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Interlochen Public Library

Welcome to Interlochen Public Library

IPL offers various collections of media and formats to meet the needs of our diverse population.

                 

Wed., May 22nd, 6-7 pm. Instant Pot and Air Fryer Class! Interested in using an electric pressure cooker ( Instant Pot) and an air fryer? Or looking for new ideas? Join Jennifer and Pam for Cooking in an Instant, a hands-on cooking class where participants will create two Instant Pot and two Air Fryer recipes to sample.

Sunday, June 2: Boater Safety Class presented by the Department of Natural Resources at Interlochen Public Library.

The community is invited to the Boater Safety Class presented by the Department of Natural Resources, Sun., Jun 2, 9 am - 4 pm, Interlochen Public Library. The primary purpose of the boater safety education class is to train knowledgeable, safe, and responsible boaters. Topics covered include general boating and water safety, navigational rules, causes and prevention of crashes, operation and fueling techniques, environmental concerns, and reporting responsibility. Lunch is provided for participants by the Friends of IPL. All ages are welcome. Certification is awarded for completion of the class. Registration is required on the DNR website. Go to https://michigan.storefront.kalkomey.com/em/events/6779 to register.

Saturday, June 1st: Gardening Story Hour with Miss Mary Ann at Interlochen Public Library. IPL's Health and Wellness program and the Friendly Garden Club sponsor a little community garden to incorporate fresh ingredients and cultivate a more mindful and sustainable approach to our programs at IPL. The goal is to care for our bodies while giving back to nature. To accomplish this, the supplies we buy for programs are recyclable, compostable, or sustainably sourced. We have established a composting area for the food and paper scraps, which we will use in our garden.

This year, the program is expanding to include children. Teaching children how to grow and tend to vegetable and edible flowers is a great way to incorporate sensory play, sustainability, and nutrition into their lives. Kids with a variety of fresh produce are likelier to try foods they might be reluctant to try, and "eating the colors of the rainbow" ensures children have what they need nutritionally to grow and develop properly. This program is growing this year to include four more raised beds that are wheelchair accessible and durable to expand this program to everyone in our community.

Miss Mary Anne is launching our new garden with a Special Story Hour on June 1st from 2 to 3 p.m. Join Miss Mary Anne on our patio for a story and planting craft, and then help us dig in and plant our garden. Each participant will take home their seeds to start their garden at home.

June 19  Interlochen Public Library’s Summer Reading Program KICK-OFF & Registration with Great Lakes Children’s Museum

The community is invited to Interlochen Public Library’s free Summer Reading Program Kick-Off and Registration with Great Lakes Children’s Museum!  Families and children of all ages will enjoy exciting, hands-on, interactive activities from the museum’s mobile unit that invites exploration and curiosity while celebrating the child-like wonder in us all.  Join us on June 19 at 10:30 am at Green Lake Township Memorial Park/Freedom Park, 5477 Karlin Rd.,  Interlochen, MI  49643.  The Friends of Interlochen Public Library sponsors it.  For more info, call the library at 231-276-6767.

We want the best for all Interlochen residents, so I’m very proud to share that Interlochen Public Library has received a national grant to help make our community an even better place for everyone. Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities is an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities. 

The competitive award comes with a $20,000 grant to help the library increase the accessibility of facilities, services, and programs for disabled people in our community. 

As part of the grant, IPL staff will take an online course on leading conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host an in-person discussion with residents with disabilities about their needs and how to use the grant funds to serve our community members with disabilities better. 

There is a lot of room for collaboration with your organization! Your deep connections to the disabled community and experience working with children/adults with disabilities will help us reach our goals. Here is the link to our brief (and anonymous) survey to help develop an Accessible Small and Rural Communities Disability Access and Inclusion Plan to guide our initiatives to provide enhanced spaces and services. Your survey responses will help us figure out where we can improve. We will be sure to handle your feedback with the highest confidentiality.  

Many thanks for your consideration and your work in the community.

Sincerely,
Jennifer, IPL Library Director 

Summer Sizzles with Chef Susanne is on the second Monday, June through September. The community is invited to participate in our free Health & Wellness: Summer Sizzle Cooking Class on the second Monday, June through September, from 3:00–4:30 pm, at Interlochen Public Library. We will feature grilling techniques and fresh summer produce. Travel the world with chef Susanne while making a healthy new recipe each month paired with our signature mocktails. Classes are limited to 10 people. Registration is required by going to interlochenpubliclibrary.org. This Health & Wellness: Live Your Best Life class is funded by the Allen Foundation. For more info, call the library at 231-276-6767.