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Get Ready to Vote!

The midterm elections are approaching quickly, and the election will mean the end of all those political ads on your TV and calls to your house!

The library will be hosting the candidates for our area’s seat in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate.  The governor’s race and US Senate race are taking up most of the news’ attention.  If you’re curious about who wants to represent you at a more local level, Amanda Price and Don Bergman, candidates for the 89th District House of Representatives seat and Arlan Meekhof and Sarah Howard, candidates for the 30th District Senate seat will be meeting to discuss the issues and their views.

On Thursday, October 23 at 7pm, we’ll host the candidates for the 89th District seat to the State House of Representatives.  Incumbent Amanda Price and challenger Don Bergman will answer your questions.

On Wednesday, October 29th at 7pm, we’ll host incumbent Arlan Meekhof and challenger Sarah Howard, the candidates for the 30th District seat in the Michigan State Senate to answer your questions.

Come, ask questions, learn more about the candidates, and then go out and vote on November 4!  Polling locations are open from 7am to 8pm.  Do you know where your polling location is?  The State of Michigan’s website can give you directions and provide a sample ballot. Sample ballots are also available to review or copy at the library. You are allowed to bring one sample ballot with you when you go to vote.

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Turn Dreams into Reality this Teen Read Week

Every October, we celebrate Teen Read Week – a celebration of teens, reading, and fun!  This October, Teen Read Week is from the 12th to the 18th, and this year, we have some great stuff planned.

Friday, October 17th is a day off for Spring Lake Schools, and to celebrate that and Teen Read Week, we’ll be having our first Teen Movie Event!  Teens aged 13 and up are invited to a free showing of the movie Divergent (rated PG-13, 139 minutes) at 2:30pm.  Based on the first book in the hit trilogy by Veronica Roth, if you haven’t seen this fast-paced and exciting movie, now’s the time!  If you have seen the movie, why not come see it again?

On Wednesday the 15th, our monthly Teen’Scape event is scheduled at 3:30pm.  Kids and teens aged 10-18 years are welcome to come play video games, have pizza, and enjoy time with their friends.  In October, we’ll also be painting pumpkins for the teens to take home.

Throughout the week, teens are encouraged to read off their library fines!  Late fees can be mitigated by reading at the library – $1 for every 15 minutes of reading up to $10 over the week.  Want to know more?  Stop by the Youth Services desk to get started.

Come visit us during Teen Read Week to pick up your next favorite read, to watch Divergent, hang out at Teen’Scape, or to read off your late fines!

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21st Annual Bookmark Contest at the Library!

Calling all kids from preschool through 8th grade! Do you want to show off your artistic skills and show the world what you love about the library?  From October 1 through 25, you’re encouraged to submit original bookmark designs for the 21st annual bookmark contest!

Children are invited to create a bookmark based on the theme “I Love My Library!”  A panel of local artists will judge the entries and award prizes for each grade level.  We print the winning bookmarks in full color for distribution at the library throughout the year.  Since the bookmarks will be printed in color, using crayons and markers for the designs are encouraged.

Are you ready to start drawing? Download and print an entry form right away!  Forms are also available at the library as well as through local schools. Entries are due Saturday, October 25 at 5 pm.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Especially for Small Businesses

If you’re new to website creation and marketing, we have a workshop just for you!  Bob Fountain, one of SCORE‘s experts, will be at the library to talk about the elements of website design for small businesses.  Nearly everyone agrees that a web presence is a necessity these days for businesses of all sizes, but how do you know what’s right for your business?  Do you hire a web designer or do it yourself?  And what information should go on it anyway?

These questions and more will be answered on Monday, September 22nd.  The workshop will be from 6:30-8:30pm and will cover all the following points:

  • Choose between doing it yourself or hiring a contractor
  • Design a website to fit your budget
  • Measure the site’s effectiveness
  • Decide on site content
  • Utilize social media
  • Predict and handle legal issues

Seats are limited for this program, so be sure to pre-register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

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Come to our Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

We’re welcoming Bedtime Storytime back with a very special event – a stuffed animal sleepover! On Tuesday, September 16 at 7pm, kids of all ages and their families are invited to bring themselves and their stuffed animal friend to Bedtime Storytime. After our special half-hour evening Storytime, the stuffed animals will be tucked in to spend the night at the library all by themselves! What will our furry friends get up to while the library is closed and all the people are at home? You’ll have to come back Wednesday to pick up your stuffed animal friend and find out.

Bedtime Storytime continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm throughout the school year. If you can’t bring your children to our daytime storytimes or you’d like to come more often, Family Storytime is for you! All ages of kids (older brothers & sisters, that means you) are invited. Bedtime Storytime is a half-hour of fun stories, songs, and dancing to get everyone’s wiggles out before bed. Pajamas are always welcome as is everyone’s best stuffed friend.