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Loutit District Library presents History Channel's "The Men Who Built America"

Loutit District Library presents History Channel's "The Men Who Built America"

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan rose from obscurity and in the process built modern America.

Their names hang on street signs, are etched into buildings and are a part of the fabric of history. These men created the American dream and were the engine of capitalism as they transformed everything they touched in building the oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobile and finance industries.

To learn how these men influenced America, the public is invited to the Loutit District Library (LDL) for four consecutive evenings beginning Monday, Jan. 20 and concluding Thursday, Jan. 23 to view the History Channel TV series The Men Who Built America. Two episodes of the series will show each night.

Fire Barn Gallery celebrates the inspiration behind every artist

Fire Barn Gallery celebrates the inspiration behind every artist

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—This is the last weekend to check out an exhibit honoring that special person in every artist’s life: their art teacher.

The Teachers Show at Fire Barn Gallery runs through Jan. 20.  The exhibit celebrates the work of the people who inspire the lives of artists, from kindergarten through graduate school.  The Teacher’s Show features work from art teachers and messages from the public about their own memories of a special art teacher. Visitors can also add to the memories, writing a brief paragraph about their own art teacher experience.

The Fire Barn Gallery is hosted by Grand Haven Artwalk and the Grand Haven Main Street DDA.  The gallery is located at 18 North 5th Street in Grand Haven.

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including:

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  In honor of the upcoming “Celebrate Law Day”, the Ottawa County courts are offering a discount on an upcoming run this Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Participants of the Katty Shack 5K Memorial Run/Walk can save $5 on the $20 registration fee by signing up at the Grand Haven Days Inn Wednesday, between noon and 6 p.m.  Those who register that day will also be entered into a giveaway contest which includes a Grand Haven hotel package, movie gift certificates, food and a restaurant gift card.

The Katty Shack 5K honors those affected by violent crime.  The run was created in honor of four people murdered in September 2008 in Wright Township: Katherine Brown (nicknamed "Katty Shack"); and Jeremy, Tyler and Sharmaine Zimmer. Proceeds from the event will go to the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.

Former radio talk show host to speak on 'self transformation' at Loutit District Library

Former radio talk show host to speak on 'self transformation' at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Learn how to master yourself and reach your highest potential for 2014.

Join Marni Verran, former radio show host of "Marni & Patty's Happy Hour" and "Authentically Speaking with Marni," at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 9 for a fun and insightful discussion on how to achieve sustained change in all areas of one's life. Attendees will learn how to master and reach their highest potential to start 2014 with the right mindset.

Brown bag lunch program kicks off Loutit District Library centennial celebration

 Brown bag lunch program kicks off Loutit District Library centennial celebration

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Loutit District Library begins its yearlong series of centennial programs on Thursday, Jan. 9 with a noon-hour event that traces the history of our community's love of reading.

Librarian Mary Mihovich will relate the stories of those dedicated to ensuring that books would be available for loan to all who share that passion. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

This is a free program beginning at noon in the Library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Free Photography Class at Spring Lake District Library

Free Photography Class at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Amateur photographers are invited to sharpen their skills during a free photography class at Spring Lake District Library on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Professional photographer Jack Adams of Adams Studio will share his expertise about digital SLR cameras. The class is designed for the beginning to intermediate level photographer. Adams will explain how digital cameras work and how to use the various buttons, dials, and lenses to achieve consistent results.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras (and instruction manuals if possible) to class.

For more information about the class, contact the library at (616) 846-5770. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.