The relaunch of the public programming of the Library of the Great Lakes in 2022 was a tremendous success.

In 2022, the Library of the Great Lakes aimed to create a pilot program that could become a model for future work. And we did it!

We focused our 2022 in-person activities on the Saugatuck/Douglas area of southwest Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Over the summer, we partnered with the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residencies. We held two author readings at its newly established Ox-Bow House that, appropriate to our mission, is located in what was once the old Douglas Library!

We are very grateful to have had poet Alison Swan, A Fine Canopy, as our inaugural speaker. Environmental historian, Dr. Lynne Heasley, The Accidental Reef and Other Ecological Odysseys in the Great Lakes,followed. Both were in conversation with Great Lakes poet, Keith Taylor, Let Them Be Left. We held a silent auction with original artwork that Glenn Wolff created for The Accidental Reef. We also created a summer-long exhibit for the Ox-Bow House’s gallery that featured our writers and breathtaking photography of the Great Lakes by Amanda Rockafellow.

Past Events

Summer of 2022


Winter 2020
The Library of the Great Lakes was proud to join University of Michigan’s Water Center by co-sponsoring programs, addressing important aspects of the Great Lakes region.

Great Lakes Theme Semester Panel Series
A highlight of the 2020 Great Lakes Theme Semester was a speaker series surveying key issues confronting the Great Lakes and the peoples who depend upon them. Each session was structured as a panel of three to four presenters speaking briefly on an aspect of the session’s theme, engaging in dialogue as a panel, and then opening the floor for audience participation. An informal gathering, offering more opportunities for the campus community to interact with the speakers, followed each session.