and on Fridays from 11-noon. Most teen and adult programs are on Tuesdays at 6 PM, with some of them on Thursdays. Check our calendar for complete details.

There are gifts and prizes galore from area businesses, including some really awesome grand prizes that will be given away.  Make sure to include the library in your summer plans!


Celebrate Earth Day 2015!

April 22, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.  Traditionally most people plant trees on this day, but we thought we would make a fun project that anyone can do – even your children.  Our inspiration came from “Kids Chia Pet” at beautifulhomeandgardendiy.com


We used a 2-liter bottle for the “adult” and a 16-oz. bottle for the “child”.  We also used grass seed instead of chia seed to make it more affordable.  If you come into the library during the week of April 20-25 and bring your own empty bottle, we will have the supplies for you to make your own Earth Day pet.



Ebola Discussion on November 6th @ 6:00 PM



Join us for a Discussion about Ebola, by Lakeview native Shane Bies MPH Epidemiologist.ebola


Haunted Halloween @ your Library

On Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2014, the Tamarack District Library will be closing at 4:00 PM to allow the ghouls (girls) at the library time to prepare for a Haunted Halloween.  From 5:00 to 7:30 PM they will have special treats and tricks for the area children. Bats and rumors are flying around town, and there’s talk of spooky activities such as “The Donuts of Doom,” scary crafts and a mysterious maze for children to master.  Everyone is guaranteed a frighteningly good time! Plan to include your local library in your Halloween itinerary.