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National Library Week 2024
April 1-13

   National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library staff play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. Libraries provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture or income level, can come together to connect and learn. This is especially true in Lake County where Chase, Luther and Pathfinder (Baldwin) libraries are unique and serve their communities in more rural areas. According to Melinda Gates, Libraries connect communities. Patrons come to the library for information while expanding their minds.

   The Pathfinder Community Library opened in November 1953 by a group of volunteers, mostly from the Baldwin Women’s Club. In April 1955, citizens in Pleasant Plains Township approved a three-tenths mill tax levy on township property by a three to one margin. Citizens later voted for a millage increase of 1 mil to provide the library with funds in perpetuity.

   In November of 1969, the Library Board, by good planning and saving, was able to buy the Byrne building at 812 Michigan Avenue, thanks in large part to a generous donation of $14,000 from the Charles Dobry Post 133 of the American Legion. The 2,250 square foot building was built, remodeled and furnished without one cent of tax money. Total cost: $33,000. The Baldwin Women’s Club contributed $1,000 to buy the kitchen unit in the new library’s meeting room. 

   We are currently partnering with the Lake County Historical Society to digitize all copies of the Lake County Star newspaper from 1911 to present. The cost for the Digitization of the Lake County Star project is estimated to be $40,000-$50,000 with a grant from the Lake County Community Foundation providing $5,000 and 3 private donors giving $4,040.  Clark Historical Library will digitize  the issues and Central Michigan University will host them on their web site forever (with a link from the Pathfinder web page). This project will enable anyone in Lake County and the worldto read the archived issues. Anyone utilizing the web to research historical events or to keep informed on local and hometown news will find this extremely useful. 

   The Pathfinder Community Library has been the caretaker of these newspapers for many years. We would like to see this information made available electronically for this generation and many more to come. Your family and its future members could benefit from this archive of historical data.

   In order to complete the project, Pathfinder Community Library and the Lake County Historical Society will need to raise over $20,000. 

Want to donate to this worthwhile project? Donations by check or money order can be sent to Pathfinder Community Library, 812 Michigan Ave, Baldwin, MI 49301 (Be sure to indicate “Star Archive Project” on your check or envelope).


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Library Board Meetings 2024

March 19

April 16

May 21

June 18

July 16

August 20

September 17

October 15

November 19

December 17

January - No Meeting

February - No Meeting

Meetings are at 10 a.m at the Library 

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