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Interlochen Public Library

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


Saturday, February 24th, 10 am to 12 pm, join artist Kristy Phillips in the IPL Community Room for an exploratory watercolor class. Learn to create freely by exploring textures, color, and flow. Kristy graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She taught herself how to paint in watercolor and is excited to share her knowledge about this medium. If you're also curious and excited about watercolor, then this class is perfect for you! Geared towards ages tween to adult—pre-registration required. 

Saturday, March 2, from 10 am to 12 pm, join IPL and ClaySpaceTC in a bowl-making workshop. We will use slabs of clay and drape them inside a mold to create a wacky bowl. We will start by making our mold using foam tubes and masking tape. Each bowl will get a variety of textures, stamps, and a fun rim decoration. All of our work will be finished with a personalized underglaze paint job. Each bowl will be returned to ClaySpaceTC, fired, and brought back to the library for pickup. This class is for ages tweens to adults, and pre-registration is required. Contact Interlochen Public Library to sign up.

Wed., Feb 28th, 6-7 pm Mocktails with Jennifer and Pam. Make healthy, zero-proof libations that will delight your taste buds and allow you to socialize in a clear state of mind. During this beginner-friendly class, we’ll whip up two delicious mocktails that have the complexity and aesthetics of a cocktail. Jennifer and Pam will show you how to use specialty and everyday ingredients to create complex, non-alcoholic cocktails. You will gain insight into mocktail mixology techniques, explore the health benefits of featured superfoods, and gain skills to create delicious non-alcoholic concoctions. Participants will learn mixology techniques and flavor-combining concepts. Your hosts will guide you through making two mocktail recipes. You’ll learn the health benefits of featured superfoods and herbal ingredients.  

Reader Chef, Jr. is on February 22nd from 4 to 5 pm. Classes are open to children aged 10-14 years old. Classes will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month and are limited to 10 kids per class. Registration is required. Kids will learn a new recipe each month and be able to cook the meal from start to finish. It's a way to give the kids life skills and have fun. It is optional for kids to participate in all of the classes. Monthly sign-up sheets are available. Call IPL to sign up, or click HERE. This month’s recipe is Good Ole Mac and Cheese. 

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.

Jennifer, IPL Library Director 

Monday, February 12th, 3:30–5 pm H&W Be Healthy, Be Active Community Cooking Workshops with Chef Susanne. We will show a few techniques, and then participants can cook the whole recipe from start to finish. It's hands-on learning. The workshops include supplemental materials for living your best life. The class is limited to 10 people, so registration is required. Call IPL to sign up at 231-276-6767. Spanish pork chops with orange, cannellini beans with garlic, and parsley are on the menu!