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Tamarack District Library is giving back to the community with Red Cross blood drive.

The Tamarack District Library will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on July 2, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the library.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS   or sign up online at

“Hosting a blood drive coincides with the Tamarack District Library core values of giving back to the community,” said Bethany Nettleton, Director. “With a simple blood donation, we have the ability to help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor.”

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross.

“The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.”

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.


Summer Reading Program 2019 is almost here!

A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme for our summer reading program which runs for 6 weeks this summer starting on June 10th. The first week is a big week of events that you won’t want to miss!

We start on Monday June 10th at 11:00 am with an “Out of This World” story time presented by Great Start and including a craft. From 1:30 – 3:30 pm, we blast off our summer reading with the MCC Robotics Truck. Sign ups for summer reading will take place all day, with special drawings for those who come on Monday. There will be a food truck on the property, so bring your family to spend the day with our family!


Shoutbomb Text Messaging Service

We are pleased to offer a new text messaging service called Shoutbomb! This service allows you to manage your account plus those of family members. If you would like to try this service please follow the steps below on your phone. There is no charge for this service, but your cell phone plan’s regular text messaging rates still apply.

1. Text SIGNUP to (616)432-2161
           It will reply and ask for your
           library card number

2. Text your library card number
           It will reply and ask for your                 
           PIN number

3. Text your PIN number
           It will reply with a confirmation.

Follow interactive prompts or use the following keywords:

  • ADDCARD Add a secondary library card to your account with barcode and PIN number.
  • DROPCARD Remove a secondary library card.
  • MYBOOKS View items checked out and total owed.
  • MYCARDS View a list of cards associated with this account.
  • IOWEU See the current fine total on your account.
  • HOLDS Opt in/out of hold notices.
  • HL See a list of your items available for pickup.
  • OVERDUE Opt in/out of overdue notices.
  • OL See a list of items overdue.
  • RENEW Opt in/out of renew notices.
  • RL See of list of items to renew.
  • RA Renew all items.
  • SWITCHPHONE Change the phone number receiving texts.
  • Help Request detailed descriptions and how to use each keyword.
  • QUIT Stop this text notice service


Lizzie at the Library

If you have not met our Lizzie, you are in for a treat. Lizzie is our new Children’s Services Coordinator and about as sweet as they come.

She is working on Story Time, other programming, and is getting ready to blast off to summer reading June 10th at 1:30 with the MCC Robotics truck. Please come to the Library and say “hello”.

Lizzie and Lauryn at our Staff Christmas Party. Lizzie is on the left.


Tamarack Writers Group Competition

What?  A writing competition at the middle school level conducted by the Tamarack Writers Group and Lakeview Area News.

Who?  7th and 8th grade students at Central Montcalm Public School, Lakeview Community Schools, Montabella Community Schools, Morley Stanwood Schools, Tri County Area Schools. Home School students may enter as well.  Each student is invited to submit a written response each month.

When? The contest is conducted monthly, with submission dates for each school on the last day of the month.  Pieces from each school will be published in the Lakeview Area News following submission. Deadline dates are as follows:

February 28th, March 31st, April 30th and May 31st.

Submit your writing to

Parameters for the writing Each submission may not exceed 300 words, should address the topic listed below, take a specific stand and support the position with valid evidence and reasoning.  It should be edited.  Suggestions include peer editing and a final teacher edit of the selected piece.

Parameters for school selection of representative pieces Each school will select one piece from the seventh grade and one piece from the eighth grade to represent the school in the newspaper.  Selection criteria can be determined by each local school, but two potential recommended methods are:

  • Use an adult panel of staff members to select the best representation of each grade level based on how the student specifically addresses the prompt and correct use of mechanics, spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.
  • Use of a student led panel to select the best representation based on the same expectations listed above.

Permission of parent and student blurb Teacher will be responsible for contacting student’s parents for permission to publish their work in the Lakeview Area News.  Also, please submit a short blurb about the student to include with their piece.  Information in this author blurb could include age, parents, hobbies, interests, favorite subject and career interests.

Best Submission Awards At the end of the four month period, the Tamarack Writers Group will select the best submission from all of the submissions for each month for each grade level.  Tamarack Writers will send a certificate and award to the best 7th grade and 8th grade entry.

Potential Ways to Hype the Contest and Student Writing

Local Schools

Put up a display in the hallway or English classrooms to show the winning submissions each month.   Announce local winner in a school-wide announcement or at school assembly/ gathering.

Prepare students for topic, select and edit their writing.

Lakeview Area News

Publish an article about the upcoming competition two weeks prior to the first submission date (which could be read by the English teachers to each class.) Publish student writing in the newspaper.

Tamarack Writers Group

Prepare awards and certificates for winning students.  Hold an author’s exhibition and awards ceremony for all writers who have submitted work at Tamarack District Library.

Tamarack District Library

Continue to host Tamarack Writers Group meetings.  Hold awards ceremony for winners on date to be determined.


February – Is homework good for students?

March – Is texting a valid form of communication?

April – Should schools be allowed to monitor students’ social media?

May – Is video gaming limiting learning?


Introducing the TDL 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power? The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge—all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.

Tamarack District Library 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Just follow these steps:

  1. Register: Sign up at Tamarack District Library or online at Tamarack District Library website. Pick up program materials at the library or print them from our website.
  2. Track Your Reading: Fill in a circle or write down each book you read with your child on your reading record.
  3. Every Book Counts: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in storytime, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.
  4. 100-Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to receive a special reward. Take home a new reading record for your next 100 books.
  5. 1,000 Books: You did it! Come celebrate at the library, see your child’s name placed on the 1,000 Book Wall of Fame, and receive a free book.
  6. Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!

Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Visit Tamarack District Library often for free programs that are fun and educational for your little one and to find great books to share with your child.

One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Happy Reading!