Tamarack District Library Lakeview, Michigan

Growing Minds~Building Communities


Annual art show to be held during Lakeview Summerfest 2017

The Tamarack District Library is hosting a juried art show during Lakeview Summerfest. Entries can be in any medium, any size. Register by May 31st if possible, artwork needs to be in place by June 12.  See below for an entry form and more information.


April is poetry month ~ Enter our contest!

The Tamarack District Library is holding a Poetry Contest with three age categories: Child, teen, and adult. Submit your entries by April 15th. Poetry slam and presentation of prizes is on April 20 at 7:00 PM.

Find the form for entering by clicking here.


Books, Bios & Brunch 2016

The Tamarack District Library, in Lakeview MI, is hosting a memoir workshop with author Mardi Jo Link on Friday, September 16, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; and a Festival of Authors on Saturday, September 17, from 10:00am- 1:00 pm. The Festival of Authors is open to the public and features keynote speaker Maris Soule.

If you are an author and would like to attend, feel free to download an application below and return to Pam Feutz or Hope Nobel at the library. Filliable Word document. Printable PDF document.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Tamarack District Library.


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


Kids have fun at Lego Club!

On Early Release Tuesdays, kids meet with Ms. Linda to have a fun time building something out of Legos.  This past Wednesday, Gracie and Savannah, Kaleb and Joe, Cameron, and Elijah made snowmen, snowplows, a police station, and even a sun house.  If you are looking for something for your kids to do on early release from Lakeview School, check out our calendar for our events.






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!