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Welcome to The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) monthly email newsletter, offering you news and events from the District's network of community libraries.

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Happy New Year!

"For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."

- T.S. Eliot, American poet

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Holiday Hours

Monday, December 31
* Woodmere, East Bay and Kingsley Branches close at 6 p.m.
* Interlochen and Peninsula Community Libraries closed all day.
Tuesday, January 1
* All TADL locations closed. Happy New Year!

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Cinema Curiosa presents The Horse Boy Fri. Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.

Cinema Curiosa Winter Line Up Announced

Cinema Curiosa, TADL's very own film series will return January 4 with a three month line-up of experimental, archival, and uncompromising documentary titles that are sure to challenge and enrich the human experience. Read More.

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"It's OK Not to Share" by Heather Shumaker

Live at the Library with Heather Shumaker, Author of "It's OK Not to Share"

TADL will welcome local writer and journalist, Heather Shumaker to the Woodmere Branch for a reading and discussion of her lastest book featuring her renegade rules for raising competent and compassionate Kids. Read More.

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E-book Access and E-book Workshops

TADL has been offering downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks since March 2011. E-book workshops are offered to help patrons learn how to use the TADL e-book collection and resources on their devices. All classes are free, however registration is required due to limited workstations. Read More.

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Sleeping Bear North by Michelle Hart Jahraus

TADL Welcomes Michelle Hart Jahraus Artist Opening Reception Held January 6

The Traverse Area District Library is pleased to welcome local artist, Michelle Hart Jahraus and her vibrant northern Michigan inspired landscapes to the Woodmere (Main) Branch during the month of January. Read More.

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Business Start-Up Workshop on Jan. 8

Traverse City SCORE is offering a workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a new business. The workshop, “Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business”, will be held on Tuesday, January 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the McGuire Community Room at TADL's Woodmere Branch. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Read More.

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Opportunities Offered to Commemorate MLK Day and Black History Month

The Traverse Area District Library has collaborated with local groups and organizations to offer multiple community wide programs and events including book discussions and film screenings at the library to commemorate MLK Day and Black History Month Read More.

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TADL Borrowing Card Features Key Fob

New and existing TADL cardholders can request an updated card/key combo for borrowing items at any TADL location. Read More.

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Interlochen Announces New Board Members

Interlochen Public Library, a member of the Traverse Area District Library is pleased to announce its newly elected Board of trustees. Pictured, from left to right: Pat Thompson, Bonnie Strand, Georgia Suzki, Christine Wurst, Patrick McKay ,Bob Robinson and new director, Rene Kelchak.

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Mary Orth, TADL Talking Book Library

Nice to Meet You

Mary Orth has been a member of the TADL team since 1995 when she first started as a sub for the Law Library and the East Bay Branch. However, for the last 13 years, Mary has been an integral part of the TADL Talking Book Library, formerly the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Recently transitioning to an Advisory and Outreach Center, the TADL Talking Book Library continues to serve Grand Traverse and seven surrounding counties by providing recorded books to qualified people with visual and physical handicaps.

“It’s been an exciting couple of months,” said Mary. “We’ve welcomed 23 new registrants to the Talking Book Library.” Mary has been able to expand outreach efforts, scheduling regular visits with potentially qualified folks in hospitals, assisted living facilities as well as providing access and registration information to non-profits and other agencies.

When Mary is not serving the community through her role at the library, she serves on two local boards and is a lector at her church. “I believe in giving back to this community which has done so much for me,” she said. Mary also enjoys traveling, with recent trips to California’s coastline and to Malaysia to spend time with her daughter Mareesa and her husband. “My greatest joy is being a mother,” she said.

Mary comes from a large family, with 13 brothers and sisters. Growing up in Manistee County, north of Onekama on M22. One of her fondest memories is of her Great Aunt Maggie who was a teacher in Pontiac. “Every summer Aunt Maggie would bring up a trunk full of books,” said Mary. “How we looked forward to her visits!”

Mary, what are you reading?

"I recently completed, City of Women by David Gillham and In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. Both are amazing stories of determination and courage."

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About Us

The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is a network of community libraries serving Grand Traverse County through the following locations: the Woodmere (Main) Branch in Traverse City including the Talking Book Library East Bay and Kingsley Branch Libraries; Member Libraries: Fife Lake Public Library, Interlochen Public Library, and Peninsula Community Library; and the Grand Traverse County Law Library.

TADL provides a wide variety of services, including the loan and inter-library loan of a broad collection of book titles (print, audiobooks, e-books, and e-audiobooks), periodicals, DVDs, CDs, subscription databases, publicly accessible computers, free WiFi, a variety of meeting spaces, blind and physically handicapped services, and free programming for all ages.

Please share your questions or concerns with the TADL e-newsletter editor at news@tadl.org.

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