It's Never Too Early to Start Reading The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is celebrating National Reading Awareness Month in March with a simpl

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Mom and daughter read aloud during "Baby Time" at TADL's Main Branch on Woodmere.

It's Never Too Early to Start Reading

The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is celebrating National Reading Awareness Month in March with a simple message of encouragement: Read aloud. Every child. Every parent. Every day. Programs are offered throughout the library district that foster early literacy skills as well as providing an outlet for interaction and socialization for babies and parents to learn from each other. Read More.

TADL Selected to Host Great Michigan Read Exhibit

The Great Michigan Read traveling exhibit, We Don't Want Them will be on display at TADL's Main Branch March 19-28. During this time, programs that take a thoughtful look at the issues raised in this year's Great Michigan Read, "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age" by Kevin Boyle will be offered. Bringing the exhibit to area residents is a collaborative effort with Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Dennos Museum. Read More.

E-Book Tip of the Month

Public Domain Collection is Free to Anyone, Anywhere. No Library Card Required.

There are more than 30,000 public domain titles available to anyone, anywhere through TADL’s Overdrive platform. Many titles include literary classics such as the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott and "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy. For this e-book collection, no library card is required and the titles never expire. This e-book collection of public domain titles is commonly referred to as the Gutenberg Collection. Read More.

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Planning and Starting a Business

SCORE Business Workshop Series Kicks-Off Mar. 13

Offered the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m., SCORE small business workshops are held in the McGuire Community Room at TADL's Woodmere (Main) Branch. The workshops are free but registration is required. Read More.

Grand Traverse Area Children's Garden

Spring Planning Sessions. Volunteers Needed.

The following planning sessions are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in the McGuire Community Room at TADL's Woodmere (Main) Branch: Mar. 7, Apr. 11, May 9. Those interested in volunteering with the Children's Garden are encouraged to attend. Volunteers are needed for gardens; to serve as mentors, help with events and more. Call 231-929-0916 for more information.

Nice to Meet You

Janette Grice is the director of the Interlochen Public Library, a member library of the Traverse Area District Library. In December, she will celebrate her 10th anniversary with IPL.

Janette received her Master’s degree in Library Science from Western Michigan University in 1981 and last year marked her 30th year working as a professional librarian. During these years, Janette enjoyed working as a law librarian, federal court librarian and medical librarian. She says working in a public library has been the most rewarding of her library work.

An avid reader since she first learned to read, Janette has loved libraries since she was a young girl. She credits her mother, who is the librarian at the Almira Township Library in Lake Ann, for her decision to become a librarian.

Janette lives in Lake Ann and enjoys kayaking, swimming, riding bikes, snow shoeing and, of course, reading. Janette likes to make terrariums, “play” with miniatures and have fun with and read to her two grandsons, ages 7 and 8.

Janette, what are you reading?

"I just finished a great book, 'The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: a Novel' by Jenny Wingfield. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down."

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About TADL

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 Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 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.

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