Tamarack District Library Lakeview, Michigan

Growing Minds~Building Communities


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!


Stress Less with Mindfulness

In cooperation with the MSU Extension service, we are pleased to offer a series of workshops about Mindfulness.  The sessions will be on Tuesdays, from 6-7:30 pm: January 31, February 7, February 21, and February 28. There is no cost for this program but please RSVP by calling 989-352-6274

Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.  Research has shown that practicing mindfulness is effective in reducing stress-related symptoms and managing chronic conditions.  This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness to reduce stress in daily life.

Session 1: Begin with the Breath

  • Learn about the benefits of mindfulness
  • Pinpoint behaviors which can make you vulnerable or resilient to stress
  • Experience mindful movement as a way to relax

Session 2: Mindful Eating

  • Learn benefits of eating with mindful awareness
  • Create a personal hunger/fullness scale as a guide for sensing when and how much to eat

Session 3: Mindful Walking/Thought Surfing

  • Practice mindful walking
  • Identify how letting go of control can improve mental and physical happiness

Session 4: Be Kind to Your Mind

  • Learn the importance of self compassion for your thinking
  • Learn the power of acceptance and gratitude to relieve stress

Session 5: Laughter is Good Medicine

  • Learn physical, mental and social benefits of laughter




Let’s Sew Together! Make fingerless fleece mittens

January is National Hobby Month, why not learn a new hobby?  If you’ve thought of sewing, sign up to learn how to make simple fleece fingerless mittens/arm warmers. We will have sewing machines all ready, and provide materials to make your own pair from this pattern: http://ourpeacefulplanet.com/2014/11/10/quick-fleece-arm-warmers-tutorial-pattern/

Class size is limited to 12 people, please RSVP by calling 989-352-6274.




The Tamarack District Library honored with the Quality of Life Award

On Thursday evening, October 27th, the Lakeview Area Community Foundation honored the staff, trustees, and Friends of the Tamarack District Library with the Quality of Life Award.  We are thrilled to receive this honor and are thankful for such wonderful community support.  Don’t miss this article from the Greenville Daily News: http://thedailynews.cc/2016/10/29/tamarack-district-library-honored-with-quality-of-life-award/


Summer Reading 2016!

On your mark, get set, READ!  This year’s Summer Reading Program at Tamarack District Library has a theme of sports, fitness, and holistic wellness.  We invite you to get in the game by exercising both your mind AND your body this summer.

We have fun events for all ages happening every week! Download a copy of our SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.

Our program runs for six weeks from June 11 to July 23.  Sign up at any point in the program, but don’t be late: our weekly prizes are great!  Once again our SPONSORS have helped us put together a wonderful array of activities, presentations, books and prizes for all ages.


Art Show Summerfest 2016

The Friends of the Tamarack District Library are hosting an art show fundraiser in support of the library. The art will be displayed at the library from June 6 through June 18.  Artists using any medium, any size are encouraged to enter. Registration forms can be picked up at the library, or downloaded here. To assist us with planning display space, please register by May 31 if possible. Items can be displayed at the library beginning June 1 and picked up during the week of June 20.

Grand prize is $100 cash, sponsored by Community First Federal Credit Union. The popular prize is $100.00 cash sponsored by Chemical Bank.