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Especially for Small Businesses

If you’re new to website creation and marketing, we have a workshop just for you!  Bob Fountain, one of SCORE‘s experts, will be at the library to talk about the elements of website design for small businesses.  Nearly everyone agrees that a web presence is a necessity these days for businesses of all sizes, but how do you know what’s right for your business?  Do you hire a web designer or do it yourself?  And what information should go on it anyway?

These questions and more will be answered on Monday, September 22nd.  The workshop will be from 6:30-8:30pm and will cover all the following points:

  • Choose between doing it yourself or hiring a contractor
  • Design a website to fit your budget
  • Measure the site’s effectiveness
  • Decide on site content
  • Utilize social media
  • Predict and handle legal issues

Seats are limited for this program, so be sure to pre-register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

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Come to our Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

We’re welcoming Bedtime Storytime back with a very special event – a stuffed animal sleepover! On Tuesday, September 16 at 7pm, kids of all ages and their families are invited to bring themselves and their stuffed animal friend to Bedtime Storytime. After our special half-hour evening Storytime, the stuffed animals will be tucked in to spend the night at the library all by themselves! What will our furry friends get up to while the library is closed and all the people are at home? You’ll have to come back Wednesday to pick up your stuffed animal friend and find out.

Bedtime Storytime continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm throughout the school year. If you can’t bring your children to our daytime storytimes or you’d like to come more often, Family Storytime is for you! All ages of kids (older brothers & sisters, that means you) are invited. Bedtime Storytime is a half-hour of fun stories, songs, and dancing to get everyone’s wiggles out before bed. Pajamas are always welcome as is everyone’s best stuffed friend.

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Michigan Author Expo

Whether you’re looking for a good book, wanting to chat with local authors, or just hoping to browse through books with a coffee drink, stop by Spring Lake District Library’s second Author Expo on Tuesday, September 16 from 6-8pm.  We’ll have conversation with a variety of Michigan authors as well as free coffee drinks created by the baristas from Java Boulevard Coffee Shop/Magnum Coffee Roastery.

The Expo is an opportunity for authors to meet with the reading public and network with fellow authors. Looking for your next read? Choose from children’s and adult fiction and nonfiction books. You’ll be able to browse a variety of genres appealing to a wide range of interests.  Mysteries, poetry, science fiction, fantasy, travel, thought-provoking essay collections, stories of inspiration and personal triumph and more will be available to attendees.

Each author participating will have books available for sale and signing at the event.  If you have hard to shop for friends or family members, you might find them the perfect, personalized gift from one of the following authors.

Robert Burleigh Edward Hopper Paints His World
Deanna Compton Freecurrent III: Dynasty
Carol Hardy Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope
Laura Holmes   I’ve Gotta Pack: Fun Travel Tales That Will Get YOU Planning a Trip
Robert James Jackson Stone Realm
Susan Lovell The Sandpiper
Sue Merrell Full Moon Friday
Georgia Moss Messages of Spiritual Sustenance
John Mullally A Domincan Republic Wedding
Tim Penning  Thoughts on Thursdays
RC Robotham From the Ashes: the 1891 Muskegon Fire
Barbara Spring Between Sweetwater and Sand
Liesa Swejkoski  A Sideshow Journey
Janet Vormittag Dog 281
Lydia Waring Meyer  Lillie’s Redemption
Margaret Willey Beetle Boy

Stop in on Tuesday evening to enjoy some time talking about books with authors and fellow book lovers!  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Machine Quilting Trunk Show and Demo

If you’re interested in quilting, be sure to register to come to the Machine Quilting Trunk Show and Demo at the library on Tuesday, September 9 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Award winning quilter Nancy Roelfsema will be teaching machine quilting techniques to attendees. She’ll also share her expertise about threads and batting and demonstrate how to use a drawing pad to create unique quilt designs.  And Nancy is bringing over 30 of her own gorgeous quilts to present!  It’ll be a busy and information-filled 2 hours.

Ready to sign up?  Stop by the library’s check out desk!  A $5 supply fee for a drawing pad is due at time of registration.  Nancy’s been to the library before to teach quilting classes and present her own quilting works of art, and it’s always a great, informative, and fun-filled time.   If your interests include quilting or fiber arts, be sure to register for your spot today.

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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.