Building Our Future

Expanding Glen Lake Library

A time to grow

The Glen Lake Community Library serves Empire, Glen Arbor and Kasson townships, a service population of 3,650, including families in the Glen Lake Community Schools district.

17,000+ people walk through the library doors annually. July is busiest with 2,426
visitors, while February is slowest, with 949.

In 2016, GLCL loaned out 28,759 items: 15,000 books, 7,700 movies, 2,500 sound recordings, and 3,000 digital files, about eight items for every person in the area served.
A robust collection of books and media includes a 2017 investment of $27,100 in new materials.

1,600+ people use GLCL computers and another 650 connect via the library WiFi. Computers located in Glen Arbor and Maple City library satellites provide additional public access.

950+ people of all ages attended events in 2017, including story hours, movie screenings, nature presentations, and author visits.

Children Library

Library renovation and expansion

  •  Creates much needed year-round space
  • Improves library services, educational programs, access to technology, and new learning opportunities.
  • Provides space for single user, family groups, school groups, and larger audiences for programs.
  • Increases dedicated space for children’s collections and seating.
  • Increases the number and variety of adult seating, including a gathering area with a fireplace. Additional seating will triple what is currently available for library patrons.
  • Includes a quiet study room for after-school tutoring and a small group meeting space.
  • Encourages multigenerational use.
  • Enables the library to become a vibrant community hub.
  • Improves staff and volunteer work areas to better serve the public.


Libraries… at their best are a reflection of the thinking of a community, as they should be. They serve as cultural centers, treasure houses that function in broad and far-reaching ways: as media and film centers, computer centers, research centers, literacy centers, community centers, meeting places, cultural programming sites, afterschool safe places. They provide a broad range of creative programming. Most of all they serve as centers of access to knowledge. Libraries continue to invite us to explore ideas, to be aware of the larger world, to research in modes unimaginable in previous times.

Anne-Marie Oomen

Empire resident Anne-Marie Oomen is an award-winning author and poet.
She serves as an instructor of creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy.