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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!


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.


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.


Michigan Author Expo

Whether you’re looking for a good book, wanting to chat with local authors, or just hoping to browse through books with a coffee drink, stop by Spring Lake District Library’s second Author Expo on Tuesday, September 16 from 6-8pm.  We’ll have conversation with a variety of Michigan authors as well as free coffee drinks created by the baristas from Java Boulevard Coffee Shop/Magnum Coffee Roastery.

The Expo is an opportunity for authors to meet with the reading public and network with fellow authors. Looking for your next read? Choose from children’s and adult fiction and nonfiction books. You’ll be able to browse a variety of genres appealing to a wide range of interests.  Mysteries, poetry, science fiction, fantasy, travel, thought-provoking essay collections, stories of inspiration and personal triumph and more will be available to attendees.

Each author participating will have books available for sale and signing at the event.  If you have hard to shop for friends or family members, you might find them the perfect, personalized gift from one of the following authors.

Robert Burleigh Edward Hopper Paints His World
Deanna Compton Freecurrent III: Dynasty
Carol Hardy Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope
Laura Holmes   I’ve Gotta Pack: Fun Travel Tales That Will Get YOU Planning a Trip
Robert James Jackson Stone Realm
Susan Lovell The Sandpiper
Sue Merrell Full Moon Friday
Georgia Moss Messages of Spiritual Sustenance
John Mullally A Domincan Republic Wedding
Tim Penning  Thoughts on Thursdays
RC Robotham From the Ashes: the 1891 Muskegon Fire
Barbara Spring Between Sweetwater and Sand
Liesa Swejkoski  A Sideshow Journey
Janet Vormittag Dog 281
Lydia Waring Meyer  Lillie’s Redemption
Margaret Willey Beetle Boy

Stop in on Tuesday evening to enjoy some time talking about books with authors and fellow book lovers!  We look forward to seeing you there.