The Aspen House is an initiative that hopes to bring a coworking space with flexible, hourly childcare to Leelanau County in the coming year. Kendall Rose is a small business owner and parent of a 4- and 2-year-old who became inspired to start The Aspen House in the post-pandemic aftermath when finding part-time, affordable childcare became all but impossible. Together with the Glen Lake Community Library in Empire, she is piloting the Work & Play Pop Ups with three summer dates, on Mondays from 10 am-12 pm (June 17, July 22, and August 19). Read more here.

The Glen Lake Community Library in Empire will host author David Roll in conversation with Mel Laracey on Tuesday, July 2, at 7 pm. Roll, the author of Ascent to Power: How Truman Emerged from Roosevelt’s Shadow and Remade the World, will be in town to discuss his new book with Laracey, PhD., professor of history at University of Texas, San Antonio, and a summer resident in Empire.

Visit the Glen Lake Community Library in Empire on Thursday mornings at 11 am this summer for great activities for kids and families. No registration is required: just drop in and join the fun. Click here for the scheduled lineup.

Author and environmentalist Jane Elder will discuss her newly published book, Wilderness, Water & Rust, at the Glen Lake Community Library in Empire on Thursday, May 30, at 7 pm. The book weaves together memories from her life in the upper Midwest with nearly 50 years of environmental policy work, presenting a unique insider’s perspective into the quest to protect the Great Lakes. 

The Glen Lake Library in Empire will host Ali LeJeune, a Traverse City based professional organizer and home simplification expert on Monday, May 20, at 7 pm. LeJeune will discuss how to bring calm and clarity to your spaces, exploring both the emotional and practical aspects of managing our belongings. Utilizing a unique combination of philosophies, LeJeune helps people face the sometimes daunting task of bringing order to their homes and offices. For more information, contact the library at 231-326-5361, or visit

This Sunday, Jan. 28, the Friendly Tavern in Empire hosts an afternoon of music, stories and poems highlighting the history of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. Anne-Marie Oomen and Norm Wheeler will present “A Stone That Rises,” a dramatization of pioneer life in the settlement of Port Oneida, while Chris Skellenger and Patrick Niemisto will perform various songs inspired by local lore. The performance is presented by the Empire Area Community Center, with donations accepted to support their emergency relief fund. Join the fun from 4-6 pm at the Friendly Tavern in Empire.

The Glen Lake Library in Empire will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 11 am-3:30 pm. The collection will be managed by Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, the primary supplier of blood to hospitals throughout the state. The summer months are a more challenging time to collect these critical supplies, so donors are encouraged to participate. This will be the second drive hosted by the library this summer.

The Glen Lake Library in Empire will host local author John Wemlinger on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00 pm. Wemlinger will present his newly-published novel The Road to Empire, which follows the journey of a young helicopter pilot from the small town of Empire, Michigan in the wake of 9/11.

The Glen Lake Library in Empire will begin its summer kids’ program schedule on Thursday morning, June 15, at 11 am, with a special performance by the PULSE Saxophone Quartet. Programs will take place every Thursday morning through August 17, featuring a variety of activities including music, art, nature exploration, exercise, and magic. All programs are presented free of charge, with no advance registration required.

In recognition of the United Nation’s World Oceans Day, The Glen Lake Library will host art lecturer Linda Young for an illustrated talk highlighting works by 19th and 20th century artists. Her “arm chair traveler” program will cover paintings across the globe including the Arctic “Sea of Ice,” Denmark’s coast, the Mediterranean, the eastern seaboard of the United States and the Caribbean. The program will be offered on both Thursday, June 8, at 7 pm and Friday, June 9, at 10:30 am.