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In Memoriam

The Spring Lake District Library will be closed Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.

We will reopen at 9:30am on Tuesday May 26th.  This weekend also marks the beginning of our Summer hours.  We will be closed on Sundays through Labor Day Weekend.  This fall, our Sunday hours will resume on September 13.

The Spring Lake Memorial Day parade is on Monday, May 25th at 10:30am.  You can check out the route over on the Heritage Festival’s webpage and follow the parade  to the cemetery for the memorial tribute.

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Give Zinio a Try

If you like to read magazines and you have a Spring Lake District Library card, have you tried out Zinio yet? Zinio for libraries offers full digital copies of your favorite magazines to view on your computer or mobile device. Your SLDL card gives you unlimited access to 19 popular and specialty magazines like Newsweek, Popular Science, the Oprah Magazine, Us, and more.  The issues do not have to be returned and do not expire.

To access digital magazines, you simply need to go to the Spring Lake Zinio page, enter your library card number then create an account with an email address and password.  That email address and password can also be used to log into a Zinio app on your mobile device to download and read magazines on the go.

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A Thousand Letters Home

On Monday, May 18 at 6:30pm, Teresa Irish, author of A Thousand Letters Home: One WWII Soldier’s Story of War, Love and Life will share with us the inspirational and life-affirming story of her father’s service during World War II and the letters he wrote home.  Teresa will tells stories, show photographs and play music from the 1940s.

Following the 2006 death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, of Saginaw, Michigan, Teresa opened the Army trunk that had been in her parents’ home. There, nestled in row after row, were her dad’s nearly 1,000 letters from WWII. The letters were postmarked from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents back in Hemlock, Michigan, and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife.

A heartfelt tribute to America’s history, freedoms, and family values, Teresa blends humor and history into a fascinating program for all and a call for citizenship in today’s world.  This program is for all generations: veterans themselves, children, grandchildren and others will be left laughing, crying, and reflecting.  Hardcover and softcover books will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation. Visit AThousandLettersHome.com for more information about the book and accompanying presentation.

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Storytime will Return in June

May 14 and 15 will be our last preschool storytimes for a few weeks as we get ready for Summer Reading. Our next storytimes will be June 11 and 12 at the regular time of 10:30am.  Toddler Time and Bedtime Storytime are school year programs so our Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening storytimes will be back in September.

During this break, we’ll be preparing for this summer’s reading club ‘Every Hero Has a Story.’ The Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 8.  In addition to storytime, there will be plenty of fun things for kids of all ages this summer!  We’re having a regular zoo and the Air Zoo visiting, a juggler and yo-yo artist, and several Community Heroes from a veterinarian to firefighters to a farmer. We’re also having a birthday party for Harry Potter and a Royal Tea with a very special guest.  You can see all the events planned on our Summer Reading calendar and set up reminders by adding your favorites to your Google calendar.

We can’t wait for the summer!

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Introducing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is the newest program from the Spring Lake District Library to help encourage a love of reading in our youngest patrons!  We know you already read to your children and bring them to library programs like Storytime or Toddler Time, but this is a new way to help you know exactly how many books your child hears and enjoys before entering kindergarten.  The idea is simple – read 1,000 books to your baby or toddler before he or she goes to their first day of kindergarten.

Why?  Research has shown that families who start reading aloud to children at birth help strengthen the child’s language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to read.  One thousand is a big number, but if you read one book a day, that’s 365 books in a year.  Two years would be 730 books, and in three years, you would have read 1,095.  Repeats always count as do books read at storytime or by grandparents, older siblings, etc. By keeping track of books read to your child, you’ll create a keepsake to look back on of their early years – and a way to know that you really did read I am Invited to a Party! aloud 367 times.

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