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SRP 2014 - Girl & Cloud

Storytime Hiatus!

This is the last week of storytime of the spring, but don’t worry, we’ll be back with a summer of fun in June!

After Friday the 16th, our next preschool storytime will be June 12 and 13 at the regular time of 10:30am.  Storytime themes this summer will feature preschool-friendly science topics and include science exploration stations for children and their caregivers to investigate after the songs are sung and stories read.

We suspend Toddler Time and Bedtime Storytime during the summer months so our Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening storytimes will be back in September.

There will be plenty of fun things for kids of all ages during the summer!  We’re getting ready for this year’s Summer Reading Club ‘Fizz Boom Read!’  You can take a look at the events we have planned on our Summer Reading calendar.

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AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course

The AARP has been the pre-eminent older driver’s safety program for over thirty years.  Every year, thousands of drivers over 50 have taken AARP’s class and learned how to protect their safety on the roads.  This year, the AARP and Spring Lake District Library have partnered to offer this class on Thursday & Friday, June 5th & 6th from 1pm to 5pm.

Some people may be wondering – why would I need a driver’s safety course?  If you haven’t refreshed your knowledge of the rules of the road since you took driver’s ed as a teenager, you may want to catch up on the ever-changing traffic laws.  If you’re starting to experience issues driving comfortably or you’re starting to wonder if a family member’s driving is erratic or unsafe, this also is the class for you.  Even if you don’t have safety concerns, some auto insurances will give you a discount after you complete this class!

According to the AARP:

“As opposed to younger drivers, whose typical violations include speeding, reckless driving and DWI offenses, older drivers’ typical infractions include failure to yield the right-of-way, improper turning and incorrect lane changing. Generally, older drivers have problems in driving situations that require quick responses, full vision and interaction with other drivers. So the course taught participants how to adjust their driving in response to those changes.”

Are you still unsure if you’re interested?  Check out this article by the AARP with their reasons why a Driver Safety Course  might be valuable.

Sign up now for this two-part course on June 5th and 6th from 1pm to 5pm.  You can sign up online at this link or by calling 616.846.5770.  There is a $15 fee for this workshop for AARP members (please bring your AARP card to class) and $20 fee for non-members.

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Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

If you’ve stopped by the library recently, you might have noticed the large, colorful exhibits in the lobby and ellipse.  They’re part of the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” that we’re hosting through July 13, 2014. Spring Lake District Library was one of only fifty institutions across the US chosen to host this great exhibition!

The exhibit looks at how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.  The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the exhibit with the help of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To complement the Lincoln exhibit, we’ll also be hosting a variety of Lincoln-themed programs including the following:

Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
From Home to Trench: The Civil War Letters of Mack and Nan Ewing.

Historian and author Dr. Wallace K. Ewing will share a collection of revealing family letters that create a picture of the everyday life of a family just prior to and during the Civil War.

Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln in Song

Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Chris Vallillo will perform songs of the Civil War era including songs that Lincoln himself would have sung.  Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Vallillo will use original, contemporary, and traditional songs and narratives to create a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest.

This presentation is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Library of America, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Monday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m.
The Road to Andersonville: Michigan Native American Sharpshooters in the Civil War

This is a documentary about the contributions and commitment of Native Americans who volunteered to fight for a country that would not claim them as citizens. Following the film will be commentary from filmmaker Dr. David B. Schock.

Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Road to Emancipation Proclamation

Fred and Bonnie Priebe will portray President and Mrs. Lincoln as they follow the President’s journey to the Emancipation Proclamation and try to answer the question of why Lincoln issued it on January 1, 1863.

Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Civil War Nurse Annie Etheridge

As in any war, during the Civil War, battlefield nurses proved their bravery many times over.  Nurse Annie Etheridge was one of these special and courageous people, and now her story will be told through the words of her contemporaries, newspapers, and those that knew her best – the soldiers of the Army of the Republic.  Guest speakers include Bernadette, Annie, and Bruce Butgereit of History Remembered.

Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Four Cases that Changed the World: Lincoln and the Constitution in Times of Crisis

“Do we have two Constitutions – one for times of peace and another for times of war?  Should we?”  Constitutional Law Specialist and Thomas Cooley Law School Professor Devin Schindler will pose and discuss these important questions.

If you come to any of these programs, be sure to give yourself enough time to experience the exhibit as well!  We’re really excited to be hosting this exhibit and these programs, and we hope that you enjoy them as well.

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Lives Change @ Your Library!

April 13-19 is National Library Week.  The theme of this year’s National Library Week is Lives Change @ Your Library.  It doesn’t matter who you are, what age you are, or what you do, the library welcomes you and wants to help you achieve your dreams.

We get the joy of helping people change their lives every day at the library.  Whether it’s assisting someone fill out a job or scholarship application, teaching a class on new technology, or watching a child’s face light up as they find that perfect book, helping to better lives in large and small ways is part of the Spring Lake District Library’s purpose.

What else do we get to do?  We love to provide space for displays of children’s artwork as well as public meetings and community events.  If you have a group that needs a place to meet, we have several meeting rooms available to groups of all sizes.  We’ve also been building our online community through Facebook and Twitter as well as a wide variety of online services like downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, research and homework resources, language learning tools, and Zinio digital magazines.

Stop by the library this week to see what’s new – we’re always trying to make things better for you!   Whether you’re connecting with a book, technology, friend, or library staff, we’re all here to help you continue on your path.  Come visit us this week and every week – it could change your life!

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Spring Break at the Library!

This long winter is officially behind us, and we’re looking ahead to Spring Break!  We have a great lineup of programs scheduled during Spring Break as well as our reading club for kids in preschool through Grade 8 which is from April 7 – 19. Signups for the reading club begin on Monday March 31.  Kids will read to earn prizes such as books, LEGO kits, movie passes, a Frozen DVD, and a 2014 Guinness Book of World Records!

On Monday, April 7, we’re hosting a Fancy Nancy Soirée from 2-3pm.  Children are invited to come dressed up in their fanciest attire (tiaras and wings encouraged!) to this party.  We’ll have stories, crafts, and extra fancy treats all while celebrating the popular character Fancy Nancy.

If you come to our Beach Party on Tuesday, April 8th from 2-3pm, you’ll get a slight break from the long winter!  Summer can’t come soon enough so we’ll be pretending it’s already here with dancing, building sand castles, making tropical crafts, and even enjoying some ice cream.

We have two separate programs planned for Wednesday, April 9.  In the morning at 10am, we’re going to have a very special guest – the Binder Park Zoo’s Zoomobile bringing animals from the rainforest, grasslands, forests, and mountains!  Kids will learn about the animals’ habitats and even get to meet some of the creatures.

Later in the afternoon, our regular After School Art Club will meet from 4-5pm. Every month, we read a book then create art inspired by it. For April, the book is The Big Orange Splot by Daniel M Pinkwater.  Students in grades K-6 are invited to participate during Spring Break and on the second Wednesday of every month during the school year.

On Thursday, April 10 from 2-3pm, we’ll get moving with a children’s martial arts class taught by instructors from Bulldog Martial Arts.  Children should be at least 5 years old to attend and learn some martial arts basics in a fun and relaxed setting.  Comfy clothing is encouraged!  This class is limited to 40 children so we are requiring pre-registration.  Please call the Youth Services department at 616.846.5770, ext. 134 to register.

And finally, we have a family movie planned for Friday, April 11 at 2pm. We’ll be watching the Oscar-winning Frozen (and maybe even singing along a little bit).  The film is rated PG and is 108 minutes long.  Come enjoy the story and music of Elsa & Anna!

Even when Spring Break itself is over, the reading club will continue for another week.  Kids have until 5pm on April 19 to turn in their reading logs to earn prizes and prize drawing entries.  All kids who attend the Spring Break programs will also receive an entry into our prize drawings.  Drawings will be held on Monday April 21.

We can’t wait to see everyone during Spring Break!  Stop by and chat with anyone in the Youth Services Department if you have any questions, and be sure to thank the Friends of the Spring Lake District Library for sponsoring the Spring Break Reading Club.