Public Notice

The March 21st TADL Board Study Session and Retreat at 12:00pm had been changed to a Regular Board Meeting at 4:00pm in the McGuire Community Room at 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI. Also, the May 16th Regular Board meeting at 4:00pm has been changed to a Study Session and Retreat at 12:00pm at a location to be determined.


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Supporting the magic of your libraries

Our libraries are beautiful, dynamic spaces that grant equal access to everyone. In fact, they’re the perfect place to share your passion with others!

While our public funding supports day-to-day operations, additional funding helps us flourish and grow. Today there are more great ways than ever to support TADL.

We have an ever-changing assortment of gorgeous gifts for you or someone special - all available at the Main Library front desk. All proceeds directly support library programs and services.

Personalized Donations & Recognition

Honor the memory of a loved one, celebrate a special occasion or milestone, pay tribute to family or friends, or support a special hobby or passion with a donation.

Gifts of $500 or more will be placed on the donor wall in the lobby of the Main Library (Traverse City) for permanent public recognition. Gifts of $10,000 or more will be acknowledged specifically on the donor wall and, if appropriate, in the location where monies have been utilized.

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Direct Monetary Donations

Monetary donations are always welcome and appreciated! Funds may be given directly to the Traverse Area District Library. Your donation will enrich, not replace, traditional tax-based funding and allow us to expand programming and services.  Library donations are truly the definition of the gift that keeps on giving!

If you have questions about tax applicability to donations please consult your attorney or tax professional. Federal income tax deductions are available to taxpayers making charitable donations to public libraries and friends groups. State income tax credits are available to taxpayers making charitable contributions to public libraries. A tax deduction enables the taxpayer to claim a percentage of the donation made from their adjusted gross income. A tax credit is an amount of money that may be subtracted from the computed tax itself.

Significantly, public libraries automatically possess deductibility status under another provision of the Code Title 26, Subtitle A, Ch. 1, Subchapter B, Pt VI, section 170(c)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(v) of the Code. The issue of whether or not a public library possesses 501(c)(3) status or governmental entity status under section 170(c)(1) of the Code is moot because the federal tax benefits are identical. Regarding federal tax deductions, section 170 (c)(1) of the Code provides that a taxpayer, both an individual and a corporation, may claim an income tax deduction for charitable donations made to “[a] State, a possession of the United States, or any political subdivision of any of the foregoing, or the United States or the District of Columbia, but only if the contribution or gift is made for exclusively public purposes.”

Please feel to drop in any time, we would love to see you! Checks may also be mailed to:

Traverse Area District Library
c/o Michele P. Howard, Library Director
610 Woodmere Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49686

Yes! We are always happy to direct your donation wherever you would like. Just put a note on the check, in the online donation box, or stop in. The bookmobile has it's own wishlist, you can check it out here.

Yes! If you've lost a loved one who cherished our library we would be honored to receive donations in their memory. Just include a note in the obituary to direct donations to the Traverse Area District Library,

If you would like to donate by check please make it out the Traverse Area District Library. If you are making a memorial donation you may note that on the check memo line or include a note with your check.

Please mail checks to:

Traverse Area District Library

Attn: Administration

610 Woodmere Ave.

Traverse City, MI 49686

Donating Stocks, Estate Giving

Stock or bond transfers may be handled by your broker. Please contact us if you need specific details on how to direct your donation.

If you’re interested in planned giving, please discuss details with your financial advisor.

Our Current Wishlist

These are other items staff members have included on our wishlist if donated dollars are available:

  • Set of Talking Book Library of Things
  • Rain barrel with spigot
  • Compact outdoor composter
  • New wheelchair (for in-building use)
  • Power/charging stations
  • Glowforge (Makerspace item)
  • Woodmere Youth interactive play wall
  • Main Library Nelson Room - new blinds, uv film
  • East Bay - electrical upgrades
  • Kingsley - additional lighting

But wait there's more - including some large projects! If you would like to talk about other wish list items please email Michele.


Thank you to our donors!

This page is new and we will post an updated list soon. Our 2021 donors include:


Friends of the Traverse Area District Library

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Rotary Charities of Traverse City

Amy Gray
Edd Tury
Jean Hermann
Sandra Umstead
Scott Morey
Lexa Ferrill
William Henderson
Jessica Parent
M Ueno
Megan Brocato
Sarah McCallum
Alana Mc Kinnie
Amy Barritt
C. Scott Duncanson
North Paradise Flower Club
Sara La Lumia
Cathryn Harold
Karen Jones
Dave Pennington
Lexa Ferrill
Jared Gugnitz
Alison Heins
Ann George
Jane Reintges
Janis Kissel
John Faber
Martha Clapp
Martha Vreeland
Mary Beth Gentry
Mary O. Cheney
Merilyn Ueno
Robert Green
Ryan Chenery
Susanna Haberlein
Walter Brueggemann
James Levy
Brian Aurand
Betsy Davidson
Amy Thompson
Barbara York
Bonnie Alfonso
Camron Gnass
Carol Kuhn
Julius Nagy
Nancy Dow
Susan Quillman
Lexa Ferrill
John Lev
Kathy Hughes
Barbara Papazian
Lexa Ferrill
Bill Fromm
Kelly Hagan
Joseph Nied

Fred Anderson
Emma Davis
Jim Sluyter
Patricia D Wade
Jill Vollbrecht
Traverse Area Historical Society
TBA Credit Union
Traverse Area Historical Society
Terry Vandercook
Catherine Mc Cullough

Dr. William A Howard
Patricia Ard
Bonnie Schreiber