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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Spring Lake District Library will be closed on Thursday November 27rd for Thanksgiving.  We will reopen with our regular Friday hours of 9:30am to 5pm on the 28th and be open Saturday and Sunday as usual.

While the physical library is closed, our website is still open!  You can always download eBooks and eAudiobooks from us at Overdrive.   The research resources we provide are available if you have upcoming finals to study for, and you can always put an item on hold if there’s a book you hear about while eating turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Spring Lake District Library!

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Fine Amnesty Week!

Some of us have amazing memories for due dates and deadlines.  Some of us…maybe aren’t as talented in that regard.  If you fall into the latter category, never fear!  All those late fines that have sneaked their way onto your card? You can take care of them during Fine Amnesty at the library.

How does it work?  Simple – just bring in canned goods and packaged foods to the library and we’ll waive $1 of your late fines for each item you bring in.  The donations will be given to The People Center right here in Spring Lake.

Your generous donations will be accepted from November 9 to November 15.  It’s a good deal, right?  You can help support your community while having your library fines forgiven.

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Welcome to Crockery Township Residents

We’re happy to welcome Crockery Township residents to the Spring Lake District Library!  Now that the library services millage has passed, you might be asking what happens next and when can you apply for new library cards for your family.  Here’s a timeline of the next few months:

  • November: Crockery Township will levy the approved library services millage on the December 1 tax roll.
  • November: SLDL will send the contract to the Library of Michigan.
  • December 15: SLDL will begin accepting library card applications from Crockery residents.
  • December 30: Library cards will be mailed to Crockery residents who have applied for a card
  • January 1, 2015: the contract will go into effect, and Crockery residents’ cards will be fully active.

Not sure what you get with a library card?  Here’s just a few of the benefits:

  • Free library cards for every member of the family.
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks can be borrowed and downloaded using OverDrive.
  • The SLDL card can be used at all Lakeland libraries, and books and books on CD or MP3 owned by libraries can be requested and delivered directly to the Spring Lake District Library for pick up.
  • Access to online databases that SLDL subscribes to like Consumer Reports, Chilton Library, Morningstar Investment Research Center, Mango Languages, Nations of the World, Michigan Driver Permit Test and more.
  • Access to public computers and broadband internet access.
  • Use of MeLCat to borrow hard-to-find books from participating public and academic libraries throughout the state.

Feel free to drop into the library at any time!  While sign up for library cards won’t start until December 15, our children’s and adult programs are open to all.  Preschool Storytime, computer classes, family movies, and chess club for kids are just a few of the many programs scheduled during the next few months.  You can always see our monthly calendar of events here on our website.  If you want to keep up on library happenings, sign up for our email newsletter!  We only send emails a few times a month so your inbox won’t be swamped.

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Digital Media Lab Launch Party!

We’re rolling out a brand new venture at the library: a Digital Media Lab!  It’s a collection of resources and equipment that will allow users and patrons to express themselves creatively and support their educational, professional, and personal goals and endeavors. Users will be able to compose and record music, preserve family photos and videos, create video presentations, and much more!

Are you curious? Come take a look and learn more during the launch party on Monday, November 3 from 4-6pm.  Some of the equipment including audio and video digital converters, Bamboo drawing tablet, recording equipment, green screen, and more will be on display, and library staff will be on hand to answer questions.

But it’s not a party without a special guest: Griff, the mascot of the Grand Rapids Griffins, will arrive at 5pm to check out what’s happening and take pictures with fans and friends!  Be sure to come on Monday to learn more about the brand new Digital Media Lab and take a picture with Griff!

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Halloween Fun at the Library

We’ll be having a spooky good time the week of Halloween!  Join us for any or all of our Halloween events.

Starting on Monday October 27 at 4pm, we’ll have Pumpkin Painting for Kids!  Pumpkins and paint will be provided so kids only need to bring themselves and their imaginations.  Pre-registration is not necessary; 70 pumpkins will be available.  While painting, attendees will also be able to register to win pumpkins painted by artist Ken Widing.

The Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company will be at the library on Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm to present a Halloween Spooktacular!  Young dancers will be portraying favorite Halloween characters as they dance for us.  All attendees are also encouraged to come in costume.  Following the performance, there will be time to meet the dancers and take pictures.

Preschool Storytime on Thursday and Friday (the 30th and 31st) at 10:30am will also be Halloween-themed.  Kids and adults are welcome to join us dressed up in their Halloween costume as we read stories, sing, dance, and make a fun Halloween craft.

And finally don’t forget to stop by on Halloween for Trick-or-Treating!  Costumed trick-or-treaters will be welcomed with a special treat from 3-5pm on the afternoon of the 31st.