2017-04-06 / Life in Leelanau

Four libraries plan programs for their week

Four public libraries in Leelanau County have planned special events for National Library Week, which begins Sunday:

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The Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library will host Teresa K. Irish, the author of “1,000 Letters Home,” at 6 p.m. next Thursday, April 13.

Irish, of Northville, plans to take her audience on an engaging journey told through 1,000 letters written by her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, to her mother, Elaine Marie Corbat, from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945 while he was stationed in Europe during WWII.

A Saginaw native, Irish found the yellowed and fragile letters, as well as 250 photographs, in an army trunk in her parents’ home about a month after her father’s death. It took more than five years to publish the book, which was named Reviewer’s Choice by Midwest Book Review Small Press Bookwatch and was recognized by Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards.

A book sale and signing will be held after the presentation.

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The Glen Lake Community Library in Empire will host two special presentations.

Next Wednesday, April 12, the library will present the documentary, “Nothing Like Chocolate,” which profiles the Grenada Chocolate Company Cooperative.

Based on fair trade practices, the tiny company presents an alternative model to the corporate chocolate industry.

The 7 p.m. film will be hosted by the owners of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate of Empire, who will discuss their own fair trade experiences and provide samples.

On Friday, April 14, also at 7 p.m., the library will host well-known local author Jerry Dennis, who will share reading and insights from his various books such as “The Living Great Lakes” and “The River Home.”

Both events will be hosted at the Empire Township hall, located across from the street from the library.

And every afternoon from April 10-15, complimentary treats will be available to library visitors courtesy of Leelanau Coffee Roasting and the Friends of the Library.

Additional information is available at 326-5361.

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The Friends of the Leelanau Township Library are inviting the community to participate in several poetry events that begin during National Library Week.

People can also watch for chalk poems on Northport Village sidewalks and enjoy poems by local and famed writers on display in shop windows.

Here is the April poetry lineup:

• 7 p.m. next Wednesday, April 12 — Fleda Brown, a former poet laureate of Delaware, writes a monthly poetry column for the Traverse City Record Eagle and is a regular on Interlochen Public Radio.

• 10:30 a.m. next Thursday, April 13 — Jenifer Strauss will present a young children’s program, “Singing Stories and Telling Songs: Moving and Grooving to Poems and Rhymes.”

• Wednesday, April 19 — From 4-6 p.m., “painless poetry” will be offered through a workshop hosted by Karen Mulvahill. An Open Mic Night will follow at 7 p.m. Particiants may recite a poem from Mulvahill’s workshop or any poem they would like to share.

• 7 p.m., Wednesday April 26 — Michael Delp, poet and co-editor of the “Made in Michigan” book series from Wayne State University Press. Delp also writes fiction and nonfiction.

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In Leland, award-winning storyteller Jenifer Strauss will provide a highly interactive program for children and their families starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Strauss is a Michigan Humanitites Touring Artist.

No registration is required. Further information is available by calling 256- 9152.

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