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Tell us how we can improve our service:
Please take a few minutes to complete our survey. Your feedback will help us determine how we can improve our service and provide future programs, events and activities. A copy of the survey is attached here. Just print and complete the form, and drop it off in the Survey Box at the library or mail it to:
Pathfinder Community Library
812 Michigan Ave.
P.O. Box 880, Baldwin, MI 49304
Thank you for your patronage!
HOURS OF OPERATION
10am - 6pm
10am - 6 pm
10am - 6pm
Summer* (June 1-Sept 1) 9a - 3pm
Fall/Winter** - CLOSED
9am - 6pm
9am - 3pm
December 25- Christmas Day
*The library is open on Thursdays only during the summer (June 1 - Sept 1)
** During inclement winter weather, we may open late or not at all. Please call ahead to ensure we are open if you plan a special trip to see us.
National Library Week
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.
Moving on to current accomplishments, 2018 was a busy year for Pathfinder Community Library. Some of the highlights include:
Citizens renewed the millage for the 3 libraries of Lake County
A new roof
Construction began on New Garden area
8 “Wednesday Nights with the Ranger” fun and informational programs
Easter Party for children
Build a Bird House craft day
5 story hours for children
Reading contest in summer (with prizes) for all ages
Children’s programs: The Storytellers from Detroit and Wendy & DB Music and dance group
Halloween Party with Baldwin Lions Club
Christmas Party with Santa Claus
Food drive for Lake County Bread of Life
Program with Hospice of Western Life
3 outdoor Book & Bake Sales
2019 will be a busy year also. Goals include
Complete the “Backyard Garden” project to be enjoyed by all (Lake County Community Foundation has provided $5,000 and Charles Dobry Post 133 donated $3,000 for the garden project)
6 Tuesday Nights with a Ranger
Partnership with the Lake County Historical Society to digitize allLake County Star newspapers 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).