Tamarack District Library Lakeview, Michigan

Growing Minds~Building Communities

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seed Library Open House 2016

It’s planting time! According to the weather reports, we should be seeing sunshine and warmer nighttime temperatures in the next week.  That means the ground will be warming up so the rest of our seeds and our tender seedlings can be planted!

In anticipation of this warming, we are having an Open House for our Seed Library next week, March 23rd – March 28th.  Browse our remaining collection of seed packets and pick up a book or two on gardening.  When you check out seed packets with your library card, you will receive an herb seedling to take home and plant. Choose from Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Dill, Cilantro and more.  We hope to see you next week!

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Michigan Activity Pass

Letterhead 1.5x1.5Use your library card to gain free or discounted access to more than 380 destination around the State of Michigan!

Here’s how it works: Visit the Michigan Activity Pass website, enter a ZIP code, address, library or destination in your starting location, along with maximum number of miles from there and your library name.

A list of participating locations will then pop up on your screen. Select a specific location and “get pass” to see availability. A library card number is required to complete the pass request.

There are a limited number of passes available at each of the locations, and are to be used within a week. If your preferred location is “sold out,” then organizers encourage you to explore another one on the list.

If you don’t have internet or a printer available at home, stop in at your library to print them out here. Regular printing fees apply.

Get out and explore Michigan!

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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