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Interlochen Public Library

Director's Message

We are pleased to provide this online presence for your convenience and enrichment.

May director’s report—Jennifer Thomet 

It has been such a pleasure watching families come in and enjoy our children's library. The kids can play and interact with each other or their parents and caregivers.  Interactive play helps families bond with one another, which helps build strong relationships and supports the child and caregiver to understand each other better and have fun together. Interactive play allows children to regulate their emotions and subsequently meet developmental milestones.

April brought in changes and new developments in our community, and we are eager to see what this new chapter has in store. We hosted our first in-person, Covid Safe, Board of Trustees meeting. Board President Patricia and I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Green Lake Township Emergency Services Facility. The modernized building will provide many health and safety programs for our community along with better accommodations for our hard-working first responders and fireman.

Every two years we have the honor of hosting an art display from the Community of Mental Health. We were pleased to showcase 14 pieces of original artwork by artists who access Community Mental Health services across Michigan. Michigan’s Community Mental Health organizations submitted works of two-dimensional art, including paintings, drawings, prints, fabric, and photography. Entrants supplied written correspondence about what art means to them, including what they like about art, what creating art does for them, and if art helped in their recovery and life skills development.

Summer Reading Programs and planning are in full swing. We have performers booked, we are collecting prizes to give out, and we appreciate any volunteers who would like to help out at our events held at Freedom Park. A detailed calendar of events will be available shortly.

Our Tea Guessing Game was enjoyable, and the winner received a beautiful handmade purse and a jar of teabags. Thank you to Barb and Carol for donating the items.

Our Health and Wellness Series, Live Your Best Life, hosted a bread-making class with The Bread Lady. Rachel and Janette made a loaf of beautiful focaccia bread, and the smell of the baking bread gave the library patrons an aromatic treat. You can view programs online at www.Interlochenpubliclibrary.org and make sure to view the resource guides as well!

Circulation April 2021: 3,833 (April 2019: 5,886)
Hold Transit Counts April: 688 to other libraries, 748 from other libraries to IPL

Programs April 2021: 14; Attendance for April Programs:231

Patron Count April 2021: 2121

Curbside Pickup April 2021: 22

Questions Answered: 534

Computer Use: 148
New Library Cards Issued in April 2021: 19