Christmas in Lakeview Light Challenge!

Get your Griswold on!

Enter the Christmas in Lakeview light challenge for a chance to win $500! The competition includes all residential building within the Lakeview Village Limits. Register by November 21st and a numbered sign will be dropped off at the registrants home. Judging is the evening of November 30th (weather permitting). The winner will be announced at Christmas in Lakeview on December 1st.

Register by November 1st in person at the Tamarack District Library or Chemical Bank. Register by mail to Lakeview Festival Committee, PO Box 193, Lakeview, MI 48850. A copy of the registration form can be found here.


Announcing our Little Free Library placements!

TDL is so pleased to announce the placement of 13 Little Free Libraries around our service area! A Little Free Library is a small weather-proofed box containing books that can be borrowed and returned. We have many people to thank for constructing, placing, and maintaining these little libraries because as you know any project “takes a village”!

Pictures of some of our artists.

Ten LFL’s were constructed by Eagle Scout Lee Geister, with the remaining 3 being constructed by Jerry McCoy, Richard Warchuck, and Randy Robson. Many thanks go out to their hard work and skills for making these libraries. The libraries were then decorated by many area residents and installed throughout the library’s service area. They can be found in Pine, Hinton, Douglass, Maple Valley, Winfield, Cato, and Belvidere Townships. For a map of them, please visit the following link: Little Free Library World Map. 13 people have agreed to steward these libraries, taking care to keep them amply stocked and clean.

Lee Geister (far left) with 10 of the little free libraries that he built.

There are many sponsors and donors that, without their financial help, this project would not have been possible. Our thanks go out to: Lakeview Family Chiropractors, J.G. Construction, Jim & Sue Draper, Parker Hannifin, Lakeview Elevator, Chapin Family Farms, Community 1st Federal Credit Union, Frank & Kathy Nerychel, Mike & Lisa Johnson, Lakeview Lions Club, Friends of Tamarack District Library, Claire’s Body Shop, Memory of Dr. Gary Baker, DeWitt Lumber, Cantwell Bros. Hardware, Six Lakes Hardware, and the Behrenwald family.

Installation of one of the libraries by Lee Geister and his dad.

Lastly, but not least, we wish to thank Sue Draper for her hard work organizing the placement and care of all of these libraries. If you are in an area where you see one of these LFL’s, make sure you stop in and take a book, leave a book!

The beautiful Little Free Library that is placed on Cindi’s walk on TDL grounds.

Take a Little Free Library tour of all 13 sponsored by TDL! Use this map to help you find your way.


September is Library Card Signup Month

Come to the library during September and receive a free replacement card! For the library’s 10th anniversary celebration, we have redesigned our cards and are giving a new set to every patron to thank you all for your support for the last 10 years.



Montcalm One Book One County 2018

Last Thursday at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, the anticipated title of the Montcalm One Book One County was revealed: “Burnt Toast Makes You Feel Good” by Kathleen Flinn. A Davison, Michigan native, Flinn’s book is a mix of food and memoir. Eight book discussions and various programs are being offered at county libraries throughout July and August. Readers of the book are also asked to share their favorite family recipes in an online cookbook. To view the full schedule of events and read-a-likes, visit the One Book page at MCC.


Annual Art Show – Call to Artists!

The Tamarack District Library is hosting a community art show as part of Summerfest 2018, June 12-16. Download an entry form by clicking here.

  1. Entries may be in any medium, any size, any discipline. Artists will confer with the library director or designee regarding display and placement.
  2. Art may be displayed for sale as space allows. Pieces will be sold at a fee set by the artist or via silent auction.   Artists may donate all or a part of sales proceeds to the library.
  3. A panel of judges will select the grand prize winner from all entries. A popular prize will also be awarded, based upon popular votes.  Teen (13-19) and Juvenile (12 and under) prizes will be offered.  Other prizes may be added as deemed appropriate.  Prizewinners will be announced on Saturday, June 16.

Display items may be placed at the library beginning June 2, and must be in place no later than close of day (5:00 p.m.) on Monday, June 11.  Displays may be picked up the week of June 18.

Chemical Bank Grand Prize $100.00 cash

Community First Credit Union Popular Prize: $100.00 cash

Mercantile Bank Junior Prizes: $75.00 (teen) & $25.00 (juvenile)

To assist us with planning display space, please register by may 31, 2018.


Heritage Quest is available to Michigan residents and through your Michigan libraries

More than a simply a genealogical resource, HeritageQuest Online Library Edition (HQO) allows teachers, students, history aficionados, and those generally curious to find amazing primary source.  For example, did you know that…

  • Kishtowag, otherwise known as Elizabeth Madosh, was from the Ojibwe (Ojibbeway) tribe recorded by the MacKinac Agency in 1922.
  • Nanny Dudley, complexion dark, lived on Caruther’s Plantation in Georgia in 1870 when she opened her first bank account.
  • Joseph St. John of Cooper Township had 1 horse, 2 milch cows, 4 working oxen, 9 other cattle, 6 sheep, and 6 swine all worth $200 in 1850 (that’s nearly $6000 in today’s world!).

Elizabeth is recorded in the Indian Census Rolls.  These census records span 1855 – 1940 and cover Native American populations throughout the United States.  Both Indian name and English name, date of birth, gender, relationships, and tribe/agency name are recorded. Currently accepted spellings of tribal names are used on the index but in the census rolls themselves, obsolete spellings are often used; and the name of a tribe may be spelled several ways in different rolls.

Nanny’s bank record is part of the Freedman’s Bank Record collection, 1865- 1871.  The forms asked questions regarding personal information and identification—such as complexion (color), height, and name of plantation as well as required a signature (which more times than not was an X). The exact questions asked on each form varied between years and branches.  Classroom discussion starters and public library displays are launched from these primary sources.

Finally, Mr. St. John’s farm information can be found in the Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880.  This collection is a fun way to recreate a region or township or neighborhood with accuracy.  It includes agriculture as well as industry and manufacturing.  Searching by keyword (blacksmith, farmer, etc.) is a way to envision your ancestor or town through the lens of livelihood.

Other unique collections in HQO are the Mortality Schedules (useful for tracing and documenting genetic symptoms and diseases as they list causes of death), Library of Congress Photo Collection (think photos of Carnegie Libraries or faces of Hoovervilles), Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, and even records from South America, Caribbean, and Central America.

You can find additional help for using the great resources at HeritageQuest here: