Frequently Asked Questions

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Who painted the mural, Charlevoix - 1927? Charles Thompson from Cadillac, MI was commissioned by the Library Board in 2005 to paint the mural. It was meant to depict Charlevoix in 1927, the year the school was originally constructed.

How is the library funded? The community pays for the operation of the library through taxes. There are two operating mills levied: .46 in perpetuity and .64 through 2024. There is an additional debt millage levied to pay for the construction of the building.


How much did the project cost? Including purchase of the property, environmental clean-up, demolition, design, construction and interiors - the total project cost $8.4M. This was funded through a $7.2M bond sale, grants, and donations. Bonds are scheduled to be fully paid in 2024. UPDATE: The library refunded the bonds in August 2012 with a true interest cost of 2.06% and a savings of $412,000. The total owed at that time was $5.145M. The bonds will be completely paid off in 2024. Due to the refunding, a lower millage rate will be levied on the tax payers.   

Who makes up the library district? We have 9,405 residents in our district, including residents in: the City of Charlevoix, the complete townships of Charlevoix, Hayes, Marion, Norwood and portions of Eveline and Banks Townships.

Is there wireless access at the library? Yes. The key to access our wireless account is library!.

Was this a school? Yes. The building was originally built as the graded school, K-8 grades, designed by Warren Holmes and opened in 1927.

When did the new library open?  The library opened on September 25, 2006.

What is the size of the library? The library is 34,000 square feet.

What is the name of the color of the two granites in the library? The granite in the restrooms is Lady Dream; the millwork granite is Coffee Brown.

Who made the trees in the Youth Area ? Conrad Kaufman. Please visit his website to learn more about him and to see pictures of the trees from the Youth Area at

Landscape Information:

What are the plants inside the round seating wall at the entrance to the library?
Astilbe-Maggie Daley; Astilbe-Sister Teresa; Ceratostigma plumbaganoides-Dwarf Plumbago; Crocosmia-'Walberton Yellow' African Lily; Crocosmia-'Lucifer' African Lily; Digitalis grandiflora-Perennial Foxglove; Echinacea- 'Tomato Soup' Coneflower; Eupatorium- 'Phantom' Joe-Pye Weed; Geranium-Alpenglow; Hemoracallis- 'Stella D Oro' Daylilly; Leucanthemum x superbum-'Becky' Shasta Daisy; Nepeta x faassenii-'Walkers Low' Catmint; Salvia -'May Night' 

The two trees are river birch.


What tree varieties are on the property?
There are many River Birch along the parking lot. The original Oak and Elm trees are still located in the children's garden. The original Yew at the Mason St. entrance is the oldest tree on the property. There are also Sugar Maples, Honeylocust, and Littleleaf Lindens on the property. The flowering trees include Serviceberry, Cherry and Crabapple.
What is the tree at the intersection of the path and the rain garden?
The Serviceberry (at the intersection of the path and rain garden) is, planted by the staff and board of the library, in memory of Marti Chester.
Who planted the trees for the 2008 Day of Caring?
11 trees, Autumn Blaze Maple and Red Oak, were planted throughout the library property by Mr. Scholten's (CHS) seminar class for the 2008 Day of Caring.
Who did the landscaping at the library?
The original landscaping was done by the Mike Hoffman landscape company in Petoskey. The additional work to enhance the children's garden and round seating wall was done by Site Planning, Inc., through a generous donation from the Mike and Rhea Dow.
What are all the other plantings on the property?
The library has many different shrubs, ground covers, and ornamental grasses on the property.
    The shrubs include: Red Twig Dogwood, Forthergilla, Burningbush, & Butterfly Bush.
    The Ground Covers are: English Ivy, Lilyturf, Foam Flower, and Periwinkle.
    The ornamental grasses are: Blue Oat Grass, Japanese Blood Red Grass, & Purple Maiden Grass.

How do I know which plant is which?
A copy of the landscaping plan is available at the information desk in the adult collection area.


What's the story behind the Butterfly Garden?

The Monarch butterfly statue was created by Tom Moran, of Moran Ironworks in Onaway. It was originally part of a rotating public art exhibit in Charlevoix County. One of the library patrons loved it and purchased it for the library. This patron then created the butterfly garden to surround the statue. 


Rain Garden Information:

The Rain Garden, next to the Butterfly Garden, was one of the first rain gardens in the county. Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council designed and created the garden for the library. For specific information about the garden, see the kiosk by the garden on Clinton Street.