Interlochen Public Library opens new building

Dec 5, 2018

Hundreds of people were at Interlochen Public Library’s open house Wednesday. The mood was festive, and people were excited.

The building is a modern take on the northern Michigan cabin look – a mix of exposed wood and paint with high ceilings.

 It’s nearly double the square footage of the old building.

“I used to be a librarian,” says Elise Brooks, “and I’m just amazed that a town the size of Interlochen is behind something like this. It’s just gorgeous.” 

The new library has a separate room for children to play in and read, a community room and a commercial kitchen.

“When I first walked into the community room and saw the kitchen,” Rachel Harper says, “I got choked up because nutrition and food is such an important part of a healthy strong community.”

It took four years and 775 donations from individuals and foundations to build the new library. So far the building has cost nearly $3 million dollars.

The library is officially open on Thursday.