Tamarack District Library Lakeview, Michigan

Growing Minds~Building Communities


Spring Gardening Fair coming in February

It may be Winterfest in Lakeview on February 24th, but at the library we are thinking about spring and planting gardens! This will be our 3rd year for the opening of TDL’s heirloom seed library and we want to celebrate by inviting everyone to our Gardening Fair. At least 10 local growers/farmers from Riverdale to Howard City, Sand Lake to Big Rapids will be here to display their products, take orders for the upcoming growing season, and connect with everyone in the community. Learn about fiber products, locally grown produce, pasture-raised meats and eggs, honeybees, maple syrup, and natural skin care products. This event will be from 11 am to 1 pm.

The list of exhibitors is as follows:

Alpaca Barber/Lazy Dog Fiber Arts, Lakeview
Full Circle Farms, Lakeview
Grounded Roots Farm, Lakeview
Pamper Me Naturally, Sand Lake
Natural Borders Farm, Howard City
Rosebud Ranch, Stanton
Serendipity Acres, Riverdale
Sunny Slope Gardens, Morley,
Ward Vegetables, Big Rapids
Weston A. Price, Big Rapids


Enter the Realm of Westeros…..

and join us for a sword-fighting and fun day!

Have you read the epic fantasy series “A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R. R. Martin? Or maybe you’ve seen the hit TV series “Game of Thrones”? You won’t want to miss our Game of Thrones themed party on January 13th. We will have snacks and trivia contests from 11 – 11:30, then the show begins at 11:30. The premier stage combat and stunt troupe Ring of Steel, will demonstrate sword fighting and combat with their collection of swords. Ring of Steel will be bringing 200+ swords and armor for you to view and see in demonstrations.

Wear your GoT costume and get ready to win prizes! Suitable for teens and up. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.


2017 Creative Night Out a big success!

Another year of our annual Creative Night Out is in the books. Our success has been made possible by our wonderful patrons who come to our programs and make them fun.

Projects this year can be found on the library’s Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/russellsthree/2017-tdl-creative-night-out/


2017 Annual Bios, Books & Brunch

Over twenty published Michigan authors will be convening in Lakeview on Friday and Saturday, September 15th and 16th as part of the second annual Bios, Books & Brunch event at the Tamarack District Library.  The authors will be sharing professional expertise and will be available for conversation, book sales, and book signings.  The weekend kicks off on Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 with a writing workshop, “Tell Your Story”, and continues on Saturday with an Author’s Tea from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Friday presenter Kevin Fitton holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and is the author of the children’s picture book “Higher Ground” with Caldecott-winning artist Mary Azarian.  He has developed this workshop to explore the basic components of a story and how those components fit together, and it has received rave reviews wherever presented.  Those wishing to attend may RSVP by calling the library at 989-352-6274. Cost is $15 with light lunch supplied. Space is limited for this workshop.

Celebration of the written word is planned to continue in an informal atmosphere on Saturday. Share tea or coffee, homemade scones and conversation with attending authors.  Keynote speakers at 10 am will be Robbyn and Gijsbert (Nick) van Frankenhuyzen.  These acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators will present a fascinating program blending natural science, journaling, storytelling and drawing. This hour of pure fun and learning is everyone’s favorite!

Thanks to generous donations by the authors participating, there will be a number of exciting door prizes.  Library staff is looking forward to welcoming everyone who can make it!  Please invite friends and family, and come ready to enjoy a great day of speakers, scones, and stories!  Thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Tamarack District Library, this is is a free event, and open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to purchase some of the wonderful books that will be available for sale and signing, but there is no obligation to do so.

If you are an author that would like to participate, download a form, and send it to us via email or fax: 989-352-7713.


And the 2017 selection of the One Book One County Montcalm is……

“Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi!  Attend one of the many events and book discussions throughout the county. Don’t miss the closing event on October 3rd!  To see all the events go to: https://www.montcalm.edu/one-book/events


Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award
Winner of the NBCC’s John Leonard Award
New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BuzzFeed

From Random House:


The winners of the 3rd Annual TDL Summerfest Art Show

Community First Credit Union Popular Prize: “Go Fish”, Claudia Nielsen
Honorable Mention: “African Dart Frog”, Ethel Mae

Chemical Bank Adjudicated Prize: “Copper Planter”, Terry Walsworth
Honorable Mention: “A Walk on 46”, Koren Forquer

Juvenile Prize: “Running Horse”, Jillianne Post
Honorable Mention: “Portrait of Life”, Aliyah Zilska

Congratulations to each of the above, and each artist who exhibited. This was a wonderful show, and warmly received by the community. Thank you!

Thank you, also, to the members of the community who came to view the art, expressed enthusiasm, and cast your 397 votes. You made it fun, and all the work was worth it.

Terry Walsworth with the Adjudicated Winner “Copper Planter”

Karen Forquer”s Adjudicated Honorable Mention “A Walk on 46”











Claudia Nielsen with the Popular Prize “Go Fish”

Ethel Maes”s Popular Prize Honorable Mention “African Dart Frog”










Jilliane Post”s Juvenile Prize “Running Horse”

Aliyah Zilska Juvenile Honorable Mention “Portrait of Life”


Little Free Library Update


Boy Scout Lee Geister joined forces with the library to complete his Eagle Scout project, committing to building 10 of our Little Free Libraries. He and his troop did an amazing job!!! They delivered these beauties to the library on Monday night.

Today, our first artist, Cheyenne Rasmussen, picked up a Little Free Library to decorate. If you or someone you know is a talented artist, please talk with Hope about taking one of these home to decorate. We would love to have your participation!

Completed Little Free Libraries may be entered in the library’s Summerfest Art Show this June. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Are you interested in participating in the Little Free Library initiative at Tamarack District Library? We’d love to have you! There is still room to sign up as one – or all – of the following: Sponsors, Builders, Artists, Hosts, and Stewards. See attached form for more information, and feel free to call the library with questions.

We are very excited to see this project taking shape! Please share and invite others as well.


Montcalm County One Book One County 2017

This year’s title will be revealed during the kickoff event that will be held on July 20th. for more information and to sign up for announcements, visit this page: https://www.montcalm.edu/onebook


Local authors Gordon and Claire Galloway visit TDL

Celebrate “World Read Aloud Day”, February 16th, 6-7 pm, by listening to Gordon Galloway and his granddaughter Claire read their new book “Christian and Lucky”. Gordon, a local resident, has authored many adult books but this is his first children’s book. His granddaughter is a 13-year old student at Rockford Middle School.  The book is a true story about Gordon’s grandson, Christian, and his adventures with a stray cat named Lucky. Gordon will be selling his book with half of the proceeds going to the Foundation for Suicide Prevention in memory of his grandson.


Montcalm County receives “Certified Connected Community 2017” award

Just this week Montcalm County was presented with the “Connected Community Certification” making it only the 19th certified community in Michigan and the 64th in the nation.  99% of Montcalm County residents have access to at least 3Mbps Broadband Access internet. Read the full article from the Daily News here.

At the library we are doing our part to provide internet access to our community.  We have free WiFi access throughout the building and in outside seating areas; we have computers available for public access inside the building; plus we have WiFi hotspots available to checkout.

Congratulations Montcalm County!