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Happy Independence Day!

The library will be closed on July 3rd and 4th in celebration of Independence Day.  As always our website and library catalog are open even when the building is closed.  You can also download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eBranch 24 hours a day.  (Running into problems?  Check out our how-to guides here.)

We’ll reopen at our regular time of 9:30am on Monday July 6th, but for now, we’ll leave you with the first section of the Declaration of Independence.



SLDL Friends Book Sale!

Calling all savvy shoppers and bargain hunters: great deals on new-to-you books will be found at the annual Friends of the Spring Lake District Library summer book sale!  Paperbacks to take to the beach, mysteries for the cabin, and children’s books to keep the kids busy will all be available from June 18-20.

The widest selection of books, audiobooks, and DVDs will be found during the sale’s Grand Opening on Thursday, June 18 from 5pm-8:30pm.  The sale continues from 9:30am-5pm on Friday, June 19 and on Saturday, June 20 from 9:30am-1pm.

Books will be available from 10 cents to $1 each while DVDs and video cassettes are priced at 50 cents apiece.  Starting Friday at 1pm, all prices will be reduced by 50%, and on Saturday, a bag full of books can purchased for $3.

The proceeds from the Friends book sale are used to support library programs and services throughout the year.  The summer reading clubs for both children and adults are just two of the great programs the Friends generously sponsor. Are you interested in joining the Friends of the Library?  They always are looking for new members.

If you’re looking for other fun events during the Heritage Festival, their full schedule is posted over on

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Who Was Winsor McCay?

Every year during the Spring Lake Heritage Festival, we spend a day celebrating animation pioneer and Spring Lake’s most famous son, Winsor McCay.   This year, Winsor McCay Day is Tuesday, June 16, and we have a full day of programs honoring him scheduled at the library.

First up at 10:30am is Who Was Winsor McCay?  Local author and illustrator Aaron Zenz will teach kids about Winsor McCay, his art, and show some of his cartoons including his most famous creation Gertie the Dinosaur.

For our aspiring artists entering 3rd grade or older, local artist Kevin Collier is teaching a Cartooning Workshop at 2pm.  Will the next Winsor McCay attend and learn about cartooning and the animation business?  We’ll have to wait to see.

Winsor McCay first rose to national prominence when his chalk drawing of the sinking of the Alpena was photographed and sold on postcards. He was only 11 at the time! In honor of McCay’s drawing, we’re hosting a Family Sidewalk Chalk Party in our parking lot.  From 7-8pm, families are welcome to come, choose a parking space, and create their own works of art.  We can’t guarantee any drawings will become postcards, but we can provide chalk, balloons, and refreshments.  For the safety of everyone involved, the parking lot will close for the evening at 6pm.

Have you ever seen Gertie the Dinosaur?  You can watch her now on YouTube or check out one of the DVDs available at the library.  We also have a large section of our website dedicated to Winsor McCay for online browsing.  We invite you to further explore his life, newspaper comics, and animated works.

Summer Reads

Summer Rules!

Memorial Day, getting out of school, the beginning of baseball season, lots of events signal the beginning of summer, but here at the library, the beginning of our Summer Reading Programs is what counts as the start of summer.  Summer starts today!  Both the adult and youth programs begin today and run through Saturday, August 1.  That’s eight glorious weeks to observe the rules of summer: Read, Relax, Enjoy!

Be sure to stop by the library to sign up for Summer Reading. Adults can sign up at the checkout desk, and the kids’ signup is in Youth Services.  When you sign up for the adult program, Summer Rules!, you’ll receive a book club card to keep track of your reading.  The only requirement is that books have be checked out from the Spring Lake District Library.  Each teen or adult fiction or nonfiction book counts for a stamp towards filling up the card.  You can also read eBooks checked out from OverDrive or listen to unabridged audio (or eAudio!) books.


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Soar and Explore with a Michigan Activity Pass!

Are you planning to travel our pleasant peninsulas this summer?  Make sure you have your library card!  Library users with a valid library card can get passes to one of over 100 cultural institutions and hundreds of state parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas with the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP).

Institutions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Nelis’ Dutch Village, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse, the Muskegon Museum of Art and many more are participating.  Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admissions while others offer discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offices just for MAP pass holders. Michigan state parks and recreation areas allow cardholders to print a pass for a one-time entry.

Each participating library has 5 passes per week per cultural institution or park, and passes expire one week from the date printed.  Passes can be printed out either from home or from the library. Take a look today and see where you can go this summer with your library card!

The Michigan Activity Pass is presented by The Library Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Recreation and Park Assocation, and the Library of Michigan.