Come show off your Halloween costume and trick or treat with us between 4 and 6pm Halloween afternoon! Be sure to fly into other participating Spring Lake Village businesses too – just look for the pumpkin sign in their windows.
Storytime is Halloween-themed on both October 31 and November 1 too. Costumes are welcomed but not required.
A very spooky Halloween to all!
Are you thinking of starting a business? Hoping to expand your current business? Open a new location? Are you taking business classes? The Spring Lake District Library now offers several new business resources from the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) to actively support researchers of all kinds including business students, local entrepreneurs and business owners. These resources and services have been purchased through state funding as part of the initiative to grow businesses in the state. All Michigan libraries and all Michigan residents can access these digital resources via MeL, the Library of Michigan’s home for digital resources.
These newly accessible resources include:
DemographicsNow: Business and People – provides comprehensive business and demographic information for users to assess business viability, create sales leads and mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, compare geographies and demographics, find potential sponsors and more. This versatile database is useful for those who want to start a business as well as those who want to take their established business to the next level.
Gale Legal Forms – provides official legal forms and documents in Word format to help users deal with their legal needs for business, personal, or litigation purposes. These forms are continuously updated to reflect current state laws, and Gale Legal Forms also includes a law digest, legal questions and answers, and an attorney directory.
Business Insights: Global – combines an international perspective and sophisticated research tools with convenient access to a range of comprehensive learning materials. Using case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals, and topical reference materials organized by country, company, and industry, this resource is especially useful to business faculty and students as well as to businesses interested in expansion.
All these resources are available from within the library or from anywhere within the state of Michigan. Outside Michigan, a Michigan driver’s license or library card will be required for access. If you need any help getting started, feel free to stop by the library for some assistance. We think these are incredibly useful resources – give them a try and see if you do too!
As part of our celebration of Teen Read Week 2013, the library is hosting a Twitter book review contest for kids ages 10-18! What’s a Twitter book review? Good question! A Twitter book review is saying what you liked or loved about a book – in 140 characters or less. It’s quick, easy, and straight to the point.
So how does this work? Here are a few examples to get you going:
FAULT IN OUR STARS – all of John Green’s books are great & this is the best. 2 kids with cancer fall in love. The end isn’t what you think
ENDER’S GAME – only one kid can save the world from the Bugs. Just remember – the enemy’s Gate is down. Read the book before the movie!
Pretty easy, right? Just say what you liked about a book in 140 characters or less. Be sure to include the book title (yes, those characters count)! Abbreviations are definitely okay, but you’ll want to keep the language clean. Instead of counting & recounting, you can use this online character counter to check how many characters you have left. Once you have your book review written, you can tweet it to us @sldlibrary, email it to spleg (@) llcoop (.) org (be sure to take out the spaces and parentheses when emailing), or drop the review off at the Youth Services desk.
You’ll get a prize for entering (limit one prize per day) then all prizes will be entered into the grand prize drawing! So enter soon and often – we’ll be accepting entries through Sunday October 20.
We have more happening at the library during Teen Read Week too. On Monday October 14 is Chess Club, and on Wednesday the 16th, we’re having an extra-special Teen’Scape! There’ll be pizza and video games like usual, but we’ll also be pumpkin painting, having a face painting contest, and writing more Twitter book reviews. Be sure to stop by to celebrate books with us!
On Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm, our online catalog is going to be down for maintenance. This means that you won’t be able to browse or place holds on material. The maintenance will also affect other services that requiring logins such as MeLCat, the MeL databases, Mango Languages, and Morningstar. OverDrive will remain accessible for browsing (and for reading previously downloaded eBooks or eAudiobooks), but you will not be able place holds or check out books.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience! Everything should be back to normal by Monday morning.
As part of our online reference collection, Spring Lake District Library offers Morningstar Investment Research Center to our patrons. Morningstar Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research. In addition to stock and fund information, users will gain a clear overview of index returns, sector returns, and fund category returns, along with the most active stocks throughout the day.
During Financial Planning Week (October 7-13), we’re encouraged to take stock of our financial situation, analyze our finances, and make sure we know how our money is being used. Morningstar can help with at least two of those things – it has customizable tools, such as Portfolio X-Ray, retirement and college savings calculators, and stock and fund screeners. If financial terms and language leave you a bit confused, Morningstar also has a great help section – visit their ‘Help and Education’ tab on their site for information from definitions to investment tutorials to courses on stocks, funds and more.
Ready to take a look? From home or anywhere outside the library, you’ll need to enter your Spring Lake District Library card number to access the site. Anyone inside the library – whether on our public computers or connected to our wireless network – can access Morningstar without entering a library card number first. Currently only 5 patrons at a time can be using the Morningstar site so if you attempt to access and get an error message, give it a few moments then try again.
What else can you do during Financial Planning Week (or all year-round) to make sure you’re prepared for the future? Take a look at these 20 tips for financial health from the Financial Planning Association:
- Balance your checkbook
- Make a monetary contribution to your favorite charity
- Start a savings account for a child, vacation or a gift for yourself
- Help teach your children how to save and spend wisely
- Get your estate in order: Create or revise your will and other estate-planning documents
- Call your financial planner and share your appreciation for their service
- Pay off a credit card
- Get a head start on college — investigate college planning options
- Establish an emergency fund
- Evaluate your employee benefits and begin planning for open enrollment
- Develop your holiday spending budget
- Plan for year-end tax strategies
- Purchase a session with a financial planner for a relative, friend or colleague
- Give a relative, friend or colleague a subscription to a personal finance magazine
- Invite a financial planner to speak at your workplace
- Review your insurance coverage
- Write down your financial goals and revisit them periodically
- Start using personal finance software to help you better understand your money
- Look up three financial terms that have baffled you and resolve to understand them
- Talk to a relative about their plans for long-term care