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Happy Labor Day!

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the library will be closed August 30 & 31 and September 1.  We will re-open at 9:30am on Tuesday, September 2.

The end of the summer also means that the library will be open on Sundays again!  Starting on September 7, we’ll resume Sunday hours of 2pm-5pm.  Sunday hours will continue through the winter and spring.

A wonderful and safe long weekend to everyone!  Thank you to all those who labor and especially those who work over the weekend so that others may vacation and celebrate.

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Help Needed with a Summer Reading Survey!

Update 9/3: Thank you for your assistance!  The surveys have been closed, and we are reviewing all your input.

The reading programs this summer at the Spring Lake District Library were some of our best yet!  Nearly 1,000 children and teens participated in Fizz Boom Read!, our children’s program, and nearly 600 people signed up for the adult program, A Taste of Summer. Our Fizz Boom Read! participants read over 1600 books every week!  That’s a lot of reading.

The 2014 reading clubs are finished, but we’re always looking ahead to next year, and so we’re asking for your help.  Did you or your kids take part in Fizz Boom Read! or A Taste of Summer?  Would you mind answering a few questions about your experience?  If so, click the link below to open a very short survey.

A Taste of Summer: Survey for adults about the Summer Reading Club

Fizz Boom Read!: Survey for parents about their families’ experiences

All your input will be considered as we work to improve our services and offerings for future programs including the 2015 summer reading – it’s only 9 months away!

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It’s a Storytime Hiatus!

This week’s Five Senses Storytime was our last preschool storytime of the summer, but don’t worry, we’ll be back with more fantastic storytimes in the fall.

Our next preschool storytime will be September 4th and 5th at the regular time of 10:30am.

Toddler Time will start back up in September too!  Just for toddlers ages 18-36 months, this storytime is geared for the younger set.  September 24th at 10am is the first Toddler Time of the fall.

And on Tuesday September 16th at 7pm, Bedtime Storytime will be back with a special event – a Stuffed Animal Sleepover!  If you can’t bring your children to our daytime storytimes or you just want to come more often, Family Storytime is for you! Older brothers & sisters are welcome as well as is everyone’s best stuffed friend.

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Happy Independence Day!

The library will be closed on July 4th and 5th in celebration of Independence Day.  As always our website and library catalog are open even when the building is closed.  You can also download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eBranch 24 hours a day.  (Running into problems?  Check out our how-to guides here.)

We’ll reopen at our regular time of 9:30am on Monday July 7th, but for now, we’ll leave you with the first section of the Declaration of Independence.

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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

…For the rest, head over to the National Archives.


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A Taste of Summer

Summer has started!  …or at least the Summer Reading Programs have started, and we all know that’s the real beginning of summer, right?  Both the adult and youth programs begin this week, so stop by the library to sign up and give yourself as much reading time as possible!  The last day to get your cards stamped and receive prizes is Saturday, August 2nd.  That’s eight glorious summer weeks full of library books.

When you sign up for the adult program, Taste of Summer, you’ll receive a book club card to help keep track of your reading.  To count towards prizes, books have to be checked out from the Spring Lake District Library, but that’s the only requirement.  Each teen or adult fiction or non-fiction book counts for a stamp – five stamps fills up a card!  You can also read eBooks checked out from our eBranch or listen to unabridged audio (or eAudio!) books.

Once your card has five stamps, you get your choice of prizes including:

  • 1 Front Porch ice cream coupon
  • 1 18oz tumblr with lid
  • 1 lunch cooler tote

When you turn in a card, you’ll be entered into our weekly drawing and Grand Prize drawings.  The weekly drawings will be for $40 gift certificates to amazing local restaurants like Chan’s, Idle Hour, Jack’s Waterfront Bistro and Bar, Top Butcher Shoppe & BBQ, Vander Mill Cider, Vic’s Restaurant and Lounge, and the Village Baker.  Our Grand Prizes include a $15 gift card to Chocolates by Grimaldi and three $25 gift certificates to The Bookman bookstore in Grand Haven.

Each participant may complete a maximum of three cards for prizes.  All prizes are while supplies last.  Taste of Summer is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Spring Lake District Library, Chocolates by Grimaldi, and the participating restaurants.

For details on Fizz Boom Read! and Spark a Reaction, our kids’ and teen Summer Reading Programs, check out our dedicated page with the directions, events calendar, lists of prizes, and more!