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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 8 to November 14.  It’s a good deal, right?  You can help support your community while having your library fines forgiven.


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Teen Read Week @ The Library

Teen Read Week is an annual celebration of reading for fun promoted by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) In keeping with this year’s theme, Get Away @ Your Library, the Spring Lake District Library will offer several opportunities for teens to have fun at the library during the week of October 18.

October is the perfect time to dream up a spooky tale. In celebration of Teen Read Week 2015, teens will have the opportunity to show off their storytelling skills. Teens can enter their original short ghost story of 500 words or less between October 1 and October 20. All participants will be entered for a chance to win a $30 gift card for the Grand Haven 9 movie theater. Entry forms will be available at the Youth Services desk in October.


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22nd Annual Bookmark Contest!

Calling all kids from preschool through 8th grade! Are you ready to show off your artistic skills and show the world what you love about the library?  From October 1 through 24, we’re encouraging you to submit original bookmark designs for the 22nd annual bookmark contest!

You are invited to create a bookmark on the theme “Something for Everyone at the Library!”  A panel of local artists will judge the entries and award prizes for each grade level. Then we get to print the winning bookmarks in full color for people to pick up and use all year at the library.  Since the bookmarks will be printed in color, using crayons or markers for the designs are encouraged.

Are you ready to start drawing and designing? Download and print an entry form right away!  Forms are also available at the library and through local schools. Entries are due Saturday, October 24 by 5 pm.  The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Spring Lake District Library. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Introducing hoopla!

We’re excited to announce that Spring Lake District Library patrons can now stream movies, TV shows, eBooks, music albums, eAudiobooks, and comic books for free through hoopla!

Hoopla is a fantastic digital streaming service just for libraries.  You can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on your Android or iOS device or visit to start begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to your smartphones, tablets and computers.

All the titles available on hoopla are always available – there’s no need to place an item on hold, you can just check it out and start watching, listening, or reading!  And when the title is due, hoopla will automatically return it so no overdue fees.

Once you have downloaded the app to your device(s) and/or visited, you will be prompted to enter your email address, a password, and your library card number.  The system will make sure that your card is active then you’ll be ready to browse, borrow, and enjoy the content.


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Showcase Your Talents at the Library

Whether you have a passion for performance or you’ve never done it before, come share your talent during the Open Mic Night at the Library.  Acoustic music – both original compositions and old favorites, poetry, short stories, comedy, and more are all welcome.  Performances will be limited to 5 minutes, and content needs to be appropriate for all ages.

Don’t want to perform?  Come to cheer on some of the talented members of our community.

Put Open Mic Night on your calendar – Tuesday, September 22 at 7pm.  Sign up begins when the doors open at 6:30pm.