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Discover Michigan with your Library Card!

Are you planning to travel our pleasant peninsulas this summer?  Make sure you have your library card!  Library users with a valid library card can get passes to one of over 70 cultural institutions with the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP).

Institutions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Nelis’ Dutch Village, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse, the Muskegon Museum of Art and many more are participating.  Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admissions while others offer discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offices just for MAP pass holders.

Each participating library has 5 passes per week per cultural institution, and passes expire one week from the date printed.  Passes can be printed out either from home or from the library. Take a look today and see where you can go this summer with your library card!

The Michigan Activity Pass is presented by The Library Network, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, CultureSource, and the Library of Michigan.

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Summer Reading is Almost Here!

As hard as it is to believe, there’s just under 2 weeks until the start of the library’s Summer Reading Programs!  We’re busy here at the library getting everything ready behind the scenes.  Brand new books, fun events and programs, and great prizes are coming.  It took a while to arrive, but it’s going to be a great summer!

Our kids’ Summer Reading Program is ‘Fizz, Boom, Read!’ – science experiments, zoo visits, and construction parties are just part of the fun Youth Services is planning.  For the adults, the theme is ‘Taste of Summer,’ and adults will have the chance to read to win gift certificates to great local restaurants! It all begins on June 9.  Both programs run through August 2nd.

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In Memoriam

The Spring Lake District Library will be closed Sunday May 25th and Monday May 26th in observance of Memorial Day.

We will reopen at 9:30am on Tuesday May 27th.  This weekend also marks the beginning of our Summer hours.  We will be closed on Sundays through Labor Day Weekend.

The Spring Lake Memorial Day parade is on Monday, May 26th at 10:30am.  Check out this map to find the best seats on the route!


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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.