Tamarack District Library Lakeview, Michigan

Growing Minds~Building Communities


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.


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.


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


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.


March (2017) Movie Madness!

The Tamarack District Library presents March Movie Madness! We will have free public showings on Thursdays in March at 5:45 p.m., sponsored by Wesco and the Friends of the Tamarack District Library.

The schedule is as follows:

March 2 – “The Light Between Oceans”, rated PG13 and starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.

March 9 – “Doctor Strange”, rated PG13 and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachael McAdams.

March 16 – “The Girl on the Train”, rated R and starring Emily Blunt and Haley Bennett.

March 23 – “Jack Reacher, Never Go Back”, rated PG13 and Starring Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders.

March 30 – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, rated PG13 and starring Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston.



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