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Get a Replacement Library Card for Free During National Library Card Month!

Not all of us are back to school this month, but September can still be the start of a new learning journey.  If there’s a topic you want to learn about, you can find resources at the library!  Learning new languages with Mango Languages, reading up on local history, and investing more effectively with Morningstar, all this and more can be done if you have a library card – and September is National Library Card Month which means now is the best time to get one.

Learning Express LibraryAre you trying to develop skills to help your career take off?  One of our many online resources can help with that – right from the comfort of your own home.  Learning Express Library has full computer tutorials from the most basic – how to use your PC or laptop – to more advanced – how to use Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop or any of the Microsoft Office suite.  You can also use Learning Express Library to get interview and resume-building tips or test prep courses for the GED, SAT, ACT, and more.

driver-tests-logo-164x70The library is also a great place for kids.  The Youth Services area has toys and computers for kids and their families to play with along with regular storytime and other recurring events.  One of our newest resources will be of extra help to our teen visitors – we have partnered with driving.tests.org to provide free driver permit practice tests for both cars and motorcycles!

What else do you get with your library card?  We not only have regular books and audiobooks, but we have eBooks (no overdue fines!) and eReaders available for check out.  But libraries are about more than books – we have public computers, copy and fax machines, technology classes, free public meeting rooms, games and toys, iPads, free Wi-Fi and more.

During National Library Card month, we’ll waive the $2 lost card fee if you’ve lost your card and need a new one.  No more asking for a guest pass for the computers or wishing you could check out books!  If you haven’t visited us lately, we invite you to come in and see how we’ve grown!  If you’re one of our ‘regulars,’ we love seeing you often – do make sure you stop by and say hello.

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Happy Labor Day!

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the library will be closed August 30 & 31 and September 1.  We will re-open at 9:30am on Tuesday, September 2.

The end of the summer also means that the library will be open on Sundays again!  Starting on September 7, we’ll resume Sunday hours of 2pm-5pm.  Sunday hours will continue through the winter and spring.

A wonderful and safe long weekend to everyone!  Thank you to all those who labor and especially those who work over the weekend so that others may vacation and celebrate.

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Help Needed with a Summer Reading Survey!

Update 9/3: Thank you for your assistance!  The surveys have been closed, and we are reviewing all your input.

The reading programs this summer at the Spring Lake District Library were some of our best yet!  Nearly 1,000 children and teens participated in Fizz Boom Read!, our children’s program, and nearly 600 people signed up for the adult program, A Taste of Summer. Our Fizz Boom Read! participants read over 1600 books every week!  That’s a lot of reading.

The 2014 reading clubs are finished, but we’re always looking ahead to next year, and so we’re asking for your help.  Did you or your kids take part in Fizz Boom Read! or A Taste of Summer?  Would you mind answering a few questions about your experience?  If so, click the link below to open a very short survey.

A Taste of Summer: Survey for adults about the Summer Reading Club

Fizz Boom Read!: Survey for parents about their families’ experiences

All your input will be considered as we work to improve our services and offerings for future programs including the 2015 summer reading – it’s only 9 months away!

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It’s a Storytime Hiatus!

This week’s Five Senses Storytime was our last preschool storytime of the summer, but don’t worry, we’ll be back with more fantastic storytimes in the fall.

Our next preschool storytime will be September 4th and 5th at the regular time of 10:30am.

Toddler Time will start back up in September too!  Just for toddlers ages 18-36 months, this storytime is geared for the younger set.  September 24th at 10am is the first Toddler Time of the fall.

And on Tuesday September 16th at 7pm, Bedtime Storytime will be back with a special event – a Stuffed Animal Sleepover!  If you can’t bring your children to our daytime storytimes or you just want to come more often, Family Storytime is for you! Older brothers & sisters are welcome as well as is everyone’s best stuffed friend.

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Happy Independence Day!

The library will be closed on July 4th and 5th 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 7th, but for now, we’ll leave you with the first section of the Declaration of Independence.

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IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

…For the rest, head over to the National Archives.