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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.

                 

Kids Can Cook! A great way to educate kiddos about good nutrition, what's in season, planning and preparing meals, and reading food labels. It can encourage them to eat healthy foods, especially ones they may refuse to try. Expand your students, ages 5-12, horizons by getting them in the kitchen. Kids Can Cook cooking class starts on Thur., June 27th, 10 am–11 am and will be offered again on Thursday, July 11th, 18th, and 25th. Participation in all of the classes is optional. Registration is required by calling the library at 231-276-6767. This program offers a multi-generational experience for families. The youngest participants play with sensory food activities; the older children can participate in a food cutting and prep station using special knives, and then they take the fresh vegetables and fruits and assemble a fun snack or treat. We provided a safe cooking experience for the advanced participants with a varied menu each time.

Gather 2 Grow is Feeding America West Michigan’s summer lunch program serving youth at 32 local libraries in Allegan, Grand Traverse, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Osceola Counties.

Starting Monday, June 3, any children (18 and under) and developmentally delayed adults up to age 26 can receive nourishing meals at participating libraries during the summer at no cost. All meal options are nut-free, and various vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available as well. Examples of meal choices include chicken salad, chips and cheese, tortilla sandwiches, hummus, and more. The program will end the week of August 5.

Participating libraries can also find program resources at FeedWM.org/Gather2Grow.

The Interlochen Center for the Arts Author Retreat will be held on Thursday, June 13th, at Interlochen Public Library. The community is invited to join Anne-Marie Oomen and Katey Schultz ICCA Creative Writing Scholarship Awards and Participant Reading & Reception from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The Friends of Interlochen Public Library will provide all materials. For more information, call the library at 231-276-6767. 

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 

Crafts with Kristy. Join us for eight weeks of exploration, creativity, and fantastic art and craft making! Each Monday, June 10th through July 29th, from 10:30 am to noon, meet in the IPL community room for Crafts with Kristy. Kids will learn and practice different craft skills. Ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome. All supplies are provided

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.