Fall 2017


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Actors del Arte' Return to Perform The Night of the Hunter

September 19 at 7 PM

Actors del Arte' is a Western Michigan troupe that provides serious actors with opportunities to perform throughout the region. We've invited the ensemble back to Ionia for you to enjoy their inspiring interpretation of The Night of the Hunter. This thrilling book by Davis Grubb was based on actual events in Depression-era Appalachia and was made into an award-winning movie starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters.


The program will be held at the First United Methodis Church, 105 East Main Street, Ionia, MI. Programs requiring audience seating are held off-site due to space limitations at the library. We thank First United Methodist for their community goodwill.

A Thousand Letters Home...
the Journey of the Letters
presented by Teresa Irish

September 26 at 7 PM

Drawing from the strength and character of the greatest generation, author Teresa Irish takes you on a captivating and life-affirming journey. Her skillful, engaging storytelling blends humor and history to leave audiences laughing, crying, enriched and inspired. A heartfelt tribute to America's history, freedoms, and family values, as well as a call to citizenship in today's world. Irish's presentation reaches across generations with a little something for everyone. This is a program you won't want to miss!

The program will be held at the First Christian Church, 130 East Washington Street, Ionia, MI. Programs requiring audience seating are held off-site due to space limitations at the library. We thank the First Christian Church for their community goodwill.

Program Sponsors: The Knights of Columbus, Greg Cook Builders, Dave O'Mara, Linda Ciangi and the Ionia County Historical Society

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Beekeeping 101
with Adam Ingras
of Bee Wise Farms

October 4 at 7 PM

Honeybees are vital to crop production, but recent population die-offs have severely stressed hives. Find out the history of beekeeping and what is being done to reverse the current crisis from Adam Ingrao, and army vetern who established his bee farm recently in Lansing. Adam is a National Science Foundation Fellow, a PhD candidate and an Instructor with the Heroes to Hives Initiative at Michigan State University.

Adam will teach us about the impotance of bees--the only insect that provides food directly eaten by people--and bring a demonstration hive with him. Honey and related products will be available for purchase the evening of the program.

The program will be held at the John C. Blanchard House, 251 East Main Street, Ionia, MI. Programs requiring audience seating are held off-site due to space limitations at the library. We thank the Ionia Historical Society for their community goodwill.


The Last Man in Merrinsvile
performed by Raymond Goodwin

November 1 at 7 PM

Henry Ralson, the long-time agent at the train depot, died decades ago, but his presence has been haunting the station ever since. The spirit's distress stems from an idle comment Henry made to a reporter upon retiremet and his specter wants nothing more than an audience and a chance at redemption. Listen as he relates a history of Merrinsville that is speckled with stories of the depot, his courthsip of the local schoolteacher and the doings of seemingly ordinary people who live extraordinary lives in a small Michigan town.

Raymond Goodwin has performed his Michigan history-themed solo plays to appreciative audiences in towns from the tip of the mitt, through the heartland down to the southern border. Goodwin's memoir, Sawdusted: Notes from a Post-Boom Mill, was selected in 2011 by the Library of Michigan for its yearly Michigan Notable Book Program.

The program will be held at the John C. Blanchard House, 251 East Main Street, Ionia, MI. Programs requiring audience seating are held off-site due to space limitations at the library. We thank the Ionia Historical Society for their community goodwill.

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Waterfalls of Michigan
presented by Phil Stagg

November 30 at 7 PM

Phil Stagg spends his free time away from the office in the field to satisfy his passion of nature photography. Phil recently compiled his stunning waterfall photographs into the guidebook series, Waterfalls of Michigan. He presents a show that features the state's magnificent falls and direction on how you can find them. Books and calendars will be available for purchase at the program.

The program will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 105 East Main Street, Ionia, MI. Programs requiring audience seating are held off-site due to space limitations at the library. We thank First United Methodist for their community goodwill.

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